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Link found between donor, infection in heart, lung transplant recipients

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 03:00
(Mayo Clinic) Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified a possible cause for a rare infection in heart and lung transplant recipients: the donor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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What Causes Anemia?

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 23:29
Discussion One of the most common problems in pediatrics is anemia. It is defined as “a lower than normal value for the related measurements of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and number of red blood cells”, usually 2 standard deviations below the normal for age. Normal hematological values change with age. For a discussion of which values are used click here. The most common type of anemia in childhood is iron deficiency which is commonly caused by inadequate stores (e.g. premature infant), inadequate intake (e.g. poor nutrition) or blood loss (e.g. menses). Anemia screening is recommended at age 9-12 months, and for adolescent males and females during routine health examinations. As iron deficiency is the most common cause, often a trial of therapeutic iron (2-6 mg/kg/day of element...
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Study suggests link between imbalanced gut microbiome and systemic sclerosis

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 22:07
This study is the first to examine gastrointestinal bacterial composition in two independent groups of people with systemic sclerosis. Systemic sclerosis, also known as scleroderma, is an autoimmune disease affecting the body ’s connective tissue. It is characterized by a hardening and scarring of skin and can progress to inflammation and scarring in the organs such as kidneys, heart, lungs and gastrointestinal tract. Previous UCLA-led research  detailed a link between the disease and the imbalance in the gut microbiome and suggested that this imbalance contributed to scleroderma’s symptoms.METHODThe researchers studied 17 adults with systemic sclerosis from UCLA, 17 from Oslo University Hospital, and 17 healthy adults as the control group. All participants provided stool specimens, ...

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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 12, 2017

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 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. Xtant Medical amends Orbimed credit line to $15m, taps restructuring advisors Xtant Medical said today that it amended its senior credit line with OrbiMed Advisors, saying it plans to use the $15 million facility to pay off the $9 million it owes to Silicon Valley Bank. The balance is earmarked for general working capital, the Belgrade, Mont.-based spinal implant maker said. Orbimed also deferre...

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​Cincinnati startup wins funding in national pitch contest, kudos from Mark Cuban

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 15:38
Mason-based Genetesis, a startup that ’s developing a medical imaging device that could benefit patients with heart problems, won $375,000 in a Silicon Valley pitch contest for best social innovation. Genetesis was among about 100 startups that entered that category of the contest, the results of which were revealed during the GPU Te chnology Conference sponsored by Nvidia. The event is geared toward companies that use graphics processing units to accelerate artificial intelligence. Fourteen finalists… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

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Bone marrow transplants could prevent heart diesease

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 19:27
Researchers from Duke University found stem cell therapy significantly improves exercise time and reduces mortality in people suffering from severe chest pain, known as angina. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Carmat Gets Approval to Resume Artificial Heart Implants Trial Carmat Gets Approval to Resume Artificial Heart Implants Trial

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 22:09
Artificial heart maker Carmat has obtained approval from France ' s national drugs agency (ANSM) to resume heart implant trials, the company said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)

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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 3, 2017

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 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. 10 companies with interesting technology at BIOMEDevice Boston BIOMEDevice Boston is an opportunity for over 4,000 engineers and executives and 400 suppliers in New England’s design and manufacturing industry to connect. It is an industry showcase created by UBM in partnership with Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC). The event – running May 3–4 at the Boston Convent...
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Carmat gains on French approval to resume artificial heart trial

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:57
Carmat (EPA:ALCAR) shares are up today after the company said French regulators approved the resumption of a clinical trial for its artificial heart. France’s national device & drug agency, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, said late yesterday that “Carmat has provided the elements allowing for the resumption of the trial, meeting satisfactory conditions of safety and risk control.” The ANSM suspended the the trial in December 2016 after a 5th patient died; in February Carmat said the patient’s death was not related to a problem with the device. The company rescinded its bid for resuming the trial to gather more data for the agency, before re-applying to start it up again. The 5th deceased patient was the 1st in the study’s pivotal phase...
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Carmat buoyed by approval to resume artificial heart trial

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 06:33
(Reuters) - Artificial heart maker Carmat has obtained approval from France's national drugs agency (ANSM) to resume a heart implant trial, sending the company's shares more than one fifth higher on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
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Carmat gets approval to resume artificial heart implants trial

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:26
(Reuters) - Artificial heart maker Carmat has obtained approval from France's national drugs agency (ANSM) to resume heart implant trials, the company said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
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Risk of heart transplant rejection reduced by desensitising patient antibodies

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 14:26
The risk of heart transplant rejection can be reduced by desensitising patient antibodies, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

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Milestones made possible #becauseofadonor

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:58
There are more than 80 children currently waiting for life-saving organ transplants at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Transplant Center team is grateful for the donors who give these kids a second chance. Meet Maggie. The 20-year-old received her first double-lung transplant at 4 years old and her second at 7 years old. #becauseofadonor, Maggie is able to go to college. Meet Tom. At 15 years old, he received a liver transplant. #becauseofadonor, Tom, now 22, is able to run the Boston Marathon. Meet Aaron. The 10-year-old received his heart transplant at just 1 year old. #becauseofadonor, Aaron was able to get his black belt in karate. Tell us about your milestone made possible #becauseofadonor. The post Milestones made possible #becauseofadonor appeared first on Th...
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Risk of heart transplant rejection reduced by desensitising patient antibodies

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 03:00
(European Society of Cardiology) The risk of heart transplant rejection can be reduced by desensitising patient antibodies, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2017 and the 4th World Congress on Acute Heart Failure.1 The breakthrough comes on the 50th anniversary of heart transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
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Nasco Healthcare Releases New 2017-2018 Healthcare Catalog

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:40
Fort Atkinson, WI - The 2017-2018 Healthcare catalog, featuring Life/form® and Simulaids highly specialized skills trainers, manikins, and simulators for Nursing and Medical, EMS, Fire, and Rescue, is now available from Nasco Healthcare in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Saugerties, New York. The 252-page catalog includes Nasco Healthcare’s Life/form® and Simulaids lines, as well as many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The catalog’s major emphasis is to provide more effective training tools for educators to train their students, who are facing an increasingly demanding work environment that requires confidence and problem-solving skills. The catalog features new innovative Nasco Healthcare products, including ALEX — The Patient Communication Simulator (PCS),...
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Baptist Health Implants State's First Total Artificial Heart

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 00:05
Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock on Wednesday announced that it implanted the state’s first Syncardia Total Artificial Heart in a 21-year-old Jonesboro man on April 18. Dr. John Ransom, surgical director of the Baptist Health Heart Transplant Institute, told Arkansas Business that there was no other option for recipient Chadarius Johnson and his recovery has been going well. He’d been waiting since January for a life-saving transplant. Both of his ventricles were removed and replaced with mechanical versions. The doctor also said this procedure is a “last option.” Patients who have the device have an 80 percent chance of living for one year whether the artificial heart remains implanted or they are able to get a transplant, but most will get the transpla...
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Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to potentially help premature babies

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 18:40
(Reuters) – Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival. In pre-clinical studies with lambs, the researchers were able to mimic the womb environment and the functions of the placenta, giving premature offspring a crucial opportunity to develop their lungs and other organs. Around 30,000 babies in the United States alone are born critically early – at between 23 and 26 weeks of gestation, the researchers told reporters in a telephone briefing. At that age, a human baby weighs little more than 500 grams, its lungs are not able to cope with air and its chances of survival are low. Death rates are up to 70% an...

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4 Ways Researchers Are Pushing The Boundaries Of Making Babies

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:45
Infertility treatment is more common than ever, thanks to technology.  More than 70,000 babies were born through in-vitro fertilization in 2014, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. That’s an increase of nearly 10,000 babies, compared with five years earlier. Men and women are increasingly likely to seek medical help for reasons that include reduced stigma and more employers offering coverage for IVF. But one big reason for the trend is clear: Fertility doctors are getting better at making babies. “Science is moving at a pace that’s very different than any of us could have ever imagined,” said Dr. Eli Adashi, a Brown University professor of reproductive medical science who specializes in ovarian biology. R...
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Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:29
Conclusion The researchers used data from a large ongoing cohort study to look for links between consumption of sugary and artificially sweetened drinks and risk of stroke or dementia. This cohort study benefits from the large overall sample size, long period of data collection, careful and valid diagnostic assessments, and adjustments for a number of confounders. However, care must be taken when interpreting these results – particularly if latching on to the maximal tripled risk figures reported in the media. There are several points to consider: Small numbers The new number of strokes and dementia in this study was small, just 3% and 5% of the cohort, respectively. The most common category for consumption of artificially sweetened drinks in the full cohort was actually zero. The paper ...
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Study: Drinking Diet Soda Could Increase Risk Of Dementia, Stroke

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:14
BOSTON (CBS) – Diet soda has long been touted as a healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks, but a new study raises some concerning questions. According to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, consuming one or more artificially sweetened drinks per day may be linked to a higher risk of stroke and dementia. Those who drank one or more artificially sweetened drinks daily had a 2.89 times higher risk of dementia, and 2.96 higher risk of stroke than people who had less than one of those drinks per week. The people studied are participating in the Framingham Heart Study, which is America’s longest-running heart study and is conducted in partnership with Boston University. There have been past studies exploring potential connections between a...
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