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Medication may stop drug and alcohol addiction

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in experiments using a drug already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat high blood pressure. If the treatment is proven effective in humans, it would be the first of its kind — one that could [...]

Elevated blood pressure in young adults associated with middle-age heart issues

Young adults who had blood pressure that was elevated but still within normal range for long periods of time were more likely to show signs of cardiac dysfunction in middle age, according to a study published June 22 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers followed 2,479 men and women for 25 [...]

Genetically predicted higher BP linked to antihypertensive use and lower Alzheimer’s risk

Genetic variants that predict higher systolic blood pressure (SBP) are associated with a higher probability of taking antihypertensive medication and with decreased risk of Alzheimer disease (AD), according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine. The study, conducted by Robert Scott of the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK, Soren Ostergaard, (Aarhus [...]

Pharmacists play key role in improving patient health

Over the past nine years, Scot H. Simpson, professor in the faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta, has been studying the role of pharmacists on primary care teams and their impact on the health of patients with Type 2 diabetes. His most recent study, Pharmacists on primary care teams: Effect [...]

Withholding angiotensin receptor blockers after surgery increases risk of postoperative death

Not resuming blood pressure medication within 2 days of surgery is linked with higher risk of infections, pneumonia, heart failure and kidney failure Withholding angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) for longer than two days after surgery is associated with a significantly increased risk of postoperative death, according to a study of more than 30,000 patients in [...]