Wake Forest Baptist In The News

Hispanics/Latinos at higher risk for cardiac dysfunction, heart failure

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Hispanics/Latinos have higher rates of cardiac dysfunction but are rarely aware they have the heart-pumping problem that can lead to heart failure, according to Carlos Rodriguez, M.D., associate professor of public health sciences. His study is published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

Researchers seeking ways to help older adults preserve their mobility

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There’s no getting around it: Simply getting around is a major issue for older adults. “People are in nursing homes for two reasons, either they can’t think or they can’t walk,” said Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D., director of the Sticht Center on Aging. Backed by a $5.3 million National Institutes of Health grant, Wake Forest Baptist and five other institutions are launching a multi-site study to determine if reducing the chronic, low-grade inflammation that is common in the elderly can help avert mobility problems.

Model of tumor spreading may help doctors pinpoint best treatment


Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have developed one of the first laboratory models of cancer spreading from one 3D tissue to another. They hope that one day, doctors can use this mini-model of the human body to see how each patients's actual tumor responds to drugs and learn if and where the tumor is likely to spread.



Mindfulness Meditation Provides Opioid-Free Pain Relief


Everyone knows that stubbing your toe hurts. What makes it stop hurting is the body’s main pain-blocking process – the endogenous opioid system. However, a research team led by Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist, reports in the Journal of Neuroscience that mindfulness meditation does not use the body’s opioid system to reduce pain.

Scientists Prove Feasibility of Printing Tissue

Printed Ear Scaffold

Wake Forest Baptist regenerative medicine scientists have proved in animal studies that it is feasible to print living tissue structures. The team said the printer is an important advance in the quest to make replacement tissue for patients.


Beetroot Juice Helped Older Patients with HFPEF

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Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist have found that a daily dose of beetroot juice significantly improved exercise endurance and blood pressure in elderly patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF).

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