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Newsletter Issue: 19 — Date: December 2007 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to the latest ‘holiday edition’ of the My Blood Pressure newsletter!

As the festive season is almost upon us, we both want to thank everyone for your support this year. It has been a busy year researching and developing new products and improving the current programs. Thank you especially to those people who have emailed with feedback and suggestions for the new version of My Blood Pressure and new health software ideas.

We are looking forward to a busy new year, with a new version of My Blood Pressure and new health charting software.

For everyone celebrating Christmas … Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2008!

Kellie and Steve

My Blood Pressure Update

Work is still continuing on the new version of My Blood Pressure. We still don’t have a firm release date as yet. We hope to have a beta test some time after March. We will be in touch to let you know exactly when. We plan to establish a forum to share and communicate ideas throughout the beta test.

Response times to support emails may be a little longer than usual between December 23rd and January 2nd. We will aim to reply within 24 hours, but it may take up to 48 hours.

Thanks! Kellie

My Blood Pressure Tips

We have included a couple of our favorite tips from the newsletters over the past couple of years.

Tip – Delete all readings

One of the common questions we get at support is if there is a way to delete all readings and start again.

In most cases, I suggest that rather than deleting all readings, you create a new “User” using a variation of your name. For example, if I bought a new monitor and I want to keep the new monitor’s readings separate, I could create a new user with the name: “Steve-2008″.

Once you have created the new user, you have a clean slate to start with, but your old readings are still around and you can access them by switching back to the old user name.

Visit the Online Help for step by step instructions for changing and adding user accounts.

Tip – Transferring to a new computer

Is Santa bringing you a new computer for Christmas!?

The easiest way to transfer My Blood Pressure’s readings to your new computer is using the backup and restore feature. My Blood Pressure stores all your readings in xml document files in the “My BP” subfolder of your “My Documents” folder. If you look in this folder you will see numerous files which include readings for each user account, and automatic backups that My Blood Pressure creates each month.

While you can transfer these files to your new computer (and then import the readings), it is easier to create a backup file. The backup file can contain readings for all your user accounts as well as other settings. Once you have created the backup file, you only need to transfer that single file to your new computer.

The next step is to install the My Blood Pressure program on your new computer. You can do this by downloading the trial from our website, or re-installing it from the CD if you purchased a CD. The CD comes with your keycode preloaded, but If you download the trial, you will need to re-enter your keycode from the original receipt. If you can’t find it, just email us and we will send it out again.

Once My Blood Pressure is working on your new computer, locate the transferred backup file and restore it. There are more detailed instructions for this in the help file and also on the website at: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/transfer-readings.html. If you do run into any problems, please don’t hesitate to email us!

Kellie and Steve

Blood Pressure News Roundup

A selection of breaking news stories relating to blood pressure. Clicking on the links will take you to a page on our website which contains a summary of the story, and links to other sources.

Results of a small trial of the hypertension vaccine have been released since our last newsletter. The results are very promising! Also in the news, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) has approved a new combination drug which combines two hypertension drugs. The drug was approved after a successful trial which I have summarized. This may be useful for people who take multiple drugs to control their blood pressure.

Interesting research has shown blood pressure levels are lower in the summer months, regardless of the climate. It’s another reason to wish it was summer all year round!

If you enjoy energy drinks, please read the latest research which shows they may be harmful for those with high blood pressure.

Enjoy the latest blood pressure news!

Kellie

Hypertension vaccine study results have been released.

Developers of a hypertension vaccine have released information on the latest trial.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/hypertension-vaccine.html

Energy soft drinks pose a risk to blood pressure sufferers.

A study has shown energy drinks could be harmful to people with hypertension and heart disease.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/energy-drinks.html

Blood pressure levels vary with a change in season.

Blood pressure levels are affected by a change in seasons, according to a new study.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/changing-seasons.html

A combination drug to treat hypertension has been approved.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a combination drug for hypertension sufferers.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/combination-therapy.html

Home test kits that diagnose medical conditions are on the increase.

Home testing for medical conditions is increasing as people take their health into their own hands.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/self-diagnosis.html

People who eat high GI foods increase their risk of diabetes.

Eating high Glycemic Index foods increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
For more details and links please see:
http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/diabetes-carbohydrates.html

Contributed by: Kellie

About us

This newsletter is put together by a brother and sister team.

Steven Alan is 38 and is the programmer of the My Blood Pressure software. Steve was diagnosed with high blood pressure in February 2004. Steve needs to monitor his blood pressure regularly, and will probably need to do so for the rest of his life. Steve’s systolic blood pressure was over 200 at one point, but recently he has got his blood pressure under control, and most readings are below 120/80.

Steve is responsible for contributing news about the software as well as tips and tricks for using the software.

Kellie Helen (Steve’s sister) is 36 and a full time mother to a 7 and 5 year old. In her spare time!, she has started working with Steve on the website and newsletter. Kellie grew up in a household which had its fair share of blood pressure problems! Their father has always had high blood pressure, but somehow Steve got all the high blood pressure genes, while in her teens, Kellie used to suffer from her blood pressure being too low. Kellie worked in the medical and surgical industry before becoming a full time mum, and is looking forward to spending more time on this project as her children get older.

Kellie is responsible for scouring the net for news stories of interest to people who monitor their blood pressure, and collecting and organizing stories contributed by subscribers.

My Health Software
PO Box 1468
Rozelle 2039
Australia
Kellie: kellie@my-blood-pressure.com
Steve: steve@my-blood-pressure.com

Disclaimer: Nothing contained in this newsletter is intended to be instructional for medical diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your health care provider.

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