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Heart attack: Differences between women and men

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Graphic: Heart in the human body [19/05/2015] There is a statistically significant difference in how women and men are treated following a heart attack. These gender differences are reflected in the rate of risk factor control, which was lower in women, and in the rate of hospital readmission for a further heart attack, which was higher in women than in men. The conclusions are reported in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.Heart attack: Differences between women and men - Read more

How cardiac arrhythmias develop

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Photo: Heart alert on a cardiogram [06/05/2015] Cardiac arrhythmias affect a high proportion of the aging population. Mitochondria are the "powerhouses of the cells", and scientists in Cologne have now shown that even a few heart cells with reduced mitochondrial function are sufficient to trigger arrhythmias.How cardiac arrhythmias develop - Read more

EHR may not improve outcomes in ischemic stroke patients

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Photo: Electronic health record sheet [05/05/2015] Electronic health records may be necessary for a more high-tech and transparent health care system, but hospitals with electronic health records for ischemic stroke patients did not demonstrate better quality of care or clinical outcomes for those patients when compared to similar hospitals without electronic health records. EHR may not improve outcomes in ischemic stroke patients - Read more

New material for creating artificial blood vessels

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Graphic: Blood vessel with erythrocytes [29/04/2015] Blocked blood vessels can quickly become dangerous. It is often necessary to replace a blood vessel – either by another vessel taken from the body or even by artificial vascular prostheses. Together, Vienna University of Technology and Vienna Medical University have developed artificial blood vessels made from a special elastomer material, which has excellent mechanical properties.New material for creating artificial blood vessels - Read more

A recipe for long-lasting livers

Graphic: Model of human body with liver highlighted [23/04/2015] People waiting for organ transplants may soon have higher hopes of getting the help that they need in time. Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology have developed a new technique that extends the time that donor organs last and can also resuscitate organs obtained after cardiac arrest.A recipe for long-lasting livers - Read more

Does eating out cause high blood pressure?

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Photo: A large burger served with potato wedges [16/04/2015] A recent study on university-going young adults, by researchers from the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS), is the first ever to show an association between meals eaten away from home and high blood pressure.Does eating out cause high blood pressure? - Read more

Heart attack: High risk in divorced women

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Photo: Woman holding her breast [15/04/2015] Divorced women suffer heart attacks at higher rates than women who are continuously married, a new study from Duke Medicine has found. A woman who has been through two or more divorces is nearly twice as likely to have a heart attack when compared to their stably-married female peers, according to the findings.Heart attack: High risk in divorced women - Read more

Heart cells regenerated in mice

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Photo: Heart cells [15/04/2015] As opposed to blood, hair or skin cells that can renew themselves throughout life, our heart cells cease to divide shortly after birth, and there is very little renewal in adulthood. New research provides insight into the question of why the mammalian heart fails to regenerate, on one hand, and demonstrated, in adult mice, the possibility of turning back this fate.Heart cells regenerated in mice - Read more

Cardiac arrest: Selenide protects heart muscle

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Photo: Heart model [10/04/2015] Damage to heart muscle from insufficient blood supply during cardiac arrest and reperfusion injury after blood flow is restored can be reduced by nearly 90 percent if selenide, a form of the essential nutrient selenium, is administered intravenously in the wake of the attack, according to a new preclinical study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.Cardiac arrest: Selenide protects heart muscle - Read more

Mountain rescue: Can resuscitation be delayed?

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Photo: An evac helicopter lands in a skiing area [01/04/2015] A team of researchers lays the foundation for new resuscitation guidelines for severely hypothermic patients in cardiac arrest.Mountain rescue: Can resuscitation be delayed? - Read more


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