A new anti-platelet drug shows potential for treating blood vessel clots in heart attacks, strokes and, possibly, COVID-19

Scientists have developed and tested a new anti-clotting drug in mice that shows promise for treating heart attacks and stroke. It may also prove useful for COVID-19.

Xiaoping Du, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Illinois at Chicago • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: stroke covid-19 coronavirus heart heart-attack sars-cov-2 drug-development blood-clot ischemic-heart-disease

New artificial heart valve could transform open-heart surgery

A new type of artificial heart valve, made of long-lived polymers, could mean that millions of patients with diseased heart valves will no longer require

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: advanced-materials heart-disease health medicine animal-research heart

What is the ACE2 receptor, how is it connected to coronavirus and why might it be key to treating COVID-19? The experts explain

The ACE2 receptor allows the virus that causes COVID-19 to infect and destroy our cells. What is the normal role of ACE2 in the body, and could it be the key to blocking infection?

Rohit Loomba, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~11 min

Tags:  covid-19  heart  inflammation  lungs  sars-cov-2  ace2

What does 'survival of the fittest' mean in the coronavirus pandemic? Look to the immune system

Who is most likely to survive an infection of the new coronavirus? Two immunologists explain that it is those who mount exactly the right immune response – not too weak, not too strong.

Mitzi Nagarkatti, SmartState Endowed Chair of Center for Cancer Drug Discovery, Carolina Distinguished Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  covid-19  heart  immune-system  pandemic  lungs  sars-cov-2  viruses  pneumonia  ace2  immunosuppressant  immunocompromised

Some people 'genetically wired' to avoid some vegetables

An inherited gene makes certain healthy foods taste exceptionally bitter and unpleasant, according to researchers.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Nov. 12, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: heart food diet-nutrition

Heart disease risk begins in the womb, study in sheep suggests

Offspring whose mothers had a complicated pregnancy may be at greater risk of heart disease in later life, according to a new study in sheep. The research, led by a team at the University of Cambridge, suggests that our cards may be marked even before we are born.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: heart-disease health animal-research cardiovascular-disease-cvd pregnancy heart

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