Kevin Eisenmann

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Scientists have discovered a unique way in which small blood vessels deal with a blockage: they spit it out.

Clot-busting enzymes often dissolve blood clots and cholesterol that block blood vessels. Researchers have known this for a long time. But no one knew if a protective process may occur in the tiny capillaries of the circulatory system.

One does, and the finding may hold promise in new treatments for stroke and Alzheimer’s patients.  

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A novel way of imaging red blood cells could provide insights into how these oxygen-carrying cells navigate the body’s maze of blood vessels.

The payoff may promise better screening for blood cell related diseases such as malaria and sickle-cell.

Researchers published their findings this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The atom smasher at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory west of Chicago may still show the way to an elusive particle—the Higgs boson or "God particle"—that could help explain the makeup of all matter in the universe.