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Researchers create 3D printed, silicone artificial heart

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 15:09
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a 3D-printed silicone heart designed to beat in a similar fashion to human hearts. The soft artificial heart has both a right and left ventricle, much like a human heart, though the chambers are separated by an additional chamber instead of a septum, according to the report. The chamber is designed to be inflated and deflated by pressurized air to pump fluid from the blood chambers to replace the muscle contraction of the human heart. Researchers who developed the heart aimed to create a new device which overcomes disadvantages of mechanical blood pumps, which are susceptible to complications and leave the patient with a lack of a physiological pulse. “Our goal is to develop an artificial heart that is roughly the same size as the patient’s ...
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Separating food facts from fiction

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 17:03
UCLA Broadcast Studio As a nutritional epidemiologist devoted to prevention, Karin Michels has spent much of her career studying how health can be optimized through a proper diet.“People think it all comes down to their genes, but there is so much we can control by not smoking or being overweight, eating right and exercising at least moderately,” says Michels, professor and chair of the epidemiology department in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.What constitutes healthy eating? Michels, who frequently gives public talks on the topic, has found there are many widely held misconceptions that lead to misguided dietary decisions.Based on the feedback she receives from her public talks, Michels believes many physicians fail to adequately counsel their patients on proper nutrition...

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Testing a soft artificial heart

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 03:00
(ETH Zurich) ETH researchers from the Functional Materials Laboratory have developed a silicone heart that beats almost like a human heart. In collaboration with colleagues from the Product Development Group Zurich, they have tested how well it works. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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Predicting heart events after liver transplant

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 03:00
(Northwestern University) The first app and score to determine the one-year risk of a liver transplant patient dying or being hospitalized for a heart attack or other cardiovascular complication has been developed. The new risk score app may guide preventive treatment and who gets a donor organ. One-third of transplant patients will have serious cardiac complication within first year of transplant. The current method of risk scoring is no better than flipping a coin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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Going boldly together: New advancements and new anniversaries

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 15:15
Hopefully you ’ve had the chance to meet Salim and Roxanne from ourTogether series onGoBoldly.com. Salim is an antirejection researcher and Roxanne had a heart transplant 7 years ago this week and takes antirejection medicine every day. (Source: The Catalyst)

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Finn ’s heart: A journey into the unknown

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:48
Three-year-old Finn stands in front of the full-length mirror in his parents’ room, with his shirt off. “Mommy, look how cool!” he shouts, placing his finger along the long scar running down the middle of his chest. “That’s where I had my heart surgeries!” “That’s right, buddy,” Jenna replies, surprised because they’d never talked about his scars. “We always tell him he has a special heart. We don’t ever want him to feel different.” Finn runs off to play. It makes Jenna smile and sometimes cry to see her son so happy and full of life. Now 5 years old, Finn has had three open-heart surgeries to treat multiple complex congenital heart defects, and his journey is not over. “We are so thankful to Boston Children’s Hospital for giving our child life,” says Je...
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Trump administration names Georgia health official as new CDC director

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:24
This post has been updated. The Trump administration has named Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most crucial public health positions in the U.S. government given the agency's role in tracking and stopping infectious disease outbreaks nationally and globally. Fitzgerald, 70, […]Related:Her newborn kept getting sick because she was ingesting placenta, CDC saysFresh polls find Republicans’ health-care proposal is still a clunkerA heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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How 9 friends saved a woman waiting for a heart transplant

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:08
Amy Silverstein shares her story in "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends." (Source: ABC News: Health)

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WATCH: Heart transplant survivor credits friends with saving her life

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:07
Amy Silverstein's new memoir, "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends," details the lengths a group of nine women went to help Silverstein as she awaited her life-saving surgery. (Source: ABC News: Health)
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Trump administration to name Georgia health official as new CDC director

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 20:49
The Trump administration plans to appoint Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald to become the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most crucial public health positions in the U.S. government given the agency's role in tracking and stopping infectious disease outbreaks nationally and globally. Public health sources said […]Related:Her newborn kept getting sick because she was ingesting placenta, CDC saysFresh polls find Republicans’ health-care proposal is still a clunkerA heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
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Deaths from cancer higher in rural America, CDC finds

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 16:05
Despite decreases in cancer death rates nationwide, a new report shows they are higher in rural America than in urban areas of the United States. The report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found rural areas had higher rates of new cases as well as deaths from several cancers related to […]Related:Her newborn kept getting sick because she was ingesting placenta, CDC saysFresh polls find Republicans’ health-care proposal is still a clunkerA heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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French implant maker Carmat pins hopes on low energy heart

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 16:19
PARIS (Reuters) - Artificial heart maker Carmat is hoping a more energy-efficient implant and the appointment of a production chief can help it overcome recent failures at the French firm. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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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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