Tiny blood cells could protect against cerebral palsy

Platelets—tiny cells critical for blood clotting—could be the key to protecting against brain damage occurring during pregnancy or around the time of birth. Information gained from the pre-clinical study led by Dr. Alison Farley and Dr. Samir Taoudi from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute could enable doctors to intervene at the right time to prevent brain bleeds—a significant risk […]

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Researchers unveil experimental compound to block therapeutic target in blood cancer

Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a hyperactive cell signal that contributes to tumor growth in an aggressive blood cancer. They also developed an experimental therapeutic to block the signal and slow tumor growth. The researchers reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences they identified a novel therapeutic target for primary effusion […]

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Biochemical compound responsible for blood pressure drop in sepsis is discovered

A study conducted by an international group of researchers has overturned the understanding of life-threatening inflammatory diseases such as sepsis, pointing to a biochemical agent that may be involved in the rapid decline in blood pressure that occurs in the advanced stage of sepsis and usually causes the patient’s death. This discovery could pave the way for novel therapeutic approaches. […]

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Could beetroot fight salt-induced high blood pressure?

Adding tiny amounts of beetroot or dietary nitrate to salty food products might help prevent high blood pressure, according to a preliminary study of rats. While findings in animals may not translate to humans, researchers of the new study—released Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension—hope to find a new tool to help battle the epidemic of high-salt diets, […]

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Remote blood pressure monitoring via smartphone app shows promise

People with both diabetes and uncontrolled high blood pressure who used a smartphone app to monitor their blood pressure remotely, get tips on healthful living and connect with a health coach saw significant declines in their blood pressure within six weeks, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. At six weeks, study […]

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Researchers discover new type of blood vessel in the bones of mice

A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions across Germany has discovered a new type of blood vessel in mouse bones. In their paper published in the journal Nature Metabolism, the group describes making sample mouse bones transparent, as well as their microscopic properties. Christopher Ritchlin and Iannis Adamopoulos with the University of Rochester and the University of California, respectively, […]

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FDA approves drugs for treatment of two rare blood diseases

(HealthDay)—Two drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of rare blood diseases, the agency announced Friday. Elzonris (tagraxofusp-erzs) infusion was granted the first approval for the treatment of blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) in adults and children aged 2 years and older. Researchers investigated the efficacy of Elzonris in two patient cohorts […]

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Healthy blood stem cells have as many DNA mutations as leukemic cells

Researchers from the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology have shown that the number of mutations in healthy and leukemic blood stem cells does not differ. Rather, the location of DNA mutations is relevant. Using the mutation patterns in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs), the team was able to trace the developmental lineage tree of the cells. Van Boxtel, […]

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