Therapy could improve and prolong sight in those suffering vision loss: Damping noise in hyperactive eye cells allows details to emerge

Millions of Americans are progressively losing their sight as cells in their eyes deteriorate, but a new therapy developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, could help prolong useful vision and delay total blindness. The treatment — involving either a drug or gene therapy — works by reducing the noise generated by nerve cells in the eye, which […]

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An intricate interaction: Dietary fatty acid intake influences hypertension risk

Hypertension is an important public health problem that can lead to life-threatening cardiovascular events, including heart attack and stroke. Many studies have attempted to understand the complex relationship between dietary factors and hypertension; none have provided a clear explanation of the interaction between hypertension and dietary intake of n-6 fatty acids (a building block of fat), until now. In a […]

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American women have better control of high blood pressure but are more obese than men

The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford examined rates and management of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and smoking and found that while there had been some improvements, women were now more likely to be obese and men less likely to have their blood pressure and diabetes under control. “The good […]

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High blood pressure: the second blood pressure value is first!

High blood pressure: the second measurement value seriously Million people in Germany suffer from high blood pressure. Hypertension can lead to serious diseases such as stroke, heart or renal failure. Therefore, it is important that everyone knows his blood pressure, and possibly elevated blood pressure. However, it is important to know how to determine the values that work best. Many […]

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High blood pressure: The second blood pressure value measured necessarily take it seriously

High blood pressure: the second measurement value seriously Million people in Germany suffer from high blood pressure. Hypertension can lead to serious diseases such as stroke, heart or renal failure. Therefore, it is important that everyone knows his blood pressure, and possibly elevated blood pressure. However, it is important to know how to determine the values that work best. Many […]

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Exposure to chemicals during pregnancy is not associated with an increase in blood pressure

Exposure to certain chemicals such as phthalates, parabens or Bisphenol A could be associated with a decrease in blood pressure during pregnancy. This is one of the main conclusions of a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa,” and published recently in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. Hypertensive […]

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New hope for stem cell approach to treating diabetes: Insulin-producing cells more responsive to fluctuating glucose levels

Scientists working to develop more effective treatments for diabetes are turning to stem cells. Such cells can be transformed into cells that produce insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar. But there’s a major challenge: the amount of insulin produced by theses cells is difficult to control. Now, by tweaking the recipe for coaxing human stem cells into insulin-secreting beta […]

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Mechanism for leukaemia cell growth revealed, prompting new treatment hopes: Research reveals new blood cell mechanism which drives leukaemia growth

A mechanism which drives leukemia cell growth has been discovered by researchers at the University of Sussex, who believe their findings could help to inform new strategies when it comes to treating the cancer. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a devastating blood cancer with around 3,000 new cases annually in the UK. Despite considerable improvement in patient survival over the […]

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High-fat diets appear bad for blood pressure in younger males and females

There’s more evidence that a high-fat diet is bad for both younger males and females, but exactly how it’s harmful may differ between the sexes, scientists report. While they hypothesized that high-fat fare would be harder on males, they found that in just four weeks both young male and female rats experienced comparable increases in blood pressure. “You have a […]

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