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2009-11-03 15:01:58

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have made an important discovery about why potassium builds up to dangerous levels in the bloodstream, a relatively common medical problem that affects about eight percent of hospitalized patients. They have identified a new molecular pathway and a new class of molecules responsible for preventing potassium from being excreted normally through the kidney. Their study was just published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The...

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2008-04-07 10:00:00

U.S. researchers say up to 100 million people globally have genetic mutations that keep their blood pressure low and lower their risk of heart and kidney disease and stroke.These findings could help scientists design new and better blood pressure drugs, as well as shed some light on how the kidneys handle salt and regulate blood pressure.Richard Lifton, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher at Yale University in Connecticut, said these mutation carriers have a 60 percent reduction in...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
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  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
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