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Complications from blood transfusions more common than previously reported

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Photo: Hanging, empty blood bags [16/12/2014] Two studies shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States.Complications from blood transfusions more common than previously reported - Read more

Taming the inflammatory response in kidney dialysis

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Graphic: Structure of a complex molecule [15/12/2014] Frequent kidney dialysis is essential for the approximately 350,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in the United States. But it can also cause systemic inflammation, leading to complications such as cardiovascular disease and anemia, and patients who rely on the therapy have a five-year survival rate of only 35 percent.Taming the inflammatory response in kidney dialysis - Read more

Nanotechnology against malaria parasites

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Graphic: Erythrocytes in a bloodvessel [11/12/2014] Malaria parasites invade human red blood cells, they then disrupt them and infect others. Researchers at the University of Basel and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute have now developed so-called nanomimics of host cell membranes that trick the parasites.Nanotechnology against malaria parasites - Read more

Membrane reduces scarring in damaged blood vessels

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Graphic: Blood vessel with a narrowing, blood flow [01/12/2014] When blood vessels are damaged through surgery, it can trigger an endless cycle of scarring and repair. Now, a new surgical membrane delivers the healing action of vitamin A.Membrane reduces scarring in damaged blood vessels - Read more

Obesity fuels silent heart damage

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Photo: Measuring tape that forms a heart [28/11/2014] Using an ultrasensitive blood test to detect the presence of a protein that heralds heart muscle injury, researchers from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have found that obese people without overt heart disease experience silent cardiac damage that fuels their risk for heart failure down the road.Obesity fuels silent heart damage - Read more

Dopamine leaves its mark in brain scans

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Graphic: Display of BOLD signal [26/11/2014] BOLD signals in functional magnetic resonance imaging do not always reflect what nerve cells are doing: Researchers use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify which areas of the brain are active during specific tasks.Dopamine leaves its mark in brain scans - Read more

Bio-inspired bleeding control

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Photo: synthetic platelets [17/11/2014] Stanching the free flow of blood from an injury remains a holy grail of clinical medicine. Controlling blood flow is a primary concern and first line of defense for patients and medical staff in many situations, from traumatic injury to illness to surgery. If control is not established within the first few minutes of a hemorrhage, further treatment and healing are impossible.Bio-inspired bleeding control - Read more

High-speed 'label-free' imaging could reveal dangerous plaques

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Photo: Image taken with the new technology [07/11/2014] Researchers are close to commercializing a new type of medical imaging technology that could diagnose cardiovascular disease by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser.High-speed 'label-free' imaging could reveal dangerous plaques - Read more

New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring

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Photo: gold nanonparticules [28/10/2014] A miniature device can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive than equipment currently used in hospitals, this nanoscale device has an optical system that can rapidly gauge the optimal dose of methotrexate a patient needs, while minimizing the drug's adverse effects. New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring - Read more

Newly donated blood reduces complications from heart surgery

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Photo: blood transfusion [27/10/2014] Heart surgery patients who received newly donated blood have significantly fewer post-operative complications than those who received blood that had been donated more than two weeks before their surgery, a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress has shown.Newly donated blood reduces complications from heart surgery - Read more

 
 

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