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Blood Pressure In Infants Raised If Exposed To Tobacco Smoke In Womb

February 23, 2020

Infants whose mothers smoke during pregnancy have substantially higher blood pressures in their first months of life, Dutch researchers reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. A study of 456 infants in The Netherlands showed that, by age 2 months, babies born to mothers who smoked had higher systolic blood pressures compared to those whose mothers didn't smoke and weren't exposed to smoke during pregnancy. "Our findings indicate maternal smoking during pregnancy has ...

UBC discovery is gateway to new stroke treatments

February 22, 2020

There may be new treatments for stroke, migraine, Alzheimer's and other brain disorders, thanks to the discovery of a mechanism for regulating brain blood flow made by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UCB). Scientists found that astrocytes -- cells that surround nerve cells and all blood vessels in the brain -- have a primary role in regulating blood flow within the brain, and hold promise as a target for new therapies. The findings of the two-year study funded by the Canadian...

Female Kidney Transplant Recipients Are More Likely To Reject Male Donor Organs

February 21, 2020

New research published in The Lancet suggests that sex-matching kidney donors and recipients may result in better outcomes. The report finds that when females receive a male donor kidney, they have higher rates of graft failure compared to the other three combinations of donor and recipient. These findings imply that future studies and decisions about organ donations should take sex into consideration. This is not the first time that sex issues have come up in donor-recipient relationships. Fo...

Left Vs. Right Hemisphere Strokes

February 20, 2020

A study published in the December 2003 issue of Stroke suggests the risk of sudden death in stroke patients is increased with left hemisphere strokes more often than with right hemisphere strokes. University Medical Center researchers in the Netherlands found that risk of sudden death with left hemisphere stroke was 45% higher than with right hemisphere stroke after adjusting for other risk factors for sudden death. The researchers suggest the need for confirmation in studies designed specific...

Delivering Stem Cells Improves Major Bone Repair In Rats

February 19, 2020

A study published this week reinforces the potential value of stem cells in repairing major injuries involving the loss of bone structure. The study shows that delivering stem cells on a polymer scaffold to treat large areas of missing bone leads to improved bone formation and better mechanical properties compared to treatment with the scaffold alone. This type of therapeutic treatment could be a potential alternative to bone grafting operations. "Massive bone injuries are among the most challen...