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Cardiac regeneration strategies need to be based on severity of heart injury

Cardiac regeneration strategies need to be based on severity of heart injury

A new study by researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has shown that neonatal mouse hearts have varying regenerative capacities depending upon the severity of injury. Using cryoinjury - damaging the heart through exposure to extreme cold in order to mimic cellular injury caused by myocardial infarction - investigators found that neonatal mouse hearts can fully recover normal function following a mild injury, though fail to regenerate after a severe injury. [More]
Alzheimer's drug Aricept (donepezil) linked to serious side effects

Alzheimer's drug Aricept (donepezil) linked to serious side effects

New warnings have been added to the prescribing information for the Alzheimer's drug Aricept (donepezil) advising of the risk of two rare but potentially serious conditions: muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) and a neurological disorder called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). [More]
Rice researchers develop new version of hydrogel to promote wound healing

Rice researchers develop new version of hydrogel to promote wound healing

Rice University scientists have found the balance necessary to aid healing with high-tech hydrogel. [More]
UChicago researchers awarded NIH grants to develop novel medications for sleep apnea, asthma

UChicago researchers awarded NIH grants to develop novel medications for sleep apnea, asthma

Two research teams based at the University of Chicago have received prestigious grants from the National Institutes of Health to develop novel medications to treat sleep apnea and asthma. [More]
Understanding heart mutations that cause sudden cardiac arrest

Understanding heart mutations that cause sudden cardiac arrest

New biosciences research at the University of Kent could point the way to greater understanding of the heart mutations that cause sudden cardiac arrest. [More]
FDA removes partial clinical hold on CytRx's aldoxorubicin clinical trials

FDA removes partial clinical hold on CytRx's aldoxorubicin clinical trials

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration has removed the partial clinical hold on the Company's aldoxorubicin clinical trials. [More]
Researchers find genetic mutation that causes glycogen storage disease type IIIa in Inuit

Researchers find genetic mutation that causes glycogen storage disease type IIIa in Inuit

A team of Canadian and Japanese researchers has identified the genetic mutation responsible for glycogen storage disease type IIIa in Inuit in northern Quebec, Canada, in a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). [More]
Penn State researchers explore benefits of beet juice

Penn State researchers explore benefits of beet juice

Athletes who down beet juice before exercising to increase blood flow and improve performance may be surprised at the results of a recent study conducted at Penn State's Noll Laboratory. While beetroot juice rich in nitrates did not enhance muscle blood flow or vascular dilation during exercise, researchers found that it did "de-stiffen" blood vessels under resting conditions, potentially easing the workload of the heart. [More]
Moderate drinking may reduce heart failure risk

Moderate drinking may reduce heart failure risk

Evidence already exists for the beneficial effects of drinking moderate amounts of alcohol on the risk of developing a number of heart conditions; however, the role it plays in the risk of developing heart failure has been under-researched with conflicting results. [More]
Almost 42% of US drinkers use alcohol-interactive prescription medications, study finds

Almost 42% of US drinkers use alcohol-interactive prescription medications, study finds

Approximately 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol. While alcohol interacts negatively with a number of commonly prescribed medications, little is known on a population level about the use of alcohol-interactive (AI) prescription medication among US drinkers. A new study has found that almost 42 percent of drinkers in the US population have used one or more alcohol-interactive prescription medications. [More]
Peripheral muscles weakened in PAH patients

Peripheral muscles weakened in PAH patients

Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension have peripheral muscle weakness that is independent of impairments in their respiratory muscles, research shows. [More]
Duke researchers grow contracting human skeletal muscle in lab

Duke researchers grow contracting human skeletal muscle in lab

In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals. [More]
New way to measure upper extremity movement in muscular dystrophy patients

New way to measure upper extremity movement in muscular dystrophy patients

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for clinical trials to incorporate patients using wheelchairs. [More]
Study demonstrates that pelvic floor muscle training improves erectile function

Study demonstrates that pelvic floor muscle training improves erectile function

Preliminary results of a four-month clinical trial offer hope for the thousands of baby boomer men turning 50 every minute, with nearly 6-in-10 of them experiencing erectile dysfunction. Proving pelvic floor exercise can help turn back the clock on sexual decline, the study demonstrates that weighted resistance training improves erectile function in both healthy men and those with erectile dysfunction. [More]
Researchers to explore physical, psychological effects of ultra-endurance running

Researchers to explore physical, psychological effects of ultra-endurance running

In the upcoming Race Across USA, ultra-endurance athletes will run a marathon a day as they cover 3,080 miles from California to Maryland. [More]
CytRx reports positive interim results from aldoxorubicin Phase 2 trial for HIV-related Kaposi's Sarcoma

CytRx reports positive interim results from aldoxorubicin Phase 2 trial for HIV-related Kaposi's Sarcoma

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced positive interim results from its ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of aldoxorubicin for the treatment of Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS) in HIV-infected patients. [More]
EMA recommends orphan designation to Magnus Growth's novel therapy for placental insufficiency

EMA recommends orphan designation to Magnus Growth's novel therapy for placental insufficiency

Magnus Life Science today announces that the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products has reached a positive decision on recommending orphan designation to Magnus Growth's novel therapy to treat placental insufficiency. [More]
Testosterone therapy suppresses some advanced prostate cancers, find Johns Hopkins scientists

Testosterone therapy suppresses some advanced prostate cancers, find Johns Hopkins scientists

In a surprising paradox, the male hormone testosterone, generally thought to be a feeder of prostate cancer, has been found to suppress some advanced prostate cancers and also may reverse resistance to testosterone-blocking drugs used to treat prostate cancer. [More]
CytRx reports positive interim results from aldoxorubicin Phase 2 trial for treatment of GBM

CytRx reports positive interim results from aldoxorubicin Phase 2 trial for treatment of GBM

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced positive interim results from its ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial with aldoxorubicin for the treatment of unresectable glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a deadly form of brain cancer. [More]
5 bad strategies to avoid when losing weight

5 bad strategies to avoid when losing weight

Is your New Year's resolution to lose weight? Here are five bad strategies to avoid, according to Dr. Aaron Michelfelder of Loyola University Health System. [More]