An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found – They Make Blood

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Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new evidence revealing that they don’t just facilitate respiration – they also play a key role in blood production. In experiments involving mice, the team found that they produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood […]

Scientists created a cyborg stingray powered by the heart of a rat

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Researchers have developed a new kind of synthetic creature, using the heart cells of a rat to make a robotic stingray that follows light. Could this one day be a reality? Credit: While the rat-ray hybrid certainly sounds like a bit of a Frankenstein mish-mash, it’s serious research that could help pave the way […]

Gut bacteria-based supplement reduces cravings for high-calorie foods

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Cravings for chocolate, pizza, and other high-calorie foods could be reduced by consuming a gut bacteria-based supplement, suggests a new study published inThe American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found the supplement inulin-propionate ester reduced food reward brain activity, which dampened participants’ cravings for high-calorie foods. Credit: Researchers from Imperial College London and the University […]

Some Doctors Still Consider Heart Disease A ‘Man’s Issue,’ Fail To Track Risk In Women

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A new European survey of doctors reveals a glaring blind spot when it comes to watching out for female patients’ heart health. French researchers sent out a questionnaire to 52 general practitioners (GPs). They also obtained access to the medical histories of more than 2,000 of their randomly selected patients. But when they tried to use […]

Novel blood test could diagnose diseases with no known antigens

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It may one day be possible to identify cancer, autoimmune diseases, and a wealth of other conditions from a single drop of blood, after a team from the University of Pittsburgh reveals the creation of a test that holds promise for such a feat. Researchers have created a blood test that they say could diagnose […]

Stroke patients able to walk again after stem cell transplant

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The results of a small clinical trial offer hope for people left with motor impairment following a stroke, after finding that an injection of adult stem cells into the brain restored motor function for such individuals, to the extent that some patients regained the ability to walk. Researchers found that injecting SB623 stem cells into […]

Nanoscale Trojan horses treat inflammation

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Nanosized Trojan horses created from a patient’s own immune cells have successfully treated inflammation by overcoming the body’s complex defense mechanisms, perhaps leading to broader applications for treating diseases characterized by inflammation, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Process of extracting proteolipid material, protein enrichment, and vesicular formulation of leukosomes. Credit: Houston Methodist An international […]

Cancer Cells Hijack the Body’s Internal Clocks, Study Finds

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Cancer patients rare die directly from their tumors. Anyone who’s lost a friend or loved one knows the disease usually wastes away the body. Often, at the end stages, food just doesn’t seem to stick. Now a new study may help explain how and why this happens. Tumor cells disrupt the body’s circadian clocks, interfering […]

Strokes – The 3 types & what to look for

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Two of the most common cardiovascular problems often leading to long term disability or death are heart attacks and strokes. Today’s session will focus on strokes, which according to the world heart federation, is responsible for 15 million cardiovascular cases a year.  What are the different types of strokes? How can you recognize them? What […]

Heart Cancers Are So Extremely Rare It’s As If They Didn’t Exist

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Food for thought: there are cancers of the brain, blood, lymph nodes, lungs, bone, and every other bodily organ, part, or system imaginable. Why, then, do we never hear about heartcancer — could it be our hearts, long symbolized as the root of loving emotion, are somehow immune to the dreaded disease? Unfortunately, the reason […]


Treating sepsis by protecting blood vessels shows promise

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No specific treatment is currently available for sepsis – also referred to as blood poisoning or septicemia – a life-threatening condition that affects 19 million people worldwide every year. Now, a new study shows that protecting blood vessels from the damage caused by sepsis could be a way to successfully treat a condition that poses […]

Micro heart muscle created from stem cells

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New technique offers cheaper, faster method to create heart tissue for testing drugs and modeling disease Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have invented a new way to create three-dimensional human heart tissue from stem cells. The tissue can be used to model disease and test drugs, and it opens the door for a precision medicine […]

Pancreatic cancer: implantable chemo device may slow, shrink tumors

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Researchers have developed a small, implantable device for delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to pancreatic tumors. Tests in mice showed it was up to 12 times more effective than giving the drugs intravenously, which is how most patients receive them. The researchers describe how they developed and tested their innovation in a paper published in the […]


Huge leap to mass produced platelets

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Scientists have made a significant leap towards mass producing platelets – the part of the blood that forms clots. The NHS and University of Cambridge team have discovered how to grow the body’s platelet factories in the laboratory. Credit: David Gregory & Debbie Marshall. Wellcome Images It could provide a new source of platelets to […]


Treating depression may reduce heart disease risk

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Heart disease and depression are both serious and prevalent conditions; mounting evidence infers that they are connected. Depression has been shown to increase the likelihood of developing heart disease later in life. A new study looks in depth at this relationship. An estimated 6.7% of American adults suffered one or more major depressive episodes in […]

Silicon ‘nano-balls’ have wiped out metastatic breast cancer in mice

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Human trials could start as early as 2017. Despite all our advances in cancer research, our best strategy of fighting the disease is still brute force, with only a fraction of the drugs administered actually reaching the tumour cells, and most being absorbed into healthy tissue. When cancer spreads, the likelihood of medication reaching it […]


Common painkillers are more dangerous than we think

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New research shows that common painkillers (NSAIDs) have more side effects than we think, and that they should be used with great care in patients with heart disease. NSAIDs are among the most sold medicines in the world. Credit: © Melinda Fawver / Fotolia Many patients are prescribed NSAIDs for the treatment of painful conditions, […]


Supercomputer copies whole-body blood flow

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A new supercomputer simulation of blood moving around the entire human body compares extremely well with real-world flow measurements, researchers say. Randles Lab, Duke University, The simulation includes every artery more than 1mm in diameter The software uses a 3D representation of every artery that is 1mm across or wider, scanned from a single person. Its […]

Functional heart muscle regenerated in decellularized human hearts

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Team generates stem-cell derived heart muscle in cell-free human cardiac matrix Researchers have taken some initial steps toward the creation of bioengineered human hearts using donor hearts stripped of components that would generate an immune response and cardiac muscle cells generated from induced pluripotent stem cells, which could come from a potential recipient. A partially […]

LMU researchers identify new drug target for atherosclerosis

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The enzyme Dicer processes RNA transcripts, cutting them into short segments that regulate the synthesis of specific proteins. A Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich team has shown that Dicer promotes the development of atherosclerosis, thus identifying a new drug target. The term atherosclerosis refers to a pathological process in which fat-rich deposits in the walls of major […]