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Combined Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Improves Survival in Type 1 Diabetes
Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2008
For patients with type 1 diabetes and end-stage renal disease (ESRD), simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplantation increases the chances of long-term survival compared to kidney transplantation alone.

Chronic Marijuana Use Can Lead to Brain Damage
Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Long-term cannabis smoking can lead to structural damage in parts of the brain, according to a recent study. Cannabis, or marijuana, is often believed to be generally harmless by smokers and some non-smokers, but the results of this study suggest otherwise.

Nighttime Aspirin Can Reduce Daytime Blood Pressure
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Low-dose aspirin can reduce daytime blood pressure if taken at night, and this may delay the progression of prehypertension to true hypertension, investigators report.

Many Diabetics Don't Get Necessary Blood Pressure Treatment
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Only half of patients had their therapy changed as needed, study found. Diabetics with high blood pressure have only a 50-50 chance that their doctors will change their medications as needed or offer other treatment, a new study finds.

Home Blood-Pressure Monitoring Recommended
Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2008
It makes better control possible, heart experts say. They recommend that more than 100 million Americans should be monitoring their blood pressure at home, according to three major health organizations that are issuing recommendations on what to do and how to do it.

New Ultrasound Technique Better Detects Prostate Cancer
Posted: Monday, May 26, 2008
With the help of a new ultrasound technique, the number of unnecessary prostate biopsies may be greatly reduced, according to Jefferson University Hospital researchers. Lower numbers of men with undetected prostate cancer should occur as well.

Simple Blood Test Might Indicate Best Post-Menopausal Treatment
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2008
Past research has revealed that post-menopausal hormone therapy increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, leading many women to shy away from the potentially beneficial treatment. A recent study has revealed though that a basic blood test taken prior to administration of the hormones may determine whether or not an increased risk will be incurred by the individual.

Pine Bark Extract May Boost Diabetics' Heart Health and Improve BG
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2008
Results from a new study suggests that supplements of extracts from French maritime pine bark may reduce blood pressure and the use of blood pressure medication among diabetics.

Early Life Sleep Apnea Could Lead To Cardiovascular Disease
Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sleep apnea during early childhood might greatly increase the risk of later life cardiovascular disease, according to a recent Israeli study. The study found that the condition often starts early in life, enhancing the importance of the findings.

Erectile Dysfunction Warns of Worse Problems
Posted: Monday, May 19, 2008
In diabetics, impotence may double cardiac risks, new studies say.

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