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Genetic lineage tracing identifies cardiac mesenchymal-to-adipose transition in an arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy model

ACM is a hereditary cardiomyopathy characterized by fibrofatty replacement of the ventricular myocardium, a high risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, and progressive heart failure. However, the cellular origin of cardiac adipocytes in ACM remains largely unknown.In a study recently published in Science China Life Sciences, a research team established an ACM mouse […]

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Blinding eye disease strongly associated with serious forms of cardiovascular disease

Patients with a specific form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the United States, are also highly likely to have either underlying heart damage from heart failure and heart attacks, or advanced heart valve disease, or carotid artery disease associated with certain types of strokes, according to a new study […]

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FDA approves first lab-grown meat product

Americans could soon be eating chicken that’s grown in a lab from cultured animal cells, rather than raised at a farm or facility. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Wednesday that the environment-friendly chicken made by California-based Upside Foods is safe to eat, although it is not yet fully approved for sale. “Our goal […]

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Dangerous parasite that can infect people now found in U.S. foxes

A rare parasitic disease that has long been documented in Europe seems to have taken root in the United States. Researchers in Vermont are reporting on two human cases of the disease, called alveolar echinococcosis (AE), which were caused by a European strain of the parasite E. multilocularis. They also found evidence of the strain […]

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Genetics combined with long years of schooling can lead to nearsightedness in children

Researchers have identified five genetic variants that increasingly raise a person’s risk of becoming nearsighted the longer they stay in school. A team led by Jeremy Guggenheim of Cardiff University, United Kingdom, published these findings November 17 in the open access journal PLOS Genetics. Nearsighted vision is associated with a range of eye disorders, making […]

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1 billion young people may be at risk for hearing loss due to ‘unsafe’ listening habits, study shows

It may be a good idea to start turning the volume down. From the impacts of music and movies to phones and concerts, a new study shows 1 billion young people are a risk for hearing loss. For perspective: That’s an eighth of the world’s population. It’s common for adolescents and young adults to listen […]

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Some reduced-carb diets may decrease diabetes risk, but others may raise it

New research finds that animal-based, low-carbohydrate eating was associated with a higher Type 2 diabetes risk, whereas plant-based, low-carb eating was associated with a lower diabetes risk. The research, recently presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions conference, is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. “To prevent the risk of […]