BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2692 (Published 18 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2692

Seven cohorts from Norway, Austria, and Sweden suggest that hypertension and cancer could share underlying mechanisms (Hypertension 2012;59:802-10, doi:10.1161/hypertensionaha.111.189258). The cohorts revealed that in men, raised blood pressure was positively associated with cancer of the throat, colon, rectum, lung, bladder, kidney, and skin. In women, raised blood pressure was positively linked with cancer of the liver, pancreas, cervix, and uterus, and malignant melanoma. Minerva wonders whether in years to come we will think of cancer and hypertension in tandem, just as we now do about diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Human skin cells (fibroblasts) taken from babies and young children have been efficiently converted to neurons by being cultured with small molecules that have a role in producing neurons in vivo and two transcription factors. Conversion …

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