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Study: Hospital Patients Still More Likely To Die On Weekends

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 14:17
By Michael Nedelman, CNN (CNN) — Doctors call it the “weekend effect.” Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours — whether it’s due to a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs. New research on cardiac arrest in the hospital now asks: Has the “weekend effect” changed in recent years, as treatment has gotten better? “We know that survival trends have improved in past decade or so,” said Dr. Uchenna Ofoma, assistant professor of medicine at Temple University and a critical care physician at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. “The question now becomes … what happens to the disparities? Has it remained the same? Is it narrowing?” Ten years after a 2008 study showed lower survival ...

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M3DICINE's Stethee stethoscope adds connected analytics, ditches the tubes

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 16:32
Brisbane, Australia-based M3DICINE is the latest device maker looking to distance physicians from their signature rubber-tubed stethoscopes. Today, the company announced the launch of Stethee, a wireless, artificial intelligence-boosted stethoscope that pairs with an iOS or Android app to quickly capture and analyze heart and lung data. (Source: mobihealthnews)

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M3dicine launches Stethee ‘ smart ’ stethoscope

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 14:44
Intelligent medical device developer M3dicine yesterday announced the launch of its Stethee AI-enabled stethoscope system designed to amplify, filter, record and analyze heart and lung sound. The newly launched, FDA-cleared Stethee Pro features technology to capture and analyze heart and lung sounds and data via Bluetooth, operating around smartphone applications for both Apple iOS and Google Android devices, the Brisbane, Australia-based company said. “The Stethee system has the potential to transform healthcare. We are on the forefront of a new era in healthcare driven by artificial intelligence and its ability to significantly improve our ability to care for patients. This innovative technology can significantly help drive efficiency and productivity and empower healthcare provide...

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Herbal Supplements May Be Dangerous When You Take Certain Prescription Drugs

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 18:37
A number of common herbal supplements, including green tea and Ginkgo biloba, can interact with prescription medications, according to a new research review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. These interactions can make drugs less effective—and may even be dangerous or deadly. Doctors know that herbs can affect medication regimens, wrote the researchers, from the South African Medical Research Council, in their new paper. But because people often don’t disclose to their healthcare providers what over-the-counter drugs and supplements they’re taking, it’s difficult for scientists to keep track of which drug and supplement combinations should be avoided. The new review analyzed 49 case reports of adverse drug reactions, along with two observa...

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The Ilford woman who carries her heart in a rucksack

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:14
Selwa Hussain is the first woman in the UK to leave hospital with an artificial heart. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
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Brave toddler meets 24 strangers who saved her life

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:51
It took a team of UCLA medical professionals and the generosity of 71 strangers to save 2-year-old Skye Savren-McCormick ’s life.The toddler from Ventura, California, required frequent blood and platelet transfusions, often on a daily basis, while undergoing  three grueling bone-marrow transplants, surgery to remove her swollen spleen and seven rounds of chemotherapy for leukemia and lymphoma. She received 77 units of blood and platelets during a 10-month stay at UCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital.  Recently Skye ’s family got to meet and thank two dozen of the 71 strangers whose blood and platelet donations sustained their toddler’s life during her fight with two rare types of cancer. The introduction took place at a special luncheon organized by the UCLA Blood and Platelet Cen...

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Skinny pigs? Low-fat craze gone too far

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:19
Let’s face it. You and I both know most Americans are struggling with their weight. I see it in my practice every day. There’s not one study that will tell you otherwise. What’s more, there’s been an explosion of not only obesity, but of related diseases like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. But did you realize that the rates of obesity and disease in America began rising at the exact same time the health authorities told us to eat a low-fat diet? It started in 1977 when George McGovern led a Senate Committee that released its “Dietary Goals for the United States.” According to this report, fat was the cause of illnesses sweeping the nation. Then the National Institutes of Health jumped on the “low-fat” bandwagon and announced that Americans must cut their fat inta...

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South Africa:Hillcrest Teen Gets Second Chance At Life

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 14:18
[News24Wire] A Hillcrest teen, who underwent a double lung and heart transplant, says he hopes to do all the things he dreamed of. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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These lab-grown blood vessel replacements could benefit dialysis patients

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 15:14
[Image from University of Minnesota]University of Minnesota researchers have developed a blood vessel replacement made of biological materials in a lab. The lab-grown vessels have no living cells at implantation and could be used as a graft for kidney dialysis patients. The lab-engineered blood vessel replacement is the first nonsynthetic, decellularized graft that is repopulated with cells using the recipient’s cells when implanted. The grafts could also be used as coronary and peripheral bypass blood vessel and tubular heart valves. Approximately 480,000 people are on dialysis in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. An arteriovenous fistula that connects an artery to a vein in the arm is typically how blood vessels are accesse...

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Invasive Aspergillosis in Heart Transplant Recipients

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:08
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New year. New lungs.

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:00
I’ve had asthma and chronic lung disease since I was very young. I had to use everything — from my head to my toes — to help me breathe. I remember being able to hear myself wheezing, to feel my lungs rattling. I had marks all over my face from my oxygen mask. I thought I would never be clear of mucus and never be able to walk without being out of breath. All I ever wanted was to breathe. I spent so much energy trying to breathe that I didn’t have much left for eating, so I was really skinny. I spent a lot of time in a wheelchair. When I was able to walk, it would be for short distances and my shoulders would slouch downward. People would stare and point at me. I wanted to tell them, “It’s not my fault! I’m sick.” It was so frustrating. It was helpful to keep a journal wit...
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Artificial lung dev Breethe raises $3m

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 18:56
Artificial lung developer Breethe raised approximately $3 million in an equity financing round, according to an SEC filing posted late last month. Funds raised during the round will cover the sales and issuance of Series Seed-4 preferred stock and the underlying common stock convertible from it, according to the filing. The Baltimore-based company is developing the Oxy-1 ambulatory artificial lung system which is designed for home use for patients who suffer from acute and chronic lung failure, according to its website. The system includes a portable pack, which contains the unit’s batteries, oxygen source and pump motor and controller, a pump-lung unit which it anticipates will need to be replaced every 30 days and a blood cannula connection to the heart. Breethe was formed in 2014 as ...

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Rebranding HF: Who Would Be Branded With Failure? Rebranding HF: Who Would Be Branded With Failure?

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 04:45
In this commentary, the author wonders if the"heart failure" label, which connotes defeat and stigma, is hindering effective care.Circulation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)

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Transplant patient's Christmas plea: talk to your family about organ donation

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 06:01
With hundreds waiting for heart transplants, experts and patients urge public to register as organ donors – and make their wishes clear to family membersFamilies are being urged to talk about becoming an organ donor in the hope that more people on the waiting list for a heart transplant will be given the chance of life.Since last Christmas Day, 31 people have died on the heart transplant waiting list, according to NHS Blood and Transplant. To try to tackle the shortage of organs, the government hasrecently announced a consultation into an “opt-out” scheme. Everybody would be assumed to be willing to donate their organs unless they had signed up to a register to say no.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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5 Shocking Medical Stories From 2017

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 22:09
CBS Local — The field of medicine has made tremendous strides in 2017. Here’s a list of shocking stories from this year that shows just how far science has come and how unbelievable (and a little gross!) it can be. Laymen beware: the following may contain highly technical terminology for procedures (like swallowing balloons) and medical recommendations (like not to swallow coins). New Procedure Has People Swallowing Balloons To Lose Weight Having trouble hitting your goal weight? With the help of her doctor and a few gas-filled balloons, Bronx-resident Suzy Soto found out how to get rid of those last few pounds. Scientists Say Your Brain Still Works After Death, And You Know When You’re Dead This one will have your mind racing. Researchers are studying patients whose hear...

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UR Medicine Helps Genesee County Family Embrace Heart of Holidays

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:29
“Mommy is coming home for Christmas!” You can almost hear squeals of delight from a toddler who couldn ’t possibly understand the harrowing fight for life that her mother has survived. Carrie Thornley Fisher was in heart failure near the end of her second pregnancy. After giving birth to a healthy boy, the 32-year-old spent nearly two months on life-saving mechanical support until she received a heart transplant Sept. 19 at UR Medicine ’s Strong Memorial Hospital, upstate New York’s only comprehensive heart failure service. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)

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2017 ’ s Year In Health News: Medical Breakthroughs, Opioid Crisis And More

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 19:33
CBS Local — There’s been plenty of progress in the medical world this year, and as a result we now know that more Americans than ever have high blood pressure, but also that coffee everyday is actually good for you. Here’s a look back at the year in health. Opioid Crisis The opioid crisis has dominated much of the health news cycle. President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency earlier this year. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under 50 in the United States. New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure The American Heart Association revised its guidelines for high blood pressure. The new threshold is 130 over 80, replacing 140 over 90. This means that nearly half of adults in the US have hypertension. Labratory Breakthroughs A game...
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Researchers are developing light therapy as a non-invasive, alternative treatment for disease

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 22:28
(Natural News) Artificial light has both its risks and benefits, but a new study shows that it may be the solution to minimally invasive, drug-free treatments. Researchers are currently developing new ways using infrared neuromodulation to treat cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), hypertension (high blood pressure), asthma, sleep apnea (suspension of breathing during sleep), diarrhea, and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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UCLA senior delivers digital health monitoring to fight disease in Cameroon

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 18:45
As Vikash Singh looks forward to 2018 he is also looking forward to witnessing his education in action. Specifically how his background in medical research, artificial intelligence and machine learning — along with a $5,000UCLA Global Citizens Fellowship award and some innovative thinking — may potentially help save lives in Cameroon.Doctors at the HSPC Polyclinic in Kumba, a city located in the country ’s southwest region, will soon begin uploading patient information to a software application designed by Singh and a team of student programmers through Project DataReach, a company Singh launched in 2015 with funding provided by the Stamps Foundation Scholarship program. The student programmers, who attend various universities, include Singh’s roommate Matthew Khanzadeh, a fourth-y...

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UCLA researchers create skeletal muscle from stem cells

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 18:02
UCLA scientists have developed a new strategy to efficiently isolate, mature and transplant skeletal muscle cells created from human pluripotent stem cells, which can produce all cell types of the body. The findings are a major step toward  the development of a stem cell replacement therapy for muscle diseases including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects approximately 1 in 5,000 boys in the U.S. and is the most common fatal childhood genetic disease.The study, which was published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, was led by senior author April Pyle, associate professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics and member of the  Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA.Using the natural human development process as a guide,  ...
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