Hong Kong Scientist Invents Tiny Human Hearts

A scientist in Hong Kong, Professor Ronald Li, has used stem cells to grow tiny human hearts. These lab-grown miniature organs function exactly like a real human heart. Researchers plan to use them to test new drugs. Professor Li’s stem cell company, Novoheart, is marketing the invention to pharmaceutical companies around the world. These tiny [Read More]

Potential Alternative to Anti-Cholesterol Statin Drugs

Statins are a class of drugs used to treat high cholesterol levels in the body. Specifically, these medications lower bad cholesterol (LDL). However, these lipid-lowering drugs are associated with several side effects including muscle aches, headache, flushing, difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, drowsiness, and dizziness. Moreover, not all patients respond to statins. Now, researchers [Read More]

Mending Broken Hearts in the Laboratory

Heart disease kills more Americans every year than any other single medical condition. Any disease or damage to this vital organ in the human body can have catastrophic consequences. Now, scientists are gaining ground in mending broken hearts in the laboratory. Slowly progressive heart failure is more common than sudden cardiac arrest. When a person [Read More]

Stem Cells Supercharging Weak Hearts

Researchers at the University of Utah are excited by a discovery that in patients with weak hearts, stem cells from the patient’s own body can be used to fix the damage. A study has revealed that treatment with stem cells brought the rate of repeat hospitalizations and death down by 37 percent in patients with [Read More]

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