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Salt balance and thyroid function.

Salt balance and thyroid function

Atrial natriuretic factor (ANF), a hormone discovered in 1981, controls salt and water balance. High levels of the hormone are found in victims of congestive heart failure, and preliminary human trials have shown that a booster of the protein can reduce blood pressure in some cases. Now researchers say they've found the first metabolic abnormality associated with decreased levels of the protein.

Robert S. Zimmerman and his colleagues at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., measured ANF levels in 11 patients with underactive thyroid glands. The levels were about two-thirds thos of a healthy control group. ANF increased after the patients' thyroid conditions were treated.
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Title Annotation:research on atrial natriuretic factor hormone
Author:Silberner, Joanne
Publication:Science News
Date:Dec 6, 1986
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