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The heart makers

How do you make a working human heart? Scientists can turn stem cells into beating heart cells, but getting them to organize into a 3D heart requires a scaff...
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For more than a decade, biologists have been able to turn embryonic stem cells into beating heart-muscle cells in a dish. With a little electrical pacemaking from the outside, these engineered heart cells even fall into step and maintain synchronous beating for hours.

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New 3-D technology to treat atrial fibrillation - Science Daily - Science Daily (press release)

New 3-D technology to treat atrial fibrillation - Science Daily - Science Daily (press release) | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
New 3-D technology to treat atrial fibrillation - Science Daily Science Daily (press release) May 11, 2013 — Researchers at the Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center have developed a new 3-D technology that for the first...
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Kids With Type 2 Diabetes Develop Kidney And Heart Problems Faster And More Often Than Adults

Kids With Type 2 Diabetes Develop Kidney And Heart Problems Faster And More Often Than Adults | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
Regardless of treatments given, children with type 2 diabetes can develop heart and kidney problems faster than adults with the disease.
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Once believed to afflict mainly older adults, type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed in children at such an alarming rate that the disease has shed its alternate name — adult-onset diabetes. It's now a disease of childhood too.

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Blood hormone restores youthful hearts to old mice

Blood hormone restores youthful hearts to old mice | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
Protein relieves age-related stiffening and thickening of cardiac muscle.
Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.12971
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If proven to be effective in humans, a protein that reverts the effects of ageing in mouse hearts could provide relief for a condition that is otherwise difficult to treat.

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