Dopamine Produced in Kidneys Critical to Maintaining Normal Blood Pressure

Dopamine, an important neurotransmitter that helps to control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, is often studied in connection with neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease.  Now researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have discovered that dopamine produced within the kidneys, rather than the brain, is critical to maintaining normal blood…

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Diary of a Kidney Lover April 14, 2011

Dear diary, it’s been too long! So much has happened since my last entry back in October and it’s a bit complicated to explain. Maintaining a healthy body can be a difficult balancing act. After a complete physical, including an artery scan and blood vessel flexibility test, my doctor found…

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Top News on Blood Pressure for the Week of 3/28/11

There are so many studies and stories about blood pressure in the news this week! Georgia Health Sciences University will be undertaking an interesting study to find out whether lower blood pressure reduces kidney disease progression in CKD patients age 55 and older. – Study Examines Whether Lower Blood Pressure…

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Diary of a Kidney Lover, October 12, 2010

DIARY OF A KIDNEY LOVER It’s good to be back here writing again after these last three weeks on the DASH diet. They weren’t necessarily bad weeks, but I was definitely up and down – excited, elated, frustrated, blue. To recap from my blog of a few weeks ago, my…

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Diary of a Kidney Lover, September 10, 2010

DIARY OF A KIDNEY LOVER OK.  Time for a change.  After a very tasty Chinese dinner last week, I had one of the worst heartburn episodes I have ever had (and I don’t even get heartburn).  I felt like I was going to die.  Thinking about it, I’m sure that…

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Millions with "Silent" Hypertension May Have Kidney Disease

From Johns Hopkins Medicine April 15, 2010 A new study shows that up to 8 million Americans who don’t know they have hypertension may also have undiagnosed kidney disease. This is why it’s so important to visit your doctor and have your blood pressure checked! Millions with Silent Hypertension May…

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