Regenerative Drugbased Cardiac Therapies

Feb 17, 2014

Myocardial infarction results from the interruption of blood supply to a part of the heart, causing heart cells to die. This is most due to coronary artery occlusion following the rupture of a vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque. The resulting ischemia and ensuing oxygen shortage, if left untreated for a sufficient period of time, can cause infarction of heart muscle tissue. Dr. Roman Schenk Recardio why regenerative medicine holds the promise of functional restoration by replenishing cardiomyocytes and blood vessels, and therefore also has the potential for complete tissue repair. ...

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Hyaluronic Acid – Creation of Slow Release Formulations for Osteoarthritis Treatments

Jan 8, 2014

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the world’s most common degenerative joint disorder, affecting more than 60% of the population over the age of 65.During this condition, bone surfaces come into contact under ordinary loads, leading to severe pain and disability and leading to symptoms including subchondral bone sclerosis, progressive articular cartilage loss and synovial fluid viscosity decrease. Hans Ole at Novozymes Biopharma provides an overview into the HA, and the cost of the treatment. ...

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A New Future for Antibiotics?

Jan 8, 2014

A future without antibiotics is deemed to be bleak, if bacteria continue to develop new resistance mechanisms and the pharmaceutical industry have to produce novel classes of antibiotics at the existing rate. Things may change, though. Recently, a UK-based company announced a major collaboration in the fight against resistance with the discovery of patented `resistence breaker` compounds. A new series of potent, fast-acting antibiotic resistance breakers that can `rejuvenate` old antibiotics. Cecilia Stroe – Editor of IPI reports ...

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Screening Kidney Function in People With Carotid Artery Disease May Help In Development Of Early Intervention Strategies

Jan 8, 2014

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive reduction in the kidneys’ ability to filter blood. People with CKD have greatly increased mortality risk in comparison to the non-CKD population, with cardiovascular disease being the cause of death in almost half of all cases. Dr. Mohsen Chabok at Life Line Screening/ Imperial College explains how CKD impacts on patients’ quality of life and why it is not known whether a pathological process underlies CKD or if it is simply part of aging. ...

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