A study at University College London concludes that people with low levels of vitamin D are at a higher risk of developing hypertension. The researchers found that for every 10 percent increase in vitamin D concentration in the blood, the risk of developing hypertension fell by 8.1 percent.
INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.
—Robert Louis Stevenson
How can a doctor tell if therapy or medication will best serve a patient with depression? According to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health, pre-treatment scans of brain activity can identify which treatment option is best for a particular patient.
Almost two-thirds of the men who take the hair-loss drug Propecia are drinking less alcohol than before they started taking the medication. However, the study from George Washington University, which was intended to analyze the drug’s sexual side effects, looked only at men under 46 years old.
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With one of her kidneys not functioning at all and the other working at only 10 percent, 49-year-old Ruth Tucker is wheeled into an operating room at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago. There, a team of surgeons, led by Dr. Richard Lawler, is waiting, along with at least 40 other doctors who are just watching, some of them standing on tables in the back. A kidney from a woman who has just died in an adjacent OR is brought into the room, and Lawler begins what will be the world’s first successful organ transplant. In an hour and a half, Tucker has a working kidney. She will live five more years before she dies of heart failure. Dr. Lawler makes history, but he will never do another transplant operation.