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Story of the surgeon who did the first heart transplant

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:42
Images from 'Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared' by David Cooper show the South African ground-breaking surgeon hard at work in the operating theatre doing open-heart surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Diabetes drug could prevent heart transplant complications

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:29
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London successfully repurposed a diabetes drug to prevent rejection without the side effects of current immunosuppressive drugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Diabetes drug could heart transplant organ rejection

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:49
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London successfully repurposed a diabetes drug to prevent rejection without the side effects of current immunosuppressive drugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Can CEUS differentiate between IBD and colon cancer?

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 06:00
Is contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) effective for differentiating between...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Artificial intelligence may help bridge experience gap for liver CEUS Contrast ultrasound clears up picture for renal lesions Contrast US helps assess breast cancer treatment response Contrast image processing boosts ultrasound performance What role should contrast US have for kidney lesions? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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Is the First Bioprinted Heart Just Around the Corner?

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:29
A Chicago bioprinting startup that seeks to 3-D print human hearts for transplantation has added to its scientific advisory board of heavy hitters. But its CEO won’t say how close the company is to producing its first viable heart. Biolife4D just announced it has added regenerative biomaterials expert Adam  Feinberg, PhD to lead its scientific advisory team. Feinberg is associate professor of materials science & engineering and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and principal investigator of the regenerative biomaterials and therapeutics group. Feinberg uses materials-based engineering strategies to control the self-organization and assembly of various cell types into tissues. That’s a foundational requirement to successfully bioprint human organs, according to...

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Developing a New Score: How Machine Learning Improves Risk Prediction

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:12
Composite risk scores have been used for decades to identify disease risk and health status in the general population. However, current approaches often fail to identify people who would benefit from intervention or recommend unnecessary intervention. Machine learning promises to improve accuracy, ensuring targeted treatment for patients that need it and reducing unnecessary intervention. Framingham Risk Score, the gold standard for predicting the likelihood of heart disease, predicts hospitalizations with about 56% accuracy. It uses factors such as age, gender, smoking, cholesterol levels, and systolic blood pressure to calculate risk. It doesn't ask for family history, ethnicity, or physical activity level, all of which play a role in heart health. A stroke-risk scoring system called C...
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Developing a New Score: How Machine Learning Improves Risk Prediction

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:12
Composite risk scores have been used for decades to identify disease risk and health status in the general population. However, current approaches often fail to identify people who would benefit from intervention or recommend unnecessary intervention. Machine learning promises to improve accuracy, ensuring targeted treatment for patients that need it and reducing unnecessary intervention. Framingham Risk Score, the gold standard for predicting the likelihood of heart disease, predicts hospitalizations with about 56% accuracy. It uses factors such as age, gender, smoking, cholesterol levels, and systolic blood pressure to calculate risk. It doesn't ask for family history, ethnicity, or physical activity level, all of which play a role in heart health. A stroke-risk scoring system called C...

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Can AI diagnose pneumonia better than radiologists?

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:00
An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm developed by Stanford University...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Deep learning shows promise for bone age assessment Chest doctors issue guidelines for CT lung cancer screening AI algorithm predicts lung disease, adverse events on CT NIH opens massive x-ray database to propel AI research NIH releases massive database of chest x-rays (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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Inside the NICU: Shining light on the healing power of touch

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:57
Abigail underwent open-heart surgery and received care in Boston Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Traveling through Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), you feel the warmth of natural light and a soothing sense of calm. One mom, leaning delicately over her son’s bedside, caresses his forehead and gently whispers a lullaby. Only a few steps away, a father rests in a chair with his tiny son on his chest. Lifesaving technology fills the 24-bed NICU and a reassuring team of specialized physicians, nurses and Child Life Specialists monitor, treat and embrace their delicate patients. Nearly 15 million babies, about 1 in 10, are born prematurely each year and in many cases, require complex medical and surgical care. Equally critical to preemie and newborn health...

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Inside the NICU: Shining light on the healing power of touch

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:57
Abigail underwent open-heart surgery and received care in Boston Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Traveling through Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), you feel the warmth of natural light and a soothing sense of calm. One mom, leaning delicately over her son’s bedside, caresses his forehead and gently whispers a lullaby. Only a few steps away, a father rests in a chair with his tiny son on his chest. Lifesaving technology fills the 24-bed NICU and a reassuring team of specialized physicians, nurses and Child Life Specialists monitor, treat and embrace their delicate patients. Nearly 15 million babies, about 1 in 10, are born prematurely each year and in many cases, require complex medical and surgical care. Equally critical to preemie and newborn health...

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Danny ’s journey to a biventricular heart

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:52
The first hint that something wasn’t quite right with Danny Sanchez-Garcia’s heart came at his mom’s six-month prenatal visit. “There was a little blip on the ultrasound, but then it was gone on the next one, so they didn’t think it was anything and I didn’t worry any more about it,” says Danny’s mom, Cynthia. Cynthia was overjoyed when Danny was born at her local hospital seeming perfectly healthy. But as the hospital staff monitored Danny overnight, they noticed his oxygen level was lower than normal and decided to run more tests. His doctors believed the tests pointed to a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. “They transported him overnight to Boston Children’s Hospital,” says Cynthia. “I felt like I was on a roller coaster, ...

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Danny ’s journey to a biventricular heart

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:52
The first hint that something wasn’t quite right with Danny Sanchez-Garcia’s heart came at his mom’s six-month prenatal visit. “There was a little blip on the ultrasound, but then it was gone on the next one, so they didn’t think it was anything and I didn’t worry any more about it,” says Danny’s mom, Cynthia. Cynthia was overjoyed when Danny was born at her local hospital seeming perfectly healthy. But as the hospital staff monitored Danny overnight, they noticed his oxygen level was lower than normal and decided to run more tests. His doctors believed the tests pointed to a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. “They transported him overnight to Boston Children’s Hospital,” says Cynthia. “I felt like I was on a roller coaster, ...

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Are Double-Lung Transplants From Older Donors Reasonable? Are Double-Lung Transplants From Older Donors Reasonable?

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:21
Transplanting older donor lungs into younger patients may result in'reasonable outcomes,'but mainly for double lung transplants, according to an analysis of younger recipients.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Study: Process used to select lung transplant patients may need to be changed

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 04:00
(University of Maryland Medical Center) New research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine suggests that the system for choosing transplant recipients in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may underestimate how long a person might survive without a lung transplant and therefore, may mislead clinicians. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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Saving lives with a new liver dialysis device

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 23:00
New technology could soon revolutionise the treatment of liver failure: an innovative dialysis device is currently being trialled. It aims to greatly improve the outlook for patients, helping them to recover or supporting them while they wait for a transplant, say the EU-funded researchers taking this innovation forward. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)

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Doctors bring nearly DEAD heart back to life using revolutionary new “box” that can keep it beating for eight hours

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:35
(Natural News) Doctors and surgeons have managed to save a man’s life in England after giving him a transplant using a “dead” heart they were able to bring back to life. Using a revolutionary new piece of technology that’s been called a “heart in a box,” the device can keep the organ preserved and actually... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
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SPM in Real Life: Fall ‘17

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:22
NEW MEMBERS: Fall ‘17 Brief bios/plugs for new members (extracted from the Introduce Yourself Connect Community) After returning to school to become an OR surgical tech, Mary Mack’s heart health declined, and she quickly learned to become a strong advocate for herself. Feeling that no one was into her participatory style, Mary believes a radical change in medical student education is necessary to change the culture of medicine. She is passionate about helping to make that change happen. Her other interests include playing the guitar and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Jim Skinner created the Smart Patient Academy a couple of years ago, with the idea of short-cutting the learning curve for patients and caregivers by documenting what the most resilient patients in the world do. This recently...

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Weekly Postings

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:06
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Funding available! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is accepting applications for health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, emergency preparedness partnerships and health sciences library projects. Applications will be due by COB on December 1. See a recent blog post from Executive Director, Kate Flewelling for details, or review our funding opportunities and start your application today! Rural Health Week begins on Monday, November 13! Wondering how you can participate? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is offering a number of online events next week, including Twitter chats and webcasts. Join the conversation by u...
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Deep learning differentiates liver masses on CT

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 06:00
A deep-learning approach using a convolutional neural network can accurately...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Artificial intelligence may help bridge experience gap for liver CEUS AI algorithm predicts lung disease, adverse events on CT ACR updates guidelines for incidental liver lesions on CT Contrast ultrasound is safe, effective for pediatric patients Contrast US clears up indeterminate HCC cases on MRI (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
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Deep learning differentiates liver masses on CT

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 06:00
A deep-learning approach using a convolutional neural network can accurately...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Artificial intelligence may help bridge experience gap for liver CEUS AI algorithm predicts lung disease, adverse events on CT ACR updates guidelines for incidental liver lesions on CT Contrast ultrasound is safe, effective for pediatric patients Contrast US clears up indeterminate HCC cases on MRI (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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