Concerns Over Tick, Mosquito-Borne Diseases Rise After CDC Report
BOSTON (CBS) — A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) report is raising concerns. From 2004-2016 the amount of tick, mosquito, and flea-transmitted diseases have tripled in the U.S. Nearly 60% of the diseases detected came from ticks. Dr. David Crandell, clinical co-director for the Dean Center Tick-Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, says he’s not surprised. Dr. Crandell believes an increase in Lyme disease diagnosis comes from better testing and more importantly, a better understanding of the disease and the signs. He says symptoms include: Malaise, almost like a flu-like symptom, people using presenting fever, cardiac arrhythmia Dr. Crandell says many people could have been bitten without ever seeing a tick on their body. He recommends wearing pants and long sleeve shirts when in wooded areas, Cover those clothes with a repellent called permethrin and when you come back in, check your body from head to toe. The author of the study would not say if there is a link between climate change and the spread of disease. However, they did say globalization is playing a big part. As they put it, “disease is just a plane ride away.”
Publication date: Available online 13 July 2020Source: Ticks and Tick-borne DiseasesAuthor(s): L.M. Weinmayr, D. Kanz, M. Eckenweiler, T. Bormann, D. Huzly, J. Bardutzky, A. Harloff
AbstractPurposePersistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) with absent right superior vena cava (ARSVC) is rare. We evaluated CT and clinical findings of adults with ARSVC.Materials and methodsOur study included 11 adults with ARSVC (mean age, 63 ± 17 years). We evaluated CT findings of the azygos vein system and coronary sinus (CS) using thin slice data of> 64 MDCT. Arrhythmia and congenial heart disease were assessed. We compared the CS diameters between the ARSVC group and the control group of 120 adults with normal vena cava (mean age, 60 ± 4 years).Results...
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Conclusion: The risk of severe maternal cardiac complications during pregnancy in women with congenital heart disease is low. In this largest analysis to date with a focus on parity in 307 women, the risk classification predicts the maternal outcome more than parity per se. If the first pregnancy is uneventful, the OR is 5.5 for an uneventful second pregnancy if CARPREG I and mWHO scores remain unchanged.Cardiology
CONCLUSIONS: Low serum magnesium levels have a greater association with an increased risk of mortality compared to high levels. The type of dialysis fluid affects the magnesium concentration and the risk of death. PMID: 32651086 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
There continues to be a significant incidence of late morbidity and mortality related to ventricular tachycardia (VT) in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) and its variants.1-3 Since the seminal paper by Wolff in 1972,4 multiple studies have analyzed clinical and laboratory risk factors, but this task remains difficult.5-11 Prior studies were limited by small cohorts with the primary outcome of arrhythmic sudden death or documented VT, or by imperfect surrogate outcomes such as ventricular ectopy and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) shocks.
In this study, we investigated the effects of how HF-induced atrial cellular electrophysiological (with prolonged AP duration) and tissue stru ctural (reduced cell-to-cell coupling caused by atrial fibrosis) remodelling can have an effect on the generation of atrial AP alternans and their conduction at the cellular and one-dimensional (1D) tissue levels. Simulation results showed that HF-induced atrial electrical remodelling prolonged AP d uration, which was accompanied by an increased sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ content and Ca2+ transient amplitude. Further analysis demonstrated that HF-induced atrial electrical remo...
Scar-related ventricular arrhythmias are common after myocardial infarction. Catheter ablation can improve prognosis, but the procedure is invasive and results are not always satisfactory. Non-invasive, catheter-free ablation using ionizing radiation has recently gained interest among electrophysiologists, but the tissue effects and physiologic outcome have not been fully characterized.
Publication date: Available online 11 July 2020Source: Ticks and Tick-borne DiseasesAuthor(s): Sharon Tirosh-Levy, Yuval Gottlieb, Monica L. Mazuz, Igor Savisky, Amir Steinman