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2010-08-13 08:52:20

New long-term data from landmark ALLHAT study Expensive brand-name medications to lower blood pressure are no better at preventing cardiovascular disease than older, generic diuretics, according to new long-term data from a landmark study. Paul Whelton, MB, MD, MSc, reported the results on Aug. 13 at the plenary session of the China Heart Congress and International Heart Forum in Beijing. Whelton is president and CEO of Loyola University Health System and chairman of the Antihypertensive and...

2010-05-25 07:27:14

Academic detailing"”a method involving face-to-face education of clinicians by investigators trained to present trial findings and guidelines"”may have been associated with a small change in prescribing patterns for patients with high blood pressure, according to a report in the May 24 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Ensuring that important clinical trial findings are reflected in the practices of community physicians remains a...

2009-08-12 11:26:00

A research article to be published on August 7 , 2009 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this question. Study designed by Dr. El-Bokl and performed by Dr. Senousy and colleagues evaluated using spot urine Na/K ratio as an alternative. Forty patients with liver cirrhosis and ascites were admitted to Ain Shams University Hospital in Cairo, Egypt. The spot urine tests were compared to the standard 24-h urine collection test.Results showed adequate accuracy for the spot urine...

2009-05-14 09:53:15

HOUSTON "“"“ New research supports the findings of a landmark drug comparison study published in 2002 in which a diuretic drug or "water pill" outperformed other medications for high blood pressure. A scientific team including investigators from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston reports the findings in the May 11 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. About one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, which, according to the...

2009-04-28 14:04:37

The need to urinate two or more times each night increased the risk of death in elderly men, a study in Japan found. The researchers found that Japanese men with nocturia -- excessive nighttime urination -- had a greater risk of death than Japanese men living in similar assisted-living facilities who did not have nocturia. The geriatric assessment of 788 residents -- all 70 or older -- considered age, sex, weight, diabetes, hypertension, history of coronary heart disease, nephropathy, alcohol...

2008-12-24 14:14:21

Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams used a diuretic to make their earmarked weight, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. In Wednesday's editions, the newspaper reported both players had $400,000 in incentive bonuses in their contracts if they met, or were below, a specific weight during several weigh-ins throughout the season. It added that the letter states both players are subject to receive bonuses if they met or were below a specific weight 11 times during the year -- eight...

2008-12-11 18:36:09

A Minnesota judge Thursday extended his injunction allowing five suspended players to play despite apparently violating the league's substance-abuse policy. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in Minneapolis told attorneys representing the players "“ defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams of the Vikings and defensive tackle Will Smith, defensive end Charles Grant and running back Deuce McAllister of New Orleans "“ to devise a plan by Dec. 22. The injunction allows the...

2008-11-28 09:28:59

A record 2002 study promising generic hypertension pills for pennies a day, that work better than expensive medications, failed to reach its goal, experts say. The original findings suggested a national saving of billions of dollars in treating the tens of millions of U.S. residents with elevated blood pressure. The pills, called diuretics, were already on the market, as medication for high blood pressure. But, the conclusions seemed to threaten pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer that were...

2008-11-25 15:35:42

The drop in blood potassium levels caused by diuretics commonly prescribed for high blood pressure could increase diabetes risk, U.S. researchers said. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore said diuretics accelerate loss of fluids and also deplete important chemicals, including potassium, so that those who take them are generally advised to eat bananas and other potassium-rich foods to counteract the effect. Previous studies have told us that when...

2008-09-17 15:00:37

Patients with high blood pressure who took a diuretic and a potassium-sparing drug, reduced cardiac mortality by 40 percent, U.S. researchers said. The current U.S. hypertension treatment guidelines recommend using a thiazide diuretic -- a drug that increases the volume of urine -- alone as the initial drug therapy for high blood pressure, senior author Dr. John Oates said. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers analyzed data from existing clinical trials of diuretic drugs...


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