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Researchers Uncover Cause of Hypertension From Antirejection Drugs

Posted Oct 07 2011 9:51pm

Modern medicine’s ability to save lives through organ transplantation has been revolutionized by the development of drugs that prevent the human body from rejecting the transplanted organ.

But those antirejection drugs have their own side effects — sometimes serious.

A group of researchers led by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered the process that may be causing many of those side effects. And the discovery means those side effects likely can be dealt with cheaply and easily — with a class of widely used drugs that are often avoided in patients with organ transplants.

The researchers’ findings were published this week in the online edition of the journal Nature Medicine.

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