'Breakthrough' CRISPR Treatment Slashes Cholesterol In First Human Clinical Trial

Posted in Medicine, Science on 24th Nov, 2023
by Alex Muller

For these treatments, scientists extract immune cells or blood cells from the body, edit the cells using CRISPR to correct the genetic mistake, and reinfuse the treated cells into the patient.

Common heart condition linked to 45% higher risk of cognitive decline

Posted in Highlights from UCL, Medicine, Science on 26th Oct, 2023
by Alex Muller

University College London researchers looked at 4.3 million individuals on the UK's primary electronic health record to identify 233,833 people with the common heart condition atrial fibrillation and 233,747 without it.

World-first drug lowers genetic form of “bad cholesterol” by up to 65%

Posted in Medicine on 31st Aug, 2023
by Alex Muller

“This drug is a game-changer in more ways than one,” Nicholls said. “Not only do we have an option for lowering an elusive form of cholesterol, but being able to deliver it in an oral tablet means it will be more accessible for patients.”

Immune Protein Discovery Points To New Heart Disease Treatment

Posted in Medicine on 18th Dec, 2022
by Alex Muller

This new study set out to explore the potential for suPAR to be a causal agent in cardiovascular disease using three different approaches.

First-Ever Blood Test For Myocarditis Detects Heart Inflammation

Posted in Medicine, Science on 27th Nov, 2022
by Alex Muller

"When viewed in combination with symptoms, the results could allow GPs to easily determine whether their patients have myocarditis. While we still need to confirm these findings in a larger study, we're hopeful that it won't be long until this blood test is in regular use."