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Midlife cardiovascular risk factors may increase chances of dementia

A large, long-term study suggests that middle aged Americans who have vascular health risk factors, including diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking, have a greater chance of suffering from dementia later in life. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “With an aging population, dementia is becoming

Scientists Link New Cancer Treatments to Cardiovascular Alterations

by Spanish National Cancer Research Centre Plk1 inhibitors have recently been acknowledged as an "Innovative Therapy for leukemia" by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, a study published in Nature Medicine by researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) suggests that prolonged use of these inhibitors can not only lead to

$10 million DNA sequencing effort aims to shed light on lung diseases

Research is part of national project to understand genetic roots of heart, lung, blood, sleep disorders by Julia Evangelou Strait Washington University’s McDonnell Genome Institute has received $10 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to sequence the DNA of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, in an effort to identify the genetic

Novel Surgical Technique Paves Way to Restoring Failing Organs

UCSF Study Shows Strategy May Boost Survival of Transplanted Stem Cells By Suzanne Leigh on May 14, 2017 By piercing liver cells with rapid pulses of electricity, scientists at UC San Francisco have demonstrated an entirely new way to transplant cells into organs to treat disease. Because the technique provides a hospitable environment for newly

Nanoparticles can travel from lungs to blood, possibly explaining risks to heart

April 26, 2017 (Nanowerk News) Tiny particles in air pollution have been associated with cardiovascular disease, which can lead to premature death. But how particles inhaled into the lungs can affect blood vessels and the heart has remained a mystery. Now, scientists have found evidence in human and animal studies that inhaled nanoparticles can travel

Ammonia’s Role in Cardiovascular Health Tracked in Mice, Human Cells

March 9, 2017 Study revealed that ammonia plays an important role in maintaining cardiovascular health Coronary artery disease is caused by plaque buildup in the vessels that deliver blood to the heart. Narrowed or blocked coronary arteries can result in a heart attack or sudden cardiac death. A study at the University of Missouri School

Researchers use stem cells to regenerate the external layer of a human heart

By Stefanie Tomlinson January 11, 2017 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A process using human stem cells can generate the cells that cover the external surface of a human heart — epicardium cells — according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers. "In 2012, we discovered that if we treated human stem cells with chemicals that sequentially

New Drug Could Help Prevent Artery Disease in High-risk Patients

A recent study by researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine has shown that a protein inhibitor drug prevents these blockages, and could be a new therapeutic approach to prevent heart attack, stroke and other diseases caused by blocked blood vessels. Dec. 21, 2016- According to the American Heart Association, approximately 2,200 Americans

Scientists Create Heart Cells Better, Faster, Stronger

By Dana G. Smith, PhD / Gladstone News / November 10, 2016 Tamer Mohamed, PhD, (left) and Deepak Srivastava, MD, identified two chemicals that improve the speed, quantity, and quality of direct cardiac reprogramming, bringing the technology one step closer to regenerating damaged hearts in patients. [Photo: Chris Goodfellow, Gladstone Institutes] Scientists at the Gladstone

Scientists find culprit responsible for calcified blood vessels in kidney disease

Stem cell finding informs research to prevent hardening of arteries By Julia Evangelou Strait September 8, 2016 A new study indicates that stem cells called Gli1 cells (shown in red) are responsible for depositing calcium in the arteries, increasing the risk of atherosclerosis. Over time, the condition can lead to cardiovascular disease and is especially