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Should we transplant pig organs into humans? | Chas Newkey-Burden and Susan Watts

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
With a breakthrough in gene editing, the prospect of breeding animals to harvest their organs looms. Chas Newkey-Burden and Susan Watts go head to headPigs are intelligent creatures with social instincts and emotional depth. We are so closely related to them that their hearts can replace our own. But what sort of person would kill a relative for spare parts?Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
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A biventricular repair for Jayce ’s one-of-a-kind heart

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:00
Amanda Mattioli was working in Afghanistan as a government contractor and had just completed a whirlwind round of travel to three separate continents when she learned she was pregnant. The helicopter unit that took her back to the main base so she could return home for her pregnancy gave her a unit sticker to commemorate her baby’s first helicopter ride. Little did she know it would also mark the beginning of a much longer journey for her and her son, William “Jayce” James. Amanda got her first hint the ride would be bumpy at her 20-week ultrasound, when she learned Jayce’s heart was on the right side of his chest, rather than the left side. She was sent to a hospital in nearby Pittsburgh for a level 2 ultrasound, where doctors discovered Jayce had three other major heart defects: ...

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Gene editing brings pig organ transplant closer

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:14
Conclusion This promising research shows that it can be possible to use gene editing techniques to eliminate retroviruses from pigs, removing one of the potential barriers to using genetically modified pigs as organ donors for humans. There are a few points to note. As the researchers say, though they have shown that pig retroviruses can be passed onto human cells in the laboratory, we don't know what the effects would be in real life. We don't know whether pig retroviruses would be transferred to humans and whether they could cause cancers or immunodeficiency illnesses, for example. The research is at an early stage. The study has shown that they can produce retrovirus-free piglets but moving onto pig organ donation is another step. While some pig tissues have been in medical use for deca...

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UR Medicine Provides 3 Heart Transplants in 5 Days

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:38
UR Medicine ’s Advanced Heart Failure team recently performed three heart transplant surgeries in a span of just five days at Strong Memorial Hospital, providing the Gift of Life for three men from across Upstate New York. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)

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WATCH: California man to get lifesaving kidney donation

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:02
Michael Hermogeno suffers from severe heart disease and has been on dialysis and waiting for a transplant for nearly a year. (Source: ABC News: Health)
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Aum Cardiovascular gets permission to start using heart monitoring device

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:48
Northfield-based Aum Cardiovascular said Tuesday it's received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to start selling a handheld digital stethoscope that pairs with an artificial-intelligence system to help medical experts look for signs of heart murmurs in patients with chest pain. The Star Tribune reports on the approval and Aum's plans for the device, called Cadence, which can identify sounds associated with issues such as heart valve disease, congestive heart failure and obstructive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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Pearls From: Eileen Hsich, MD

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:35
(MedPage Today) -- Why is mortality while awaiting heart transplant higher for women? (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)

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HealthWatch: How Sweeteners And Sleep Influence Weight Gain

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:25
BOSTON (CBS) – A new report shows inadequate sleep could be making you fat. Researchers in the United Kingdom found that adults who slept an average of 6 hours a night weighed more and had a waist circumference about an inch larger than those getting 9 hours of sleep a night. They also had lower levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. While most of us do not get 9 hours of sleep a night, we should all strive to get at least 7 to 8. That’s because there is growing evidence that chronic sleep deprivation can increase our risk of obesity and metabolic disorders like diabetes and high cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer. Additionally, there’s more evidence that artificial sweeteners, like Equal and Splenda, may backfire for people hopi...

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South Africa: Five-Year-Old Becomes Africa's Youngest Artificial Heart Recipient

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:55
[News24Wire] A five-year-old boy from Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, has become the youngest patient in Africa to receive an artificial heart, the Maboneng Heart Institute said on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
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Bose joins $3m Series A for HF monitor dev Signature Medical

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 16:25
Signature Medical said today it closed a $2.5 million Series A funding round which was joined by audio tech giant Bose Corporation to support its AcoustiCare wearable heart failure monitor. Also joining the round was Riot Ventures, and Allied Minds, of which Signature Medical is a portfolio company of. “We are excited about Signature Medical’s innovative use of audio to help heart patients with their recovery, and we’re pleased to support Signature Medical in their efforts,” Bose Ventures’ Steve Romine said in a prepared release. “Signature Medical’s incorporation of artificial intelligence and acoustic technology into a wearable device should help heart failure patients globally and have enormous impact,” Riot Ventures founder Stephen Marcus said in a p...

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WATCH: 5-year-old heart-transplant recipient dies

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 19:41
Ari Schultz, the 5-year-old heart-transplant recipient who wow'd people with his positive attitude and joyful exuberance, has died. (Source: ABC News: Health)
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HCA Midwest transplants 7 cardiologists from Olathe Health

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:53
HCA Midwest Health, the Kansas City area's largest hospital system, has poached seven cardiologists from Olathe Health. According to a release, the seven doctors are expected to practice at HCA Midwest's Overland Park hospitals — Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center — and will increase the health system's stable of cardiologists by more than 20 percent. The Midwest Heart& Vascular Specialists group already had 32 cardiologists. The cardiologists are: Dr. Thomas… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

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Artificial sweeteners found to cause weight gain

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:11
(Natural News) A study published online on the Canadian Medical Association Journal website revealed that using artificial sweeteners may increase the odds of long-term obesity and related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The use of artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners — such as sucrose, stevia, and aspartame — picked up steam in the previous... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
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This 3-D-printed artificial heart actually beats

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:41
A heart of gold may be hard to find, but a heart of silicone may be within reach. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Zion, the world ’s youngest double hand transplant recipient, can now swing a baseball bat

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:33
In 2015, Zion Harvey became known to the public as the youngest person in the world to go through a successful bilateral hand transplant. Zion, who was 8 at the time, captured hearts with his upbeat attitude toward life and his wise-beyond-his-years expositions — on everything from losing both of his hands to an infection at age […]Related:Scientists plan to trick Zika-carrying mosquitoes into breeding themselves out of existenceUnapproved stem-cell treatments touted on federal database ClinicalTrials.gov, study saysA gunshot destroyed her face. A rare surgery just gave her a new one. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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AliveCor partners with Mayo Clinic in sudden cardiac death study

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:44
AliveCor today announced it will collaborate with the Mayo Clinic to develop tools to screen for Long QT Syndrome by combining AliveCor’s artificial intelligence technology with patented algorithms from the Mayo Clinic. LQTS can be both congenital and acquired, and causes 3,000 to 4,000 sudden deaths in children and young adults a year, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company said. The acquired form of the syndrome can be caused by antibiotics or antidepressants and other medications. “This agreement makes our vision of universal screening for the early detection of long QT syndrome – a potentially lethal, yet highly treatable condition – one step closer to reality. The electrical heart cycle is emerging as the next vital sign. With very few exceptions, we now know that a p...

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Stacie Pridden: My new lungs don't work any more

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:13
Stacie Pridden, 26, from Swindon, waited three years for a rare heart and double lung transplant. Here, she details her journey - and pleads for more governmental support. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Scientists create a 3D-printed silicone artificial heart

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 18:05
A soft, artificial heart has been created using pioneering 3D printing technology by Swiss researchers. Made out of silicone, it is said to imitate the real thing 'in form and function'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Science: Sugar substitute effects not so sweet

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:55
Not so sweet. Switching out sucralose or other artificial sweeteners for sugar won ’t help you lose weight and may cause future health problems, researchers who reviewed multiple scientific studies on the topic said. Researchers found a link between consuming artificial sweeteners and higher risks of weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart disease, Live Sci ence reported, while weight loss results were minimal. The purpose of the review was to determine the effects of non-nutritive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

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Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health issues

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 03:00
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Artificial sweeteners may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, according to a new study published in CMAJ. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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