Absent the creation of a personalized, living avatar, computer simulations will go a long way toward helping doctors figure out what to do about your health. Sophisticated models will be able to look at your heart and predict future coronary problems, for instance. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are designing new simulations with virtual blood, improving the prospects for this type of tech.
Heart attacks strike about 1.2 million people every year in America alone, many of them fatally. Of those, most are caused by coronary artery disease--the biggest killer of both men and women in the U.S.--and something like 70 percent of those strike without warning. Coronary artery disease is sneaky like that. Symptoms generally don't outwardly manifest themselves until someone is on the floor, short of breath, wondering what just kicked them in the chest. Doctors battling these cardiac blockages generally enter the fight at a severe disadvantage.
A new therapy shuts down the genetic process that causes eye disease
By Kevin KelleherPosted 01.01.2005 at 1:00 pm 0 Comments
In the seven years since scientists discovered RNA interference, or RNAi—a way of hijacking a cell’s defense mechanism to silence
defective genes—the technology has been hailed
as a potential treatment for everything from cancer
to coronary heart disease. Now scientists are putting it to the test in humans.