Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 24, 2007
Results of world's first fully bioabsorable coronary artery stent clinical trial
Late breaking data presented at the American College of Cardiology Meeting shows positive results for world's first fully bioabsorbable coronary artery stent clinical trial.

Studies explore lifestyle choices and heart risks
Genetics and family history play a large role in a person's risk for heart disease, but factors in diet, lifestyle and the environment are also thought to influence susceptibility to the disease.

Low-dose aspirin beats high-dose after cardiac surgery
The use of medicines to fight cardiovascular disease has been a primary focus of research in this area for the past several decades, as combinations of interventions and medicinal therapy have gradually begun to increase long-term survival rates.

Man's earliest direct ancestors looked more apelike than previously believed
A computer-generated reconstruction by NYU College of Dentistry Professor Dr.

Second-generation drug-eluting stent system challenges current gold standard
While research shows that drug-eluting stents effectively reduce restenosis and revascularization compared to bare-metal stents, questions surrounding the safety of drug-eluting stents continue to dominate headlines.

Novel platelet therapy may reduce PCI complications
Despite the availability of numerous antithrombotic therapies, adverse events following percutaneous coronary intervention such as late-stent thrombosis are still a concern for cardiologists, and there's a need for medications that can minimize the risk of these complications but also manage the rate of bleeding.

NYUCD study links tooth decay and gum infections to ethnicity and country of origin
NYU College of Dentistry researcher Dr. Gustavo D. Cruz has found that immigrants' ethnicity and country of origin predispose them to caries and periodontal disease.

Bioabsorbable stent shows excellent performance
The use of slow-release drugs in stents (drug-eluting stents) has dramatically reduced restenosis rates after percutaneous coronary intervention.

Drug-eluting and bare-metal stents equal in risk of blood clots, heart attacks and death
Although the use of stents to treat coronary artery disease has soared during the past decade thanks to novel equipment and new implant techniques, clinical data has recently raised concerns around the safety of drug-eluting stents (DES) and their risk of post-procedure complications.

Counseling by student-dentists helps patients quit smoking
Students in most dental schools are taught to refer tobacco-using patients they encounter in their clinical training to call a

Studies examine issues in pediatric cardiology
Heart problems in children are quite different from those in adults, and four studies presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 56th Annual Scientific Session look at how pediatric cardiologists take different approaches to better understand and manage cardiovascular disease in this population, including insights into fundamental cardiac mechanisms and testing of new procedures.
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