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Cardiovascular AI imaging dev Bay Labs raises $6m in Series A

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 16:16
Cardiovascular artificial intelligence medtech firm Bay Labs said today it raised $5.5 million in a Series A round to support clinical validation and further development of its cardiovascular imaging tech. The round was led by existing investor Khosla Ventures and joined by newly invested Data Collective, Greenbox Venture Partners, Minneapolis Heart Institute Ventures and Georges Harik. As part of the funding round, Khosla Ventures general partner Ben Ling and DCVC operating partner Armen Vidian will join the San Francisco-based company’s board of directors. “Bay Labs’ unique application of AI with ultrasound has the potential to enable medical professionals to provide faster and better care to patients. We are excited to increase our investment in Bay Labs to revolutioni...

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Genomic blood test predicts survival rates after surgery for advanced heart failure

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:58
UCLA HealthDr. Mario DengFINDINGSAn experimental blood test developed at UCLA that uses gene activity data from immune cells was 93 percent accurate in predicting survival rates for people with advanced heart failure who had surgery to implant mechanical circulatory support devices.BACKGROUNDMechanical circulatory support devices, such as ventricular assist devices and temporary total artificial hearts, can be surgically implanted in people with advanced heart failure to help the heart ’s pumping function.But people with advanced heart failure often also suffer from multi-organ dysfunction syndrome, which can lead to death after a device is implanted and is associated with atypical white blood cell activity. When patients and doctors are considering a mechanical assist device, current cl...

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Altmetric announces the top 100 list for 2017

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:15
This study revealed a Dinosaur species had teeth that it lost as it aged. Testing of an Ebola vaccine during the West African outbreak found that it was completely effective – offering hope should the virus return. The development of an artificial womb for lambs has opened new possibilities for their application amongst humans. Topical issues Some key themes stood out. Scientific research, technology, humanity and environmental science continue to intersect and capture the public’s attention. The most widely discussed research topics in 2017 were: Medical Science (53) Biological Science (17) Earth and Environmental Science (9) Studies in Human Society (8) Medical and public health issues drew the highest levels of media attention. In addition to the top three articles, which all...

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Baby Max spends first year in Southampton hospital

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:16
Max Olivares has a rare heart and lung condition, which requires a complex transplant operation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
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Ventricular Assist Devices as Bridge to Heart Transplantation: What You Need to Know

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:00
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Ventricular Assist Devices as Bridge to Heart Transplantation: Therapy Options

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:00
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South Africa:50 Years Since the First Heart Transplant - What a Piece of Work Is a Man!

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:14
[Daily Maverick] The 50th anniversary of the first successful heart transplant encourages J. BROOKS SPECTOR to look back at Dr Chris Barnard's unprecedented medical moment - and to think about what happens next. Shades of the final scenes in the Robin Williams film, Bicentennial Man, perhaps? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Heart transplants could be discarded 'within 10 years'

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 08:45
Professor Stephen Westaby, of Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, thinks surgeons should begin to use artificial pumps and stem cell therapy instead. He believes it would make a good alternative. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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‘Living ink’ points the way to 3D-printed human organs

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:00
The technology could lead to the creation of hearts and kidneys for transplantation (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
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What will medicine be able to do with hearts?

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 00:09
Heart transplantation has become a routine surgical operation, but the future promises equally amazing progress. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Genes on Y chromosome protect against pulmonary hypertension, study suggests

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 20:26
This study is the first to examine the involvement of sex chromosomes in the disease's development in the absence of sex hormones. In humans, females typically have two copies of the X chromosome, while males typically have one X and one Y chromosome.METHODIn the lab, the researchers engineered mice with different chromosomal makeups and measured their development of pulmonary hypertension in an environment with 10 percent oxygen, which is a well-established setting for inducing the disease.One group of mice was engineered with sex chromosomes that were independent of their gonadal sex, or sex based on their genitalia, so that the researchers could isolate the impact of sex chromosomes. The other group of mice in the experiment had different variants of sex chromosomes in order for the res...

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South Africa:How an Historic Heart Transplant Created a Celebrity Scientist 50 Years Ago

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:47
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa's Chris Barnard stands out in medical history as the heart surgeon who became a global household name after transplanting the first human heart on 3 December 1967. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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South Africa:'It Was Because of Dr Barnard That My Father Got a Second Chance'

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:16
[News24Wire] Growing up, Candice Govender had found it difficult to believe that a heart could be removed from one person's chest and placed in another's, as Dr Chris Barnard and his team had done when they performed the world's first heart transplant in 1967. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
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The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation: 50 years of heart transplantation progress

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 04:00
(Elsevier) This month marks the 50th anniversary of the world's first human heart transplant performed at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town by South African surgeon, Christiaan Barnard. He transplanted the heart of a 25-year-old woman into Louis Washkansky, a 53-year-old diabetes patient who was in severe heart failure. A special issue of The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation presents a chronicle of the major milestones in heart transplantation over the last 50 years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
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Happy 50th Birthday, Heart Transplant Surgery!

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 12:05
A by-the-numbers look at the revolutionary procedure, then and now. by Jessica Blatt Press, AARP, December 1, 2017|Comments: 0. Heart Transplant Anniversary. Underwood Archives/Getty Images. Heart surgeon and transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard, M.D., illustrates a  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
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Heart Transplants: 50 years since the first operation, and medicine is beating the disease

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 09:01
FIFTY years ago today a Cape Town surgeon became a global icon when he performed the first life-saving human-to-human heart transplant. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Fresh heart

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 23:18
It is 50 years since the first heart transplant took place, ushering in a new era of media attention and medical celebrity. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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South Africa:Heart Transplantation Continues to Capture the Human Imagination

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 08:00
[News24Wire] Fifty years after Christiaan Barnard completed the world's first successful human heart transplant, heart transplantation continues to capture the human imagination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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FDA clears AliveCor ’ s KardiaBand ECG for Apple Watch

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:01
AliveCor said today that the FDA cleared its KardioBand electrocardiogram device for the Apple Watch, designed to monitor for early signs of atrial fibrillation. First introduced in March 2016, KardiaBand is the first medical device accessory to be cleared by the federal safety watchdog for the Apple Watch, Mountain View, Calif.-based AliveCor said. It’s designed to display and record clinical-grade cardiac rhythm readings in real time in about 30 seconds, the company said. AliveCor also said it launched the SmartRhythm artificial intelligence app for the Apple Watch, which is designed to continuously evaluate the correlation between heart activity and physical activity using data from heart rate and activity sensors in the watch. The app prompts users to capture an ECG reading whe...

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New'Patch' May Repair Damaged Hearts

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:11
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 -- A patch that might one day help repair heart attack damage has been developed by researchers. The patch, which consists of fully functioning artificial human heart muscle, is large enough to cover damage typically caused... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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