The following stories appear in full on Today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
A sensitivity to salt increases the risk of death as much as high blood pressure, according to a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study is the first to show that salt sensitivity increases the risk of death even for those with normal blood pressure.
For more information: Study Shows New Link Between Salt Sensitivity And Risk Of Death
When information is released by institutions such as the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, patients often have questions about how they can follow the new findings and improve their health. This handout for patients contains tips for reducing sodium intake. With findings that state salt sensitivity can increase a healthy individuals risk of death, reducing salt intake is more important than ever.
For more information: Information For Patients: Follow A Healthy Eating Plan
Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in American women. The awareness of breast cancer, has grown significantly at the same time that screening has considerably improved. More patients than ever are diagnosed at an early stage, when tumors are still small and confined to a limited area. What is the best way to treat these very small tumors?
For more information: Small Breast Tumors: Does More Treatment Help?
New stroke guidelines will be among topics discussed at the 26th International Stroke Conference of the American Stroke Association (ASA), a division of the American Heart Association (AHA). These new guidelines recommend use of ramipril --Altace -- in at risk people with diabetes to prevent stroke. These recommendations were published in Circulation and Stroke in January 2001 and are based on data from the HOPE (Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation) Study which demonstrated that people with diabetes can reduce their risk of stroke by 33 percent, even if they are already taking other medications.
For more information: New American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines Indicate People With Diabetes Can Prevent Stroke With Ramipril
New guidelines for the management of pain in newborn infants, developed by the International Consensus Group for Neonatal Pain, were published today in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association. According to the guidelines, pain in newborn babies is most often unrecognized and undertreated, causing unnecessary suffering.
For more information: Experts Recommend Pain Management For Newborn Babies
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