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Blood Vessels are tubes through which the blood circulates in the body. Blood vessels include a network of arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venules, and veins.
Researchers identify cells that give rise to blood vessels within the kidney

Researchers identify cells that give rise to blood vessels within the kidney

In a significant step toward growing replacement kidneys, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified the cells that give rise to the blood vessels within the kidney. It's a discovery of critical importance, as efforts to grow kidneys have long been frustrated by the inability to create the vasculature necessary for a functional organ. [More]
New therapeutic target can prevent abnormal blood vessel growth that causes gastrointestinal bleeding

New therapeutic target can prevent abnormal blood vessel growth that causes gastrointestinal bleeding

A study by IRB Barcelona and IDIBAPS reveals a therapeutic target to prevent the development of the many abnormal blood vessels that cause gastrointestinal bleeding—the main complication in cirrhosis. [More]
Racial disparities exist for black and Hispanic patients undergoing major surgeries in U.S. hospitals

Racial disparities exist for black and Hispanic patients undergoing major surgeries in U.S. hospitals

Considerable racial disparities exist in surgical outcomes for black and Hispanic patients undergoing major cancer and non-cancer surgeries in U.S. hospitals, even among institutions that have already enrolled in a national surgical quality improvement initiative. [More]
Treatment with antiplatelet therapy does not reduce pain crises in children with sickle cell disease

Treatment with antiplatelet therapy does not reduce pain crises in children with sickle cell disease

Treatment with the antiplatelet agent prasugrel does not significantly reduce the rate of pain crises or severe lung complications in children with sickle cell disease, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine describing one of the largest and most geographically diverse international clinical trials on sickle cell disease to date. [More]
New device can help diagnose stroke in less than 10 minutes

New device can help diagnose stroke in less than 10 minutes

Minutes count when treating stroke, but current diagnostics take as long as three hours, careful lab work and skilled technicians to arrive at a conclusive diagnosis. Scientists at Cornell University's Baker Institute for Animal Health have developed a device that helps diagnose stroke in less than 10 minutes using a drop of blood barely big enough to moisten your fingertip. [More]
New model of arterial thrombus formation is similar to popular video game

New model of arterial thrombus formation is similar to popular video game

A group of biophysicists, including representatives from MIPT, has developed a mathematical model of arterial thrombus formation, which is the main cause of heart attacks and strokes. [More]
Bile pigment may provide natural protection from heart attacks

Bile pigment may provide natural protection from heart attacks

New hope in the fight against cardiovascular disease has arrived, following breakthrough research identifying a pigment in our bile which could protect us. [More]
Study finds significant reduction in diabetes-related amputation rates since the mid-1990s

Study finds significant reduction in diabetes-related amputation rates since the mid-1990s

A major new study has found a significant reduction in diabetes-related amputations since the mid-1990s, credited to improvements in diabetes care over this period. The research is published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) and is by Dr Benjamin Rasmussen and Professor Henning Beck-Nielsen, Odense University Hospital Denmark, and colleagues. [More]
MCG researchers explore how neurofibromatosis puts young patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

MCG researchers explore how neurofibromatosis puts young patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

It's a fairly common genetic condition that can surface as a series of dark skin spots and result in a host of maladies from tumors to premature cardiovascular disease. Medical College of Georgia researchers hope their studies of how neurofibromatosis 1, or NF1, can dangerously thicken or thin blood vessel walls will one day help physicians better identify and treat these young patients at cardiovascular risk. [More]
Negative impact of high-fat diet on red blood cells may promote development of cardiovascular disease

Negative impact of high-fat diet on red blood cells may promote development of cardiovascular disease

University of Cincinnati researchers have discovered the negative impact a high fat diet has on red blood cells and how these cells, in turn, promote the development of cardiovascular disease. [More]
RXi Pharmaceuticals begins Phase 1/2 clinical trial in ophthalmology

RXi Pharmaceuticals begins Phase 1/2 clinical trial in ophthalmology

RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing innovative therapies primarily in the areas of dermatology and ophthalmology today announced the initiation of a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in ophthalmology. The clinical study RXI-109-1501 will evaluate the safety and clinical activity of RXI-109 to prevent the progression of retinal scarring, a harmful component of numerous retinal diseases. [More]
Discovery offers promising alternative to current therapies for AMD and ROP

Discovery offers promising alternative to current therapies for AMD and ROP

A research team led by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine has identified a small molecule that treats animal models of aged macular degeneration (AMD) and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) by preventing the overgrowth of blood vessels that are characteristic of these two retinal diseases. [More]
Q BioMed signs definitive license agreement with Mannin Research

Q BioMed signs definitive license agreement with Mannin Research

Q BioMed Inc., a biotechnology acceleration company is pleased to announce it has signed a definitive license, with the option to acquire, the platform technology assets of Mannin Research Inc. [More]
New TSRI study highlights urgent need for new treatments to fight growing cancer metastases

New TSRI study highlights urgent need for new treatments to fight growing cancer metastases

A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute helps explain why cancer metastasis is so hard to stop. [More]
GDF10 molecule identified as a key player in repair mechanisms after stroke

GDF10 molecule identified as a key player in repair mechanisms after stroke

Looking at brain tissue from mice, monkeys and humans, scientists have found that a molecule known as growth and differentiation factor 10 (GDF10) is a key player in repair mechanisms following stroke. The findings suggest that GDF10 may be a potential therapy for recovery after stroke. [More]
New drug combination may be effective against malignant melanoma

New drug combination may be effective against malignant melanoma

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital investigators has discovered a new combination of drugs that may be effective against one of the deadliest cancers, malignant melanoma. The combination - pairing a drug targeted against mutations in the BRAF gene with a second drug that targets another important signaling pathway - was discovered through one of the largest screens of cancer drug combinations conducted to date. [More]
Stem cell biology and gene-editing techniques offer hope for kidney regeneration

Stem cell biology and gene-editing techniques offer hope for kidney regeneration

Mini-kidney organoids have now been grown in a laboratory by using genome editing to re-create human kidney disease in petri dishes. [More]
Cancer-causing parasitic worm may help patients recover from wounds, say JCU scientists

Cancer-causing parasitic worm may help patients recover from wounds, say JCU scientists

It's short, ugly and deadly. But James Cook University scientists have found a cancer-causing, parasitic worm could help patients recover from their wounds. [More]
Low levels of stem cell factor associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Low levels of stem cell factor associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease

New research indicates that low levels of a growth factor called stem cell factor (SCF)--which is thought to be important for blood vessel repair--are linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. [More]
NAM announces election of three new members from UC San Diego School of Medicine

NAM announces election of three new members from UC San Diego School of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine announced today the election of three new members from University of California, San Diego School of Medicine: Napoleone Ferrara, MD; Christopher K. Glass, MD, PhD; and Roberto Malinow, MD, PhD. Election to NAM is considered among the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. [More]
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