Novel snake venom-derived drug
A February 2013 story in National Geographic features research into cenderitide being conducted by John C. Burnett Jr., M.D., director of the Heart and Lung Research Center.
The drug, which is derived from the venom of the Eastern green mamba snake, aims to lower blood pressure, reduce fibrosis, and shield the kidneys from salt and water overload in people with failing hearts.
Read "Venom: The Bite That Heals" on the National Geographic website.
Regenerative medicine for hypoplastic left heart syndrome
Bill Weir of ABC's "Nightline" visited Mayo Clinic for a story on how regenerative medicine treatments may hold promise for children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a congenital heart condition in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped.
Watch "A Piece of My Heart, From My Arm" on the Mayo Clinic HLHS News and Views blog.