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Kidney’s Weight Plays Crucial Role in Transplantation Success

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News May 21, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
image Receiving an organ low in weight in relation to the recipient's body weight increases kidney transplant recipients risk of complications and transplant failure, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the IJournal of the American Society Nephrology/I (IJASN/I). The results suggest that compatibility between a donated kidney's weight and the weight of the recipient could improve the success of transplantation.

New AIDS Bill Seeking Mandatory Testing for Pregnant Woman Criticized

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 5:45 pm
image Activists on Thursday criticised Uganda's new HIV/AIDS bill, which calls for mandatory testing of pregnant women, saying that it violates basic rights and will not help reduce infection rates. "Forced testing doesn't work," Robert Ochai, executive director of The AIDS Support Organisation, told AFP. The new bill, tabled in Uganda's parliament on Wednesday, makes testing mandatory for pregnant women and their sexual partners, as well as perpetrators and victims of sexual a...

Gene Therapy Could Help Treat Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News May 20, 2010 @ 8:13 pm
image Gene therapy has been found to have positive effects in rat models of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), according to researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia. PAH is a life-threatening disease in which pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs increases, causing a back-pressure strain on the heart. In inherited forms of the disease, PAH is caused by a mutation in a receptor called bone morphogenetic protein receptor, type II (BMPR2). Even in some non-inherited fo...

International Campaign to End Children Being Born With HIV by 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 8:13 pm
image France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on Wednesday spearheaded an global campaign to put an end to children being born with HIV by 2015. The Global Fund, which uses donations from governments to fight HIV, TB and malaria, wants people to let world leaders know via an online petition that they support public money being pledged to the cause. With sufficient funding, the fund believes it can make HIV-infected newborns a thing of the past. "Life is beautiful, d...

Study Finds False Diagnosis of TB in HIV Patients is Fatal

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News May 18, 2010 @ 5:43 pm
image A new study by researchers at University of California-San Francisco and Makerere University-Kampala has shown that HIV-infected patients who are falsely diagnosed as having tuberculosis (TB) have higher rates of mortality than those who are correctly diagnosed with the disease. "Among HIV-infected persons with suspected TB, falsely diagnosing persons with TB by rapid testing was associated with increased mortality when compared with the group of patients who received the correct di...

No HIV Care for 90% of Gay Men in Asia Pacific: UN Report

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 5:43 pm
image More than 90 percent of gay men in the Asia Pacific region don't have access to HIV prevention and care services, while levels of the disease soar to "alarming levels", a UN report said Monday. The study, conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said discriminatory laws in many countries are exacerbating the "critical situation" with abuse and human rights violations commonplace. "If countries fail to address the legal context of the epidemic, this al...

Air Pollution Raises Blood Pressure in Urban People: Study

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News May 17, 2010 @ 10:39 pm
image A new study by researchers from the University of Dusiburg-Essen in Germany has shown that people who live in urban areas where particulate air pollution is high tend to have higher blood pressure than those who live in less polluted areas. The researchers used data from the Heinz Nixdorf Recall Study, an ongoing population-based cohort study of almost 5,000 individuals that focuses on the development of heart disease. They analysed the effects of air pollu...

Anti-inflammatory Drugs Can Block Kidney Damage In Hypertension Patients

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News May 12, 2010 @ 10:22 pm
image Anti-inflammatory drugs can block kidney damage in hypertension patients, Medical College of Georgia researchers report. Treating hypertensive rats with the broad-acting anti-inflammatory drug pentosan polysulfate preserves the kidney's ability to regulate pressure placed on tiny filters calledIglomeruli/I, they report in the May issue ofIAmerican Journal of Physiology -- Renal Physiology/I. A million of these fragile structures are responsible for filtering the body's total plas...

US Expands AIDS Program to 12 Caribbean Nations

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News @ 10:22 pm
image The United States and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) signed an agreement Tuesday paving the way for Washington to expand an AIDS relief program to 12 Caribbean nations. Previously, only two Caricom member-nations, Guyana and Haiti, and the Dominican Republic had benefited from the program introduced by the George W. Bush administration for African and Caribbean countries worst affected by HIV and AIDS. Under the agreement, the 12 countries would get 25 million dollars ...

Cerebrovascular Diseases Strike People With Fluctuating BP: Study

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News May 11, 2010 @ 7:07 pm
image Individuals who have fluctuating blood pressure in addition to high blood pressure are at a higher risk for cerebrovascular diseases, according to a new study. The study appears in the May issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Cerebrovascular disease, which includes stroke and other disorders affecting blood vessels in the brain, is associated with cognitive decline and disability in older adults, according to background inform...
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