Circular RNAs and heart failure: new players for an old disease

This editorial refers to ‘A landscape of circular RNA expression in the human heart’ by W.L.W. Tan et al., pp. 298–309.
Source: Cardiovascular Research - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research

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This is the latest in a series of yearly posts in which I suggest areas of development for biotech startups I'd like to see actively developed as a part of the longevity industry in the near future. Today, this year, is a good time to be starting a company focused on the production of a novel therapeutic approach to intervening in the aging process. There is a great deal of funding for seed stage investment, and many compelling projects lacking champions, yet to be carried forward from academia into preclinical development. Numerous scientific and industry crossover conferences are now held every year, at which it is possi...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Investment Source Type: blogs
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a metabolic disorder of insulin resistance — a reduced sensitivity to the action of insulin — which leads to high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. Approximately 12% of American adults have T2D, and more than one-third of Americans have prediabetes, a precursor to T2D. This is a major public health concern, as T2D dramatically increases risk for heart disease, including heart attacks, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure. The development and progression of T2D is affected by many factors. Some, such as a person’s race/ethnicity, age, and gender cannot be modified. Others, including...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Diabetes Exercise and Fitness Healthy Eating Heart Health Source Type: blogs
This study aims to compare the clinical course of peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) cohorts from Germany (G ‐PPCM) and South Africa (SA‐PPCM) with fibrosis‐related markers to get insights into novel pathomechanisms of PPCM.Methods and resultsG ‐PPCM (n = 79) and SA ‐PPCM (n = 72) patients and healthy pregnancy ‐matched women from Germany (n = 56) and South Africa (n = 40) were enrolled. Circulating levels of procollagen type ‐I (PINP) and type‐III (PIIINP) N‐terminal propeptides, soluble ST2, galectin‐3, and full‐length and cleaved osteopontin (OPN) were measured at diagnosis (baseline) and 6 months of...
Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
European Journal of Heart Failure, EarlyView.
Source: European Journal of Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Comment Source Type: research
ConclusionsSubstantial recovery of LV function occurs within 12  months in most patients with recent‐onset DCM. Women had the greatest improvement in LVEF. A low LV contractile reserve measured by dobutamine stress CMR appears to identify patients whose LVEF is less likely to recover.
Source: European Journal of Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Research Article Source Type: research
This study suggests that early involvement after discharge is important for lowering the readmission rates in patients with heart failure, even when their walking ability is good.
Source: Heart and Vessels - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
AbstractThe fibrosis-4 index (FIB-4 index) is a marker of liver fibrosis. It has been reported that the FIB-4 index in compensated phase is associated with estimated right-sided filling pressure and poor prognosis in patients with heart failure. However, the relationship with invasively obtained right-sided cardiac pressures has been unclear. Hemodynamic status was evaluated by right heart catheterization in 189 heart failure patients who were in a clinically compensated phase between January 2015 and September 2017. Patients were assigned to two groups based on a median FIB-4 index of 2.15, then hemodynamic parameters and...
Source: Heart and Vessels - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Watch this 25-minute film of a patient who does VSED. "My mother had congestive heart failure and decided not to submit herself to the indignities of medical intervention. When she got too weak to get out of bed, she decided to stop eating and drinking (in German it’s called Sterbefasten or Death Fast, in the US it’s called VSED – Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking)." "My outspoken mother insisted I film our family as we navigated this fraught process together. My brother and I cared for her round the clock during the ten days it took her to die at home. We then washed her body, set h...
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ConclusionThe Jarvik 2000 resulted stable under direct X-ray beam of 10-MV energy. Its strong attenuation, however, can affect dose deposition in the pump in TPS, and it must be taken into account.
Source: La Radiologia Medica - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
Since the publication of its first Core Cardiovascular Training Statement (COCATS) in 1995,1 the American College of Cardiology (ACC) has defined the knowledge, experiences, skills, and behaviors expected of clinical cardiologists. Subsequent revisions have moved toward competency-based training based on the 6-domain competency structure promulgated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Specialties and endorsed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
Source: Journal of Cardiac Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: LIFELONG LEARNING STATEMENT Source Type: research
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