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In Brief: Blood pressure checks at the barbershop

In Brief

Blood pressure checks at the barbershop

Black Americans have one of the highest rates of high blood pressure in the world. The consequences are devastating: premature death and disability from heart attacks, stroke, and, especially, kidney disease.

Health officials have used churches as sites for blood pressure programs, but that means missing a lot of black men because they're less likely to be regular churchgoers than black women.

So some researchers turned to another important institution in the black community, one that attracts plenty of male customers: the neighborhood barbershop.

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