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12th December 2006: "Can stem cells mend a broken heart?"

A heart attack is caused by a loss of the blood supply to part of the heart muscle. The affected heart cells die and a scar forms, with an associated reduction in the amount of blood that can be pumped. Current treatments can help the body cope, but do nothing to restore the damaged muscle. Exciting new research is using adult stem cells, taken from the patients own body, to try to regenerate the heart tissue permanently. Is the enthusiasm surrounding stem cell therapy media inspired hype, or is there really hope that stem cells can mend a broken heart?

Carolyn Carr and Daniel Stuckey will explain what happens to your heart during and after a heart attack, and the work being done in the exciting and fast moving field of stem cell therapy for the heart.

Come along and join us at 7pm in Blackwells Main Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford.
No ticket, no booking, no scientific background required.

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