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Stacie Pridden: My new lungs don't work any more

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:13
Stacie Pridden, 26, from Swindon, waited three years for a rare heart and double lung transplant. Here, she details her journey - and pleads for more governmental support. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Stacie Pridden: My new lungs don't work any more

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:13
Stacie Pridden, 26, from Swindon, waited three years for a rare heart and double lung transplant. Here, she details her journey - and pleads for more governmental support. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Scientists create a 3D-printed silicone artificial heart

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 18:05
A soft, artificial heart has been created using pioneering 3D printing technology by Swiss researchers. Made out of silicone, it is said to imitate the real thing 'in form and function'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Science: Sugar substitute effects not so sweet

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:55
Not so sweet. Switching out sucralose or other artificial sweeteners for sugar won ’t help you lose weight and may cause future health problems, researchers who reviewed multiple scientific studies on the topic said. Researchers found a link between consuming artificial sweeteners and higher risks of weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart disease, Live Sci ence reported, while weight loss results were minimal. The purpose of the review was to determine the effects of non-nutritive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

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Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health issues

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 03:00
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Artificial sweeteners may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, according to a new study published in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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Toddler with liver cancer has triple organ transplant

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 18:12
Evie Mueller, from Iowa, was two when she was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2015. She got the all-clear in 2016 after chemo and surgery. But it came back and last week she had a triple transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Researchers create 3D printed, silicone artificial heart

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 15:09
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a 3D-printed silicone heart designed to beat in a similar fashion to human hearts. The soft artificial heart has both a right and left ventricle, much like a human heart, though the chambers are separated by an additional chamber instead of a septum, according to the report. The chamber is designed to be inflated and deflated by pressurized air to pump fluid from the blood chambers to replace the muscle contraction of the human heart. Researchers who developed the heart aimed to create a new device which overcomes disadvantages of mechanical blood pumps, which are susceptible to complications and leave the patient with a lack of a physiological pulse. “Our goal is to develop an artificial heart that is roughly the same size as the patient’s ...
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Separating food facts from fiction

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 17:03
UCLA Broadcast Studio As a nutritional epidemiologist devoted to prevention, Karin Michels has spent much of her career studying how health can be optimized through a proper diet.“People think it all comes down to their genes, but there is so much we can control by not smoking or being overweight, eating right and exercising at least moderately,” says Michels, professor and chair of the epidemiology department in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.What constitutes healthy eating? Michels, who frequently gives public talks on the topic, has found there are many widely held misconceptions that lead to misguided dietary decisions.Based on the feedback she receives from her public talks, Michels believes many physicians fail to adequately counsel their patients on proper nutrition...

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Testing a soft artificial heart

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 03:00
(ETH Zurich) ETH researchers from the Functional Materials Laboratory have developed a silicone heart that beats almost like a human heart. In collaboration with colleagues from the Product Development Group Zurich, they have tested how well it works. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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Mauna Kea touts Cellvizio pancreatic cyst diagnosis data

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 18:01
Mauna Kea (ENT:MKEA) today touted the results from a recently published study of its Cellvizio system which supported the use of the device in diagnosing pancreatic cysts. The Cellvizio device is designed for use in a variety of surgical procedures, providing real time visualization at the microscopic level, Mauna Kea said. Results from the study were published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, the French company said. In the study, researchers evaluated in vivo and ex vivo confocal endomicroscopy of pancreatic cystic lesions, Mauna Kea reported. The researchers concluded that in vivo nCLE patterns were reproducible in ex vivo pCLE for all major neoplastic pancreatic cysts. “This new peer reviewed study led by Dr. Krishna provides further validation of the application of Cellviz...

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Predicting heart events after liver transplant

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 03:00
(Northwestern University) The first app and score to determine the one-year risk of a liver transplant patient dying or being hospitalized for a heart attack or other cardiovascular complication has been developed. The new risk score app may guide preventive treatment and who gets a donor organ. One-third of transplant patients will have serious cardiac complication within first year of transplant. The current method of risk scoring is no better than flipping a coin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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Predicting heart events after liver transplant

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 03:00
(Northwestern University) The first app and score to determine the one-year risk of a liver transplant patient dying or being hospitalized for a heart attack or other cardiovascular complication has been developed. The new risk score app may guide preventive treatment and who gets a donor organ. One-third of transplant patients will have serious cardiac complication within first year of transplant. The current method of risk scoring is no better than flipping a coin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Going boldly together: New advancements and new anniversaries

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 15:15
Hopefully you ’ve had the chance to meet Salim and Roxanne from ourTogether series onGoBoldly.com. Salim is an antirejection researcher and Roxanne had a heart transplant 7 years ago this week and takes antirejection medicine every day. (Source: The Catalyst)

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Suburban Hospital officials: Let us compete with MedStar Georgetown for transplant business

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 18:02
Officials at Johns Hopkins-owned Suburban Hospital say there are too few liver transplants available in the Washington region and they want to get into the business. In a recently submitted application seeking approval from Maryland regulators, Suburban officials said MedStar Georgetown University Hospital — the only liver transplant program in the donation service area that includes the District and both Montgomery and Prince George's counties — is fallin g short. They say competition from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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Finn ’s heart: A journey into the unknown

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:48
Three-year-old Finn stands in front of the full-length mirror in his parents’ room, with his shirt off. “Mommy, look how cool!” he shouts, placing his finger along the long scar running down the middle of his chest. “That’s where I had my heart surgeries!” “That’s right, buddy,” Jenna replies, surprised because they’d never talked about his scars. “We always tell him he has a special heart. We don’t ever want him to feel different.” Finn runs off to play. It makes Jenna smile and sometimes cry to see her son so happy and full of life. Now 5 years old, Finn has had three open-heart surgeries to treat multiple complex congenital heart defects, and his journey is not over. “We are so thankful to Boston Children’s Hospital for giving our child life,” says Je...
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Trump administration names Georgia health official as new CDC director

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:24
This post has been updated. The Trump administration has named Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most crucial public health positions in the U.S. government given the agency's role in tracking and stopping infectious disease outbreaks nationally and globally. Fitzgerald, 70, […]Related:Her newborn kept getting sick because she was ingesting placenta, CDC saysFresh polls find Republicans’ health-care proposal is still a clunkerA heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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How 9 friends saved a woman waiting for a heart transplant

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:08
Amy Silverstein shares her story in "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends." (Source: ABC News: Health)

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WATCH: Heart transplant survivor credits friends with saving her life

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:07
Amy Silverstein's new memoir, "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends," details the lengths a group of nine women went to help Silverstein as she awaited her life-saving surgery. (Source: ABC News: Health)
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Trump administration to name Georgia health official as new CDC director

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 20:49
The Trump administration plans to appoint Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald to become the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most crucial public health positions in the U.S. government given the agency's role in tracking and stopping infectious disease outbreaks nationally and globally. Public health sources said […]Related:Her newborn kept getting sick because she was ingesting placenta, CDC saysFresh polls find Republicans’ health-care proposal is still a clunkerA heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
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Deaths from cancer higher in rural America, CDC finds

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 16:05
Despite decreases in cancer death rates nationwide, a new report shows they are higher in rural America than in urban areas of the United States. The report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found rural areas had higher rates of new cases as well as deaths from several cancers related to […]Related:Her newborn kept getting sick because she was ingesting placenta, CDC saysFresh polls find Republicans’ health-care proposal is still a clunkerA heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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