Blood pressure vaccine moves one step closer

Imagine controlling high blood pressure with just a jab in the arm. Scientists are one step closer to this reality after creating an experimental vaccine that, in rats, provided six months of protection against high blood pressure.

If such a vaccine were to work in people, it could eliminate the trouble and expense of taking blood pressure medication daily, and also could revolutionize the treatment of hypertension in poor or rural communities, where people have limited access to medical care.

A study describing this latest advancement, led by researchers at Osaka University in Japan, appears today (May 26) in the journal Hypertension.

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