Genes Tied To High Blood Pressure Found In Black Americans

Despite pressure, ban on gay blood donors endures

The investigators pointed out that most gene discoveries to date have been in white people and noted that previous studies in blacks failed to identify any genes associated with blood pressure. WEIGH IN: Ask your fitness questions Genes account for 40 percent to 50 percent of a person’s risk for high blood pressure (hypertension). The four genetic variations identified in this study also affect other racial/ethnic groups, the researchers noted. Other risk factors for high blood pressure include lifestyle, diet and obesity.
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“It’s very personal to a lot of people who would like to donate and yet are barred while knowing themselves not to be at risk,” said Brian Moulton, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights group. “People perceive of giving blood as a civic duty,” Moulton added. “The current policy puts gay and bisexual men who are going to be honest in an awkward position during a blood drive. People ask, `Why aren’t you giving blood?'” The FDA acknowledges that the ban leads to rejection of many healthy donors. However, it says the policy “minimizes even the small risk of getting infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis through a blood transfusion.” And it says the blood supply in the U.S. has been stable.
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Campaign to get the right numbers for blood pressure

They were more likely than nonusers to have diabetes and kidney disease. While Bateman’s study didn’t look at why the number of women taking blood pressure drugs is on the rise, he speculated that the obesity epidemic and women delaying childbirth until they are older (and at more risk of getting high blood pressure) may explain the increase. Older maternal age may indeed explain much of the increase, according to Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women and heart disease at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Lenox Hill Hospital, in New York City.
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More Pregnant Women on Blood Pressure Drugs: Study

United Kingdom A campaign in Thanet is asking people to get their blood pressure checked and find out the results to make sure that the blood pressure is under control. The campaign advertised with the phrase “know your numbers”. The campaign was conducted for a whole week from 16th September to the 22nd of September and was referred to as the national awareness week which encouraged people to check if their blood pressure test had “lucky numbers” confirming to be within the permitted limit. The campaign was carried out due to the fact that almost 15 percent of the adult residents from Thanet complain of high blood pressure with even more possibilities to be diagnosed with high blood pressure. A possibility says that as many as one-third of the residents could be unaware of their condition and would be able to get the right information through the campaign.
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