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Work has been done over the past ten years on so-called regenerative medicine, using stem cells isolated from the heart, which have demonstrated the potential to encourage the heart to repair itself.
Scientists from Imperial College London, led by the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Professor Michael Schneider and Dr Michela Noseda, have pinpointed a particular type of stem cell which helped to repair and recover damaged heart muscle when tested in mice.
The findings showed that mice treated with these stem cells were able to recover and repair a significant proportion of their damaged heart muscle after 12 weeks, preventing heart failure, when compared with mice who had not received the stem cell treatment.
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Source: The Scotsman