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Cardiovacular Disease, Tissue Engineering, induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, Progenitor Cells, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Biomedical Engineering

Fixing Broken Hearts Through Tissue Engineering

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The third annual Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering Symposium met at the University of Alabama at Birmingham last month, a gathering of noted physicians and scientists who share the goal of creating new tissues and new knowledge that can prevent or repair heart disease and heart attacks.

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Secondhand Smoke Ups Heart Disease in Unique Group of Female Nonsmokers – Amish Women

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Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, conducted in a Pennsylvania Amish community where virtually no women smoke, finds effects of secondhand smoke differ between men and women.

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Western Diet, salt, Salt and obesity, Hypertension, Nocturnal Hypertension, Renal Control of Sodium, Salt Balance, P01 Grant, high-salt diet, Kidney, Kidney Research, Kidney Function, kidney function decline, FDA Sodium Reductions, High Blood Pressure, blood vessel damage, Blood Vessel, Nephrology, Sodium, Endothelin, Nhlbi, Renal Vascular System, salt excretio

UAB Awarded $11.2 Million to Study Renal Control of Sodium and Salt Balance

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The 5-year grant from the NHLBI to the labs of Jennifer and David Pollock also includes a third project at the University of Utah, bringing together 3 highly successful research entities

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Pediatrics, pediatric cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease, single-ventricle disease, Fontan operation, cerebral blood flow, neurological injury, Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia

In Children with Severe Heart Defect, More Brain Abnormalities Appear as Staged Surgeries Progress

As children with single-ventricle disease, a complex and severe heart defect, undergo a series of three reconstructive surgeries, pediatric researchers have detected higher rates of brain abnormalities at each stage. The scientists also found associated changes in the infants’ cerebral blood flow that could offer important clues to improving long-term neurological outcomes in these children.

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Social Smoking Carries Same Heart-Disease Risks as Everyday Habit

Social smokers’ risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol is identical to those who light up every day, new research has found.

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Fibrillation, Cardiac Death, Heartbeat, Instability

Researchers Find New Source of Dangerous Electrical Instability in the Heart

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Sudden cardiac death resulting from fibrillation – erratic heartbeat due to electrical instability – is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, researchers have discovered a fundamentally new source of that electrical instability, a development that could potentially lead to new methods for predicting and preventing life-threatening cardiac fibrillation.

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Dietary Gluten Is Not Linked to Heart Risk in Non-Celiacs

A study revealed that while dietary gluten does not increase heart disease risk in people without celiac disease, limiting whole grains may increase their heart risk.

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Cardiology, Peripheral Artery Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attack, Stroke, Amputation, Gangrene, Claudication, Prevention, cardiovascular prevention medication, Diet, Lifestyle Changes

Quality of Care for Peripheral Artery Disease Is Low

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Less than half of individuals with peripheral artery disease, which is a narrowing of arteries to the limbs, stomach and head, are treated with appropriate medications and lifestyle counseling. These findings highlight the need to improve the quality of care for this high-risk group of individuals.

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Cardiology, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Mitral Valve, Mitral Valve Disease

Mount Sinai Investigators Find Greater Life Expectancy and Durability in Patients Who Received Mitral Valve Operations From High-Volume Surgeons

Patients can maximize chances of high-quality mitral valve repair through referral to surgeons with large annual repair rates

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Scientists Find a Likely Genetic Driver of Smoking-Related Heart Disease

Cigarette smoking accounts for about one fifth of cases of coronary heart disease (CHD), one of the leading causes of death worldwide, but precisely how smoking leads to CHD has long been unclear. Now, a team has uncovered a molecule that may at least partly explain the smoking-CHD connection.







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