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From the Brain to the Heart
There are countless cell types, but heart cells remain a hot commodity in regenerative medicine. That's because doctors suspect they can be used to replace lost tissue in injured hearts.
ODAC Recommends Accelerated Approval of new Lymphoma Drug
The Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee ( ODAC ) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted unanimously to recommend that the FDA grant accelerated approval of Adcetris ( brentuximab vedotin ).
Pure Stem Cell Discovered
Stem cell research may have seemed like science fiction when research first began 50 years ago. But that work has finally come to fruition with the isolation of a human blood stem cell in its purest form.
Surprising Mechanism Aids Cell Self Destruction
Excess amounts of fat and sugar force cells to self destruct when they can no longer stand the toxic environment. Scientists believe they now know why these overloaded cells commit suicide.
One of the "Easy Cancers"
A patient remembers the day he was diagnosed. Writing on a patient support group forum, he recalls, "I had one of the first oncologists I saw tell me 'you got the cancer I can treat. One pill a day and you carry on. Who's luckier than you?'"
Genome Project Finds Race Disparity Cause
It is known that differences among white blood cell counts vary by race or ethnicity. Scientists have recently discovered the genes responsible for those differences in white blood cell counts.
Leaking Blood Vessels May Cause Sepsis
The common belief is that sepsis, a potentially deadly illness where the bloodstream is overwhelmed by bacteria, is caused by a bacterial infection. A new study indicates that might not be the case.
FDA Approves Xarelto To Reduce Risk Of Blood Clots
On July 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Xarelto ( rivaroxaban ) to reduce the risk of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis ( DVT ), and pulmonary embolism (PE) following knee or hip replacement surgery.
Minimizing Adverse Reactions by Stopping the Bleeding
Patients with acute coronary syndromes often must resort to stents or balloon angioplasty to relieve artery constriction. Now the European Society of Cardiology is suggesting new strategies to minimize bleeding during such procedures.
Patients Receive Blood Vessels Made From Donor Cells
Three patients with end stage renal disease mark the first to successfully receive blood vessels engineered in a lab from human skin cells. Following additional testing, "off the shelf" blood vessels could be as readily available as medical gauze.