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Penn Researchers Identify Protein Elevated in Blood That Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes

Simple Blood Test Could Inform Head Injury-Related "Return to Play" Decisions ...

Blood Vessel Receptor That Responds To Light May Be New Target For Vascular Disease Treatments

Receptor reacts to specific light wavelength, a previously unknown discovery ...

Growth factor regenerates damaged nerves without sprouting new blood vessels

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have found that a growth factor can regenerate damaged peripheral nerves without causing the growth of new blood vessels — making it a unique candidate to treat nerve damage in areas of the body where the proliferation of blood vessels would be a drawback. ... Full story

Secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels as much as tobacco smoke

American Heart Association Meeting Report Abstract 19538 ... Full story

Reprogrammed cells grow into new blood vessels

By transforming human scar cells into blood vessel cells, scientists at Houston Methodist may have discovered a new way to repair damaged tissue. The method, described in an upcoming issue of Circulation (early online), appeared to improve blood flow, oxygenation, and nutrition to areas in need. ... Full story

Before There Will Be Blood

Pro-inflammatory signaling plays surprising role in creation of hematopoietic stem cells ... Full story

Sugar beets could become blood substitute

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that sugar beets produce haemoglobin. They now hope that this haemoglobin could serve as a blood substitute – a substance that is currently in short supply. ... Full story

Oxytocin levels in blood, cerebrospinal fluid are linked, study finds

Easy-to-measure oxytocin levels in blood are correlated to the hormone’s levels in cerebrospinal fluid, which circulates around the brain and in the spine, a new study shows. Low oxytocin is also linked to high anxiety. ... Full story

Contamination likely explains 'food genes in blood' claim

ANN ARBOR—Laboratory contaminants likely explain the results of a recent study claiming that complete genes can pass from foods we eat into our blood, according to a University of Michigan molecular biologist who re-examined data from the controversial research paper. ... Full story

World first: lifeless hearts restarted and successfully transplanted

UNSW Conjoint Associate Professor Kumud Dhital, who is based at the Victor Change Cardiac Research Institute, has performed two successful heart transplants using organs that had stopped beating prior to donation, been re-animated inside a novel carrier box and then transported some distance to the waiting recipients. The recipients, both of whom had end-stage heart failure, are recovering extremely well and took part in a media conference about the world-first achievement today at St Vincent’s Hospital. ... Full story

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