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Genetic Basis of Human Hypertension may be Understood Via New Rat Study

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News April 30, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

image The genome of the spontaneously hypertensive rat has been sequenced by scientists and could help understand causes of the disease in humans. The spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) strain is the most widely studied animal model of human hypertension. Research on this strain has identified many genomic regions that likely harbour genetic variants that are responsible for the hypertension phenotype, however without a complete sequence of the hyper...

Study Says T Cells Could Aid AIDS Vaccine Development

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 1:58 pm
image A new HIV model that suggests killer T cells could come in handy for an AIDS vaccine has been developed by Chinese scientists. Physicists and biologists from Xiamen University have been able to incorporate random patterns in the virus' mutation, and the way the virus responds to antibodies, into their model. They have found that the new model, and the projections made by the new model for development of disease, mirror real-life, clinical behaviour of the vi...

Brown Rice Ingredient Help Prevent High BP, Heart Disease

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News April 27, 2010 @ 9:27 am

image Brown or half-milled rice may reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure by interfering with a protein linked to those conditions, suggests a new study by researchers at the Cardiovascular Research Center and Department of Physiology at Temple University School of Medicine. The research by Satoru Eguchi, Associate Professor of Physiology, suggests that a component in a layer of tissue surrounding grains of brown rice may work against angiotensin II. Angiote...

Cash Challenges Puzzle Global Fund

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 9:27 am
image The financial crisis appears to have hurt everybody as one of the biggest global sources of funds to treat AIDS and other killer diseases in poor countries is facing a crucial challenge to find cash. The Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, which claims to have saved an estimated 4.9 million lives since 2005, needs to mobilise 13 to 20 billion dollars (10-15 billion euros) for 2011-2013 this year from state and private donors. "The challenge is the resource...

Americans Consume Too Much of Salt a Day: Report

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News April 21, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

image Americans eat too much salt, most of it hidden in prepared meals and processed foods, and it is putting them at greater risk for high blood pressure and other serious illnesses, a report published Tuesday said. On average, Americans consume more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, or around one and a half teaspooons, said the report, which was commissioned by Congress two years ago to try to find a way to reduce sodium intake, which could prevent more than 100,000 deaths a year. ...

Discrimination Hampers Pacific’s Fight Against AIDS

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 10:45 pm
image In the staunchly Christian Pacific islands, the battle to combat HIV/AIDS is struggling to overcome shame surrounding the disease, which results in many patients being ostracised by their families. An AIDS conference bringing together representatives from US-affiliated Pacific island nations and territories in the Marshall Islands capital of Majuro last week heard of the discrimination faced by those living with HIV/AIDS. "People think everyone with HIV is a sinner and th...

China Could End HIV Entry Ban

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 10:45 pm
image China could lift a longstanding ban on HIV-positive foreigners entering the country as early as this month, state media reported Wednesday. Citing "insiders," the China Daily newspaper said the State Council, or Cabinet, decided on Monday it would make changes to laws barring foreign HIV carriers. Under current regulations, those suffering from infectious diseases such as leprosy or HIV/AIDS or from mental disorders are not allowed in, the report said. The cha...

Pulmonary Hypertension can be Eased by Viagra

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News April 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

image Paul Coates, a rugby player, says his life was normalized by Viagra. No, It is not his sexual life, but something very different. Paul has idiopathic pulmonary hypertension. This is a condition that restricts blood flow in the lungs raising the pressure in that area. One of the first symptoms of Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension is blue lips caused by lack of oxygen in the blood. Viagra has always been touted to help ease the condition. Just as it increases blood flow to the e...

Study: Drug Shared by Addicts Seems to Protect Against HIV Brain Dementia

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 5:56 pm
image Morphine protects rat neurons against HIV toxicity, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) have discovered - a finding they say might help in the design of new neuroprotective therapies for patients with the infection. The discovery, being presented at the annual meeting of the Society of NeuroImmune Pharmacology, also helps explain why a subset of people who are heroin abusers and become infected with HIV through needle sharing don't develop HIV brain dementia. T...

Sleep Aids – Eye Masks and Earplugs – Could Improve ICU Outcomes

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News April 16, 2010 @ 3:36 am
image Researchers recommend the use of slumber aids to help hospital patients sleep better. Boffins writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care investigated their effect on sleep quality in a simulated intensive care environment. Xiaoying Jiang from Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, China, worked with a team of researchers to carry out the study in 14 healthy people exposed to recorded intensive care noise and equivalent light levels. She sa...
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