Music to your ears? How to prevent heart failure

A Cochrane Collaboration review suggests that music might benefit heart patients. To entrepreneurial scientists this sounds like an unrivalled opportunityJust before Christmas I told you about the discovery that the brain shrinks during sleep, allowing it to get rid of all those nasty toxins it accumulates during the day, including beta amyloid. I described a potential medical application of this knowledge, the so-called BraneDrane™, under development by the labs of Black Knight Industries®.I can now talk about our experiences with the 'BraneDrane' prototype. After the device was fitted all subjects underwent enforced sleep deprivation to test its effectiveness. Results, it must be admitted, were somewhat mixed.The microfluidic pump driving the 'Brainscrub' solution failed in two patients, resulting in hydrocephalus. Fortunately a tap on the head fixed that. There seemed to be no effect on five subjects, while a further three managed to survive ten days before falling to the floor sobbing uncontrollably. Three patients became long-distance lorry drivers; two set up a childcare business together; and one painted himself blue, calls himself Boadicea and is going around muttering something about "bloody Romans". We're keeping him away from knives and other sharp implements. Another three claim to have discovered the Grand Unifying Theory, but refuse to speak to anyone about it until they're guaranteed safe passage, a helicopter, and "first dibs on the Ma...
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CONCLUSIONS Thrombocyte level was positively correlated with eGFR but was not associated with presence of PKD-related symptoms, suggesting thrombocyte level might be an independent serum biomarker for disease progression. Hypertension was associated with increased risk of symptom occurrence, indicating the relationship between hypertension and disease progression. This study reveals the clinical characteristics of inpatients with ADPKD in China and provides clinicians with useful insights into this intractable disease. PMID: 30219820 [PubMed - in process]
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