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Heart, Lung, and Blood

Without thinking about it, our heart and lungs are working to keep us alive. When these functions are impaired, the results can be devastating. Researchers are working hard to tackle asthma, leukemia and other blood cancers, blood clots, and heart disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women.

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Nanomedicine: A Targeted Approach

Posted on: March 12, 2015

 

Nanomedicine: A Targeted Approach - Nanomedicine is beginning to change the way scientists and physicians diagnose and treat disease. Unlike conventional therapies, these tiny particles – 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair – can seek out diseased tissue and access hard to reach places in the body. This article will provide readers with an understanding of what nanoparticles are, how they specifically target diseased tissue, and how they diagnose and treat some of our most devastating diseases.  Read more...


FASEB Releases New Breakthroughs in Bioscience Article Entitled "Life's Blood: Angiogenesis in Health and Disease"

Posted on: July 19, 2010

 

Life's Blood: Angiogenesis in Health and Disease - Angiogenesis, or the formation of new blood vessels, plays a critical role in a number of diseases and conditions, including cancer, diabetic retinopathy, and wound healing.  Read more..

 


Breathtaking Discoveries: How Basic Research Led to Treatments for Asthma

Posted on: March 15, 2007

 

Breathtaking Discoveries: How Basic Research Led to Treatments for Asthma - Fundamental research on the underlying causes of asthma has resulted in a greater understanding of this complex condition and the development of improved and diverse treatment options.  Read more...

 


Cholesterol: From Biochemical Riddle to Blockbuster Drug for Heart Disease

Posted on: January 15, 2005

 

Cholesterol: From Biochemical Riddle to Blockbuster Drug for Heart Disease - Decades of fundamental research on the mysterious and ubiquitous molecule cholesterol led scientists to understand its role in causing atherosclerosis and heart disease.  Read more...

 


Bubbles, Babies and Biology: The Story of Surfactant

Posted on: March 15, 2004

 

Bubbles, Babies and Biology: The Story of Surfactant - Pregnant ewes and premature lambs served as crucial animal models in early studies of using steroid treatment to prevent Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS).  Read more...

 


Clot Busters! - Discovery of Thrombolytic Therapy for Heart & Stroke

Posted on: January 15, 2004

 

Clot Busters! - Discovery of Thrombolytic Therapy for Heart & Stroke - The venom from a Malaysian pit viper contains an anticoagulant drug which is being studied for use in treating stroke patients. This drug improves blood flow by reducing the amount of fibrinogen (clotting protein) in the blood plasma. The saliva from vampire bats serves as the basis for a new candidate for a thrombolytic therapeutic.  Read more...


From Viper’s Venom to Drug Design: Treating Hypertension

Posted on: January 15, 2003

 

From Viper’s Venom to Drug Design: Treating Hypertension - In the development of drugs to treat high blood pressure, dogs and rabbits helped scientists understand how the body controls blood pressure. In addition, ACE inhibitors (an anti-hypertensive) were designed based on experiments with snake venom.  Read more...
 


Targeting Leukemia: From Bench to Bedside

Posted on: March 15, 2001

 

Targeting Leukemia: From Bench to Bedside - As researchers discovered effective treatments for leukemia, there remained a stumbling block: the drugs that killed leukemia cells were unable to penetrate into the brain and spinal cord. Fortunately, using animal models, scientists were able to develop a direct injection and irradiation protocol that eliminated this problem.  Read more...
 


Transplantation: The Challenging Road Ahead

Posted on: January 15, 2001

 

Transplantation: The Challenging Road Ahead - Using experiments involving mice, scientists developed methods for re-educating the immune system to tolerate organ transplants. Additionally, rabbits serve as critical models for techniques related to corneal transplants, now a common place medical procedure.  Read more...