The Stem Cell Plaster Can Help A Patient With Heart Failure
The Japanese researchers at the Osaka University or Handai, Osaka, Japan have made a significant step in the prevention of heart failure in a patient by inventing a sticking plaster made using the stem cells of an adult patient.
The researchers have found an improvement in the function of the heart after one year with a sticking plaster made using the stem cells from the human thigh.
The authors of the study say that therapy can become a long-term solution to the problems associated with heart disease. They also say that the study needs a clinical follow-up with a larger study to confirm this study.
Professor Metin Avkiran from the British Heart Foundation hailed this breakthrough. The study was published in the journal of the American Heart Association.
Diabetic Donor Kidney Transplant Is A Better Option Than Remaining On The Waitlist
A study at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the United States shows nine percent lower chance of dying (or more survival advantage) by the transplantation of the diabetic donor kidneys instead of remaining on the waitlist. The diabetic donor kidneys can shorten the waitlist times.
The benefits will be more in patients with a high risk of mortality with a long wait time. The demand for kidney donor organ will continue to outpace the supply. This study shows that a patient should accept the kidney of a deceased diabetic donor.
In the current study, the researchers have used the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) database operated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The study has compared 8,101 individuals who have undergone the diabetic donor kidney transplantation with 126,560 individuals who have undergone the nondiabetic donor kidney transplantation. The researchers have done 8.9 years of follow up study.
Among transplant recipients, the study shows that the mortality rate is 35 deaths per 1000 person-years. Among diabetic kidney transplant recipients, the mortality rate is nine percent lower when compared with patients either received nondiabetic donor kidney or remained on the waitlist.
The author of the study was Jordana B Cohen, MD, MSCE, from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the United States and the study was published on June 2017 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Title of the article is "Survival Benefit of Transplantation with a Decoeased Diabetic Donor Kidney Compared with Remaining on the Waitlist."
Statins Can Reduce The Risk Of Heart Attack
A study at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) shows that the statin medications can lower the stress on the heart and can lower the risk of heart diseases apart from reducing "BAD" or LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.
The thickness of the muscles of the heart is a good predictor of the future risk of heart attacks. The statins can reduce the thickness of walls of the heart. They are very effective in lowering blood pressure and improving the blood flow.
To find out the link between heart diseases and statins, the researchers have conducted a study with statins on 4,622 individuals without heart diseases. The study has assessed the volume and mass of the heart with the help of an MRI scan.
The study has found a lower volume in the left and right ventricular heart and lower mass in the left ventricular heart with the use of statins.
This shows a patient using statins is unlikely to have a large heart chamber. Statin drugs can reduce inflammation, can improve the function of the blood vessels and can stabilize the plaques formed in the blood vessels. The negative changes in the heart can also be reversed with statin drugs.
But the health experts say that the statins should not be routinely prescribed to every patient aged over 40 years.
The lead scientist of the study was Dr. Nay Aung, the Queen Mary University of London and the study was presented on May 25-27, 2017, at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology (EuroCMR 2017) held in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Published by Jammi Vasista, Chennai, India.