New 12-month data from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai backs up an earlier study proving that a pharmacist-led, barbershop-based medical intervention can successfully lower blood pressure in high-risk African-American men. The follow-up research was published today in the journal Circulation. “Our initial six-month data showed a marked reduction of blood pressure in the intervention […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain USC scientists say Alzheimer’s could be diagnosed earlier if scientists focus on an early warning within the brain’s circulation system. That’s important because researchers believe that the earlier Alzheimer’s is spotted, the better chance there is to stop or slow the disease. “Cognitive impairment, and accumulation in the brain of the […]Continue Reading ...
Blood transfusions are a lifesaving treatment for many Americans. Blood transfusions are needed for many reasons, including surgery, after accidents, and for patients with chronic illnesses and cancer. Blood cannot be artificially made, so doctors rely on volunteer donations. To keep the blood supply safe, every donation is tested for blood type and checked for […]Continue Reading ...
Aggressive treatment of hypertension in stroke patients could do more harm than good in the long term, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Georgia. Sixty percent of stroke patients admitted to U.S. emergency rooms have elevated blood pressure, and many studies say that having high blood pressure at the time […]Continue Reading ...
A low-salt diet may be more beneficial in lowering blood pressure in females than males, report scientists who found that while actual salt retention isn’t higher in females, there is still an effect that drives pressure up. Females also might benefit most from drugs that directly block aldosterone, a hormone and blood vessel constrictor that […]Continue Reading ...
New research led by the University of Plymouth could identify how to target hypertension and other blood vessel problems — by using proteomics technology High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a leading cause of stroke and heart attacks worldwide – and one in four people have it. Now new research led by the University of […]Continue Reading ...
The PKD2 channel is involved in controlling blood pressure and activated differently in distinct blood vessels in the body Scientists have identified a key player in blood pressure regulation and have shown that switching it off reduces blood pressure in mice, according to new research in eLife. Their study ends much uncertainty about the contribution […]Continue Reading ...
New research led by York University’s Faculty of Health shows that inhibiting a protein within blood vessels stimulates new blood vessel growth, resulting in healthier fat tissue (adipose) and lower blood sugar levels. The findings provide key insight into how improving blood vessel growth could help to mitigate serious health problems that arise with obesity, […]Continue Reading ...
University of Minnesota Medical School researchers decided to delve into an area where little data currently exists. They wanted to know what happens after these patients with abnormal blood glucose measurements are discharged? Are uncontrolled blood glucose levels associated with worse outcomes after patients are discharged from the hospital? Surprisingly, despite a large body of […]Continue Reading ...
What is a PTT (partial thromboplastin time) test? A partial thromboplastin time (PTT) test measures the time it takes for a blood clot to form. Normally, when you get a cut or injury that causes bleeding, proteins in your blood called coagulation factors work together to form a blood clot. The clot stops you from […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Hot water treatment may help improve inflammation and blood sugar (glucose) levels in people who are unable to exercise, according to a new study. The findings are published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Physical stress such as exercise can cause the short-term elevation of inflammatory markers. After […]Continue Reading ...
For people with Type 2 diabetes, the task of testing their blood sugar with a fingertip prick and a drop of blood on a special strip of paper becomes part of everyday life. But a new study suggests that some of them test more often than they need to. In fact, the research shows, 14 […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 — Checking for low hemoglobin in the blood — otherwise known as anemia — usually means drawing blood for testing. But scientists say they’ve developed a wireless smartphone app that does the same by “reading” a quick photo of your fingernail. The app converts fingernail colors into quick readings of blood […]Continue Reading ...
When someone has a deadly disease or sustains a life-threatening injury, a transplant or graft of new tissue may be the best — or only — treatment option. Transplanted organs, skin grafts and other parts need blood vessels to bring oxygen-rich blood their way, but for tissue engineers and regenerative medicine experts, making a functional […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers have succeeded in converting human skin cells into blood stem cells in an international collaboration project. “This is a first step on the way to generating fully functional blood stem cells in a petri dish which, in the future, could be transplanted into patients with blood diseases”, says Filipe Pereira, the researcher from Lund […]Continue Reading ...
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