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Addrenex Initiates Trial On Novel Hypertension Drug

2008-10-24 03:13

Addrenex Pharmaceuticals today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for ADX415, a novel hypertension drug. With the approval, Addrenex has launched a phase 2 clinical trial to study ADX415 as a targeted therapy for hypertension.

The phase 2 trial is a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging study that will involve 80 patients. ADX415 is a novel, patented, centrally acting, alpha-adrenergic receptor agonist specific to alpha-2 receptors.


Music Listening is a Viable Option to Lower Blood Pressure

2008-10-17 09:21

To some people, listening to music may just be a hobby, but to people with high blood pressure (hypertension), it could be a way to help them lower their blood pressure.

A study by the University of Florence in Italy reported at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans in May 2008 that people with mild hypertension had their blood pressure significantly reduced by listening to classical, Celtic or India (raga) music for 30 minutes a day for a month.


High Blood Pressure Rates, Management, Awareness Increasing

2008-10-16 04:38

More U.S. residents are being treated for high blood pressure in large part because of increasing obesity rates, but there is greater awareness of risk factors for the condition, particularly among white men and blacks, according to a study published in the November issue of Hypertension, United Press International reports.


More Americans have, Get Treated For High Blood Pressure

2008-10-15 07:52

First, the bad news: More American adults have hypertension (high blood pressure) and prehypertension than ever before.

Now, the good news: The percentage of those getting treated for and controlling high blood pressure has also increased. As a result, even the bad news has a good news aspect: more people are living with rather than dying from hypertension.


High Blood Pressure Serious And Treatable

2008-10-15 03:51

The number of people with high blood pressure (hypertension) has increased in the past two decades. High blood pressure is a serious and treatable condition and our ability to recognize and control it has had a dramatic improvement on people dying from heart attack over the last forty years. Much of the increase in cases of hypertension is related to the obesity epidemic, according to Dr. Paul D. Sorlie, from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. The average age at which blood pressure starts to increase is 60 for men and 40 for women.


Salt Consumption Leads To Resistant High Blood Pressure

2008-09-20 08:27

Large amounts of salt consumption can cause resistant hypertension, and it becomes almost impossible to lower blood pressure even if the patient takes necessary drugs.

A team of researchers from University of Alabama followed 13 patients with resistant hypertension, who were taking even high or low salt diet. The patients were checked to see how they responded to different combinations of drugs.


High blood pressure takes big toll on small filtering units of the kidney

2008-09-19 13:35

Take a kidney out of the body and it still knows how to filter toxins from the blood. But all bets are off in the face of high blood pressure.

"How does the kidney know how to do it and why does it break in hypertension?" says Dr. Edward W. Inscho, physiologist in the Medical College of Georgia Schools of Medicine and Graduate Studies.


Audio Relaxation Program May Lower Blood Pressure

2008-09-19 09:15

An audio relaxation program lowered blood pressure more than a Mozart sonata in a group of elderly people with high blood pressure, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s 62nd Annual Fall Conference of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research.

In a study of 41 elderly participants at three retirement facilities:

• Twenty participants listened three times a week for four months to a 12-minute audio-guided relaxation training program (ATP) with background sounds of ocean waves and a calming voice.


Researchers Use Honeybee Venom To Study Hypertension

2008-09-18 09:27

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have modified honeybee venom so that it can be used as a tool to study the inner workings of ion channels that control heart rate and the recycling of salt in kidneys. In general, ion channels selectively allow the passage of small ions such as sodium, potassium, or calcium into and out of the cell.