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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 The company rescinded its bid for resuming the trial to gather more data for the agency, before re-applying to start it up again.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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What exactly does ‘healthy’ mean when it comes to food?

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 23:33
Anyone who's ever walked into a grocery store has seen the various health claims on food items calling certain products "healthy." But what exactly does “healthy” mean — and can you rely on it?The Food and Drug Administration is trying to find out. The federal agencyrecently began a public process to redefine how the word "healthy" can be used on food products. It's an issue that would change how companies can label foods and how consumers perceive them.  To help unravel the meaning of the term "healthy," UCLA Health writer Ryan Hatoum spoke with Dana Hunnes, senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and adjunct assistant professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, to get an expert's take.What would you consider a healthy food?I would consider healthy foods one...

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Can LVAD ' Bridge to Recovery ' Be the Norm in Advanced HF? Can LVAD ' Bridge to Recovery ' Be the Norm in Advanced HF?

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:09
Two-thirds achieved normal-range functional capacity after continuous-flow pump explantation in a small cohort of patients with advanced heart failure who followed a bridge-to-recovery protocol.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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He lost his sight to cancer, but not his vision of a full life

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:00
When Tim Conners collected his wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2012 at the age of 18, he was blind from childhood leukemia that had spread to his optic nerve and craving inspiration to transcend his disability. A football player and wrestler who’d never been an outdoorsman, he asked to meet Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on seven continents. Tim’s wish came true. He had 2½ terrifying but transformative days of outdoor adventures in Colorado with Erik, who lost his sight to a degenerative eye disorder at 13. Now Tim is training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the 19,000-foot peak in Tanzania in May, shortly after he graduates from Ithaca College. He’s already climbed four peaks in Colorado, including the 14,000-foot...
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Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure Patients

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:00
Study found devices, typically used while awaiting a transplant, restored full function in some Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
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Personal Health: The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 09:00
Nonadherence to prescriptions causes some 125,000 deaths a year in the United States alone. (Source: NYT Health)

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AWS diabetes challenge exemplifies Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' letter to shareholders

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 19:40
Amazon.com Inc. founder and CEO Jeff Bezos told shareholders yesterday to embrace one of the biggest trends of our time, machine learning and artificial intelligence. AI and machine learning have been at the heart of some of Amazon's (Nasdaq: AMZN) biggest innovations, Bezos said, including autonomous Prime Air delivery drones, the Amazon Go convenience store that uses machine vision to eliminate cashiers and the company's cloud-based AI assistant Alexa. "Insi de AWS (Amazon Web Services), we’re… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
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Artificial Heart Transplants May Be The Future Of Medicine

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:54
Can 3D printing save lives? With over 2000 heart transplants occurring across the country each year, new research into the development of artificial organs can certainly go a great deal towards saving people ' s health. But is it possible? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
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Smithfield to explore pig-human transplants

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:47
The world’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, has reportedly launched a bioscience unit to expand its role in supplying pig parts for medical uses. The unit’s ultimate goal is to sell pig organs for transplantation into humans. Although pig-human organ transplants are years away, recent scientific advances are helping scientists overcome obstacles that halted prior attempts to use pigs to supply replacement parts for sick or injured patients. “Our bread and butter has always been the bacon, sausage, fresh pork – very much a food-focused operation,” VP of Smithfield’s bioscience unit, Courtney Stanton, told Reuters. “We want to signal to the medical device and science communities that this is an area we’re focused on – that we&#8...
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