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New vaccine for High blood pressure

The blood pressure injection you need just twice a year

Jab blocks effects of a hormone in body that triggers high blood pressure

So far been tested only on rats, and successfully lowered high readings

By Pat Hagan

A vaccine given just twice a year could keep high blood pressure at bay. The jab could free millions of people from the burden of taking pills every day to keep their condition under control.

It works by blocking the effects of a hormone in the body that triggers high blood pressure by making the muscles surrounding blood vessels contract.

This chemical, called angiotensin 2, forces muscles to keep contracting, which makes blood vessels narrower and increases the pressure on vessel walls – raising the risk of a heart attack or stroke. The vaccine prompts the immune system to release antibodies that stop angiotensin 2 from reaching the muscles.

The experimental jab, which has so far been tested only on rats, successfully lowered their high readings and kept blood pressure at lower, safer levels for at least six months before a booster was needed.

Researchers at Osaka University in Japan, where the jab is being developed, hope to carry out trials on humans within the next two years. High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one in five adults in the UK and is thought to be responsible for half of all heart attacks and strokes.

It develops when blood vessel walls lose their ability to stretch and dilate, restricting the flow of blood through the body.

In some patients, it’s possible to get readings down by eating less salt and taking more exercise, but millions need pills to control it.

One of the main treatments is a class of drugs known as angiotensin  2 receptor blockers (ARBs).

These work by stopping angiotensin 2 from locking on to receptors on the outside of muscle cell walls and thereby triggering the dangerous contractions that cause high blood pressure.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2543019/The-blood-pressure-injection-need-just-twice-year.html#ixzz2rSz0Z86u

The myopia continues – Cyril Almeida

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…..  Well, no less a person than the American president has weighed in on what he thinks ought to be the fate of a piddling employee/contractor of the American government.

Whatever spurred those comments — he was asked a question rather than made a prepared statement — you can be sure the weight and might of the American state machinery will press very, very hard to ensure their president isn’t embarrassed by the self-righteous defiance of some judges and a few politicians in a country surviving on American handouts.

The Americans want their guy back and, by golly, they seem bent on getting their way. Which leaves our response.

By now the cat is out of the bag. When the interior minister, the ex-foreign minister and the all-powerful spy chief met to decide the fate of Raymond Davis, two of those gents were of the opinion that Davis doesn’t enjoy ‘full immunity’.

One of those two has now been fired by Zardari. The other, well, if Zardari tried to fire him, the president might find himself out of a job first.

Which leaves the obvious question: once the government had, surprise, surprise, screwed up, what did the self-appointed custodians of the national interest make of the situation?

Forget all that mishegoss about Vienna conventions and legal minutiae and the like. In its dealings with the US over the past decade, the security establishment’s concern for the letter of the law has been, at best, patchy.

Tongues are wagging in Islamabad that the calculus would have been far simpler: through a stroke of luck, the Pakistani state now has something the Americans desperately want back — Raymond Davis — so what will the Americans be willing to give in return?

The Davis incident has come at a time when by all accounts relations between the US and Pakistan were growing more tense, and worse was expected in the months ahead. All manner of American pressure was expected to be put on Pakistan to further US counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency goals in this country and across the border in Afghanistan.

Some believe the contours of the security establishment’s response had become visible in recent months: discreetly and indirectly encourage anti-American sentiment in the country as a bulwark against American pressure. If/when the Americans leaned too heavily on the security establishment here, the generals would be able to turn around and say, we can’t do what you want, the people won’t let us.

But long after Raymond Davis is back home in the US, hawking his talents in the lucrative private sector there, we here in Pakistan will still be stuck with the fallout.

The security establishment seems to view extremist sentiment like a faucet: turn it off, turn it on, leave it half open, depending on the need of the hour. But in the real world it doesn’t quite work like that.

Once released into society, the poison lingers on, its pernicious effects revealed years and maybe even decades later. Kind of what Pakistan looks like today, 30 years since Zia tried to Islamise this unfortunate land and her luckless people.

The recent evidence is just as harrowing. Hafiz Saeed was trotted out in support of the blasphemy laws, and everyone knows what that fire ended up consuming. Now the right-wing is up in arms again, demanding the head of Raymond Davis, arguing for a swap with Aafia Siddiqui, crying out for the lives of Pakistanis to be treated at par with American lives — with the security establishment passively looking on, possibly counting the benefits.

Who knows, the arrogant Americans may or may not get their way on Raymond Davis. The security establishment may or may not be able to wrest some compromises from the US in return for facilitating the release of Davis.

But Pakistani society will be uglier, more intolerant and a little more vicious as a result — and that surely cannot be worth whatever the short-term tactical advantage which may or may not be gained.

Read more : DAWN

INFO ABOUT CHOLESTROL

Cholesterol is a type of fat made in the liver and found in animal foods. CHOLESTEROL IS NEEDED FOR IMPORTANT BODY FUNCTIONS. Such as; Building cell walls, Protecting nerves, Making hormones. THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF CHOLESTEROL : THE GOOD. (HDL), THE BAD (LDL)

A higher level of HDL is needed to carry LDL from the BLOOD back to the LIVER to be ELIMINATED from the body. If there is a higher level of LDL cholesterol in the BLOOD it may cause: high blood pressure!, Raise risk of heart attack! Raise your risk of stroke! and the kidneys problems!

The main danger of high blood cholesterol (LDL, low density lipid) is that fatty plaques may form which will decrease the diameter of blood vessels. This leads to a restriction of the flow of blood and oxygen to the tissues of the body.

– If an artery supplying blood to the HEART becomes blocked you may have a heart attack!

– If an artery supplying blood to the BRAIN becomes blocked you may have a Stroke!

– If an artery supplying blood to the kidney becomes blocked you may suffer kidney failure.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL?

Eat less, avoid fried fast foods, avoid saturated fats, Avoid carbohydrates, sugar, cookies, cakes, pastries and candies.

Do exercise (Walking is good), avoid smoking, drink 8 to 12 crystal clear fresh glasses of water every day. Take multi-vitamins.

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT IF AN AVERAGE PERSON CAN REDUCE HIS/ HER BLOOD CHOLESTEROL (LDL) BY ONLY 10% HE/ SHE CAN REDUCE HIS RISK OF HEART ATTACK BY UP TO 50%!!

Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms

Any one of the following symptoms can be a warning sign of stroke. If anyone experience any of these symptoms, go to doctor or emergency immediately.
Weakness in an arm, hand, or leg, Numbness on one side of the body, Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye, Sudden difficulty speaking, Inability to understand what someone is saying, Dizziness or loss of balance, Sudden, excruciating headache.

Garlic promotes healthy heart, lower the blood pressure, Cholesterol and triglyceride

Garlic (in Sindhi- thoom) and (in Hindi and Urdu- lason) promotes the healthy heart, lower the blood pressure, cholesterol. If taking garlic with fresh washed green leafy vegetabes and limit Sodium (salt) intake can reduce the risk the heart attack and stroke 30%. It may enhance immune system. May prevent heart disease, it has anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti fungal action. It prevents blood clotting and it may prevent 20% from Cancer. It is a the good source of antioxidant.