Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 237 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Aug-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Aug-2004
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The increasing number of adults with high blood pressure statement from Barbara Alving, M.D., Acting Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
A new analysis of the prevalence of high blood pressure in the US shows a striking increase over the last 10 years in the number of adults with this condition.  more

Information for patients: Your guide to lowering blood pressure
"You can do it!" is the message in this action-packed guide. Follow step-by-step instructions on how to achieve and maintain a lower blood pressure through lifestyle and, if prescribed, medication. It's filled with practical advice about how to find your target weight, use herbs and spices to reduce sodium intake, and even how to remember to take your blood pressure medication. The bright, colorful design and upbeat language motivates as it educates hypertensive and prehypertensive patients to take control of their cardiovascular health. Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure. 20 pages. NIH Publication No. 03-5232.  more

NIH releases research strategy to fight obesity epidemic
NIH Director Elias M. Zerhouni, M.D., today announced the release of the final version of the Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research, a multi-dimensional research agenda to enhance both the development of new research in areas of greatest scientific opportunity and the coordination of obesity research across NIH. more


Marathoning mice could have Olympian effects on obesity
A molecular switch known to regulate fat metabolism appears to prevent obesity and turns laboratory mice into marathon runners, a Salk Institute study has found.  more

FDA notifies patients of mammography problems at Ecumed Health Group Facility in Hialeah, Florida
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today is alerting patients about possible problems associated with the quality of mammograms performed at the Ecumed Health Group facility in Hialeah, Fla., over recent years. The facility is located at 687 East 9Th Street. This action underscores the importance of choosing a certified mammography provider for your patients. Oversite of mammography facilities is unfortunately lacking in the United States to a surprising degree.  more

Resources for patients and professionals: Search for a certified mammography facility
This list of FDA Certified Mammography Facilities is updated weekly. more

Depo Provera appears to increase risk for chlamydial and gonococcal infections
The injectable contraceptive depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) appears to increase a woman's risk of acquiring the sexually transmitted infections chlamydia and gonorrhea by approximately three fold when compared to women not using a hormonal contraceptive, according to a study jointly funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Population and Reproductive Health.  more

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