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Scientists Link a Gene Mutation to Rheumatic Heart Disease

Whether a painful strep throat turns into a fatal case of heart disease depends not just on prompt antibiotic treatment but also on the patient's genetic makeup, according to a new study led by Oxford University scientists. The discovery could help the long fight to find a vaccine against Group A streptococcus bacteria, which cause strep throat, scarlet fever and rheumatic heart disease.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears
The scarring of the tissue comes from unresolved inflammation. This is usually an indication of lack of EPA and DHA in the blood that are the substrates to make resolvins. They are first line of defense in the resolution of inflammation whatever its cause. If the body can’t make enough resolvins, Plan B is the formation of scar tissue to cover the damage.

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