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Back in the mid 19th century, a French doctor, Armand Trousseau, discovered a connection between cancer and thrombosis "“ the formation of often dangerous blood clots that can lead to venous occlusion. Today it is known that cancer and its treatment change blood flow properties and thus promote the formation of clots. However, clots do not only occur as a side effect and consequence of cancer, but, vice versa, an increased blood clotting tendency may also be associated with an elevated...
Reporting in the July 18 issue of The Journal of Experimental Medicine, a group of scientists in Wurzburg, Germany show that the lack of a blood clotting protein may protect against clogged arteries with no risk of excessive bleeding. Blood clotting depends on the sequential activation of proteins, called clotting factors, that culminates in the production of fibrin -- the protein that forms the meshwork of the clot. This process must be tightly regulated, as too little clotting can lead to...
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