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Artificial blood vessels become resistant to thrombosis

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Graphic: Function of a blood clot dissolving graft [06/08/2015] Scientists from ITMO University developed artificial blood vessels that are not susceptible to blood clot formation. The achievement was made possible by a new generation of drug-containing coating applied to the inner surface of the vessel.Artificial blood vessels become resistant to thrombosis - Read more

Fast and low radiation exposure: The newest generation gamma camera

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[03/08/2015] Nuclear medicine physicians use so-called gamma cameras for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. The devices record radioactive substances that are injected into the patient and show changes in the heart muscle (myocardium). Now a new gamma camera is able to record images faster and by using much less radiation.Fast and low radiation exposure: The newest generation gamma camera - Read more

New devices are driving improvement in stroke treatment outcomes

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Graphic: Stent is passed through an artery [28/07/2015] In the last decade, Intra-Arterial (IA) stroke therapy has gained notable momentum as an effective and safe treatment option for patients. Two new studies further reinforce the value and progress of IA treatment with conclusions that the innovative new devices that facilitate this approach are reducing treatment times, improving outcomes and decreasing mortality rates. New devices are driving improvement in stroke treatment outcomes - Read more

Specific cardiovascular risk factors predict Alzheimer's disease

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Photo: Glass of alcohol, a cigarette and a cup of coffee [28/07/2015] Specific cardiovascular risk factors, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity and diabetes, are associated with smaller regional brain volumes that may be early indicators of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Specific cardiovascular risk factors predict Alzheimer's disease - Read more

New material forges the way for 'stem cell factories'

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Photo: Man holding a vial [23/07/2015] If you experience a major heart attack the damage could cost you around five billion heart cells. Experts at The University of Nottingham have discovered the first fully synthetic substrate with potential to grow billions of stem cells. The research could forge the way for the creation of 'stem cell factories' - the mass production of human embryonic (pluripotent) stem cells.New material forges the way for 'stem cell factories' - Read more

Therapeutic nitric oxide from air with an electric spark

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Photo: Nitric oxide (NO) generator [08/07/2015] Treatment with inhaled nitric oxide (NO) has proven to be life saving in newborns, children and adults with several dangerous conditions, but the availability of the treatment has been limited by the size, weight and complexity of equipment needed to administer the gas and the therapy's high price. Now a research team has developed a lightweight, portable system that produces NO from the air.Therapeutic nitric oxide from air with an electric spark - Read more

Heart attack treatment hypothesis 'busted'

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Photo: Man with heart attack [07/07/2015] Researchers have long had reason to hope that blocking the flow of calcium into the mitochondria of heart and brain cells could be one way to prevent damage caused by heart attacks and strokes. But in a study of mice engineered to lack a key calcium channel in their heart cells, Johns Hopkins scientists appear to have cast a shadow of doubt on that theory.Heart attack treatment hypothesis 'busted' - Read more

ECG measurements: "Our chest strap moistens itself"

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[01/07/2015] When measuring myocardial activity, it is important for the skin to always stay moist under the electrodes of the ECG. Only then can data be consistently transferred. Athletes have an easier time with this: they are used to sweating. This is a lot harder for older patients.ECG measurements: "Our chest strap moistens itself" - Read more

Transcatheter Pacing System: The world’s smallest cardiac pacemaker

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[01/07/2015] In the case of cardiac arrhythmia, the normal heart rate gets out of balance due to various reasons. In some cases, it is necessary to implant a cardiac pacemaker. Just like with any intervention, this type of surgery also involves risks. In the worst-case scenario, this can lead to abnormal wound healing or obliteration of the vascular system.Transcatheter Pacing System: The world’s smallest cardiac pacemaker - Read more

Wanted: rapid test to prevent deep vein thrombosis

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[01/07/2015] Deep vein thrombosis is not just a risk factor for frequent flyers but also for wearers of cardiovascular implants and newly operated patients. Blood thinners prevent these dangerous blood clots from forming, but they need to be carefully adjusted and do not work the same way in every patient. A detailed analysis of platelets (thrombocytes) could prevent complications in the future.Wanted: rapid test to prevent deep vein thrombosis - Read more

 
 

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