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Blood Test May Predict Heart Attack
2012-03-22 08:30:51

A new blood test developed to predict heart attacks as much as two weeks in advance could be a savior to more than 2.5 million Americans at risk, medical news site MyHealthNewsDaily reports. The test, which measures circulating endothelial cells (CECs) in the blood, was used in a study of 50 patients led by Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) — a collaborative program between Scripps Health and the Scripps Research Institute (SRI). CECs in heart attack patients are...

2012-01-05 11:14:48

People with high cholesterol are at risk of heart attack and stroke because atherosclerotic plaques within their arteries can rupture triggering the formation of a blood clot called an occlusive thrombus that cuts off the blood supply to their heart or brain. For years, scientists have studied the cause of this abnormal clotting. Now, a study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has identified a molecular pathway that leads to this...

2011-12-13 22:55:37

New study reveals molecular mechanism promoting the breakdown of plaque by statins In a new study, NYU Langone Medical Center researchers have discovered how cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins promote the breakdown of plaque in the arteries. The study was published online by the journal PLoS One on December 6, 2011. The findings support a large clinical study that recently showed patients taking high-doses of the cholesterol-lowering medications not only reduced their cholesterol...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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