News Round Up from AHA Scientific Sessions 2008 - November 11th

Interim Analysis Of Top-Line Data From Phase II/III Study Shows Favorable Efficacy & Safety For Corthera's Relaxin In Acute Heart Failure
11 Nov 2008
Corthera Inc. announced that an interim analysis of top-line data from Pre-RELAX-AHF, the Phase II portion of a Phase II/III multicenter, randomized, double-blind, international study, showed favorable efficacy and safety for relaxin, the company's investigational drug for treatment of acute heart failure. Full news item

First Trial Of Gene Therapy For Advanced Heart Failure Shows Promising Results
11 Nov 2008
Phase I results of the first clinical trial of gene therapy for patients with advanced heart failure show the approach to be promising, with improvements in several measures of the condition's severity. Full news item

Daily Rhythms In Blood Vessels May Explain Morning Peak In Heart Attacks
11 Nov 2008
It's not just the stress of going to work. Daily rhythms in the activity of cells that line blood vessels may help explain why heart attacks and strokes occur most often in early morning hours, researchers from Emory University School of Medicine have found. Full news item

No Evidence Of Fall In IQ Seen After Bypass For Child Heart Surgery
11 Nov 2008
The use of cardiopulmonary bypass does not cause short-term neurological problems in children and teenagers after surgery for less complex heart defects, according to pediatric researchers. The new finding contrasts favorably with previous studies that showed adverse neurological effects after newborn surgery for more complex heart conditions. Full news item

No Drop In I.Q. After Bypass For Child Heart Surgery
11 Nov 2008
The use of cardiopulmonary bypass does not cause short-term neurological problems in children and teenagers after surgery for less complex heart defects, according to pediatric researchers. The new finding contrasts favorably with previous studies that showed adverse neurological effects after newborn surgery for more complex heart conditions. Full news item

Heart's Surplus Energy May Help Power Pacemakers, Defibrillators
11 Nov 2008
Surplus energy generated by the heart may one day help power pacemakers and defibrillators implanted in cardiac patients, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2008. Full news item

Umbilical Cord Blood May Help Build New Heart Valves
11 Nov 2008
Children with heart defects may someday receive perfectly-matched new heart valves built using stem cells from their umbilical cord blood, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2008. Full news item"