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Study identifies role of specific gene in hardening of blood vessel walls
Arterial wall calcification is the buildup of calcium in the blood vessel walls, which can often be a predictor of serious cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes. Scientists have long pointed to family history as one possible cause for this hardening of the arteries, but a new study published in Nature Genetics implicates a specific gene—HDAC9—in the calcification of the human aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body.
Leg pain could spell peripheral artery disease for some
Leg pain while walking or doing other activities could be a sign of peripheral artery disease, an expert says.
Living skin can now be 3D-printed with blood vessels included
Researchers have developed a way to 3D print living skin, complete with blood vessels. The advancement is a significant step toward creating grafts that are more like the skin our bodies produce naturally.
Vaping less harmful than smoking for vascular health, major study finds
Cigarette smokers who switch to nicotine containing vaporisers could significantly improve their vascular health, a major University of Dundee study has concluded.
Mechanism for the formation of new blood vessels discovered
Researchers from Uppsala University have revealed for the first time a mechanism for how new blood vessels are formed and have shown the importance of this mechanism for embryo survival and organ function.