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Abbott absorbable stent shows good results

Abbott Laboratories Inc's experimental Absorb heart stent, designed to dissolve and thereby restore the blood vessel's natural flexibility, has proven safe and effective a year after being implanted in patients, researchers said. Full story

Antidepressants linked to heart risk: twins study

Middle-age men who use antidepressants are more likely to have a narrowing of blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, than those who do not use the medications, according to a study presented on Saturday. Full story

If you want lasting vision, eat those omega-3s

If you want lasting vision, eat your fish and nuts: The omega-3 fatty acids in these foods may protect against two leading causes of human blindness, a new study in mice has found. Full story

Drug eases pain of sickle cell anemia

A new drug may improve blood flow in patients with sickle-cell disease, easing pain and reducing their risk of dying from the condition, a new study suggests. Full story

War dispatch: torn blood vessels growing problem

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - U.S. troops appear to be sustaining more blood vessel tears now than in earlier wars, according to a new analysis of reports from the battlefield. Full story

Brain microbleeds may point to Alzheimer's origins

Brain microbleeds, stemming from tiny, ruptured blood vessels, might help explain how blood vessel damage and amyloid plaque buildup work together to cause Alzheimer's disease, a new review of studies suggests. Full story

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