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Plans for $22.5M nursing home, pediatric heart transplant program denied by state

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:36
Arnold Palmer Medical Center's $1.5 million plan gets turned down. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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Why Pig Organs Could Be the Future of Transplants

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:15
Making human tissue in a lab has always been more sci-fi than sci-fact, but powerful genetic technologies may change that soon. For the most part, the only way to replace diseased or failing hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers is with donor organs. Even then, many people struggle to find a good biological match with a donor, and 8,000 die each year in the U.S. while waiting for an organ. In one promising solution to the shortage, researchers have been putting a new DNA editing tool called CRISPR through rigorous tests in organ regeneration. Last August, a group of scientists led by George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, generated more than a dozen pigs that were bred without certain viruses that had made many of their organs unusable for human transplant. Pig genomes...
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Why Rock Climbing May Be the Ultimate Full-Body Workout

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:00
The muscles in your hips and torso strain to hold your lower half against the wall. You arch backward and extend one hand up to clasp the next hold—your thighs and calves burning with the effort of holding you steady and in balance. A moment later, when the tips of your fingers have secured their grip, there’s a wholesale shift in the muscles you call on to maintain your safe purchase on the climbing wall. Exercise is all about engaging your muscles—from your heart to your biceps and quads—and asking those muscles to perform work. And when it comes to activating and training a diverse range of muscles, few exercises rival climbing. Both climbing and bouldering, the name for climbing on low rock formations without a rope, involve “nearly the whole body’s...
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Local Woman Waits For a Heart On Valentine ’ s Day

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 23:14
BOSTON (CBS) — A Boston woman is waiting for a new heart this Valentine’s Day. But while her heart may be broken, she is living as though it is full. Cindy Washington was 19 and a freshman at Northeastern University pursuing a pre-law degree when she became overwhelmingly tired. “I started to lose my breath and to sweat a lot,” Cindy recalls. After many trips to the ER, doctors finally figured out her heart was enlarged, weak and failing. In fact, Cindy’s heart was so sick she went into cardiac arrest twice, both times revived by her mom. “She had to bring me to the floor and pump and revive me again the second time,” Cindy explains. “Both times my mom had to revive me.” Cindy was placed on the heart transplant list but by 2016 things were looking dire. Her only hope ...

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Charlotte Carney has a heart that won't beat properly

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:20
Charlotte Carney, 21, from Winnington, Cheshire is running out of time because of a disorder, that makes her heart beat poorly. There is no cure - except a heart transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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21-year-old woman has a heart that won't beat properly

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:15
Charlotte Carney, 21, from Winnington, Cheshire is running out of time because of a disorder, that makes her heart beat poorly. There is no cure - except a heart transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:40
Hospital officials in Oregon have ended a policy that prevented an undocumented woman from getting a liver transplant because of her immigration status after outcry, according to local news reports. Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, a mother of four who has lived in the country for at least 30 years, was denied the transplant in a letter Tuesday from […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
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A hospital refused a new kidney to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:40
Hospital officials in Oregon have ended a policy that prevented an undocumented woman from getting a liver transplant because of her immigration status after outcry, according to local news reports. Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, a mother of four who has lived in the country for at least 30 years, was denied the transplant in a letter Tuesday from […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicine

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:30
Patrick Soon-Shiong, a respected transplant surgeon from the University of California at Los Angeles turned entrepreneur and philanthropist, first became famous for inventing an important cancer drug. His idea involved packaging a tumor-poisoning substance inside the protein albumin, which is one of the main “foods” for cancer growth. The medication, Abraxane, is now used for a wide range […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’Why car horns, planes and sirens might be bad for your heart (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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From the heart: The tale of a three-time transplant recipient

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:59
Playing youth hockey and Little League in the spring of 1988, I started to become easily fatigued. I became very weak and could no longer run around. By May, a visit to my pediatrician resulted in a trip to the Boston Children’s Hospital Cardiology Clinic on Fegan 6 and the first of many cardiac catheterizations I would receive in my life. The results of that first procedure were shared in my corner room across from the nurses’ station on 6 East (the cardiac step-down at the time): I would need a heart transplant for cardiomyopathy. It was Friday the 13th. I was 10 years old. Tim, before he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy The first of two heart transplants In July 1988, I had the seventh heart transplant ever performed at Boston Children’s. Dr. Mayer was my surgeon. Incredibly,...
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Bill Frist named to the board of Brentwood company

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:26
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist has been named to the board of directors for Brentwood-based MyNexus. First, founder of NashvilleHealth and co-founder of Aspire Health, has deep ties to Nashville’s health care industry as the son and brother of two of the founders of HCA Healthcare Inc. He is also a nationally acclaimed heart- and lung-transplant surgeon and an adjunct professor of cardiac surge ry at Vanderbilt University. “There are very few people in the world that have an understanding of the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
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Time of Death: New AI Technology Tries To Predict and Prevent Death

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:41
If you could know the exact day you die, would you want to? The question may not be as far-fetched as you might think, thanks to a new algorithm designed to analyze digital medical records and compare them to real-time health data to calculate the risk of impending health events. The FDA cleared technology from Excel Medical, known as the WAVE Clinical Platform, is being billed as the world’s first patient surveillance and predictive algorithm platform. The device was designed as an always-on remote monitoring platform that can track real-time data, such as vital signs, and use that information in conjunction with the user’s medical history and family medical history to calculate the risk of a potentially fatal impending health event. So far the platform has shown the ability to pre...

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Photos capture Adalynn Grace just before she dies of CHD

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 21:11
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Photos capture 2 year old just before she dies of CHD

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 18:40
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Photos capture Adalynn Grace's final moments

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 16:31
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Heartbreaking photos capture two-year-old's final moments

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:08
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Woman's nagging cough turned out to be an enlarged heart

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 21:57
Peg Ollinger, 57, of Wisconsin, learned she had an enlarged heart in 2016 after having a persistent cough that was misdiagnosed as pneumonia twice. She lost 60 pound for a transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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What is the Difference Between an Association and a Syndrome?

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 23:06
Discussion VATER association was first described in the 1970s with additional congenital malformations being added to the association so it is most often called VACTERL association. It is a highly heterogeneous, overlapping condition estimated to occur in ~1/10,000-40,000 births. The cause is unknown. In animal models, some signaling pathway gene mutations have phenotypes of VACTERL association. Experts suggest that patients having at least 2 components should be further evaluated (at least 3 for diagnosis) for VACTERL and other diseases in its differential diagnosis. There are more than 30 syndromes, mutations and diseases that have components of the malformations in VACTERL association. Alagille syndrome , CHARGE Syndrome, Blackfan-Diamond anemia, Holt-Oram syndrome, and Caudal regressi...

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A first birthday made possible by cardiac tumor surgery

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:37
Today is Oliver Cameron’s first birthday and he and his parents have a lot to celebrate. After a year of uncertainty, they will be enjoying a quiet dinner with family at their home in Wantage, a town in Oxfordshire, England. “Having him home and healthy is the best present ever,” says his mom, Lydia. She and her husband, Tim, are looking forward to some quiet time alone with Oliver and their family after spending much of the last year fighting for his life. Oliver was born with a large, non-cancerous tumor, called a cardiac fibroma, inside his heart. It was so rare that only a handful of doctors in the U.K. had ever seen one, and none were able treat it. The tumor caused Oliver’s heart to beat dangerously fast, and his parents often had to rush him to the hospital for emergency tre...

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Google claims new AI-powered EHR tech can predict hospital patient outcomes, including death

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:31
Artificial intelligence researchers at Google (NSDQ:GOOG) claim they have used new software to more accurately predict hospital patient outcomes, including death, discharge and readmission, than is currently possible with existing software, according to a Quartz report. In the newly released, non-peer-reviewed research paper, study investigators at the tech giant used de-identified data from collected from 216,221 patients over 11 years from both the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medicine hospital to create a system looking to predict medical outcomes for hospital patients. Google claims that the results, which have not yet been validated by independent sources, showed significant improvements over traditional models, including the ab...

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