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Molecular hub links obesity, heart disease to high blood pressure
A University of Iowa study identifies a brain protein that acts as a communications hub for blood pressure control, and links cardiovascular disease and obesity to hypertension. (2013-04-11)

The adult generations of today are less healthy than their counterparts of previous generations
Despite their greater life expectancy, the adults of today are less (2013-04-10)

Huge disparities in hypertension seen across US counties
In the first ever analysis of awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension for every county, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington revealed significant differences across the US. (2013-04-05)

Walking can lower risk of heart-related conditions as much as running
Walking can lower the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running. The more people walked or ran each week, the more their health benefits increased. (2013-04-04)

Uncontrolled hypertension could bring increased risk for Alzheimer's disease
A study in the JAMA Neurology suggests that controlling or preventing risk factors such as hypertension earlier in life may limit or delay the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease and other age-related neurological deterioration. (2013-03-18)

Vitamin D supplements may help African Americans lower blood pressure
Vitamin D supplements may help African-Americans lower their blood pressure. After three months, systolic blood pressure decreased for every 1000 units of vitamin D taken daily. Additional studies in larger groups of African-Americans are necessary to confirm the findings. (2013-03-13)

Prenatal exposure to pesticide DDT linked to adult high blood pressure
Infant girls exposed to high levels of the pesticide DDT while still inside the womb are three times more likely to develop hypertension when they become adults, according to a new study led by the University of California, Davis. (2013-03-12)

Free online program helps reduce blood pressure
A web-based tracking program helped people reduce their blood pressure. The program, called Heart360 is a tool designed by the American Heart Association to help people manage their risk for heart disease. (2013-03-05)

Study shows mirabegron effective and well tolerated for overactive bladder
In a new phase III trial mirabegron, a beta3-adrenoceptor agonist, given once daily for 12 weeks, reduced the frequency of incontinence episodes and number of daily urinations, and improved urgency and nocturia in adults with overactive bladder compared to those in a placebo group. The incidence of common adverse events (hypertension, urinary tract infection, headache, nasopharyngitis) was similar in the mirabegron and placebo groups. Rates of dry mouth and constipation were similar in the drug and placebo groups. (2013-03-04)

Sodium transporter appears likely target for treating salt-sensitive hypertension
Genetics and demographics likely put you at risk for salt-sensitive hypertension, and scientists are looking for a way to protect you. (2013-02-26)

NIH awards $12.4 million grant to fund Henry Ford Hospital hypertension research
A senior staff scientist and his team at Henry Ford Hospital have been awarded a five-year, $12.4 million grant by the National Institutes of Health for their research into the damaging effects of high blood pressure on various organs in the body. (2013-02-25)

Pregnant mother's blood pressure may affect future health of children
Up to 10 percent of all women experience some form of elevated blood pressure during pregnancy. Researchers from the Centre for Social Evolution at the University of Copenhagen show that mild maternal hypertension early in pregnancy actually benefits the fetus, but that late pregnancy hypertension has negative health consequences for the child. (2013-02-25)

Birth order linked to increased risk of diabetes, metabolic disorders
Long a source of sibling rivalry, birth order may raise the risk of first-born children developing diabetes or high blood pressure, according to a recent study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2013-02-12)

Traumatic brain injury complications common among US combat soldiers
US soldiers in combat often suffer constricted blood vessels and high pressure in the brain, which are significant complications of traumatic brain injuries. A transcranial Doppler is a non-invasive, inexpensive and portable way to assess these complications. (2013-02-06)

Hypertension during pregnancy increases risk of end-stage renal disease
Women with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are at higher risk of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease compared with women without the disorders, according to a study in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2013-01-22)

Black patients with hypertension not prescribed diuretics enough
A research study of more than 600 black patients with uncontrolled hypertension found that less than half were prescribed a diuretic drug with proven benefit that costs just pennies a day, report researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York's Center for Home Care Policy and Research. The researchers say these new findings should be taken as a serious wake-up call for physicians who treat black patients with hypertension. (2013-01-22)

Women with pre-eclampsia are at higher risk of complications following childbirth
Women with pre-eclampsia are at a higher risk of complications following delivery and should continue to be monitored for up to 72 hours, suggests a new review published today (11/01/13) in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. (2013-01-10)

UC Davis study links low wages with hypertension, especially for women and younger workers
Workers earning the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than workers with the highest wages, according to new research from UC Davis. (2013-01-03)

Strength training improves vascular function in young black men
Six weeks of weight training can significantly improve blood markers of cardiovascular health in young African-American men, researchers report in the Journal of Human Hypertension. (2012-12-21)

Young scientist helps identify cause of widespread eye disease
Branch retinal vein occlusion -- blockage of the blood vessels that channel blood from the retina -- is a common eye disease. A type of blood clot in the eye, the disease causes reduced vision, and people with the disease also typically have an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes and other serious conditions. A young scientist from the University of Copenhagen has made a significant contribution to finding the cause of the disease. (2012-12-21)

Radio waves to kidneys lower persistent high blood pressure
A minimally invasive procedure lowered blood pressure in patients whose condition failed to respond to medication. Catheter-based renal denervation was found to be safe and effective in lowering blood pressure up to one year after starting treatment, and did not show any lasting harm to the kidneys or heart. The procedure ultimately may offer a new treatment alternative for reducing high blood pressure, a global public health epidemic. (2012-12-17)

Low copays, mail-order pharmacies may reduce adherence disparities to hypertension meds
New research suggests that making prescription refills more affordable and easier to get may reduce disparities among hypertension patients. An analysis of more than 44,000 patients recently diagnosed with high blood pressure in Kaiser Permanente Northern California identified important differences in medicine-taking behaviors among racial and ethnic groups. Lower copayments and the use of mail-order pharmacy increased refills of blood pressure medicine, and these factors were associated with reduced disparities. (2012-12-10)

Physiology department gets training grant from Brazilian scientific group
The Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University has been awarded a training grant from the Brazil Scientific Motility Society to advance the education of future scientists and scientific discovery. (2012-12-07)

High hormone levels put young black males at risk for cardiovascular disease
Increased levels of the hormone aldosterone in young black males correlate with an unhealthy chain of events that starts with retaining too much salt and results in an enlarged heart muscle, researchers say. The findings indicate physicians may want to reach for aldosterone inhibitors early in their effort to control blood pressure and reduce cardiovascular risk in young black males. (2012-12-07)

Body mass index may determine which blood pressure treatments work best
According to new research published Online First in the Lancet, body mass index may influence which blood pressure medications work best at reducing the major complications of high blood pressure (strokes, heart attacks, and death). The findings suggest that diuretic drugs seem to be a reasonable choice for obese patients, but significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular events in non-obese individuals. Calcium channel blockers, meanwhile, work equally well in people in all weight groups, including lean individuals. (2012-12-05)

OHSU study shows that a molecule critical to nerve cells increases drammatically during hypertension
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's School of Dentistry have made an important connection between a molecule critical to nerve cells and high blood pressure. Production of the molecule Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor appears to increase dramatically in blood pressure-sensing nerve cells during hypertension. The study, published online in the Journal of Neuroscience Research, may someday have implications for the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure, which affects about one in three adults in the United States. (2012-12-05)

In Cedars-Sinai study, common drug reverses common effect of Becker muscular dystrophy
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute researchers have found in an initial clinical trial that a drug typically prescribed for erectile dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension restores blood flow to oxygen-starved muscles in patients with a type of muscular dystrophy that affects males, typically starting in childhood or adolescence. (2012-11-28)

No elevated 10-year risk of heart disease for people who become ill during a large E. coli outbreak
According to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), people who became ill during the Walkerton, Ontario, Escherichia coli O157:H7outbreak were not at greater risk of heart disease or stroke 10 years later. (2012-11-19)

Decreased kidney function leads to decreased cognitive functioning
The greater a person's decrease in renal functioning, the greater the decrease in their overall cognitive functioning, particularly abstract reasoning and verbal memory, finds a new study, the first to describe change in multiple domains of cognitive functioning in order to determine which specific abilities are most affected in individuals with impaired renal function. (2012-11-19)

Exercise benefits found for pregnancies with high blood pressure
Contrary to popular thought, regular exercise before and during pregnancy could have beneficial effects for women that develop high blood pressure during gestation, human physiology professor Jeff Gilbert said, summarizing a new study by his research team that appears in the December issue of Hypertension. (2012-11-16)

Children's National's David Wessel receives AHA Meritorious Achievement Award
Dr. Wessel is honored for his pioneering career in the field of pediatric cardiac critical care. (2012-11-07)

High blood pressure in young adults likely to go undiagnosed
Most young adults with high blood pressure remain undiagnosed after four years of regular doctor's care. Young adults who actively smoked were less likely to receive a diagnosis. Family practice doctors were less likely to diagnose high blood pressure in young adults than internal medicine providers. Female doctors were more likely to diagnose high blood pressure in this group than other doctors. (2012-11-06)

Home blood pressure monitoring may not benefit patients with stroke and hypertension
Home blood pressure monitoring may help patients with hypertension and stroke but did not improve blood pressure control for patients who had normal blood pressure at the start or those with disabilities, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2012-11-05)

Overcrowding in prisons negatively affects health
Overcrowding in prisons -- an issue in most prisons in Canada and other parts of the world -- negatively impacts the mental and physical health of prisoners, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2012-11-05)

Study finds high prevalence of major cardiovascular disease risk factors among US Hispanic adults
In a study that involved more than 16,000 Hispanic/Latino men and women living in the United States, the prevalence of major cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors was high and varied markedly across different background groups; and those born in the US were more likely to report a history of coronary heart disease and stroke and to have multiple CVD risk factors. (2012-11-05)

Transplantation issues: Kidney donors and children in need of transplants
Some kidney donors have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure after donation. Individuals with prediabetes can safely donate kidneys without increasing their risk of developing diabetes or kidney failure. Among children with advanced kidney disease, blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to receive optimal care. (2012-11-02)

Automated calls help patients in under-developed countries manage blood pressure, U-M study finds
For patients struggling with high blood pressure in countries with limited access to health care, the key to improving health may be as simple as a phone call. (2012-10-31)

NY-Presbyterian Hospital announces participation in trial for hard-to-treat hypertension
Patients with hypertension whose blood pressure cannot be brought down to safe levels despite taking three or more medications may have some relief coming their way. An innovative, first-of-its-kind clinical trial for a device representing a dramatic shift in treatment approaches for the toughest-to-treat patients is currently being conducted at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. (2012-10-25)

Research findings breathe new life into lung disease
New research shows that while muscle cells are responsible for constricting or dilating the blood vessels, they are not responsible for sensing the amount of oxygen that gets to the lungs. (2012-10-24)

Parkinson's breakthrough could slow disease progression
In an early-stage breakthrough, a team of Northwestern University scientists has developed a new family of compounds that could slow the progression of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and there is no treatment to slow the advance of the disease. The compounds are a new class of potential therapeutics. (2012-10-24)

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