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Benefits Of New Diet Drug Don't Outweigh Risks

... evidence of brain damage in animals and pulmonary hypertension in animals and humans," he said. In fact, in one ... of 95 patients, patients suffering from pulmonary hypertension were 23 times more likely to have taken d-fenfluramine than their matched controls and that the long...

Psychiatric Symptoms May Signal Brain Damage From Diet Pills

...s on serotonin neurotoxicity and primary pulmonary hypertension from fenfluramine and its chemical cousin dexfenfluramine, in the August 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. An estimated 50 million people have taken the drugs, often in combination with phentermine (hence "fen/phen"),...

Diuretics And Beta-Blockers Are Best Drugs To Combat High Blood Pressure, Study Finds

...e even better. This study, coordinated by a hypertension specialist at WashingtonUniversity School of Medic...stolic blood pressure goal. The 46-month hypertension study, which ran from May 1989 to February1993, did not follow a traditional randomized model. Inste...

Preventing Stroke: The Choice Between Aspirin And Warfarin

...both groups. The researchers concluded that, while hypertension in atrial fibrillationpatients is a significant predictor of stroke, it remains to be seen whetherthese patients should take aspirin or warfarin. The final treatment decisionshould be made between the physician and the patient after considering thei...

The Problem With Fen-Phen

...minefamily without phentermine developed pulmonary hypertension or heart valvelesions, and almost all of these peo..., and physicians examining patients with pulmonary hypertension or heartvalve disease might not have asked specifically about how often the patientstook the drugs,"...

Hypertension: Getting Pharmacists Involved Can Help

...ts even in high-risk minorities in whom control of hypertension isespecially difficult to achieve," Dr. Paul Bogden, of the University of Hawaii,Honolulu, and colleagues report in the November issue of the Journal of GeneralInternal Medicine. Forty-nine of the 95 patients were randomly assigned to meet w...

New Study Finds Blacks Face 38 Percent Higher Stroke Risk

...cess stroke risk in blacks was attributableto more hypertension and diabetes, with a further proportion attributable todifferences in educational achievement." An estimated 600,000 to 731,100 stokes occurred in 1996 in the UnitedStates, making stroke the third-leading cause of death and the leading cause ...

Advertising May Influence Physicians' Choice Of Blood Pressure Drugs

...el blockers and ACE inhibitors for thetreatment of hypertension -- a 10-year trend that is not supported by researchstudies or national treatment guidelines -- has been paralleled by a markedincrease in advertising such drugs to physicians, says a research group from theMassachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Alth...

Statement from Claude Lenfant, M.D., NHLBI Director, on Trends in Hypertension

...he study further notes that thefavorable trends in hypertension treatment and control were accompanied by adecline...curs at lower stages ofhypertension. And, although hypertension levels declined over the 4 decadesbetween 1950 and 1989, recent data from the National Health andNut...

NHLBI Urges Americans To Take Control Of Their Hypertension

... National Institutes of Health. NHLBI sponsorsthe hypertension month effort with the National High Blood Pressure EducationProgram (NHBPEP), which it coordinates. High blood pressure affects about 50 million--or one in four--Americanadults. Of those with hypertension, about 68 percent are aware of their...

Researchers develop better means to diagnose adrenal gland tumors

...y must beexcluded as a surgically curable cause of hypertension in many of the people whodevelop high blood pressure," says Graeme Eisenhofer, Ph.D., a researcher in theClinical Neurocardiology Section of the NINDS, and lead author of the study. "If the tumors are not diagnosed and removed, they can have potentia...

Surgery for severely obese improves more than just weight

...related conditions, such as hypertension or diabetes. Theaverage patient in this study had a BMI of 51 kg/m2. BMI uses height and weight measurements to roughly determine whether or not a person is at risk for ...

Heart failure deaths reduced by 30 percent

...ver accompanied by edema and/or ascites; essential hypertension andhypokalemia. It is not indicated for adjunctive therapy of heart failure as usedin the RALES study. Spironolactone is a pharmacologic aldosterone receptorantagonist. It has been shown to be a tumorigen in chronic toxicity studies inrats. Aldacton...

Obesity drugs not a quick fix for achieving weight loss

...ty drugs may help. But just as thefirst generation hypertension and diabetes drugs were not as effective as themedications developed later, Klein says future obesity drugs will be moreeffective. "The newer approaches will involve a better understanding ofchemicals in our brain that regulate food intake as well as...

New coating could lead to safer, more convenient asthma drugs

... effects, including inhibiting growth in children, hypertension andsuppression of the immune system. The side effects don't result from the action of the drugs on the lung butrather from their absorption through the lung tissue into the blood stream, theysaid. So the researchers set out to create a coating that w...

Amputation rates are rising in elderly despite advances in treatment

..., smoking, coronary heart disease,diabetes, severe hypertension and high cholesterol levels. Feinglass's co-researchers on this study were Jacqueline L. Brown, M.D.,clinical instructor and faculty development fellow in general internal medical;Anthony LoSasso, research professor; Larry M. Manheim, research...

Heart failure deaths reduced by 30 percent with new drug regimen

...ver accompanied by edema and/or ascites; essential hypertension andhypokalemia. It is not indicated for adjunctive therapy of heart failure asused in the RALES study. Spironolactone is a pharmacologic antagonist ofaldosterone receptors. It has been shown to be a tumorigen in chronic toxicitystudies in rats. A...

New study confirms importance of systolic blood pressure

... or higher. Patientsare classified into stages of hypertension depending on how high or low theirblood pressure is. There are 50 million adults in the United States with hypertension. Currently,only 68 percent of them are aware of their condition, 54 percent are beingtreated, and only 27 percent have it under...

Researchers find elevated cholesterol is risk factor for preeclampsia

...ween 1991 and 1995,excluding those who had chronic hypertension before pregnancy. Women who hadreported either gestational hypertension or preeclampsia in the study's regularsurveys taken in 1993 and 1995 were sent a questionnaire to co...

Decreased pain perception may help to identify hypertension risk

...ngham Heart Study indicate that men and women with hypertension are almosttwice as likely as others to suffer an unrecognized myocardial infarction,possibly because chest pain is suppressed during episodes of myocardialischemia, insufficient blood supply to the heart muscle. "A growing body of evidence suggests t...

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