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Heart transplant survivor dies just a few hours after giving birth

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 21:21
After giving birth to her baby girl, Megan Moss Johnson got to hold her daughter in her arms, feed her and burp her. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Her newborn kept getting sick because she was ingesting placenta, CDC says

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 19:48
The baby was born healthy and without complication in September, but then its health began to deteriorate rapidly. Doctors — scrambling to uncover the cause of the infant’s respiratory distress — transferred the baby to the neonatal intensive care unit and began a series of tests, according to a report released this week by the Centers for […]Related:Fresh polls find Republicans’ health-care proposal is still a clunkerA heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died.One politician’s solution to the overdose problem: Let addicts die (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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7 medtech stories we missed this week: June 30, 2017

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 19:01
[Image from unsplash.com]From ConforMIS touting its knee replacement study to Consulting Radiologists’s new breast cancer detection tool, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Study: Low-dose CT scanning improves Ankylosing Spondylitis assessment A new study has shown that low-dose computed tomography (LD-CT) is more sensitive than X-rays for monitoring disease progression in people who have Ankylosing Spondylitis, according to a June 15 press release. LD-CT has previously been proven to be sensitive and reliable when assessing bone growth in different patients. The new study is designed to compare how well it can show the formation of new bony growth (syndesmophytes) and an increase in size in syndesmophytes. The study showed...
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Fresh polls find Republicans ’ health-care proposal is still a clunker

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 17:44
A slew of new national surveys completed during the past week shed light on how voters are reacting to Republicans’ bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The surveys show opposition continues to outpace support by a wide margin, with tepid support among Republicans and overwhelming opposition among Democrats. Comparing polls, there is […]Related:A heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died.One politician’s solution to the overdose problem: Let addicts dieThe U.S. fertility rate just hit a historic low. Why some demographers are freaking out. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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A heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died.

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 17:00
Not long after Megan Johnson gave birth, her husband posted a picture on social media, welcoming their daughter into the world. Years earlier, Johnson had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given a new heart and another chance to live. Her husband, Nathan, announced early Tuesday on Instagram that “her heart worked perfectly” during the […]Related:One politician’s solution to the overdose problem: Let addicts dieThe U.S. fertility rate just hit a historic low. Why some demographers are freaking out.President Trump wants you to know he actually does care about HIV/AIDS (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
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Heart transplant survivor dies after giving birth to first child

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 14:14
The couple spent six hours with their newborn before she started to experience complications (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Nashville heart transplant survivor dies after having baby

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 21:50
Meg Johnson, 31, delivered her daughter, Eilee Kate, in Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville on Tuesday at 2.40am, with her husband Nathan at her side. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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On her third heart

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 13:15
At age 24 Amy Silverstein developed a life-threatening condition and received a heart transplant. She survived with that heart, and wrote an acclaimed book, "Sick Girl," but 25 years later it, too, began to fail. She is now on her third heart, and has written a moving new book, "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends," about how her family and friends' support kept her alive. Lee Cowan reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Heart to heart

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 13:14
Amy Silverstein, who received a heart transplant at age 24, found herself with a failing heart again 25 years later. Her new book tells how a new donor, and her family and friends' support, kept her alive (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
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Clinical Trial Saves Baby ’s Lungs

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:47
Treatment TermsChildren's health CategoriesClinical trialsFamily health TagsPatient story Sub-Title Baby Collier Proves He ’s a Survivor Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Collier Hart sat smiling in his crib repeatedly saying, “Wa wa.” Given a sippy cup of water, he threw back his head and drained it. He put his hands together, fingertips touching, and made the sign for “more.” None of this is unusual for a 2-year-old, but it is for Collier. He spent the first 15 months of his life at Duke Children’s Hospital af ter being born with severely underdeveloped lungs. Hero Imagecollier_hart_patient_experience.jpg Content Blocks Header Against All Odds Content“All the odds were against this kid,” saidWilliam  Malcolm, MD, a neonatologist and medical director of D...

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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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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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Pediatric Liver Transplant for Teen Hockey Player

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:23
Treatment TermsChildren's healthLiver transplant CategoriesAdvanced treatments Sub-Title Rare Liver 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 CTA HeaderLiver Transplants at Duke CTA LinkLearn more Section Features Call To Action 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 M...
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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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