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Vidyya Medical News Service For 26-October-2000:

The National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP) Coordinating Committee has issued new guidance for clinicians on high blood pressure in pregnancy. The "2000 Working Group Report on High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy" clarifies how to monitor and treat pregnant women who have hypertension prior to pregnancy and those who develop hypertension during gestation. The NHBPEP is coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.

These updated, evidence-based clinical guidelines will provide important new information for clinicians in the identification, evaluation, and treatment of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy. This report includes a revised definition of preeclampsia/eclampsia, changes in the classification of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and an expanded discussion of prevention and treatment. Other new topics include postpartum counseling and research recommendations. Get the full guideline in today's issue of Vidyya.

Mayo Clinic researchers working in collaboration with scientists at EXACT Laboratories, Inc. of Maynard, Mass have developed a new, non-invasive test that was 91 percent sensitive for detecting cancer throughout the colon, according to a study released Tuesday in the journal Gastroenterology. Each year, 56,000 people in the United States die from cancer of the colon and rectum.

In other news from the Mayo Clinic, people with systolic blood pressure above 140 mm Hg have a significantly increased risk of building up stroke-causing deposits in their aorta. The study results, published this week in Circulation, show that an increase of 10 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure corresponds to a 31 percent greater chance of complex aortic atherosclerosis.

Ebola Update: As of  25 October, the Ugandan Ministry of Health has reported 176 cases, including 64 deaths. A report yesterday from a Reuter's reporter quotes a Ugandan health official who believes that although newly reported cases have held steady at 5-10 per week, the epidemic will continue for the next 2-3 months.

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