Tag Archives: Disease

Heart cells’ environment a potentially major factor in heart disease

By William Weir When it comes to heart disease, the health of the scaffold where cardiac cells grow may be a much bigger factor than previously believed. Stuart Campbell, associate professor of biomedical engineering & cellular and molecular physiology, led a team of researchers examined the effects of a diseased extracellular matrix (ECM) — the… Read More »

New blood test for Alzheimer’s can accurately predict disease years before brain scan, researchers say

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis claim to have determined a method for diagnosing Alzheimer’s dementia via a blood test, possibly years before a brain scan would be able to detect the disease. Reporting on their findings in the medical journal Neurology, researchers say the test would analyze the levels of… Read More »

Devastated parents fear Lyme disease killed their 39-year-old daughter

Killed by a tick bite after 11 years: Racecourse worker, 39, died of Lyme disease after catching the infection on a holiday to Australia in 2008 Carly Ellis was diagnosed with the serious bacterial infection back in 2011 She battled eight years of unexplained illnesses, including sepsis and meningitis  The ‘bubbly’ woman who wanted to… Read More »