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Scientists Figure Out How Vitamin E Keeps Muscles Healthy

May 21, 2015 10:57 am | by Georgia Regents University | News | Comments

Body builders have it right: vitamin E does help build strong muscles, and scientists appear to have figured out one important way it does it.

Cardiologists, Veterinarian Work Together to Fix Cat's Heart

May 18, 2015 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California cat named Vanilla Bean with a congenital heart defect got a rare chance at another...

Long-Term Depression May Double Stroke Risk for Middle-Aged Adults

May 15, 2015 10:30 am | by University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

Adults over 50 who have persistent symptoms of depression may have twice the risk of stroke as...

The BioDigital Human: Exploring Health in 3D

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It has been hailed as the equivalent of Google Maps for the human body by The New York Times...

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Blood Test May Predict Outcome of Infant Heart Surgery

May 7, 2015 9:52 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

New research suggests it may be possible to predict an infant’s progress following surgery for congenital heart disease by analyzing a number of important small molecules in the blood.

Researchers Find Bitter Taste Receptors on Human Hearts

May 4, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

A team of researchers is investigating the surprising discovery that smell and taste receptors normally found in the nose and mouth can also be present on the human heart.

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Contributes to Successful Brain Aging

April 29, 2015 10:08 am | by Boston University | News | Comments

Cardiorespiratory fitness may positively impact the structure of white matter in the brains of older adults. These results suggest that exercise could be prescribed to lessen age-related declines in brain structure.

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Apple's ResearchKit - The Real Impact on Clinical Trials

April 28, 2015 8:59 am | by Merrilyn Datta, Ph.D., President and General Manager, Definiens | Articles | Comments

ResearchKit is being touted as having immense implications for the future of clinical trials.

Heavy Drinking May Cause More Strokes Than Hypertension Does in Mid-Life

April 15, 2015 9:13 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Research has shown that drinking two or fewer alcoholic beverages a day may be beneficial for men’s hearts. A new study suggests that danger could be a heartbeat away: more than two drinks a day in middle age may raise men’s stroke risk more than hypertension (high blood pressure, HBP) or diabetes does.

Getting Bigger Brains Through Exercise

April 14, 2015 10:08 am | by Bioscience Technology Staff | Articles | Comments

The brain gets bigger with physical exercise, according to two recent studies.

From the Heart

April 6, 2015 11:34 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Laurie Boyer’s studies of stem cell differentiation could improve treatments for heart disease.

To Statin or Not to Statin?

April 1, 2015 10:11 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins report offers physicians tips to help patients make the right call.

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Scientists Grow 'Mini-Lungs' to Aid the Study of Cystic Fibrosis

March 19, 2015 10:40 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have successfully created ‘mini-lungs’ using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic fibrosis, and have shown that these can be used to test potential new drugs for this debilitating lung disease.

Researchers Unlock the Mysteries of Wound Healing

March 16, 2015 9:39 am | by Jill Goetz, UA News | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary research team discovers how cells know to rush to a wound and heal it – opening the door to new treatments for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered what causes and regulates collective cell migration, one of the most universal but least understood biological processes in all living organisms.

Stanford Showcases New App for Studying Heart Health

March 10, 2015 4:07 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Apple teamed up with a handful of universities to create these medical research applications.                            

Better Midlife Fitness May Slow Brain Aging

March 5, 2015 9:17 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

People with poor physical fitness in their 40s may have accelerated brain aging by the time they hit 60.                          

Alzheimer's Disease Linked to Heart's Effect on the Brain

March 2, 2015 10:53 am | by University of Sydney | News | Comments

The prevailing medical wisdom that Alzheimer's Disease has its origins in the brain has a radical and disputed rival with shocking implications for medicine's relentless efforts to forestall disease, ageing and death, according to a new review of the evidence.

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Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

March 2, 2015 10:18 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

New formula gauges 10-year risk of dying.                                    

Million Man Study Examines Long-term Effects of Blocking Inflammation

February 27, 2015 10:07 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Inflammation - the body's response to damaging stimuli - may have a protective effect against cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.          

Previously Unknown Effect of Vitamin A Identified

February 24, 2015 12:42 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a previously unknown effect of vitamin A in human embryonic development.                           

Obesity Genes Identified by Worldwide Research Team

February 24, 2015 9:43 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

A massive worldwide analysis of genetic data from almost 340,000 people around the world has brought understanding of the genetic basis of obesity a step closer.                

Challenges for Doctors Using Fitness Trackers, Apps

February 20, 2015 4:26 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Tech Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

More hospitals and doctors are starting to use data from fitness trackers and health apps to help treat patients. But they are moving cautiously. The technology has a lot of potential, but there are key challenges to work out...

Keeping Atherosclerosis in Check with Novel Targeted Nanomedicines

February 19, 2015 11:42 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Nanometer-sized “drones” that deliver a special type of healing molecule to fat deposits in arteries could become a new way to prevent heart attacks caused by atherosclerosis.              

How Right Hemisphere Assists Left When Damaged in Stroke

February 18, 2015 12:46 pm | by George Washington Univ. | News | Comments

A new study conducted by a researcher at the George Washington University suggests that the right hemisphere of the brain may be able to assist a damaged left hemisphere in protecting visual attention after a stroke.

Is Strenuous Running Really as Bad for Health as Lounging?

February 18, 2015 11:32 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | News | Comments

Running hard may be as bad for your longevity as being a couch potato, says a recent study—one that should be taken with a grain of salt (hold the butter), say some critics. The study, in a recent Journal of the American College of Cardiology, examined 5,048 healthy people enrolled in the Copenhagen City Heart Study. For 12 years, 1,098 healthy joggers and 413 healthy, but sedentary non-joggers were followed.

Anti-Inflammatory Mechanism of Dieting, Fasting Revealed

February 17, 2015 4:22 pm | by Karen N. Peart, Yale News | News | Comments

Researchers have found that a compound produced by the body when dieting or fasting can block a part of the immune system involved in several inflammatory disorders such as type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.     

Protein Clue to Sudden Cardiac Death

February 17, 2015 3:56 pm | by Oxford University | News | Comments

A protein has been shown to have a surprising role in regulating the 'glue' that holds heart cells together, a finding that may explain how a gene defect could cause sudden cardiac death.            

Study Ties More Deaths, Types of Disease, to Smoking

February 12, 2015 2:06 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press | News | Comments

Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and even routine infections. A new report ties these and other maladies to smoking and said an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably due to tobacco use.      

Brain Stents Show Big Promise for Certain Stroke Patients

February 12, 2015 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end up disabled.

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