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Stressed Proteins Can Cause Blood Clots for Hours

March 5, 2013

the bobbing needle from an atomic force microscope New research has revealed how stresses of flow in the small blood vessels of the heart and brain could cause a common protein to change shape and form dangerous blood clots.  Surprisingly, the proteins may remain in the dangerous, clot-initiating shape for up to five hours before returning to their normal, healthy shape. Full Story

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