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Fewer antibiotic prescriptions are being filled, a new analysis finds

The use of antibiotics among Americans with commercial health insurance has decreased during the past several years, according to a new analysis that nevertheless shows lingering variations for different ages and in different parts of the country. The study released on Thursday provides the latest evidence of how doctors and patients have begun to heed warnings […]Related:NIH unit deletes references to climate ‘change’Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse? Here’s what you need to know.A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy’s life. But he died on his first day of school.
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Authors: Matsumoto K, Yamasaki N, Tsuchiya T, Miyazaki T, Kamohara R, Hatachi G, Tanigawa K, Eishi K, Nagayasu T Abstract The number of patients who need cardiac support with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) has increased over the last decade. However, the number of reports of organ retrieval from donors with an LVAD is still small. Successful lung retrieval for single lung transplantation was performed from a donor on LVAD support. This required special care not to injure the heart, great vessels, and the device, particularly the outflow conduit, because of significant conglutination around the device. A ri...
Source: Journal of Thoracic Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Thorac Dis Source Type: research
Authors: Koulova A, Gass AL, Patibandla S, Gupta CA, Aronow WS, Lanier GM Abstract Pulmonary hypertension in left heart disease (PH-LHD) commonly complicates prolonged heart failure (HF). When advanced, the PH becomes fixed or out of proportion and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing orthotopic heart transplant (OHT). To date, the only recommended treatment of out of proportion PH is the treatment of the underlying HF by reducing the pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) with medications and often along with use of mechanical circulatory support. Medical therapies typical...
Source: Journal of Thoracic Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Thorac Dis Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The TAH provides an alternative with low incidence of neurologic events in extremely fragile and complex patients waiting for heart transplantation. Complex and unusual anatomic conditions explained the current use of TAH. PMID: 28930049 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Canadian Journal of Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Can J Surg Source Type: research
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Source Type: research
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Source Type: research
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewHeart failure is increasing in prevalence with a lack of recently developed therapies that produce major beneficial effects on its associated mortality. MicroRNAs are small non-coding RNA molecules that regulate gene expression, are differentially regulated in heart failure, and are found in the circulation serving as a biomarker of heart failure.Recent FindingsData suggests that microRNAs may be used to detect allograft rejection in cardiac transplantation and may predict the degree of myocardial recovery in patients with a left ventricular assist device or treated with beta-blocker therapy. Given...
Source: Current Heart Failure Reports - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Volume 33, Issue 10, Supplement Author(s): E. Jean-St-Michel, J. Meza, J. Maguire, J. Coles, B. McCrindle
Source: Canadian Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
In conclusion, composite measures based on non-invasive parameters, such as IVC%/TAPSE, RVSP/TAPSE and RA × IVCinsp/S’RV, may provide equally accurate prognosis as the invasive examination. PCWP and CI determined during RHC were the best individual predictors of the composi te endpoint. In addition, echocardiographic parameters: RVD, RA, IVC, TAPSE, and S’RV are accurate predictors of the unfavorable outcome.
Source: Heart and Vessels - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Conclusion Doppler SVI correlated with CMRI SVI in patients with systemic LV and systemic RV. The association between output measures (SVI and CI) and FAD were seen only in single LV patients (single RV patients not assessed for this outcome due to small numbers). An association between low Doppler CI and Fontan failure was suggested in a small number of single LV patients.
Source: American Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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