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Worse than liquor for your liver

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:19
Most people think liver disease only happens to alcoholics. But the truth is that being overweight or obese actually puts you at a much higher risk for liver damage than alcohol. In fact, alcohol contributes to only 6% of liver damage. But obesity contributes to 52% of liver disease. And if you’re obese, you’re 400% more likely to develop liver damage than a normal-weight individual.1 That’s why about 30% of people in America have some form of chronic fatty liver disease. It’s called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD causes painful swelling and scarring of the liver.  And I blame modern food companies. Our food supply is now drenched in Big Agra’s high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Just like alcohol, HFCS is toxic to the liver. Unlike other sugar...

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Godly gift for arthritis pain

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:53
Big Pharma is at it again… Creating and selling a drug that causes thousands of heart attacks and strokes each year. In 2015, the FDA asked drug makers to strengthen their warning labels. Since then, most have listed their dangerous side effects on the bottle. But one manufacturer thought they didn’t have to warn people about their dangerous drug. They marketed their product as a “unique” breakthrough. They even published studies promising it was “safe for long-term use.” 1 The drug is a 7-year-old arthritis drug called Actemra. It’s made by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche. But a new investigation has linked it to at least 1,128 heart attack and stroke deaths. Thousands more have suffered serious side effects. These include heart failure, st...
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The Sweet Way to Heal Your Wounds

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:15
We enjoy outdoor activities. My family will be coming over this year and I will fire up the grill for a delicious BBQ grass-fed beef. We’ll play games like badminton and horseshoes. Now while these games can be fun, they can lead to cuts and bruises. I want to aim you with an unconventional solution for those wounds.  For years now, sugar’s been a dirty word. It’s been blamed for everything from obesity, heart disease and diabetes to tooth decay and acne. But there’s something they don’t know.  Sugar’s better for you than all those artificial sweeteners and substitutes out there today… especially the ones you’ll find in so-called “diet” products. In one study of nearly 2,600 people, those who drank diet sodas had a 47% higher body...
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Two weeks to bowel cancer?

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 02:50
There’s no doubt antibiotics have saved a lot of lives. But because they’ve been overprescribed for so many years we’ve ended up with a slew of health problems. For one thing, overuse of antibiotics wreaks havoc on your microbiome… That’s your body’s ecosystem. Your microbiome has 100 trillion or so bacteria, viruses and fungi. It affects just about every organ and body system. Some of these gut bugs cause disease and infection. But other good bacteria are called “probiotics.” They boost your immune system. They help you digest your food and turn it into vitamins. But in your gut, antibiotics kill off good bacteria along with the bad. When that happens, your immune system gets weak. Your risk of obesity and heart disease goes up. So do ra...

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Avoid this “safe” ingredient

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 02:24
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is supposed to be protecting our food supply. But the sad truth is that it does very little to monitor what chemicals go into your food. And even when there’s science to prove the health risks of new ingredients, they drag their feet. It can take years… or even decades… before they pull harmful additives from the market.  When a processor wants to add a new chemical to food, the FDA doesn’t require any testing. The food company just sends a notice to the FDA. The notice says that the ingredient is &;dquo;generally recognized as safe” or GRAS.  In other words, the food industry tells the FDA what’s safe instead of the other way around. It allows untested and unsafe ingredients on the market. And once they’re...
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PAs Boost Cardiology $$$; Endoleak Warning; Artificial Heart Woes

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:30
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 28, 2017

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:00
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Four top medtech stories you need to know in late 2017 The U.S. government continues to create a lot of uncertainty for the medical device industry, but medtech companies are still making some big moves. The frenzy of major mergers continues, which makes sense from an investor standpoint when it comes to reducing risk. Meanwhile, companies from outside the industry – including such high-t...

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Medtronic wins expanded FDA nod for HeartWare HVAD as destination therapy

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:34
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it won expanded FDA approval for its HeartWare HVAD system, now cleared as a destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure who are not candidates for heart transplants. The HeartWare HVAD system is a left ventricular assist device designed to aid the heart and increase the amount of blood pumped through the body, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. “LVADs are an effective and well-established treatment for patients who have progressed to advanced heart failure. In addition to its use as a bridge to heart transplantation, the HVAD System offers a promising option for a growing number of patients who are ineligible for transplant,” study co-principal investigator Dr. Joseph Rogers of Duke University said in a prepared release. T...
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Experience Journal: Jake is charting new waters with HLHS

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 12:00
Jake Pickles was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a serious congenital heart defect that causes parts of the left heart to be underdeveloped. As an infant and toddler, Jake had three open-heart surgeries to repair his heart. Now 22, Jake is one of the oldest patients to survive with HLHS. This makes his prognosis uncertain. At some point in the future, he may need a heart transplant or more procedures. But Jake and his close-knit family try not to dwell on this uncertainty. Instead, they live with gratitude and hope. “I’m just planning as if there’s nothing wrong,” says Jake. “And I’m going to live this happy, healthy, 22-year-old life.” The Experience Journals are collections of stories, videos and personal experiences from families about what it has been ...
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FDA Updates Adverse Events With SynCardia TAH-t Drivers FDA Updates Adverse Events With SynCardia TAH-t Drivers

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 19:57
The 3-month rates of death and some strokes in patients using one model of the temporary total artificial heart's driver mechanism appear raised at 42 months in its ongoing postapproval study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Ontario's Policy on DCD Boosts Transplants Ontario's Policy on DCD Boosts Transplants

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 17:35
Implementing a'donation after circulatory determination of death'(DCD) policy in Ontario led to more transplants of solid organs, except the heart, researchers in Canada say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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Everything You Have to See at MD & amp;M Minneapolis

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:38
Discussion: Jumpstart Your Medtech Career Whether you’re hoping to score your first job in the medical device industry or looking for tips to advance your career, you’ll definitely benefit from the advice shared by local medtech recruiters from Abbott, Atricure, and The Walstrom Group. They’ll explain which positions are in demand at medical device companies right now, cover the pros and cons of working at a startup versus a big-name company, and answer your questions on topics ranging from how best to move your career forward to ways to maximize your earnings. Networking Opportunities With thousands of your fellow medtech professionals gathered in one place, you’d be remiss not to take advantage of the networking opportunities at MD&M Minneapolis. To make the most of your time...

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Dental Work Tied to Heart Infections in People With Artificial Valves Dental Work Tied to Heart Infections in People With Artificial Valves

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 17:44
Invasive dental procedures may raise the risk of rare but serious infections in people who have prosthetic heart valves, a recent French study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Benefit for Harbor House Home-Away-From-Home is Sept. 23

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 22:23
The 11th annual “And the Beat Goes On…” benefit dinner for Rochester’s Harbor House will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Locust Hill Country Club. Harbor House is a home-away-from-home for people who have traveled a long distance for UR Medicine heart and organ transplant and other critical car e. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
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Selena Gomez Had a Kidney Transplant for Lupus. What Is That?

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:30
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)

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Dental work tied to heart infections in people with artificial valves

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:23
(Reuters Health) - Invasive dental procedures may raise the risk of rare but serious infections in people who have prosthetic heart valves, a recent French study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
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Researchers visualize cardiac conduction system in 3D

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:00
A multinational research group said it has used 3D reconstruction of micro-CT...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: 3D printing helps evaluate leaks after TAVR procedures 3D-printed patch mends broken hearts Funding, expertise give Jump an edge on 3D hearts 3D images aid selection of heart transplant donors 3D models put pediatric hearts in surgeons' hands (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
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This Girl Tr òn: The Forgotten Subject of Vietnam War Photographer Larry Burrows

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 02:40
Larry Burrows was a seasoned veteran of the Vietnam War when, in early 1968, he met 12-year-old Nguyễn Thị Tròn. Operating out of Saigon, the southern Republic of Vietnam’s capital, the photographer had been covering the conflict for LIFE magazine since 1962. He shadowed American troops, documenting ferocious firefights, surviving hours in the air with helicopter-gunship crews, and freeze-framing harrowing moments of bravery and despair, exhaustion, and appalling violence in combat zones. Though much of his best work had been shot in the thick of the action, he had come to be haunted by the trauma visited upon the Vietnamese people he described as non-political, “simple and hardworking.” Most, he believed, were steamrollered by both the South and the co...

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Why a $1,000 iPhone Isn ’t as Crazy as It Sounds

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:00
It’s iPhone day, the annual non-holiday where smartphone addicts cozy up to Apple’s keynote to find out what the touchscreen fairies are bringing good little fanboys and girls. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting with especially bated breath, because your handset is several years old, loses power faster than an overthrown dictator and inexplicably smells like fish tacos. In other words, it’s upgrade time, baby, and we all deserve the latest and greatest. This time around, however, Apple’s top-of-the-line iPhone will probably be more expensive than in years past. In addition to trumpeting an exciting array of new features, the rumor mill has been spinning claims that Apple’s next must-have handset could cost as much as $1,000. That’s 147 pi...

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In the Loop: Patient records heartbeat as gift to donor family

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 23:00
When Mayo Clinic heart transplant patient Alyssa Sandeen met her donor?s mother for the first time, she brought the perfect gift: a teddy bear with a recording of her donor?s heartbeat. ?? Alyssa Sandeen and Jennifer Leekley had never met face-to-face. But they knew each other's stories well, and had been working toward this moment [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

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