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Air pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young adults

•Air pollution was associated with blood vessel damage among young, healthy adults. •These findings suggest that healthcare providers should consider the cardiovascular effects ...

Stem Cells also Rust

Oxygen in the air is well known to cause damaging rust on cars through a process known as oxidation. Similarly, a research ...

Digestive byproduct may predict greater risk of death among PAD patients

•Patients with narrowed peripheral arteries and high blood levels of a digestive byproduct were significantly more likely to die during a five-year study than were peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients with lower levels of the digestive byproduct. •Levels of this digestive byproduct, TMAO, could help identify high-risk patients with PAD who need intensive dietary and medical treatment. ... Full story

Short episodes of abnormal heart rhythm may not increase risk of stroke

•People with pacemakers or defibrillators who experience short episodes an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation have no higher risk for stroke or other medical complications than people without documented atrial fibrillation. •This suggests immediate use of anticoagulant drugs may not reduce stroke risk for those with only short bouts of atrial fibrillation. ... Full story

Coronary artery disease tests steer patients toward healthier habits

Enrique Rivero FINDINGS UCLA researchers have found that undergoing a computer tomographic angiography was a better motivator to get people with suspected coronary artery disease to adopt ... Full story

Genome Engineering Paves the Way for Sickle Cell Cure

A team of physicians and laboratory scientists has taken a key step toward a cure for sickle cell disease, using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to fix the mutated gene responsible for the disease in stem cells from the blood of affected patients. ... Full story

First of our three billion heartbeats is sooner than we thought

When does our heart first start to beat? Until now, researchers thought that the first time our heart muscle contracted to beat was at eight days after conception in mice, which equates to around day 21 of a human pregnancy. ... Full story

Strength tests for platelets

Bleeding disorders could one day be diagnosed by putting platelets through strength tests, researchers have proposed. ... Full story

Researchers Identify Mechanism Controlling Red Blood Cell Development

Madison, Wisconsin - A research team at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has identified how a particular collection of proteins plays a critical role in the development of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to body tissues so organisms can survive. ... Full story

Pediatric Clinic Tests Virtual Reality for Hemophilia Patients during Procedures

As a nurse clinician in the comprehensive hemophilia treatment center at Nationwide Children's Hospital for nearly 30 years, Charmaine Biega, RN, has watched her patients endure hundreds ... Full story

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