Noninvasive Determination of Blood Pressure by Heart Sound Analysis Compared With Intra-Arterial Monitoring in Critically Ill Children—A Pilot Study of a Novel Approach

Conclusions: Our findings provide proof of concept that the heart-sound signal-based method can provide accurate, noninvasive blood pressure monitoring.
Source: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Cardiac Intensive Care Source Type: research

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Infants and toddlers should not be given soda, chocolate milk or other sweetened drinks, according to strict new guidelines.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Children and Childhood Milk Juices Infant Formulas Obesity Water Diet and Nutrition Babies and Infants Sugar Weight Caffeine Baby Foods Calories Soft Drinks Artificial Sweeteners Diabetes Heart your-feed-science your-fe Source Type: news
To date, population-based studies on the healthcare service utilization among stable heart, kidney, and liver transplant recipients with different calcineurin inhibitors are still scarce. Therefore, we used the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database to conduct a nationwide cross-sectional study to estimate the healthcare utilization of stable transplant recipients with tacrolimus or cyclosporine (n = 3,482). The sampled patients in this study comprised 377 heart, 1,693 kidney, and 1,412 liver transplant recipients between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011. Each subject was followed for a 1-year period to eval...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionsSustained hypoxemia in fetal sheep leads to altered cerebrovascular resistances and loss of brain mass, similar to human fetuses with CHD. This unique model provides opportunities to investigate the pathology underlying CHD associated brain dysmaturity, as well as to evaluate potential fetal neuroprotective therapies.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
(CNN) — Most children under the age of 5 should avoid plant-based milk, according to new health guidelines about what young children should drink. Plant-based milk made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends — with the exception of fortified soy milk — lack key nutrition for early development, according to guidelines released on Wednesday by leading health organizations. They should also avoid diet drinks, flavored milks and sugary beverages and limit how much juice they drink, the guidelines said. Plant-based milk is made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends that lack key nutrition for early develo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Milk Source Type: news
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies are used to treat cancer, engineering T cells to be more aggressive towards cancer cells. The approach has proven quite effective in comparison to past treatments for a number of cancer types. In principle this CAR-T immunotherapy can be used to target any cell population that has distinct surface markers, not just cancer cells. Here, researchers demonstrate the ability to destroy the fibroblasts responsible for generating fibrosis in the aging heart. Fibrosis is a form of dysregulated tissue maintenance, in which cells build up scar-like deposits of collagen that degrade ti...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
Abbott Laboratories is bringing two of its pediatric devices in the cardiology space to Europe. The Abbott Park, IL-based company has received CE mark for both the Masters HP 15mm rotatable mechanical heart valve and the Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder. The Masters valve is the world's smallest mechanical heart valve and allows doctors to treat babies and toddlers in need of a mitral or aortic heart valve replacement. Until Abbott's device, surgeons could only use a range of larger-sized valves to replace a pediatric heart valve that could not be repaired, which could result in improper fit and complications. The Masters pediat...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news
Current ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) protocols aim to achieve perfusion flows of 40% of cardiac output or more. We hypothesized that a lower target flow rate during EVLP would improve graft function and decrease inflammation of donation after circulatory death (DCD) lungs.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Pre-Clinical Science Source Type: research
Quality of life transplantations (e.g. hand, face, etc.), in contrast to life-saving transplantations (e.g. heart, lungs, etc.), have become increasingly popular and have gained more acceptance in the medical and lay communities. In the last two decades transplants for sexual and reproductive organs—specifically allogenic transplantations of the uterus, ovary, and penis—have emerged as yet another type of quality of life transplants. The purpose of uterus transplantations is to allow cisgender women with absolute uterine factor infertility to experience pregnancy. Although the first uterus transplantation took ...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Tags: Health Care assisted reproduction feminist ethics reproductive medicine Sex and Sexuality surgical ethics syndicated transplantation Women's Reproductive Rights Source Type: blogs
We read with great interest the case report by Bojko and colleagues1 of a patient with aortic aneurysm very late after heart transplantation (HTx). The patient, who had a history of aortic valve replacement for bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease, underwent HTx for developed cardiomyopathy secondary to sarcoidosis. An incidental computed tomographic image of the chest taken to rule out pneumonia revealed a distal ascending aortic aneurysm with maximal diameter of 7.2  cm. The patient had been followed up with transthoracic echocardiography, which had shown no evidence of dilatation of the thoracic aorta.
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
Registry data indicate that the demographics of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) have changed over time.1-7 At least in Western countries, the proportion of patients being diagnosed at a more advanced age and/or with more risk factors for left ventricular diastolic dysfunction is increasing.8,9 Clinical outcomes are worse in such patients, relative to their younger counterparts who have fewer risk factors for left ventricular diastolic dysfunction.8,9 These observations have led to some uncertainty in how best to categorise and treat these patients based on the current clinical classification of pulmonary hypertension.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
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