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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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Anniversary of first ever heart transplant is next week

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:28
Images from 'Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared' by David Cooper show the South African ground-breaking surgeon hard at work in the operating theatre doing open-heart surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Story of the surgeon who did the first heart transplant

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:42
Images from 'Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared' by David Cooper show the South African ground-breaking surgeon hard at work in the operating theatre doing open-heart surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Diabetes drug could prevent heart transplant complications

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:29
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London successfully repurposed a diabetes drug to prevent rejection without the side effects of current immunosuppressive drugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Diabetes drug could heart transplant organ rejection

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 21:49
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London successfully repurposed a diabetes drug to prevent rejection without the side effects of current immunosuppressive drugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Is the First Bioprinted Heart Just Around the Corner?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:29
A Chicago bioprinting startup that seeks to 3-D print human hearts for transplantation has added to its scientific advisory board of heavy hitters. But its CEO won’t say how close the company is to producing its first viable heart. Biolife4D just announced it has added regenerative biomaterials expert Adam  Feinberg, PhD to lead its scientific advisory team. Feinberg is associate professor of materials science & engineering and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and principal investigator of the regenerative biomaterials and therapeutics group. Feinberg uses materials-based engineering strategies to control the self-organization and assembly of various cell types into tissues. That’s a foundational requirement to successfully bioprint human organs, according to...

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Developing a New Score: How Machine Learning Improves Risk Prediction

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:12
Composite risk scores have been used for decades to identify disease risk and health status in the general population. However, current approaches often fail to identify people who would benefit from intervention or recommend unnecessary intervention. Machine learning promises to improve accuracy, ensuring targeted treatment for patients that need it and reducing unnecessary intervention. Framingham Risk Score, the gold standard for predicting the likelihood of heart disease, predicts hospitalizations with about 56% accuracy. It uses factors such as age, gender, smoking, cholesterol levels, and systolic blood pressure to calculate risk. It doesn't ask for family history, ethnicity, or physical activity level, all of which play a role in heart health. A stroke-risk scoring system called C...
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Inside the NICU: Shining light on the healing power of touch

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:57
Abigail underwent open-heart surgery and received care in Boston Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Traveling through Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), you feel the warmth of natural light and a soothing sense of calm. One mom, leaning delicately over her son’s bedside, caresses his forehead and gently whispers a lullaby. Only a few steps away, a father rests in a chair with his tiny son on his chest. Lifesaving technology fills the 24-bed NICU and a reassuring team of specialized physicians, nurses and Child Life Specialists monitor, treat and embrace their delicate patients. Nearly 15 million babies, about 1 in 10, are born prematurely each year and in many cases, require complex medical and surgical care. Equally critical to preemie and newborn health...

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Danny ’s journey to a biventricular heart

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:52
The first hint that something wasn’t quite right with Danny Sanchez-Garcia’s heart came at his mom’s six-month prenatal visit. “There was a little blip on the ultrasound, but then it was gone on the next one, so they didn’t think it was anything and I didn’t worry any more about it,” says Danny’s mom, Cynthia. Cynthia was overjoyed when Danny was born at her local hospital seeming perfectly healthy. But as the hospital staff monitored Danny overnight, they noticed his oxygen level was lower than normal and decided to run more tests. His doctors believed the tests pointed to a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. “They transported him overnight to Boston Children’s Hospital,” says Cynthia. “I felt like I was on a roller coaster, ...

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Doctors bring nearly DEAD heart back to life using revolutionary new “box” that can keep it beating for eight hours

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:35
(Natural News) Doctors and surgeons have managed to save a man’s life in England after giving him a transplant using a “dead” heart they were able to bring back to life. Using a revolutionary new piece of technology that’s been called a “heart in a box,” the device can keep the organ preserved and actually... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
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SPM in Real Life: Fall ‘17

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:22
NEW MEMBERS: Fall ‘17 Brief bios/plugs for new members (extracted from the Introduce Yourself Connect Community) After returning to school to become an OR surgical tech, Mary Mack’s heart health declined, and she quickly learned to become a strong advocate for herself. Feeling that no one was into her participatory style, Mary believes a radical change in medical student education is necessary to change the culture of medicine. She is passionate about helping to make that change happen. Her other interests include playing the guitar and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Jim Skinner created the Smart Patient Academy a couple of years ago, with the idea of short-cutting the learning curve for patients and caregivers by documenting what the most resilient patients in the world do. This recently...

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Weekly Postings

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:06
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Funding available! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is accepting applications for health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, emergency preparedness partnerships and health sciences library projects. Applications will be due by COB on December 1. See a recent blog post from Executive Director, Kate Flewelling for details, or review our funding opportunities and start your application today! Rural Health Week begins on Monday, November 13! Wondering how you can participate? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is offering a number of online events next week, including Twitter chats and webcasts. Join the conversation by u...
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Cells to Society: Native American Heritage/ Endowment / Research News

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 20:12
This study evaluates treatment outcomes from a clinical cohort with task-sharing between a clinical nurse practitioner and a medical officer. The researchers examined opportunities to increase treatment rates for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa.     Read more   Climate Change &n...

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Muscles out of the spray can

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 04:00
(Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)) An artificial heart would be an absolute lifesaver for people with cardiac failure. However, to recreate the complex organ in the laboratory, one would first need to work out how to grow multi-layered, living tissues. Researchers at Empa have now come one step closer to this goal: by means of a spraying process, they have created functioning muscle fibers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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What Causes White Nails?

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 23:47
Discussion The nail matrix covers the area of the nail plate, and extends proximally in a crescent moon shape with the edges of the crescent extending proximally and inferiorly toward the underlying bone. The nail matrix is a multilayered epithelium that physiologically produces keratinization and gives rise to the nail plate. The distal matrix forms the lower 2/3s of the nail plate and the proximal matrix forms the upper 1/3 of the nail plate. the thickness of the nail plate is proportion to the matrix’s thickness. The nail plate’s free edge contour follows the shape of the nail’s lunula. Melanocytes occur in the nail matrix but are 1/6 as numerous as those in the skin epidermis. In the distal matrix about 50% are activable and 50% are dormant. In the proximal matrix alm...

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Successful cardiogenic shock treatment using a percutaneous left ventricular assist device

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 03:00
(Osaka University) The Cardiovascular Surgery Group at Osaka University succeeded in minimally invasive treatment of a patient with acute heart failure due to medical treatment-resistant cardiogenic shock by making use of Impella, a percutaneous auxiliary artificial heart, for the first time in Japan. This method is anticipated as a new therapy for treating patients with acute heart failure due to medical treatment-resistant cardiogenic shock. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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How Genomic Research is Changing Heart Care

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 03:05
Genomic testing is most frequently associated with cancer testing, but this area of research is beginning to make an impact on cardiovascular care. A recent scientific statement by the American Heart Association shined a spotlight on how the expressed genome can potentially be used to diagnose diseases and predict who will develop diseases such as coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, heart failure, and arrhythmias. According to the statement, scientists now have the ability to address disease at many levels that were inaccessible during the past century. This includes the genome, transcriptome, epigenome, proteome, metabolome, cells, tissues, and organs. The authors said each of the omics approaches is still a work in progress, and many of the initial findings have not yet been validated...
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Feinstein Institute study looks at impact of a popular pre-heart transplant therapy on the kidney

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 03:00
(Northwell Health) Scientists, nephrologists and cardiac surgeons from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Northwell Health's Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Cardio-Thoracic Surgery examined the impact of a popular pre-heart transplant therapy on the kidney in a study published today by The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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On Medicine : The Rules of the Doctor ’ s Heart

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 08:00
What happens when you identify too much with a patient? (Source: NYT Health)

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