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Angiotensin is an oligopeptide in the blood that causes vasoconstriction, increased blood pressure, and release of aldosterone from the adrenal cortex. It is a powerful dipsogen. It is derived from the precursor molecule angiotensinogen, a serum globulin produced in the liver. It plays an important role in the renin-angiotensin system.
ZS Pharma starts patient enrollment in ZS-9 Phase 3 trial for treatment of hyperkalemia

ZS Pharma starts patient enrollment in ZS-9 Phase 3 trial for treatment of hyperkalemia

ZS Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for kidney, cardiovascular and liver disorders, today announced that it has begun enrolling patients in ZS004, its second Phase 3 clinical trial of ZS-9, a novel investigational treatment for hyperkalemia. [More]

Vitamin D receptor gene variant protects against male LUTS

An international research effort aimed at identifying the genetic basis of lower urinary tract symptoms has identified five candidate genes, one of which – encoding the vitamin D receptor – is consistently protective against these symptoms in men. [More]
Boston Heart Diagnostics announces commercial launch of FDA-cleared MPO test

Boston Heart Diagnostics announces commercial launch of FDA-cleared MPO test

Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation, a pioneer in integrating next-generation diagnostics into personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs for patients with or at risk for heart disease, announced the commercial launch of an FDA-cleared MPO (myeloperoxidase) test, a key biomarker for inflammation. Studies show that MPO levels are useful predictors of near-term (one to six months) risk of heart attack or stroke. [More]
New research uncovers abnormal molecular signaling pathways for kidney failure

New research uncovers abnormal molecular signaling pathways for kidney failure

Prevention and reversal of chronic kidney disease is an urgent public health need. The disease affects 1 in 10 Americans, is debilitating and deadly, and existing drugs, at best, offer only mild delay in progression to end-stage kidney failure. [More]
FDA approves Iroko Pharmaceuticals’ TIVORBEX capsules

FDA approves Iroko Pharmaceuticals’ TIVORBEX capsules

Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a global specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing the science of analgesia, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved TIVORBEX™ (indomethacin) capsules, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), at 20 mg and 40 mg doses for the treatment of mild to moderate acute pain in adults. [More]

Spinifex announces results of Phase 2 clinical trial of EMA401 in postherpetic neuralgia

Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, an Australian pain drug development company, today announces that The Lancet has published the results of its Phase 2 clinical trial of its lead candidate, EMA401, in postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). [More]
ACE protein overexpression elevates immune responses and prevents Alzheimer's-like cognitive decline

ACE protein overexpression elevates immune responses and prevents Alzheimer's-like cognitive decline

Many people with high blood pressure are familiar with ACE inhibitors, drugs that widen blood vessels by limiting activity of ACE - angiotensin-converting enzyme - a naturally occurring protein found in tissues throughout the body. [More]

New easy-to-use risk calculator helps predict heart failure patients' chances of survival

A UCLA team has developed an easy-to-use "risk calculator" that helps predict heart failure patients' chances of survival for up to five years and assists doctors in determining whether more or less aggressive treatment is appropriate. [More]
FDA accepts Iroko Pharmaceuticals' ZORVOLEX sNDA for review

FDA accepts Iroko Pharmaceuticals' ZORVOLEX sNDA for review

Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a global specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing the science of analgesia, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted for review the Supplemental New Drug Application for ZORVOLEX (diclofenac), a lower dose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, for the proposed indication of treatment of osteoarthritis pain in adults. ZORVOLEX was approved by FDA in October 2013 for the treatment of mild to moderate acute pain in adults. [More]

Trevena doses first patient in TRV027 Phase 2b trial for acute heart failure

Trevena, Inc., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company involved in the discovery and development of G-protein coupled receptor biased ligands, announced today initiation of dosing in BLAST-AHF, the Company's randomized, multi-center Phase 2b trial of TRV027 in patients with acute heart failure. [More]
FDA approves Actavis' ANDA for Telmisartan Immediate-Release Tablets

FDA approves Actavis' ANDA for Telmisartan Immediate-Release Tablets

Actavis plc today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on its Abbreviated New Drug Application for Telmisartan Immediate-Release Tablets, 20 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg, a generic equivalent to Boehringer Ingelheim's Micardis. Actavis intends to launch the product immediately. [More]

Patients with Loeys-Dietz syndrome at increased risk for aortic aneurysm

Patients with the connective tissue disorder Loeys-Dietz syndrome are at high risk for aortic aneurysm. LDS results in the presence of missense mutations within either of the genes encoding receptors for TGF-β. LDS-associated mutations are predicted to reduce TGF-β signaling; however, aortic tissue samples from LDS patients indicate that TGF-β signaling may be enhanced. [More]
New guideline to help doctors treat patients with hypertension

New guideline to help doctors treat patients with hypertension

A new guideline developed by evidence gathered from randomized clinical trials for the management of high blood pressure contains nine recommendations and a treatment algorithm to help doctors treat patients with hypertension. [More]
Studies highlight potential negative effects of soft drinks, sugar on kidney health

Studies highlight potential negative effects of soft drinks, sugar on kidney health

Two new studies highlight the potential negative effects that soft drinks and sugar can have on kidney health. Results of these studies will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2013 November 5-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. [More]

Oral allergy syndrome sufferers with hypertension may be at increased risk for severe reaction

​Oral allergy syndrome sufferers that take high blood pressure medications may experience extreme facial swelling and difficulty breathing the next time they bite into a juicy apple. [More]
Genkyotex announces initiation of GKT137831 Phase II study in patients with diabetic nephropathy

Genkyotex announces initiation of GKT137831 Phase II study in patients with diabetic nephropathy

Genkyotex, the leading developer of selective NOX enzyme inhibitors, announced today the initiation of a multinational Phase II clinical study of GKT137831 in patients with diabetic nephropathy. [More]
ASN strongly recommends all adults to undergo routine screening for chronic kidney disease

ASN strongly recommends all adults to undergo routine screening for chronic kidney disease

The American Society of Nephrology strongly recommends that all adults undergo routine screening for chronic kidney disease (CKD), the 8th leading cause of death in the U.S. This contradicts screening guidelines recently released by the American College of Physicians (ACP). [More]

FDA approves Iroko Pharmaceuticals’ ZORVOLEX capsules

Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a global specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing the science of analgesia, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ZORVOLEX™ (diclofenac) capsules, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), for the treatment of mild to moderate acute pain in adults. ZORVOLEX was approved at dosage strengths that are 20 percent lower than currently available diclofenac products. [More]
Certain blood pressure medications may reduce risk of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease

Certain blood pressure medications may reduce risk of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease

A Johns Hopkins-led analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 elderly Americans strongly suggests that taking certain blood pressure medications to control blood pressure may reduce the risk of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. [More]

Hypertension Drug May Aid Cancer Treatment

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