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Health > Heart
A National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) research team has discovered that obesity leads to a reduction in the protein lysyl oxidase (LOX), which accelerates aortic aging and stiffness, causing arteriosclerosis, and is a major threat to health, according to a NCKU press release yesterday.
 
Millions of people with stents that prop open clogged heart arteries may need anti-clotting drugs much longer than the one year doctors recommend now. A large study found that continuing for another 18 months lowers the risk of heart attacks, clots and other problems.
 
Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in a world first they said could change the way organs are donated.
 
No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat.
 
People who watch three or more hours of television daily may be twice as likely to die prematurely than people who watch less, according to a study on Wednesday.
 
Scientists said Sunday they may have unraveled how chronic stress leads to heart attack and stroke: triggering overproduction of disease-fighting white blood cells which can be harmful in excess.
 
National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) introduced bio-absorbing stents for cardiac patients who require angioplasty, which will disappear after about two to three years and leave only harmless water and carbon dioxide in the patients' bodies.
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Young adults who smoke marijuana may be at risk for serious or even fatal heart problems, according to a study by French researchers on Wednesday.
 
People who had low birth weights and those breastfed for short periods may be more likely to develop chronic inflammation linked to heart disease in adults, a study said Wednesday.
 
It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer.
 
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