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Immune Cells Mistake Heart Attacks for Viral Infections

A study led by Kevin King, a bioengineer and physician at the University of California San Diego, has found that the immune system plays a surprising role in the aftermath of heart attacks. The research could lead to new therapeutic strategies for heart disease The team, which also includes researchers from the Center for Systems

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

Stem cell injection could mend broken hearts

  A particular type of stem cell helped to repair and recover damaged heart muscle when tested in mice. Picture: Lisa Ferguson LIZZY BUCHAN Tuesday 19 May 2015 A PIONEERING stem-cell injection could help to repair the currently irreversible damage caused by a heart attack, researchers have said. Work has been done over the past ten

UM stem cell research on heart may go national

Written by Lidia Dinkova on March 18, 2015 University of Miami stem cell research on generating healthy heart tissue in heart attack survivors is on track to be tested across the US. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of federal medical research arm the National Institutes of Health, is to fund the $8

Magnetic Nanoparticles Promise to Prevent Strokes and Heart Attacks

By Dexter Johnson Posted IEEE Spectrum 26 Feb 2015 | 19:00 GMT Image: Paolo Decuzzi laboratoryEach nanoparticle is composed of an iron oxide core (red squares) that is swathed in albumin (grey) and the anti-clotting agent tPA (green). The iron oxide cubes are about 20 nm on a side. Magnetic nanoparticles have served as the foundation for

Targeted nanomedicine therapy to regenerate heart muscle injured by heart attack

Medical News Today, by Staff ~ September 12, 2014 Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute infused antibody-studded iron nanoparticles into the bloodstream to treat heart attack damage. The combined nanoparticle enabled precise localization of the body's own stem cells to the injured heart muscle. The study, which focused on laboratory rats, was published today in

Experimental heart attack drug reduces tissue damage, minimizes bleeding risk

Washington University in St. Louis, by Hilary A. Davidson ~ August 12, 2014 An investigational drug studied in animals significantly reduced damage to heart muscle from a heart attack and minimized the risk of bleeding during follow-up treatments, according to a study by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “This medication,

A vaccination to prevent heart attacks?

Harvard Stem Cell Institute, by Staff ~ June 9, 2014 Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) scientists collaborating with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a “genome editing” approach for permanently reducing cholesterol levels in mice with a single injection, potentially reducing heart attack risk by up to 90 percent. “For the first iteration

Scientists Develop New Molecular “Cocktail” to Transform Skin Cells into Beating Heart Cells

UC San Francisco, by Staff ~ February 20, 2014 The power of regenerative medicine appears to have turned science fiction into scientific reality — by allowing scientists to transform skin cells into cells that closely resemble beating heart cells. However, the methods required are complex, and the transformation is often incomplete. But now, scientists at

Immune cells may heal an injured heart

Washington University in St. Louis, By Julia Evangelou Strait ~ January 16, 2014 The immune system plays an important role in the heart’s response to injury. But until recently, confusing data made it difficult to distinguish the immune factors that encourage the heart to heal following a heart attack, for example, from those that lead