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Researchers Develop Way to Build a New Heart

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Researchers in Kentucky say they've made a major innovation in treating heart disease.

Researchers at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute say they've developed a way to build a person a new heart using the person's own fat cells and tissue.

It's called a bio-ficial heart.

Doctors say they'll one day be able to use about 50 cubic centimeters of regenerative fat cells from the stomach to construct a new heart and vessels, piece by piece.

The researchers say the process isn't ready yet, but could be in about ten years.

 


One of the country's most recognized surgeon generals has died at the age of 96.

C. Everett Koop was surgeon general in the 1980s under President Ronald Reagan.

Koop became known for vigorously attacking smoking before many other experts did.  He also issued early warnings about the seriousness of AIDS.

Koop was also known for his distinctive look -- bowties and what some called an Abraham Lincoln beard.

 

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