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The Sweet Way to Heal Your Wounds

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:15
We enjoy outdoor activities. My family will be coming over this year and I will fire up the grill for a delicious BBQ grass-fed beef. We’ll play games like badminton and horseshoes. Now while these games can be fun, they can lead to cuts and bruises. I want to aim you with an unconventional solution for those wounds.  For years now, sugar’s been a dirty word. It’s been blamed for everything from obesity, heart disease and diabetes to tooth decay and acne. But there’s something they don’t know.  Sugar’s better for you than all those artificial sweeteners and substitutes out there today… especially the ones you’ll find in so-called “diet” products. In one study of nearly 2,600 people, those who drank diet sodas had a 47% higher body...
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Two weeks to bowel cancer?

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 02:50
There’s no doubt antibiotics have saved a lot of lives. But because they’ve been overprescribed for so many years we’ve ended up with a slew of health problems. For one thing, overuse of antibiotics wreaks havoc on your microbiome… That’s your body’s ecosystem. Your microbiome has 100 trillion or so bacteria, viruses and fungi. It affects just about every organ and body system. Some of these gut bugs cause disease and infection. But other good bacteria are called “probiotics.” They boost your immune system. They help you digest your food and turn it into vitamins. But in your gut, antibiotics kill off good bacteria along with the bad. When that happens, your immune system gets weak. Your risk of obesity and heart disease goes up. So do ra...

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Two weeks to bowel cancer?

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 02:50
There’s no doubt antibiotics have saved a lot of lives. But because they’ve been overprescribed for so many years we’ve ended up with a slew of health problems. For one thing, overuse of antibiotics wreaks havoc on your microbiome… That’s your body’s ecosystem. Your microbiome has 100 trillion or so bacteria, viruses and fungi. It affects just about every organ and body system. Some of these gut bugs cause disease and infection. But other good bacteria are called “probiotics.” They boost your immune system. They help you digest your food and turn it into vitamins. But in your gut, antibiotics kill off good bacteria along with the bad. When that happens, your immune system gets weak. Your risk of obesity and heart disease goes up. So do ra...

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Avoid this “safe” ingredient

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 02:24
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is supposed to be protecting our food supply. But the sad truth is that it does very little to monitor what chemicals go into your food. And even when there’s science to prove the health risks of new ingredients, they drag their feet. It can take years… or even decades… before they pull harmful additives from the market.  When a processor wants to add a new chemical to food, the FDA doesn’t require any testing. The food company just sends a notice to the FDA. The notice says that the ingredient is &;dquo;generally recognized as safe” or GRAS.  In other words, the food industry tells the FDA what’s safe instead of the other way around. It allows untested and unsafe ingredients on the market. And once they’re...
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Complicated Recovery Awaits Victims Injured in Vegas Attack

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:44
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Their concert turned into a siege, and now their lives may become a battle. The staggering count of people injured in the shooting at a Las Vegas music festival means their recoveries are likely to be as varied as the victims themselves. Some injuries are as simple as broken bones, others gunshot wounds involving multiple surgeries and potential transplants, and all come with the added emotional scars of enduring the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, with 59 killed. At least 130 people remained hospitalized Tuesday, with 48 listed in critical condition. Hospitals said 185 others had already been released. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center alone, the count of those treated included 120 people who were struck by gunfire, a glimpse of the amount of ammunition ...
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Complicated Recovery Awaits Victims Injured in Vegas Attack

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:44
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Their concert turned into a siege, and now their lives may become a battle. The staggering count of people injured in the shooting at a Las Vegas music festival means their recoveries are likely to be as varied as the victims themselves. Some injuries are as simple as broken bones, others gunshot wounds involving multiple surgeries and potential transplants, and all come with the added emotional scars of enduring the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, with 59 killed. At least 130 people remained hospitalized Tuesday, with 48 listed in critical condition. Hospitals said 185 others had already been released. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center alone, the count of those treated included 120 people who were struck by gunfire, a glimpse of the amount of ammunition ...
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Man, Companies Reach $5M Deal On Claims He Suffered From 'Popcorn Lung'

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:41
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - A Missouri man and two companies that make artificial butter flavoring for microwave popcorn reached a $5 million settlement in a lawsuit the man brought alleging that he suffered from a bronchial disease commonly referred to as "popcorn lung," a source told Mealey Publications on Sept. 21 (George W. Giles v Carmi Flavor& Fragrance Corp., et al., No. 13-BU-CV05632-01, Mo. Cir., Buchanan Co.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)

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PAs Boost Cardiology $$$; Endoleak Warning; Artificial Heart Woes

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:30
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 28, 2017

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:00
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Four top medtech stories you need to know in late 2017 The U.S. government continues to create a lot of uncertainty for the medical device industry, but medtech companies are still making some big moves. The frenzy of major mergers continues, which makes sense from an investor standpoint when it comes to reducing risk. Meanwhile, companies from outside the industry – including such high-t...

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Medtronic wins expanded FDA nod for HeartWare HVAD as destination therapy

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:34
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it won expanded FDA approval for its HeartWare HVAD system, now cleared as a destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure who are not candidates for heart transplants. The HeartWare HVAD system is a left ventricular assist device designed to aid the heart and increase the amount of blood pumped through the body, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. “LVADs are an effective and well-established treatment for patients who have progressed to advanced heart failure. In addition to its use as a bridge to heart transplantation, the HVAD System offers a promising option for a growing number of patients who are ineligible for transplant,” study co-principal investigator Dr. Joseph Rogers of Duke University said in a prepared release. T...
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Catch 22

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 21:23
Time is running out for Cary Gallant, who is going to court to get a liver transplant. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Experience Journal: Jake is charting new waters with HLHS

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 12:00
Jake Pickles was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a serious congenital heart defect that causes parts of the left heart to be underdeveloped. As an infant and toddler, Jake had three open-heart surgeries to repair his heart. Now 22, Jake is one of the oldest patients to survive with HLHS. This makes his prognosis uncertain. At some point in the future, he may need a heart transplant or more procedures. But Jake and his close-knit family try not to dwell on this uncertainty. Instead, they live with gratitude and hope. “I’m just planning as if there’s nothing wrong,” says Jake. “And I’m going to live this happy, healthy, 22-year-old life.” The Experience Journals are collections of stories, videos and personal experiences from families about what it has been ...
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‘ Collision Of 2 Crises ’ : Organ Donations Up Due To Opioid Overdose Deaths

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 20:30
BURLINGTON (CBS) – Doctors at Lahey Hospital told Matt Higgins a new liver was his only option for survival as chronic liver disease ravaged the Seabrook, New Hampshire man’s body. “My energy levels, I was down to nothing. I could barely walk a 100 yards without having to stop. I was jaundiced, completely yellow,” Higgins told WBZ-TV. When the call came that a liver transplant was available from a 24-year-old donor who had died from an opioid overdose, Higgins said, he did not hesitate. He immediately accepted it. “Being as sick as I was, of course I said yes. I’ll take anything that’s going to increase my chances of living,” Higgins said. Matt Higgins. (WBZ-TV) Higgins is the beneficiary of a striking trend in New England: a rise in the number of organ ...

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FDA Updates Adverse Events With SynCardia TAH-t Drivers FDA Updates Adverse Events With SynCardia TAH-t Drivers

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 19:57
The 3-month rates of death and some strokes in patients using one model of the temporary total artificial heart's driver mechanism appear raised at 42 months in its ongoing postapproval study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Ontario's Policy on DCD Boosts Transplants Ontario's Policy on DCD Boosts Transplants

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 17:35
Implementing a'donation after circulatory determination of death'(DCD) policy in Ontario led to more transplants of solid organs, except the heart, researchers in Canada say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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Mycobacterium avium Complex in a Lung Transplant Recipient Mycobacterium avium Complex in a Lung Transplant Recipient

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:02
This case highlights the need to be aware that infectious complications following lung transplant can occur at any time in the setting of immunosuppression, even many years post-transplant.Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
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8 Transplants in 10 days for Solid Organ Transplant

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 20:08
The cases consisted of five kidney transplants, one pancreas transplant, and two liver transplants. Patients hail from Monroe County, Buffalo, Utica and Elmira. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)

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Pilot project to halt six-months sober requirement for liver transplants

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:21
The agency that runs Ontario’s organ transplant system will launch a three-year pilot program that could eventually overturn its policy requiring alcoholics to be sober for six months before they can be eligible for a new liver. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Hepatitis A Has Hit Los Angeles, a Week After Sickening Hundreds in San Diego

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:46
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
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Exertional heat illness resulting in acute liver failure and liver transplantation - Boni B, Amann CA.

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:05
We report the case o... (Source: SafetyLit)

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