Study identifies role of specific gene in hardening of blood vessel walls

Arterial wall calcification is the buildup of calcium in the blood vessel walls, which can often be a predictor of serious cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes. Scientists have long pointed to family history as one possible cause for this hardening of the arteries, but a new study published in Nature Genetics implicates a specific gene—HDAC9—in the calcification of […]

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First-ever US clinical trial of engineered iPSC-derived cell therapy for blood cancer

A new cancer clinical trial has opened at the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center that leverages the groundbreaking research on stem cells and natural killer (NK) cells done at the Masonic Cancer Center and applies it to attack acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and B-cell lymphoma. The first-of-its-kind NK cell cancer immunotherapy, called FT516, is manufactured from a […]

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Hygiene products associated with presence of chemicals in women’s blood

Women who use a vaginal douche could be at a higher risk of exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals, according to a University of Michigan study that looked at the correlation between the use of female hygiene products and the levels of volatile organic compounds in women’s blood. The study found a significant association between vaginal douching and higher blood concentrations […]

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Lipid produced by organism helps control blood sugar

Researchers based in Brazil, the United States and Germany have discovered that 12-HEPE, a lipid produced in response to cold by brown adipose tissue in the human body, helps reduce blood sugar. The results of their experiments with mice pave the way for new treatments for diabetes. The group also observed that a drug used to treat urinary dysfunction increases […]

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Student, 22, who was diagnosed with blood cancer at 14 is now thriving

Student, 22, who was diagnosed with stage four blood cancer at 14 is now studying for a master’s at Oxford after beating the killer disease Amelia Brown became fatigued and suddenly lost weight in October 2010 Was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin lymphoma on April 15, 2011 Endured six months of chemo on top of two weeks of radiotherapy  Told the […]

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Woman’s blood turns navy blue after too much tooth-numbing medication

A 25-year-old American woman went to the emergency room with discoloured skin — she was literally turning blue. According to a case report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the woman had been experiencing weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath and skin discolouration for a day before visiting the emergency room. “I’m weak and I’m blue,” NBC News reported […]

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More severe OSA leads to higher blood pressure in patients with resistant hypertension

In patients with high blood pressure resistant to treatment who also have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the more severe their OSA, the higher their blood pressure, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. In “Prevalence, Characteristics and Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Blood Pressure Control in Patients with Resistant Hypertension,” Esther Sapiña-Beltrán […]

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Small reductions in blood pressure ‘slash the risk of heart disease’

Small reductions in blood pressure and cholesterol ‘could cut heart disease risk by up to 80 per cent even in healthy people’ Scientists analysed the heart health of more than 438,000 people  They said good heart health ‘pays very big dividends’  Expert urges people to take advantage of free health checks on the NHS  Even small reductions in blood pressure and […]

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Flu vaccination linked with lower risk of death in patients with high blood pressure

Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. “Given these results, it is my belief that all patients with high blood pressure should have an annual flu vaccination,” said first author Daniel […]

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