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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Salt-potassium ratio may trump blood pressure for heart disease

December 31, 2011

Folks who think low blood pressure means they can consume salt without worry may be in for a surprise. Research suggests that the ratio of sodium to potassium in the diet is more predictive of health risks than high blood pressure is. Even healthy individuals with normal blood pressure should avoid a “sodium-saturated diet,”...
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Novartis’ Tekturna Under Review After Clinical Trial Halted

December 31, 2011
Novartis’ Tekturna Under Review After Clinical Trial Halted

Novartis’ high blood pressure drug, Tekturna, is under review after a clinical trial was suddenly halted over unwanted side effects and reduced benefits. Tekturna is in a class of drugs known as direct rennin inhibitors, is known generically as aliskiren, which is sold in the United Kingdom, and elsewhere, under the brand name Rasilez....
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Exercise doesn’t prevent pregnancy-related diabetes

December 31, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Pregnant women who exercised regularly during the second half of their pregnancies did not lower their odds of developing pregnancy-related diabetes in a new clinical trial. Researchers in Norway found that when they randomly assigned 855 pregnant women to either exercise three times a week or to stick with...
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Obesity, Diabetes Pose 1-2 Threat to Young Americans

December 31, 2011

FRIDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) — Doctors have long been concerned that increasing rates of childhood obesity could fuel a diabetes epidemic. Study results have now underscored that fear. Researchers have found that the length of time a person carries excess weight directly contributes to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. In other...
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Yoga helps breast cancer survivors curb fatigue

December 31, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – About one third of breast cancer survivors experience fatigue that can affect their quality of life, but a small new study finds that doing yoga might help restore some lost vitality. After three months of twice-weekly yoga classes, a group of breast cancer survivors in California reported significantly diminished...
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U.S. Blacks More Likely to Die of Colon Cancer Than Whites: Study

December 31, 2011

FRIDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) — Although colorectal cancer death rates in the United States have fallen across the board over the last 20 years, the dip has been smaller among blacks than whites, a new study indicates. Specifically, the racial spread in death rate trends appears to be most notable among patients diagnosed...
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Province launches sweeping review after another doctor misreads test results

December 31, 2011

EDMONTON – Health Minister Fred Horne launched an unprecedented, provincewide review Thursday of Alberta’s systems for diagnosing cancer and other illnesses after it was revealed more patients have been misdiagnosed. The review will look at the province’s “pathology testing” practices, which are used to identify cancer, and its “diagnostic imaging” processes, which involve the...
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NICE to update blood pressure guide

December 30, 2011

Published on Friday 30 December 2011 08:37 New approaches should be used to treat and diagnose high blood pressure, according to draft guidelines today published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The proposed changes include lending patients a monitor device to be worn at home for 24 hours to confirm...
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Garden goodness for hypertension and diabetes

December 30, 2011

Vietnam is a tropical country with a bounty of cheap fruit and vegetables year-round. Much of this abundant produce like ớt xanh (green capsicum), apple, bitter melon, celery, cucumber and avocado aids in the treatment of high blood pressure and diabetes. Green capsicum Few people know that green capsicum, which is cultivated around the...
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At risk for type 2 diabetes? Say ‘Not Me’

December 30, 2011

Need an extra incentive to help you keep that New Year’s resolution to lose weight and exercise more often? How about feeling better, looking better, and saving money — all by preventing type 2 diabetes? How’s that for motivation? More than 31 percent of adult Tennesseans are considered obese, predisposing them to type 2...
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Diabetes Forecast Releases 2012 Consumer Guide

December 30, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, VA–(Marketwire -12/29/11)- The January 2012 issue of Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, is dedicated to its annual consumer guide. The editors have combed the market to provide the reliable information people with diabetes need to choose the best products — from meters and continuous glucose monitors to pumps...
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Statins tied to lower risk of fatal prostate cancer

December 30, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a new study of middle-aged New Jersey men, taking cholesterol-lowering drugs was linked to a lower chance of dying from prostate cancer. The findings don’t prove that the drugs, called statins, ward off aggressive cancer. But they jibe with previous studies suggesting that getting cholesterol levels under control...
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Avastin Delays Ovarian Cancer Progression

December 30, 2011

Picture of Psoriasis A reddish, scaly rash often located over the surfaces of the elbows, knees, scalp, and around or in the ears, navel, genitals or buttocks… View Image Gallery » Article source: http://www.medicinenet.com/guide.asp?s=rss&k=DailyHealth&a=153151
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Molecular Diagnostics

December 30, 2011

NEW YORK , Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Molecular Diagnostics – Technologies, Markets and Companies http://www.reportlinker.com/p0203544/Molecular-Diagnostics—Technologies-Markets-and-Companies.html#utm_source=prnewswireutm_medium=prutm_campaign=In_Vitro_Diagnostic Benefits of this report -This report has evolved during the past 15 years, profiting from feedback by numerous readers and experts. -The most comprehensive and...
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Is American Medicine Too Test Happy?

December 30, 2011

THURSDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) — If you’ve had a medical procedure lately, you probably first had blood tests, an imaging test like an MRI or ultrasound, perhaps an electrocardiogram and possibly more. “Is all this really necessary?” you might have wondered. That’s a question that doctors themselves are now raising as a growing...
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Sodium-saturated diet is a threat for all

December 29, 2011

Maybe you think you don’t have to worry about salt. After all, you don’t have high blood pressure, you’re not overweight and you exercise regularly. Well, think again. A major study, based on data from more than 12,000 U.S. adults, took into account all those risk factors for death from heart disease. The researchers...
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Middle-Aged Blood Pressure and Stroke Risk

December 29, 2011

(Ivanhoe Newswire) Increasing or decreasing blood pressure in middle age can significantly impact lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to this study. Researchers found people who maintained or reduced their blood pressure to normal levels by age 55 had the lowest lifetime risk for CVD (between 22 percent to 41 percent risk). In...
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NovoLog (Type 2 Diabetes)

December 29, 2011

NEW YORK , Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: NovoLog (Type 2 Diabetes) – Analysis and Forecasts to 2020 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0657168/NovoLog-Type-2-Diabetes-–-Analysis-and-Forecasts-to-2020.html#utm_source=prnewswireutm_medium=prutm_campaign=Pathology NovoLog (Type 2 Diabetes) – Analysis and Forecasts to 2020 Summary GlobalData’s pharmaceuticals report, “NovoLog (Type 2 Diabetes) – Analysis and Forecasts...
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American Diabetes Association Announces 2012 Legislative Priorities in the Fight to Stop Diabetes(R)

December 29, 2011

Asian stocks mostly down on Europe bank worriesAP Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday amid new signs of pressure on Europe’s banking system and a downturn … Article source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/american-diabetes-association-announces-2012-161300003.html
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Factbox: Argentina’s Fernandez latest leader treated for cancer

December 29, 2011

(Reuters) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has thyroid cancer and will undergo surgery next month, a government spokesman said, adding that the cancerous cells had not spread. Here are details of some world leaders who have had cancer while in office. * ARGENTINA’S FERNANDEZ: — Fernandez was diagnosed with a papillary carcinoma that has...
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