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New treatment strategy may improve repair process after heart attack

New treatment strategy may improve repair process after heart attack

In a study that could point the way toward a new strategy for treating patients after a heart attack, UCLA stem cell researchers led by associate professor of medicine (cardiology) and Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research member Dr. Arjun Deb have discovered that some scar-forming cells in the heart, known as fibroblasts, have the ability to become endothelial cells (the cells that form blood vessels). [More]
Four UCLA researchers receive NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Four UCLA researchers receive NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Four scientists from the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have received a National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award that will forward revolutionary stem cell and neuro-science in medicine. [More]
Researchers generate fruit fly model, unveil key genetic factors behind human colon cancer

Researchers generate fruit fly model, unveil key genetic factors behind human colon cancer

Researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) have managed to generate a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) model that reproduces human colon cancer. With two publications appearing in PLoS One and EMBO Reports, the IRB team also unveil the function of a key gene in the development of the disease. [More]
Restoration Robotics achieves major milestone: Ships 100th ARTAS Robotic System

Restoration Robotics achieves major milestone: Ships 100th ARTAS Robotic System

Restoration Robotics, Inc. announces a major milestone - the shipment of the 100th ARTAS Robotic System to Hasson & Wong Aesthetic Hair Surgery in Vancouver, BC. [More]
New pediatric heart-defect patches enhance electrical connections between cells

New pediatric heart-defect patches enhance electrical connections between cells

Carbon nanotubes serve as bridges that allow electrical signals to pass unhindered through new pediatric heart-defect patches invented at Rice University and Texas Children's Hospital. [More]
Researchers infuse antibody-studded iron nanoparticles into bloodstream to treat heart attack damage

Researchers infuse antibody-studded iron nanoparticles into bloodstream to treat heart attack damage

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute infused antibody-studded iron nanoparticles into the bloodstream to treat heart attack damage. [More]
PARS technique enables surgeons to better repair torn Achilles tendon

PARS technique enables surgeons to better repair torn Achilles tendon

In most surgeries, damaged tissue is cleaned out before surgeons make the necessary repairs. However, a new minimally-invasive surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon actually uses the damaged tissue to help repair the tear. [More]
CCA Industries sells Mega-T brand to a group formed by Casla Partners

CCA Industries sells Mega-T brand to a group formed by Casla Partners

CCA Industries, Inc. announced today that it has sold its weight loss business, marketed under the Mega-T brand, to a group formed by Casla Partners Capital Fund I, LP. [More]
Endothelial cells can function as cardiac stem cells to produce new heart muscle tissue

Endothelial cells can function as cardiac stem cells to produce new heart muscle tissue

Endothelial cells residing in the coronary arteries can function as cardiac stem cells to produce new heart muscle tissue, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered. [More]
Risk factors for sporadic vision loss in AMD identified

Risk factors for sporadic vision loss in AMD identified

Sporadic vision loss occurs in patients with age-related macular degeneration and impairs their future visual acuity, research shows. [More]
FGF proteins play broad roles in wound healing

FGF proteins play broad roles in wound healing

Mice missing two important proteins of the vascular system develop normally and appear healthy in adulthood, as long as they don't become injured. If they do, their wounds don't heal properly, a new study shows. [More]
Experts open new clinic to evaluate heart disease patients for participation in stem cell studies

Experts open new clinic to evaluate heart disease patients for participation in stem cell studies

Regenerative medicine experts at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have opened a new clinic to evaluate heart and vascular disease patients for participation in stem cell medical studies. [More]
Isoform: New protein offers novel therapeutic approach for patients with DMD

Isoform: New protein offers novel therapeutic approach for patients with DMD

Scientists have discovered a new form of dystrophin, a protein critical to normal muscle function, and identified the genetic mechanism responsible for its production. [More]
Neurons derived from human iPSC and grafted into rats after spinal cord injury produce cells

Neurons derived from human iPSC and grafted into rats after spinal cord injury produce cells

Building upon previous research, scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veteran's Affairs San Diego Healthcare System report that neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and grafted into rats after a spinal cord injury produced cells with tens of thousands of axons extending virtually the entire length of the animals' central nervous system. [More]
Research sheds light on how wounds heal

Research sheds light on how wounds heal

Research by a civil engineer from the University of Waterloo is helping shed light on the way wounds heal and may someday have implications for understanding how cancer spreads, as well as why certain birth defects occur. [More]
Statin therapy may speed up wound healing following cardiac surgery

Statin therapy may speed up wound healing following cardiac surgery

Statin therapy may help to improve wound healing in patients following cardiac surgery and reduce overall recovery time, especially in patients who are prone to healing complications, according to a review article in the August 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Antioxidant biomaterial helps vascular grafts heal

Antioxidant biomaterial helps vascular grafts heal

When a foreign material like a medical device or surgical implant is put inside the human body, the body always responds. According to Northwestern University's Guillermo Ameer, most of the time, that response can be negative and affect the device's function. [More]
National Med Care partners with Taking You Forward for marketing pharmaceutical products in the U.S.

National Med Care partners with Taking You Forward for marketing pharmaceutical products in the U.S.

Richmond Private Equity Group Limited announced today that its "portfolio company", National Med Care Ltd, a Salt Lake City Utah, based pharmaceutical marketing firm has entered into an agreement with Taking You Forward Inc., a Cebu Philippines based BPO firm to form a joint venture for the marketing of its compound pharmaceutical products in the United States. [More]
Study confirms Stretta therapy as safe, effective treatment for GERD

Study confirms Stretta therapy as safe, effective treatment for GERD

A newly published peer-reviewed paper concludes that Stretta therapy is a safe, effective and durable treatment for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper states that Stretta addresses a significant unmet need where patients receive inadequate control from PPI therapy and find surgery an undesirable option. [More]
Study compares sutures versus surgical staples in C-section procedure

Study compares sutures versus surgical staples in C-section procedure

In the largest study to date comparing sutures (stitches) versus surgical staples for closing a C-section, researchers found a 57 percent decrease in wound complications in women who were sutured versus those who received staples. [More]