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Six new loci associated with blood low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol or triglycerides in humans
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Using genome-wide association data from three studies and targeted replication association analyses in up to 18,554 independent participants, it is shown that common SNPs at 18 loci are reproducibly associated with concentrations of low-density cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and/or triglycerides.
Comparison of antihypertensive treatments in preventing cardiovascular events in elderly diabetic patients: results from the Swedish Trial in Old Patients with Hypertension–2
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Treatment of hypertensive diabetic patients with conventional antihypertensive drugs (diuretics, β-blockers, or both) seemed to be as effective as treatment with newer drugs such as calcium antagonists or ACE inhibitors.
Common Missense Variant in the Glucokinase Regulatory Protein Gene Is Associated With Increased Plasma Triglyceride and C-Reactive Protein but Lower Fasting Glucose Concentrations
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These findings point to a molecular mechanism in humans by which higher triglycerides and CRP can be coupled with lower plasma glucose concentrations and position GCKR in central pathways regulating both hepatic triglyceride and glucose metabolism.
Mutations of CASK cause an X-linked brain malformation phenotype with microcephaly and hypoplasia of the brainstem and cerebellum
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A previously unreported X-linked brain malformation syndrome caused by mutations of CASK is described, with all five affected individuals with CASK mutations having congenital or postnatal microcephaly, disproportionate brainstem and cerebellar hypoplasia, and severe mental retardation.
Blood pressure loci identified with a gene-centric array.
COX-2-Specific Inhibitors – the Emergence of a New Class of Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory Drugs
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Compared to the traditional and non-selective NSAIDs, COX-2 inhibitors may provide an insight into additional therapeutic areas, such as gastrointestinal cancer and dementia, where the potential relevance to COx-2 mechanisms are currently being explored and clinical trials being performed.
Is high and fluctuating muscle nerve sympathetic activity in the sleep apnoea syndrome of pathogenetic importance for the development of hypertension?
TLDR
The high sympathetic activity associated with SAS may be important in the development of the systemic hypertension commonly seen in patients with the sleep apnoea syndrome.
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