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Mar 18, 2018

This New Cholesterol Drug Might Reduce Risk of Dying

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Summary: Cholesterol drug alirocumab was linked to a 15% lower risk of dying in a new study released Saturday. [This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

The cholesterol-lowering drug alirocumab was linked to a 15% lower risk of death, and an equivalent reduction of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, according to a new study.

It’s the first time a cholesterol-lowering drug has reduced deaths since statins such as Crestor and Lipitor came out decades ago.

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Mar 18, 2018

Lead Exposure Causes as Many Deaths as Smoking Suggests a New Study

Posted by in category: futurism

A new study in a leading journal suggests that traces of lead in the environment is on par with smoking as a cause of death.

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Mar 18, 2018

Researchers Link Vitamin D to Reduced Cancer

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Summary: Vitamin D linked to a 20% lower risk of cancer in an extensive 16-year study of over 33,000 people published yesterday in a top journal. [This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Higher levels of vitamin D may be connected to a lower risk of developing cancer, concludes an extensive study of Japanese adults published yesterday.

The scientists say their findings support the theory that vitamin D might help protect against some cancers.

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Mar 18, 2018

Top Researchers Want to Beat Back Our Chronic Diseases of Aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, education, life extension

Summary: A sneak peek of an upcoming documentary takes us inside the minds of the leaders in the life extension field and their recent discoveries to ward off the diseases of aging. [This article has been updated and first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman.]

Leaders in the field of longevity research plan to help us live healthier, longer lives with their recent scientific discoveries.

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Mar 18, 2018

Fat cells move to heal bodies

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

For the first time, researchers in Scotland observe fat cells – formerly thought to be immobile — rushing in to heal wounds.

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Mar 18, 2018

Regenerating new heart tissue to repair disease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists are developing heart patches for adults as well. For example, biomedical engineers at Duke University have created a fully functioning lab-grown human heart muscle large enough to patch over the damage typically suffered in a heart attack.

While Duke’s heart patches are still in their early stages, they appear to be a tremendous improvement over existing cell therapies. Clinical trials are currently testing the tactic of injecting stem cells directly into the affected site in an attempt to restore some of the damaged heart muscle. However, it doesn’t help very much. Fewer than 1% of the injected cells survive in the heart, and even fewer become cardiac muscle cells.

On the other hand, heart patches could potentially be implanted over the dead heart muscle and remain active for a long time, strengthening contractions and providing a conductive circuit for the heart’s electrical signals to travel through. These patches also secrete growth factors and enzymes that could help the recovery of damaged tissue that hasn’t yet died.

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Mar 18, 2018

Researchers Paint Bullseye on Target to Stop Tumor Metastasis

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Summary: In a medical first, UT Dallas researchers just found a way to paint a bullseye target on cancer stem cells, the source of tumor metastases which spread through the body to cause 90% of all cancer deaths. [This article first appeared on LongevityFacts. Author: Brady Hartman. ]

Researchers with the University of Texas at Dallas just found a way to isolate and tag cancer stem cells, the chief culprit involved in cancer spreading to other parts of the body – the cause of 90% of all cancer deaths.

While they haven’t developed drugs that eliminate these aggressive cancer cells, they can paint a bright bullseye on their elusive target, making it easier to kill cancer stem cells.

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Mar 18, 2018

Researchers catch the molecule triggering inflammation in autoimmune diseases

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In a first, a research team catches a rogue molecule in the act — one implicated in the inflammation of autoimmune diseases like arthritis.

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Mar 17, 2018

Team develops 3D tissue model of a developing human heart

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Utilizing induced pluripotent stem cells for regenerative medicine.


The #heart is the first organ to develop in the womb and the first cause of concern for many parents.

For expecting mothers, the excitement of pregnancy is often offset by anxiety over medication they require. Parents and doctors often have to consider the mother’s health as well as the potential risk regarding how medication could affect their baby. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires certain drugs to be labeled with pregnancy exposure and risk. Some drugs are labeled to show that testing on animals has failed to demonstrate a risk but there are no adequate and well-controlled studies of pregnant women.

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Mar 17, 2018

UK sets new wind power record as turbines deliver 14 gigawatts for first time – 37 per cent of nation’s electricity

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Wind power in the UK set a new record today by generating 14 gigawatts for the first time – nearly 37 per cent of the country’s electricity.

The National Grid control room confirmed that 13.9 gigawatts was the highest ever metered wind output.

It was responding to a tweet by “wind-loving Walthamstow mum” Sarah Merrick, who said: “Think this might be a new wind record”.

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