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UCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital and Miller Children’s & Women ’s Hospital plan strategic affiliation

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:03
Two leading children ’s hospitals —UCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital, part of UCLA Health, and  Miller Children ’s& Women ’s Hospital Long Beach, part of  MemorialCare Health System— announced today their intent to form a strategic affiliation that brings together their academic, clinical and research expertise, and resources to enhance children’s health care services in Southern California.The two organizations, which share similar missions and values, plan to establish a wider geographic pediatric collaboration that strengthens and broadens their ability to offer the highest-quality, patient- and family-centered care to their respective and shared communities. In addition to working together with physicians, patients and families, the collaboration will work closely wi...

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5-year-old heart transplant patient gets good news

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:38
Last week, the 5-year-old's dad got some good news, and he couldn't wait to share it (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Richmond Ambulance Authority Paramedic Receives ‘Star of Life’ Award From the American Ambulance Association and Receives Award From Her Very First Cardiac Arrest Save!

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:53
RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) paramedic Julie Anderson has received an American Ambulance Association (AAA) Star of Life award for 2017.   The award, presented at AAA’s Stars of Life Celebration on Monday, June 12 in Washington, DC, honored remarkable ambulance service professionals from around the nation who truly stand out and represent excellence in their field.  Those who receive this award are nominated by their peers. Anderson, a Hanover, Virginia resident and RAA employee since 2007, was honored at Monday’s ceremony.  “Julie is the complete role model both in her clinical practice and the example she sets,” said Rob Lawrence, chief operating officer for the Richmond Ambulance Authority. “She is a consummate professional who is res...

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How creative FDA regulation led to first-in-the-world approval of a cutting-edge heart valve

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:00
Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health By: Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., and Bram Zuckerman, M.D. Nearly six years ago FDA approved an artificial transcatheter heart valve (THV) to treat patients having severe symptoms and life-threatening heart problems such as fainting, chest pain, heart failure, irregular heart rhythms, or cardiac arrest, because one of the valves in their heart (the aortic valve) was no longer working properly and they were too sick for surgery. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has revolutionized the treatment of these patients.  But the U.S. wasn’t the trendsetter – in fact, it was the 42nd country to approve the first TAVR device, the Edwards Sapien THV. Since that approval, FDA has sharpened its focus o...

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Teen shows off dance moves after heart transplant

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 18:13
Nothing could stop this teenage heart transplant patient from rocking out in his hospital bed (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
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Skating On Thin Ice

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:23
Treatment TermsChildren's health Sub-Title Life-Threatening Condition Discovered After Fall During Hockey Game Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Colby Heath was a growing teenage boy, so his penchant for sleep didn't concern his mother. Nor did his occasional nosebleeds. Yet, as Colby's family now knows, those were clues that something was horribly wrong. Hero Imageskating_on_thin_ice_3.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Playing Hockey was Risk Factor for Congenital Liver Abnormality Content“He went from being a seemingly healthy kid who plays hockey to a kid who needs aliver transplant in a very short span of time, ” said Megan Butler, MD, a  hepatologist who treated Colby atDuke Children ’s Hospital.In fact, it was playing hockey that likely saved ...

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Artificial Intelligence to Assist in the Treatment of Heart Patients

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 07:00
The objective is to recognize serious difficult-to-predict complications as early as possible using the latest methods. (Source: eHealth News EU)

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WATCH: 15-year-old dances after heart transplant

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:46
The teenager danced to celebrate his successful heart transplant after waiting months for a new heart. (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Teen dances after lifesaving heart transplant

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:51
Amari Hall's doctors, nurses and family danced alongside him. (Source: ABC News: Health)

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WATCH: 15-year-old dances after heart transplant

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:28
The teenager danced to celebrate his successful heart transplant after waiting months for a new heart. (Source: ABC News: Health)
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Teen dances from hospital bed days after heart transplant

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 20:55
Fifteen-year-old Amari Hall went from open-heart surgery one week to a full-on dance party the next. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
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WATCH: 16-year-old dances after heart transplant

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 14:40
The teenager danced to celebrate his successful heart transplant after waiting months for a new heart. (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Meet Britain's longest surviving heart transplant patient

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 14:29
Paul Hayman, 49, from Plymouth, underwent the risky transplant at the Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, in 1987 and has had the same donor heart beating away inside his chest ever since. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Artificial Heart Valve Approved for Valve-in-Valve Treatment (FREE)

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 23:00
By Kristin J. Kelley Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM Sapien 3 transcatheter heart valves may now be used as " a valve-in-valve " … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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#FDA expands use of Sapien 3 artificial heart valve 4 high-risk patients https://go.usa.gov/xNEGz   #heartdisease #medicaldevice

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:13
#FDA expands use of Sapien 3 artificial heart valve 4 high-risk patients https://go.usa.gov/xNEGz  #heartdisease #medicaldevice (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
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FDA approves new use for Edwards' Sapien 3 heart valve

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 19:41
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Edwards Lifesciences Corp's Sapien 3 artificial heart valve for high-risk patients whose previously implanted heart valves are failing, a procedure designed to avoid repeat open heart surgery. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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FDA expands use of Sapien 3 artificial heart valve for high-risk patients

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 18:44
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved an expanded indication for the Sapien 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve (THV) for patients with symptomatic heart disease due to failure of a previously placed bioprosthetic aortic or mitral valve whose risk of death or severe complications from repeat surgery is high or greater. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
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Professor who campaigned to ban trans fats dies at 102

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:21
Fred Kummerow sounded equal parts relieved and content on that Tuesday afternoon in June 2015. The Food and Drug Administration had decided to ban artificial trans fats from the U.S. food supply, finally eliminating a key culprit in the rising rates of heart disease in the nation. Kummerow, then a 100-year-old University of Illinois professor, had […]Related:‘Drug tourists’ keep overdosing at this library. Here’s how employees are saving their lives.Health officials vow to develop drugs to curb the opioid epidemicMore than a third of teenage girls experience depression, new study says (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Twist of fate: Anna reconnects with the oncologist who saved her life

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:00
Credit: Mark Dela Cruz Anna Protsiou was five in 2002 when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. She remembers pain and the fruit-scented anesthesia masks that led her to stop eating cherries. She remembers hospital arts and crafts projects. What she barely remember is the pediatric oncologist who saved her life. She was a young girl then who didn’t speak English, moving with her family from their native Greece to be treated for a year at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Now, after moving with her family to Canada in 2014, she’s a 20-year-old dance student at the Eg. School of Contemporary Dancers/ University of Winnipeg and a contortionist with a rubber-band body. She’s ready to claim her history as her own, ready to move beyond photographs of the d...
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Could You, Would You Save A Life? This CPR-AED Awareness Week, Vow To Know How

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:27
As she prepared for the PurpleStride 5K in Kansas City a few weeks ago, Brooke Worrel took her time attaching the racing number to her shirt. This usually mindless task was a lot tougher with all the tears filling her eyes. One year before, she ran this race with her dad. She finished. He didn’t. Shortly after crossing the finish line, 16-year-old Brooke went back on the course to join Rick at the end of his run. When she reached him, Rick was on the ground, blood pouring from the left side of his face and his right knee. Men on both sides of him were performing CPR. *** Rick Worrel’s grandfather died at age 55. So did his dad. Rick was 55 when he and Brooke ran that 5K on May 14, 2016. But Rick’s heart story dates to the day before Thanksgiving in 2014. To a routine trip to the gym...

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