Wed Jan 24 2018

Category: Blood / Arteries

Oxysterols May Play a Major Role in the Development of Heart Disease

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Heart Health, Research

Oxysterols could play a major role in the development of heart disease.  If you are asking, "What the heck is an oxysterol?" you're definitely not alone.  I'm sure you've heard about plaque or debris that can develop in our blood vessels as we're developing heart disease.  When plaque or debris inside our blood vessels interacts [&hellip

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Drinking Green Tea Can Expand Arteries

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Blood / Arteries, Foods / Drinks, Heart Health, Research

If you like green tea, I've got a good reason to keep drinking it.  Green tea can help your arteries.  A study from Greece suggests that drinking green tea can expand arteries.  Researchers tested volunteers on separate occasions after participants drank green tea, caffeine, and hot water.  They found that dilation, or expansion of the [&hellip

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Cutis Marmorata in Infants

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics

I guarantee, unless you have a newborn baby, this is not something you are worried about.  But I can also assure you, it will bring back memories, and for some of you, it will be great advice for a family member or a friend with a newborn.  It's a condition called cutis marmorata.  It can [&hellip

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Cholesterol Measurement and Heart Disease

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Blood Pressure, Heart Health

There is no doubt that heart disease is a known killer and we have been aware that controlling cholesterol is a major way to reduce the chances of problems, but cholesterol is not the only way we measure these things.   At the very minimum, doctors order a lipid panel which includes studies like LDL, or [&hellip

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Statin Drugs May Help Stroke Victims

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Medications, Stroke

Statins could theoretically help after a stroke.  People who take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins after a stroke may be less likely to have a second stroke later.  They also have a lower death risk over the ten years following their initial stroke.  Researchers studied 794 people who had strokes and found that those taking statins [&hellip

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Skull Injuries and Epidural Hemorrhages

Posted in Accidental Injuries, Blood / Arteries, Brain / Memory, Head / Neck, Medications, Sports Safety

Injuries called epidural hemorrhages can be extremely serious.  Blood gets trapped between the skull and the hard layer of the skin between the bone and the brain know as the dura mater.  As the blood flows from the ruptured artery, the fluids builds and punctures the dura.  Patients are often unaware they've fractures their skull [&hellip

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Higher Risk Transplant Procedure Found to Be Worth It for Many Patients with a Form of Acute Leukemia

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Cancer, Diseases

A treatment strong enough to cure patients with an acute form of leukemia has been limited in use due to concerns about its serious, potentially fatal, side effects. But new research shows that for the majority of patients, the benefits far outweigh the risks

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What Causes a Stroke?

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Blood Pressure, Stroke

Most of us have heard the term stroke, but many of us don't know what causes this potentially life-altering condition.  Here's the best way I know to explain it.  If you consider one, single, isolated blood vessel, blood flows to the brain tissue and it can be blocked or slowed down in one of two [&hellip

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Common Antacid Medications are Once Again Implicated As Dangerous

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Medications

If you’ve had a stent placed in your heart or perhaps had other heart problems, you may be taking a medication marketed as Plavix to reduce your risk of blood clots.  Now it turns out that taking a common type of antacid known as a proton pump inhibitor may render Plavix ineffective.  Redonda Miller, an [&hellip

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New Blood Vessels and Tumor Growth

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Cancer

New blood vessels are critical to tumor survival, with some existing drugs designed to inhibit this process, called angiogenesis.  Now a Johns Hopkins team led by Gregg Semenza has found that a protein called hypoxia-inducible factor, or HIF-1, helps to initiate the process, which can be inhibited by certain chemotherapy drugs

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