More severe OSA leads to higher blood pressure in patients with resistant hypertension

In patients with high blood pressure resistant to treatment who also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the more severe their OSA, the higher their blood pressure, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. In “Prevalence, Characteristics and Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Blood Pressure Control in Patients with Resistant Hypertension,” Esther Sapiña-Beltrán […]

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Small reductions in blood pressure ‘slash the risk of heart disease’

Small reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol ‘could cut heart disease risk by up to 80 per cent even in healthy people’ Scientists analysed the heart health of more than 438,000 people  They said good heart health ‘pays very big dividends’  Expert urges people to take advantage of free health checks on the NHS  Even small reductions in blood pressure and […]

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Flu vaccination linked with lower risk of death in patients with high blood pressure

Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. “Given these results, it is my belief that all patients with high blood pressure should have an annual flu vaccination,” said first author Daniel […]

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Giving trauma patients blood pressure stabilizing hormone cuts transfusions by half

Giving trauma patients with severe blood loss the hormone arginine vasopressin (AVP) cut the volume of blood products required to stabilize them by half, according to results of a new, first-of-its-kind clinical trial from Penn Medicine. The finding, published online this week in JAMA Surgery, suggests that administering AVP to trauma patients with severe bleeding could become standard practice in […]

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Blood test is 94% accurate at identifying early Alzheimer’s disease

Up to two decades before people develop the characteristic memory loss and confusion of Alzheimer’s disease, damaging clumps of protein start to build up in their brains. Now, a blood test to detect such early brain changes has moved one step closer to clinical use. Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report that they can measure […]

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Targeting a blood stem cell subset shows lasting, therapeutically relevant gene editing

In a paper published in the July 31 issue of Science Translational Medicine, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit long-lived blood stem cells to reverse the clinical symptoms observed with several blood disorders, including sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia. It’s the first time that scientists have specifically edited the genetic makeup of a specialized subset […]

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High blood sugar levels and BMI linked to stillbirth in mothers with diabetes

High maternal blood sugar levels and BMI are risk factors for stillbirth in mothers with diabetes, according to a new study in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), with babies at the lowest and highest weights being most at risk. Mothers with pre-pregnancy diabetes are at a four to five times increased risk of […]

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Researchers attempt to prove the importance of blood thinners after hospitalization

A study conducted by University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers is attempting to create new guidelines for the use of blood thinners in the weeks following hospitalization. The study, published in the Public Library of Science, found that extending the duration of blood thinners in a patient’s post-discharge period continued to prevent blood clots, including fatal ones. Blood clots in […]

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Blood flow monitor could save lives

A tiny fibre-optic sensor has the potential to save lives in open heart surgery, and even during surgery on pre-term babies. The new micro-medical device could surpass traditional methods used to monitor blood flow through the aorta during prolonged and often dangerous intensive care and surgical procedures—even in the tiniest of patients. The continuous cardiac flow monitoring probe, under development […]

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Blood test that detects ovarian cancer could save women from surgery

Blood test that can detect ovarian cancer ‘may save lives and stop women having unnecessary surgery’ to spot the killer disease Women with ovarian cysts endure surgery to help doctors spot any tumours  For every one cancer that is detected, five women are operated on Blood test identifies 11 proteins that are higher in women with ovarian cancer  A blood […]

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