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Reprogramming Cells to Make a Bio-Pacemaker

In pigs, scientists have succeeded in turning cardiac muscle cells into specialized pacemaker cells. Such technology could eventually replace electronic pacemakers, researchers say.<p><b>Each year, about 300,000 patients</b> in the U.S. with slow or irregular heart rates receive electronic pacemakers. …

The pacemaker of the future might be made of heart cells

A new technique uses gene therapy to create "biological pacemakers" in pigs<p>Cardiologists in Los Angeles have developed a gene-therapy technique that allows them to transform working heart-muscle cells into cells that regulate a pigs’ heartbeat. This procedure, described today in the <i>Science</i> …

Why don't more docs tell heart patients to take aspirin? - Futurity

The people who could most benefit from a daily dose of aspirin are typically not advised by their doctors to take it.

Biomedicine

Niacin too dangerous for routine cholesterol therapy

After 50 years of being a mainstay cholesterol therapy, niacin should no longer be prescribed for most patients due to potential increased risk of …

Scientists create 'biological pacemaker' inside off-tempo hearts

Pacemakers have long been a life-saving device for people whose hearts don't keep the right beat – but they can sometimes come with complications. Now, a team of researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles have managed to transform regular heart cells in pigs into pacemaker cells …