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Blueberries, Avocados and Cocoa Beans May Keep Cardiologists at Bay

January 20, 2015 5:21 pm | by Bioscience Technology Staff | Articles | Comments

Times have changed. It used to be that an apple a day kept the doctor away. But three recent studies indicate this mantra could be changed to “a blueberry- avocado-cocoa-bean-smoothie a day” keeps the doctor away—if the doctor is a cardiologist.

New Way to Model Sickle Cell Behavior

January 20, 2015 10:07 am | News | Comments

Patients with sickle cell disease often suffer from painful attacks known as vaso-occlusive...

Image Captures How Blood Stem Cells Take Root

January 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Nancy Fliesler, Boston Children's Hospital Communications | News | Comments

A see-through zebrafish and enhanced imaging provide the first direct glimpse of how blood...

Teasing Out Genes that Signal Heart Failure Risk

January 16, 2015 10:00 am | by Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are unraveling a mystery behind a fairly common disease that leads to heart failure...

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Genetic Predictor of Serious Brain Stroke Complications Discovered

January 13, 2015 3:50 pm | by University of Florida | News | Comments

Researchers have found a possible predictor for little understood -- but often disabling or even fatal -- stroke complications.                       

Transcription Factor Regulates Repair Pathways in the Lung

January 7, 2015 3:55 pm | by Sarah Plumridge, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Scientists have found that a transcription factor protein may be critical for normal respiratory function.                          

Fructose More Toxic Than Table Sugar in Mice

January 5, 2015 4:34 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

The fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic to mice than sucrose or table sugar.                       

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Study IDs Risk Factors Linking Low Birthweight to Diabetes

January 5, 2015 4:27 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

Studies consistently show that people born weighing 6 pounds or less face an increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults.                       

New Diet Pill Tricks the Body into Losing Weight

January 5, 2015 4:05 pm | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

Researchers have developed an entirely new type of pill that tricks the body into thinking it has consumed calories, causing it to burn fat.                    

Year Born May Determine Obesity Risk

December 30, 2014 2:52 pm | by Sue McGreevy, Harvard University | News | Comments

Investigators working to unravel the impact of genetics versus environment on traits such as obesity may also need to consider a new factor: when individuals were born.                

10 Up-and-Coming Healthcare Medical Innovations

December 17, 2014 5:32 pm | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The Cleveland Clinic recently unveiled their annual Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015– a list that casts an optimistic light on up-and-coming healthcare advances that may reach consumers next year.                                       

Stem Cells Faulty in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

December 17, 2014 4:03 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Like human patients, mice with a form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy undergo progressive muscle degeneration and accumulate connective tissue as they age. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that the fault may lie at least partly in the stem cells that surround the muscle fibers.

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Novel Tool to Study Life-Threatening Arrhythmias: A Genetically Engineered Pig

December 17, 2014 10:18 am | by NYU Langone | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed the first large animal model of an inherited arrhythmic syndrome – an advance that will lead to a better understanding of the biologic mechanisms important in normal heart conduction and rhythm. 

Blow to Chest Could Trigger Potentially Dangerous Heart Rhythm

December 15, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

A hard hit to the chest can cause an irregular heartbeat that may lead to death even days after the impact.                           

Smoking Linked to Loss of Y Chromosome in Men

December 5, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

In a new study, researchers demonstrated an association between smoking and loss of the Y chromosome in blood cells. The researchers have previously shown that loss of the Y chromosome is linked to cancer.          

Mediterranean Diet Has Marked Impact on Aging

December 3, 2014 3:42 pm | by Brigham and Women’s Hospital | News | Comments

The  Mediterranean diet consistently has been linked with an array of health benefits, including decreased risk of chronic disease and cancer. Until now, however, no studies had associated the diet with longer telomeres, one of the biomarkers of aging. Read more...

Another Case Against the Midnight Snack

December 3, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

These days, with the abundance of artificial light, TV, tablets and smartphones, adults and children alike are burning the midnight oil. What they are not burning is calories: with later bedtimes comes the tendency to eat. Read more...                                 

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Traffic Jams Can Hurt the Heart

December 2, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

Anyone who has experienced Los Angeles gridlock likely can attest that traffic may cause one's blood pressure to rise. But researchers have found that, beyond the aggravation caused by fellow drivers, traffic-related air pollution presents serious heart health risks.

Tiny Patient Prompts Advance in Neurogenetics

November 24, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

Researchers had never shown exactly how cells in the brain stem detect carbon dioxide and regulate breathing in humans. After taking a mutation from a two-month-old baby and expressing it in human astrocytes, they did exactly that, and the research may lead to an early warning system to save premature infants.

Cellular Origin of Fibrosis

November 21, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital say they have found the cellular origin of the tissue scarring caused by organ damage associated with diabetes, lung disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and other conditions. Read more...

Study: Obesity Fuels Silent Heart Damage

November 21, 2014 9:27 am | News | Comments

Using an ultrasensitive blood test to detect the presence of a protein that heralds heart muscle injury, researchers from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have found that obese people without overt heart disease experience silent cardiac damage that fuels their risk for heart failure down the road. Read more...      

3-D-Printed Model Helps Treat Patients with Heart Disorders

November 20, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to new research.                           

Early Statin Use May Give Long-term Heart Benefits

November 19, 2014 2:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life.               

Mental Health Problems Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk

November 19, 2014 2:18 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

People with mental health problems are “significantly” more likely to have stroke or heart disease, according to a study unveiled at a recent Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.                    

Statins Reverse Learning Disabilities Caused by Genetic Disorder

November 17, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

UCLA scientists have discovered that statins, a popular class of cholesterol drugs, reverse the learning disabilities caused by a genetic disorder called Noonan syndrome. Read more..                            

Calculator Adds Up Cardio Risks

November 17, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

The new Healthy Heart Score developed by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) gives individuals an easy way to estimate their 20-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on simple lifestyle habits. Read more...

Imaging Method Could Improve Asthma Treatment

November 14, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers have used a laser beam trap to examine how drug particles from asthma inhalers behave as they are projected through the air. Their findings could improve the effectiveness of inhalers for the over five million people in the UK suffering from asthma.

Gene Study Boosts Interest in Heart Drug

November 12, 2014 5:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered gene mutations that give people naturally lower cholesterol levels and cut their risk of heart disease in half. That discovery may have a big implication for a blockbuster heart drug.           

Getting to the Heart of the Heart

November 6, 2014 2:13 pm | News | Comments

For years, a multidisciplinary research team has tracked an elusive creature, a complex of proteins thought to be at fault in some cases of sudden cardiac death. Now, they have finally captured images of the complex.          

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