Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 353 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Dec-2003
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Standardized blood pressure measurement could improve hypertension prevention, care in the Americas
A Hemisphere-wide group called the Pan American Hypertension Initiative (PAHI) is recommending an 11-step procedure to accurately and uniformly measure blood pressure in research studies and community programs. This new approach will enable many countries to join together to survey large groups of people, in order to assess and compare general trends in the prevalence of high blood pressure. This will be useful for comparisons of prevention and education programs and ultimately for helping improve those programs and the health of the people of the Americas.  more

Doctors more likely to prescribe pricey new blood pressure drugs despite standards, U-M study finds : Free drug samples may influence doctorsí choices, researcher suggests
Even though research has shown inexpensive treatments for high blood pressure are just as effective as pricey new drugs, doctors perceive the new drugs as more effective and think they carry fewer side effects, according to a new study by a University of Michigan Health System physician.  more


Information for health professionals: Primary prevention of hypertension - Clinical and public health advisory from the National High Blood Pressure Education Program
This 14 page booklet for health professionals reflects the latest scientific evidence on preventing high blood pressure and updates the 1993 "National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group Report on Primary Prevention of Hypertension". The new advisory emphasizes two complementary strategies to keep blood pressure from rising: a population-based strategy and an intensive strategy for high-risk individuals. Evaluations of traditional and non-traditional treatment programs are presented.  more

Key appetite regulator may be identified
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have discovered the first direct evidence in mammals that a chemical intermediate in the production of fatty acids is a key regulator of appetite, according to a report in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  more

Car color and risk of car crash injury: population based case control study
Silver cars are less likely to be involved in a crash resulting in serious injury than cars of other colors, finds a study in this week's Christmas issue of the BMJ. more

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