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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Autonomic Nervous System

With $8.6 Million Grant From Nih, UCLA-Led Consortium Will Map the Heart’s Nervous System

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A consortium directed by UCLA’s Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar has received a three-year, $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to map the heart’s nervous system. The group’s goal: To conduct research that leads to new ways to treat cardiovascular disease by targeting nerves in the heart’s nervous system.

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Embryonic Stem Cells, Stem Cells, Cardiomyocytes, Pacemaker Cells, Pacemaker, Israel, Biological Pacemaker, Cardiovascular

Canadian-Israeli Development: A New Biological Pacemaker

Using human embryonic stem cells to create a type of cardiac cells known as sinotrial (SA) node pacemaker cells, researchers have developed a biological pacemaker that overcomes many of the limitations of electrical pacemakers.

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD), Cardiology, TAVR, TAVR procedure, structural heart disease, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Health, Heart Attack

UAB’s 500th TAVR Procedure Gives Retired Pastor, Baseball Player Opportunity to Help Others

UAB is the only hospital in Alabama to perform 500 TAVR cases.

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Ut Southwestern, Heart and liver transplant, Hemochromatosis

UT Southwestern’s First Heart-Liver Transplant Saves Life of Singer Diagnosed with Rare Genetic Metabolic Disease

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Transplant surgeons recently performed UT Southwestern Medical Center’s first heart/liver transplant – saving the life of a singer/musician from a small Texas town.

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Northwestern University, HIV, Heart, Heart Attack

HIV Patients Have Nearly Twice the Heart Attack Risk

Current methods to predict the risk of heart attack and stroke vastly underestimate the risk in individuals with HIV, which is nearly double that of the general population, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. “The actual risk of heart attack for people with HIV was roughly 50 percent higher than predicted by the risk calculator many physicians use for the general population,” said first author Dr.

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stem cell clinical trials , Pediatric Heart Surgery, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

First U.S. Babies Treated in Unique Study of Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Congenital Heart Disease

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have begun testing to see whether adult stem cells derived from bone marrow benefit children with the congenital heart defect hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center Honors Dr. Garry S. Sklar and Sarah Sklar

Philanthropists Garry S. Sklar, MD, and his wife, Sarah Sklar, were recently honored by SUNY Downstate in recognition of gifts that support clinical care and research efforts in Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, as well as healthcare education through simulation technology.

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Extracorporeal Life Support, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, Registry Report, Survival, Adverse Events

Trends in Extracorporeal Life Support – ASAIO Journal Presents Latest Worldwide Registry Data

For critically ill patients with heart or lung failure that does not respond to conventional treatments, extracorporeal life support (ECLS) can provide a bridge to survival. Updated analysis of a worldwide database finds that ECLS technologies are becoming more widely available and more frequently used at centers around the world, according to a report in the ASAIO Journal, published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Aortic Stenosis, Trans aortic valve replacement, Interventional Cardiology

UH Cleveland Medical Center Expanding Aortic Valve Replacement Procedure to Low-Risk Patients

Announcement of a new clinical trial designed to measure the impact of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in low surgical risk patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS).

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pediatric cardiology, Pediatrics, Ventricular Septal Defects, TEE, transesopageal echocardiography, Cardiac Surgery, Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia

Cardiac Imaging Detects Serious Residual Septal Defects During Child Open Heart Surgery

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Using cardiac imaging during heart surgery can detect serious residual holes in the heart that may occur when surgeons repair a child’s heart defect, and offers surgeons the opportunity to close those holes during the same operation. Pediatric cardiology experts say using this tool, called transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), during surgery may improve outcomes for children with congenital heart disease.

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Cancer, Childhood Cancer, Leukemia, pediatric leukemia, clinical trial, CPX-351, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Seattle Children's Hospital, Relapse, Research

New Trial Hopes to Increase Survival for Kids With Cancer, Reduce Risk of Long Term Cardiac Damage

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Imagine conquering childhood cancer, only to find out that years down the road your heart may fail. Unfortunately, many children who have battled cancer face this reality. While often lifesaving, the effects of chemotherapy treatment (drugs that kill cancer cells) can take a toll on the developing body of a child, potentially resulting in life-threatening late side effects like cardiac damage.

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Health Tips, Wellness Tips, Ut Southwestern

December 2016 Health and Wellness Tips

Health and wellness tips about preventing blood shortages, cardiorespiratory fitness check-up, and avoid holiday heart syndrome.

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NIH, Metabolomics, Nih Grant, MoTrPAC, Bioinformatics, proteomic technology, Physical Activity, Cardiovascular Institute at BIDMC

Research Team Led by BIDMC’s Robert Gerszten, MD, Receives $11 Million NIH Grant to Study Molecular Changes Linked to Exercise and Physical Activity

A research team led by Robert Gerszten, MD, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and a Senior Associate Member of the Broad Institute, has received an award of more than $11 million as part of the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans (MoTrPAC) consortium, a large-scale initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate and map the molecular changes that occur in our bodies during and after exercise. This national research consortium seeks to advance our understanding of how physical activity improves and preserves health.

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Heart, Brain, Nerve, Brain Waves, Neuroscience, Materials Science, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Medical, Biological, Chemical, Chemistry, Graphene

New Graphene-Based System Could Help Us 'See' Electrical Signaling in Heart and Nerve Cells

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Scientists have enlisted the exotic properties of graphene to function like the film of an incredibly sensitive camera system in visually mapping tiny electric fields. They hope to enlist the new method to image electrical signaling networks in our hearts and brains.

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Newly Revealed Amino Acid Function Could Be Used to Boost Antioxidant Levels

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Protecting the body against oxidative stress

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Stem Cells, Pacemaker Cells, Heart, Biological Pacemaker, Toronto General Hospital, McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University Health Network

McEwen Centre Scientists Produce Functional Heart Pacemaker Cells

Scientists from the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University Health Network, have developed the first functional pacemaker cells from human stem cells, paving the way for alternate, biological pacemaker therapy.

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Running, running injuries, Knee Arthritis, Knee Cartilage, exercise and aging, exercise and arthritis, Inflammation, pain, Health, Marathon, distance running

Study: Running Actually Lowers Inflammation in Knee Joints

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New research from BYU exercise science professors finds that pro-inflammatory molecules actually go down in the knee joint after running.

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patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Heart Institute, Eduardo Marban, Evan Zahn , Evan M. Zahn, Alistair Phillips, cardiac birth defect

New Nonsurgical Repair of the Most Common Heart Defect Found in Extremely Premature Newborns Shown to Be Effective

A new minimally invasive technique for repairing the most common cardiac birth defect in extremely premature newborns can be performed safely with a high success rate in babies as small as 755 grams – about 1.6 pounds – only a few days after birth.

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Silent Heart Attack

Women often neglect their own heart health during the holidays and can suffer serious health problems.

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Arterial Disease

Scientists Identify Gene Predisposing to Artery-Damaging Disease

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A genetic discovery by a team led by Dianna Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D., of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) could help explain a cause of a mysterious artery-damaging disease that may affect up to an estimated 5 million Americans and often strikes without warning.







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