Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 295 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Oct-2003
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Hostility, impatience increase hypertension risk
Impatience and hostility--two hallmarks of the “type A” behavior pattern--increase young adults’ long-term risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Further, the more intense the behaviors, the greater the risk.  more

U.S. blacks five times as likely as whites to progress to kidney failure
It's long been known that black Americans are four to five times as likely as white Americans to suffer from kidney disease that is severe enough to require dialysis or transplantation. Now a new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) shows that rates of early kidney disease do not differ between the two groups, but that blacks with early disease are five times as likely as whites to progress to the severe stage that requires dialysis or transplantation.  more


A new molecular culprit for type II diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Therapies for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and type II diabetes should be directed toward a new molecular culprit — the precursor to the clumps of abnormal proteins that have garnered attention for the last century.  more

New Drug Proves Helpful for Treating Long-Term Insomnia
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center and elsewhere have completed the first large-scale study demonstrating sustained efficacy of a medication to treat insomnia for a period of six months.  more

US women endure twice the surgical biopsies as British for same cancer detection rate
Although the rate of breast cancer detection is similar in the two countries, US doctors perform two to three times more open surgical biopsies than British doctors. In addition, American women are recalled, or referred for further testing, twice as often as British women, according to a study by UCSF radiologist Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD.  more

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