Volume 8 Issue 111
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Apr-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Apr-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Fosrenol significantly reduces tablet burden for end-stage renal patients with hyperphosphatemia

According to data presented today at the National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) 2006 clinical meeting in Chicago, IL, a conversion to the non-calcium phosphate binder FOSRENOL (lanthanum carbonate) from other phosphate binder therapies provides continued mean serum phosphorus control for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients with hyperphosphatemia, while significantly reducing their daily tablet burden and the total daily dose of phosphate binder medication. more  

Stem cell study for patients with heart attack damage seeks to regenerate heart muscle

Rush cardiologists are hoping that transplanted stem cells can regenerate damaged heart muscle in those who experience a first heart attack. The study involves an intravenous infusion of adult mesenchymal stem cells from healthy donor bone marrow that might possibly reverse damage to heart tissue. more

Wait a few minutes: Blood pressure readings lower when patients slow down

After rushing to make your appointment, your name is called to be seen by the doctor. You are escorted to a room, where you sit on a table wrapped in crinkly white paper to have your temperature and blood pressure measured. Although a familiar scene, nurses at the University of Virginia Health System have confirmed a major problem with this scenario. more  

Inhibition of iron-metabolizing enzyme reduces tumor growth

A report in the Journal of Biological Chemistry shows that inhibition of heme oxygenase-1, an enzyme involved in iron metabolism, reduces Kaposi sarcoma tumor growth. This discovery could result in the production of new drugs to treat this and other viral cancers. more

Viral protein helps infected T cells stick to uninfected cells 

New research shows that a protein made by a cancer virus causes infected immune cells to cling to other immune cells, enabling the virus to spread. more

Seven UK cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease associated with transplanted human tissue  

Seven cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) associated with transplanted human tissue have occurred in the UK over a period of 33 years, reveals a study published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. more

Lactic acid not athlete's poison, but an energy source - if you know how to use it

In the lore of marathoners and extreme athletes, lactic acid is poison, a waste product that builds up in the muscles and leads to muscle fatigue, reduced performance and pain. Some 30 years of research at the University of California, Berkeley, however, tells a different story: Lactic acid can be your friend. more


Systolic blood pressure can be an average of 14 points higher when taken immediately after arriving in the exam room and sitting on an examination table rather than sitting in a chair with your back supported and feet flat on the floor.