Newswise, Nov. 2, 2006 New research shows that higher levels of uric acid are strongly associated with high blood pressure in blacks, suggesting that a simple blood test could predict risk and that treatments to lower uric acid may be a novel way to reduce hypertension-related complications in this population. The results are reported online in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association. Thomas P. Erlinger, M.D., M.P.H., with University of Texas Medical Branch was a co-researcher on the project.