Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have found the probable mechanism underlying a previously described biomarker associated with the risk of developing serious diseases ranging from cancer to cardiovascular disease and the risk of serious complications. In a paper published in the American Journal of Hematology, the research team reports finding that higher levels of a measure routinely taken as part of the complete blood count – the extent of variation in the size of red blood cells – is caused by reduced clearance of aging cells from the bloodstream.

MGH researchers find probable mechanism associated with risk of developing serious diseases

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