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CQ's Carey Discusses Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding Bill, Bush's Surgeon General Nomination, FDA Drug Safety Legislation

July 09, 2020

Mary Agnes Carey, associate editor of CQ HealthBeat, examines House approval of a bill that would expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, a possible confirmation battle over President Bush's nominee for surgeon general and a House panel's mark-up of an FDA drug safety measure in this week's "Health on the Hill from kaisernetwork and CQ."According to Carey, the House recently voted 247-176 to approve the Senate version of a bill that would expand federal funding for embryonic st...

In Kidney Disease Patients, Low Blood Pressure Increases Stroke Risk

July 08, 2020

For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the risk of stroke is increased with low blood pressure as well as high blood pressure, reports a study in the March Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Our study confirmed that individuals with CKD and elevated blood pressure are at increased risk of stroke," comments Dr. Daniel E. Weiner of Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston. "Further, we found that individuals with the lowest systolic blood pressures and moderate kidney disease...

Exercising Just Got Easier For Busy People, Study Shows

July 07, 2020

If you're the type of person who invokes the "not enough time" clause when it comes to exercising, it's time to find a new excuse. Researchers who have been studying interval training have found that it not only takes less time than what is typically recommended, but the regimen does not have to be "all out" to be effective in helping reduce the risk of such diseases at Type 2 diabetes. The study appears in the March issue of The Journal of Physiology. "What we've been able to show is that int...

Biomarker Of Breathing Control Abnormality Associated With Hypertension And Stroke

July 06, 2020

A study in the July 1 issue of the journal SLEEP identified a distinct ECG-derived spectrographic phenotype, designated as narrow-band elevated low frequency coupling (e-LFCNB), that is associated with prevalent hypertension, stroke, greater severity of sleep disordered breathing and sleep fragmentation in patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Results indicate that the odds ratio for prevalent stroke was 1.65 [CI: 1.19-29] in those with versus without the presence of e-LFCNB. T...

Less Awareness Of Stroke Warning Signs Found In People At High Risk Of Stroke

July 05, 2020

People at the highest risk of having a stroke - the elderly and those who have had a previous stroke - are less likely to know the five warning signs of stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009. Researchers also found that: People with lower income and less education are less aware of stroke symptoms than those who earn more money and are more educated. Women and whites were significantly more knowledgeable about stroke ...