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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 »

Do Wearable Devices Accurately Track the Heart Rates for People of Color?

Millions of people wear Fitbits, Apple Watches and other gadgets to track their heart rate and much more. But these wearable trackers may yield inaccurate readings for people of color, STAT reports. In recent years, the market for smartwatches and fitness trackers has mushroomed, causing concerns about their accuracy, especially among people with darker skin.… Read More »

Arthritis Is Tied to Heart Disease Risk

Having osteoarthritis may increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Osteoarthritis, the painful degenerative disease of the joint cartilage and bones that progresses with age, affects about 10 percent of men and 13 percent of women over 60. There is no cure. Researchers studied 469,177 residents of southern Sweden who ranged in age from… Read More »