Hematology

Vena Cava Filters affect the Mortality Rate of Patients with Pulmonary Embolism

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Statistics reveal that by 2006, almost 92,000 patients with pulmonary embolism had received vena cava filters throughout the United States. In fact, the number of patients who have had inferior vena cava filters inserted in them has been steadily increasing since 1991. However, the efficacy of these filters in all cases of pulmonary embolism has never been clearly established. A recent study, carried out by researchers from the Michigan State University, has for the first time tried to...

Rotavirus Infection more likely in People with Type A Blood Group

According to a new research by scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine, certain strains of rotavirus may enter the abdominal tract by recognizing antigens associated with a person’s blood group. They show a particular affinity to those with a type A blood group. The study, which has been published in the latest issue of the journal Nature, shows an entirely different perspective of the mode of rotavirus infection of the gut. According to Dr. B. V. Venkataram Prasad, professor of...

Origin of Acute Myeloid Leukemia traced back to Myelodysplastic Syndromes

It has often been seen that patients suffering from myelodyspastic syndromes (MDS) often go on to develop secondary acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, the genetic reasons behind this progression of MDS into AML were not properly understood until now. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has found that AML arises from “founding clones and subclones” of cells that cause MDS. The research was led by Dr. Timothy Graubert from Washington University in St. Louis. He,...

Home of blood forming stem cells identified

Although scientists have found ways to produce stem cells and convert them into cells of various types, they were unable to produce blood cells until now, as they were unable to figure out the micro-environment necessary for the hemopoietic stem cells to thrive. However, in a breakthrough study which has been published in the January 26, 2012 issue of the journal Nature, researchers from the Children’s Research Institute at UT South-western Medical Center, have found that the blood forming stem...

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