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Novel marker, possible therapeutic target for cardiovascular calcification identified

Novel marker, possible therapeutic target for cardiovascular calcification identified

Cardiovascular calcification (deposits of minerals in heart valves and blood vessels) is a primary contributor to heart disease, the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Unfortunately, there currently is no medical treatment for cardiovascular calcification, which can lead to acute cardiovascular events, such as myocardial infarction and stroke, as well as heart failure,” says Elena Aikawa, MD, PhD, Director of the Vascular Biology Program at the Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Continue reading

Novel marker, possible therapeutic target for cardiovascular calcification identified

Novel marker, possible therapeutic target for cardiovascular calcification identified

Cardiovascular calcification (deposits of minerals in heart valves and blood vessels) is a primary contributor to heart disease, the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Unfortunately, there currently is no medical treatment for cardiovascular calcification, which can lead to acute cardiovascular events, such as myocardial infarction and stroke, as well as heart failure,” says Elena Aikawa, MD, PhD, Director of the Vascular Biology Program at the Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School Continue reading

Gestational diabetes may raise risk for heart disease in midlife

Gestational diabetes may raise risk for heart disease in midlife

Pregnant women may face an increased risk of early heart disease when they develop gestational diabetes, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association . Gestational diabetes, which develops only during pregnancy and usually disappears after the pregnancy, increases the risk that the mother will develop diabetes later. The condition is managed with meal planning, activity and sometimes insulin or other medications. Continue reading

Nanomaterials key to developing stronger artificial hearts

Nanomaterials key to developing stronger artificial hearts

Jan. 31, 2013 — ACS Nano published a study by Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, MASc, a researcher in the division of biomedical engineering at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, detailing the creation of innovative cardiac patches that utilize nanotechnology to enhance the conductivity of materials to induce cardiac tissue formation. Creation of these ultra-thin cardiac patches put medicine a step closer to durable, high-functioning artificial tissues that could be used to repair damaged hearts and other organs. Continue reading

NI women slow to recognise cancer

NI women slow to recognise cancer

23 January 2013 Last updated at 01:08 ET By Marie Louise Connolly BBC Northern Ireland health correspondent Women in Northern Ireland are among the least aware in the UK when it comes to recognising the symptoms of ovarian cancer, a recent survey suggests. Continue reading

Landmark abortion ruling turns 40

Landmark abortion ruling turns 40

22 January 2013 Last updated at 15:39 ET Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play Continue reading

Postpartum hemorrhage during a first pregnancy does not affect future fertility, study suggests

Postpartum hemorrhage during a first pregnancy does not affect future fertility, study suggests

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Slower growth of preterm infants linked to altered brain development

Slower growth of preterm infants linked to altered brain development

Jan. 16, 2013 — Preterm infants who grow more slowly as they approached what would have been their due dates also have slower development in an area of the brain called the cerebral cortex, report Canadian researchers in a new study published January 16 in Science Translational Medicine. The cerebral cortex is a two to four millimetre layer of cells that envelopes the top part of the brain and is involved in cognitive, behavioural, and motor processes Continue reading