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2006-07-13 14:45:47

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking a diuretic or 'water pill' for heart failure or to lower blood pressure seems to more than triple the risk of suffering recurrent bouts of gout, according to a new report. Gout is caused by deposition of urate crystals in joints, often the big toe joint. A link between diuretic use and excessive uric acid in the blood was established more than four decades ago, Dr. David J. Hunter, from Boston University School of Medicine, and colleagues note in...

2006-05-19 11:20:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diuretics and beta-blockers, used to treat hypertension, are associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new findings indicate. "The relation between the use of different classes of antihypertensive medications and the risk of incident type 2 diabetes is unclear," Dr. Eric N. Taylor, of Harvard Medical School, Boston, and colleagues write in the medical journal Diabetes Care. "Prior studies have reported conflicting results." The researchers...

2006-05-02 07:21:12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cheap diuretics are the best first step in treating high blood pressure to prevent heart failure, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. Their study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, supports a 2002 U.S. government report recommending that patients with high blood pressure should start taking a diuretic first, and only add drugs such as ACE inhibitors or beta-blockers if their blood pressure needs to be lowered further. Diuretics,...

2006-05-01 17:06:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cheap diuretics are the best first step in treating high blood pressure to prevent heart failure, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. Their study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, supports a 2002 U.S. government report recommending that patients with high blood pressure should start taking a diuretic first, and only add drugs such as ACE inhibitors or beta-blockers if their blood pressure needs to be lowered further. Diuretics,...

2006-03-14 09:55:00

CHICAGO -- Medications used to combat high blood pressure appear to be linked to a lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published on Monday. Whether there is a true cause and effect relationship needs further study, said the report from Maryland-based Khachaturian and Associates. The study looked at 3,297 elderly residents of Cache County, Utah, who were examined between 1995 and 1997, and later given follow-up examinations beginning in 1998. While all hypertension...

2006-03-14 09:00:00

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Medications used to combat high blood pressure appear to be linked to a lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published on Monday. Whether there is a true cause and effect relationship needs further study, said the report from Maryland-based Khachaturian and Associates. The study looked at 3,297 elderly residents of Cache County, Utah, who were examined between 1995 and 1997, and later given follow-up examinations beginning in 1998. While all...

2006-03-12 16:05:43

By Deena Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Filtering the blood works better than diuretic drugs to remove excess fluid in patients admitted to the hospital for heart failure, researchers said on Sunday. Heart failure is the most common cause of hospitalization in the United States, said Dr. Maria Rosa Costanzo, medical director of the advanced heart failure center at the Midwest Heart Foundation in Lombard, Illinois, and lead investigator of a 200-patient trial comparing the therapies....

2005-10-04 14:42:57

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two inexpensive but widely overlooked drugs may help many patients who continue to have high blood pressure despite taking standard blood pressure medications, according to research by Indiana University School of Medicine scientists. Howard Pratt, M.D., and his colleagues studied two compounds -- amiloride and spironolactone -- in a group of African-American patients with high blood pressure. African-Americans are disproportionately affected by high blood pressure, and tend...

2005-09-08 13:42:59

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kidney damage is a constant danger for people with diabetes, especially when their blood pressure is high. Now European researchers report that the addition of a drug, spironolactone, to standard blood pressure-lowering therapy for such patients helps reduce both blood pressure and the amount of albumin protein in urine, a measure of kidney impairment. Dr. Kaspar Rossing of Steno Diabetes Center in Gentofte, Denmark, and colleagues note in the medical...

2005-07-21 18:00:10

BOSTON - As the population ages, a growing number of people become more vulnerable to extreme summer heat. In 2003, a heat wave was blamed for 14,800 deaths in France. The July issue of the Harvard Health Letter offers tips for the elderly to beat this summer's heat. In addition to heading for the air conditioning, staying out of the sun, and wearing loose, light clothes: REVIEW YOUR MEDICATIONS Painkillers, for example, can reduce awareness of the heat. Talk to your doctor about your...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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