Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FDA Revises Rules on Reporting Safety Information During Clinical Trials

The FDA on Tuesday issued a final rule clarifying how and when safety information must be reported during clinical trials of investigational drugs and biologics. Read more.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Racial Differences in Incident Heart Failure Among Young Adults

Read original article in the New England Journal of Medicine.

System That Regulates Blood Pressure is Amiss in Some Healthy, Young African-Americans

When stress increases blood pressure, a natural mechanism designed to bring it down by excreting more salt in the urine doesn't work well in about one-third of healthy, African-American adolescents, researchers report. Read article

Hormone Linked to High Blood Pressure and Blood Vessel disease in African Americans

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee have linked higher levels of the hormone aldosterone to high blood pressure and blood vessel disease in African Americans. Aldosterone is secreted by the adrenal glands and causes salt retention by the kidneys.

Newly Found Gene Variants Account for Kidney Diseases Among African-Americans, Studies Show

For the first time, researchers have identified variations in a single gene that are strongly associated with kidney diseases disproportionately affecting African-Americans. This work was conducted by researchers at the national Institutes of Health (NIH) and by NIH-funded investigators at the John Hopkins University.

Heart Pumping Variations Revealed Among African and Chinese Americans

Racial differences may explain risk levels. Read press release from John Hopkins Medicine.