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Ideas For Preventive And Therapeutic Approaches Against Heart Attacks And Strokes

February 18, 2020

University of Washington (UW) researchers have gathered evidence that dangerous plaques in blood vessels can rupture by overproducing protein-digesting enzymes. Plaques are fat-laden rough spots in the otherwise smooth walls of arteries. When a plaque ruptures, blood accumulates inside of it, a process known as plaque hemorrhage. The plaque enlarges and artery-blocking clots can form. If the flow of oxygen-rich blood is restricted, a heart attack, stroke, or damage to other organs can occur. Mo...

Aging Stem Cells In Mice May Hold Answers To Diseases Of The Aged, Stanford Study Finds

February 17, 2020

As stem cells in the blood grow older, genetic mutations accumulate that could be at the root of blood diseases that strike people as they age, according to work done in mice by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. "This and our previous work points out why older people are more likely to get blood diseases, such as leukemia or anemia, and are less likely to make new antibodies that would protect against infections like the flu," said senior author Irving Weissman, MD, dir...

Diesel Fumes Increase Risks For Heart Patients

February 16, 2020

A new Scottish and Swedish study suggests that exposure to diesel fumes could put heart disease patients at risk from reduced blood supply to the heart and clots. The research is published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and is the work of scientists at Edinburgh University in Scotland and UmeƄ University in Sweden. The researchers examined how diesel exhaust fumes affected the heart and blood vessels of men who had recovered from a hear...

Ditch The Sexy Lingerie This Christmas; Women 50 Plus Just Want A Good Night's Sleep!

February 15, 2020

Gents, if you're looking for a way to get your woman's heart in a flutter this Christmas then ditch the sexy lingerie as a Christmas gift. Only one in twenty (5%) women aged fifty and over said sexy lingerie gets their heart racing. While surprisingly nearly one in six (16%) opted for a good night's sleep to get their hearts in a flutter. We released the survey results today as part of our Angina Monologues campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Heartthrobs young and old, suc...

First Time Production Of Liver Cells From Adult Skin Cells Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Technology

February 14, 2020

Scientists have for the first time produced liver cells from adult skin cells using the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology. The study, led by the University of Edinburgh's MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, paves the way for the creation of a stem cell library that can be used for in vitro hepatic disease models. Presently primary human hepatocytes (PHHs) are the 'gold standard' cell type used in predictive drug toxicology. These cells are derived from dead or donor tissue. The...