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Harvard’s Wyss Institute improves its sepsis therapeutic device

Blood-cleansing device, enabled by a genetically engineered pathogen-capturing protein, has been simplified to accelerate its clinical translation Last year, a Wyss Institute team of scientists described the development of a new device to treat sepsis that works by mimicking our spleen. It cleanses pathogens and toxins from blood circulating through a dialysis-like circuit. Now, the [...]

Pharmacists help patients with hypertension

If you have hypertension, it pays to include a pharmacist in a medical care team. That’s the upshot from research by the University of Iowa that found patients with uncontrolled hypertension had better blood pressure control when being cared for by pharmacists working in care teams (with a physician, for example) than patients who relied [...]

Blood pressure levels and prevalence among US children & adolescents has declined in the past decade

Childhood high blood pressure (HBP) is a serious public health challenge worldwide due to associated increases in risk of end organ damages and correlation with HBP in adulthood. The prevalence of elevated blood pressure (BP) has been reported to increase significantly among United States children and adolescents from 1988-1994 to 1999-2008, but little is known [...]

$1.25 million NIH grant to study diabetes drug’s role in reversing preeclampsia

Sascha Drewlo, Ph.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has secured a $1.25 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study the role of approved drugs to improve placental function. The R01 grant (1R01HL128628) will fund Drewlo’s [...]

New blood pressure guidelines may lead to under treatment of older adults

Michael Miedema, M.D., of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® leads large scale investigation on the impact of JNC8P blood pressure guidelines on aging US population Approximately one-third of U.S. adults have hypertension (or high blood pressure). Treatment of this condition is essential to the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the #1 killer of both men [...]