Heart Regeneration: Science Fact or Fiction

After a heart attack the damage to the heart cannot be reversed. Damage can’t be undone. If you have been unfortunate to have suffered a heart attack at some time you will be aware of the restriction it puts on your quality of life both physically and mentally.

Think about this. What would it mean to you if you were told that you could go from being breathless just sitting in a chair (one of the after-effects of a heart attack) to getting up and walking around the room with no effort at all? I personally can’t imagine how you would feel because I do not know what it is like to suffer a heart attack (I hope I never have to find out).

Just take these pills and in sooner, rather than later, you will be back to your old self. At one time this would be the stuff science fiction is made of or is it? It would appear that science fiction is quickly becoming science fact.

Supported by the British Heart Foundation, Scientists at the University of London have found a pill that repairs the heart. They have found a molecule, thymosin, that has allowed them to grow new heart muscle in mice. Thymosin awakens the now dormant cells in adult mice which were responsible for the creation of muscle and blood vessels during the embryonic stage.

Cardiologist Professor Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation said, “We are very excited by this. It’d be great to have a drug that even if they went over the edge and had a heart attack we could salvage their heart.” This is exciting news for heart attack victims although it could be several years away for use on humans.

If you have had a heart attack, know of, or are aware of someone that may benefit from this news story this link will take you to the full story.

An Apple A Day

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So, the saying goes ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’… Old wive’s tale… Maybe not. A study was done by Dr. Christopher Adams of the University of Iowa discovered by feeding mice ursolic acid they had bigger muscles and suffered less muscle wasting.

So what good will that do for me I hear you saying. Well, it depends on if you eat fruit, on a regular basis, in particular, an apple. Ursolic acid is found in the peel of an apple if you don’t eat the peel you won’t reap the reward. Ursolic acid will not only be an aid toward diabetes sufferers and muscle wasting in humans it also reduces fat, cholesterol, and blood sugar.

So it looks like I’ve answered my own question, I guess an apple a day can indeed reduce the need for a doctor.


Asthma and Obesity

Formoterol works by opening up the air passages in the lungs so that air can flow into the lungs more freely. In doing so it helps to relieve symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Here is the connection it has with obesity.

Lead author Dr. Paul Lee, of Melbourne’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia as found that Formoterol used to treat asthma patients has also been found to increase metabolism and fat burning in adults who are at rest. It is reported to burn off an extra 200 calories a day by taking the medication.

The author Dr. Paul Lee said: “Energy rate was increased by 10% and fat burning was increased by close to 25%.”

He went on to say “This is an important discovery as it suggests that Formoterol may be used to treat obesity” There are other medications that raise the metabolism but these also bring with them a risk of increased heart rate which can become rather dangerous to the user.

Formoterol has been in use for some ten years and in research proved to have no effect on the heart. Dr. Lee called for a larger study to be carried out.

If you are interested you can read the full story.

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