Abbott ’s Coronary Dilation Catheters Face Class I Recall
Abbott Laboratories is facing a Class I Recall of its coronary dilation catheters. The Abbott Park, IL-based company said that “certain lots” of the NC Trek RX Coronary Dilatation Catheter would be impacted by the recall. According to FDA’s website the firm field personnel and Affiliates directly contacted the first customers beyond the firm's control via phone, email, or personal visit to facilitate rapid notification, Jan. 29, 2020. The "URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE RECALL" Notification informed customers that specific lots of its Coronary Dilatation Catheters with...
Source: MDDI - February 20, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

A Look at Specialty Polymers for Surgical Robots
The surgical robot industry is developing specialized products for neurosurgery, spinal surgery and other medical procedures that require greater precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with conventional techniques. Today, more than 5,000 surgical robots are installed worldwide – and that market is expected to grow at a double-digit rate over the next few years. For the designers of surgical robots, this presents both challenges and opportunities. The healthcare industry has discovered the numerous advantages of robotic surgery. For example, surgeons can benefit from having a higher viewing a...
Source: MDDI - February 19, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Anna Maria Bertasa Tags: Materials Assembly and Automation Source Type: news

Abbott Wins Approval for CATALYST Trial for At-Risk Stroke Patients
This study is an extremely important step in assessing the Amplatzer Amulet as an effective non-prescription drug alternative for patients with AFib who are at an increased risk for ischemic stroke." In an email sent to MD+DI, Abbott wrote, “We already have an Amulet IDE trial underway that is intended to support our submission for approval in the U.S. for Amplatzer Amulet. The newly announced CATALYST trial will support our submission for an expanded indication for Amulet as a safe and effective alternative to NOAC drugs for patients with atrial fibrillation and at risk of stroke.”...
Source: MDDI - February 3, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Using innovative research to drive new opportunities for lung treatments
In 1998, the year that Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated Google in Silicon Valley, Dr. Gerard Criner was working with a small team of biomedical engineers in a basement outside of San Francisco. The engineers and Criner, founding chair of the Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, were trying to develop tools they hoped would transform the treatment of certain lung diseases. For decades, flexible fiber optic bronchoscopy was the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 1, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Temple Health Source Type: news

Using innovative research to drive new opportunities for lung treatments
In 1998, the year that Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated Google in Silicon Valley, Dr. Gerard Criner was working with a small team of biomedical engineers in a basement outside of San Francisco. The engineers and Criner, founding chair of the Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, were trying to develop tools they hoped would transform the treatment of certain lung diseases. For decades, flexible fiber optic bronchoscopy was the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 1, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Temple Health Source Type: news

The Teenager Who Needed a Double Lung Transplant Because He Vaped Has Something to Say
Daniel Ament went to sleep one day and woke up months later with a new set of lungs. Ament, 17 and a high school junior in Grosse Pointe, Mich., (anonymously) made headlines this past fall after becoming the first person to receive a double lung transplant due to what doctors attribute to vaping-related damage. But Ament—who spent more than a month critically ill and hospitalized before his surgery—doesn’t remember any of it. “I was trying to think of the last thing I could remember, and it was summer,” says Ament, talking on the record for the first time. [When I woke up,] it was almost snowi...
Source: TIME: Health - January 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized E-Cigarettes public health Source Type: news

Abbott Has Big Win in TMVI Market
The transcatheter mitral valve implantation (TMVI) market is receiving a huge jolt through a new regulatory approval. Abbott Laboratories said it has obtained CE mark for the Tendyne System. The Abbott Park, IL-based company’s device treats significant mitral regurgitation in patients requiring heart valve replacement who are not candidates for open-heart surgery or transcatheter mitral valve repair. Tendyne is delivered through a small incision in the chest and up through the heart where it is implanted in a beating heart, replacing the person's native mitral valve. Abbott’s valve is fu...
Source: MDDI - January 30, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Magdi Habib Yacoub receives Bakken Scientific Achievement Award
(The Society of Thoracic Surgeons) Legendary heart-lung transplant surgeon, researcher, and professor Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub, MD, today was honored with the 2020 Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Two honored for remarkable achievement and outstanding leadership in cardiothoracic surgery
(The Society of Thoracic Surgeons) In recognition of exemplary efforts and steadfast service, Robert L. Kormos, MD, and Robert A. Wynbrandt, JD, each have been presented with The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2020 Distinguished Service Award. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First-of-its-kind technology lights up lung cancer cells, helps improve patient outcomes
(The Society of Thoracic Surgeons) A groundbreaking tumor-highlighting technology -- OTL38 -- enhances the visualization of lung cancer tissue, providing surgeons with a significantly better chance of finding and removing more cancer than previously possible. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 27, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Should We Worry About Bicuspid Aortic Valve?
Discussion The aortic valve usually has 3 leaflets. In bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) there are 2 asymmetric leaflets with a fish-mouthed orifice between them which may not open fully. It occurs in about 0.5-2% of the population making it one of the most common congenital heart anomalies and the most common one in adults. Transmission is autosomal dominant yet males are more likely to have BAV, indicating potential reduced penetrance in females. “BAVs are different, however, in that the tissue pathology is not limited to the valves’ leaflets but extends from the left ventricular outflow tract to the ascending thor...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 27, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Lung Cancer Clinical Outcomes Publication 2019
This publication examines data from 27 surgical units in England, performing thoracic surgery between 1 January and 31 December 2017. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jay Bhama Named Chief of UAMS Cardiovascular Surgery
Dr. Jay Bhama has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as a heart surgeon, professor and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - January 15, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

What Is the Classic Clinical Presentation of Pericarditis?
Discussion The pericardium is a bi-layered membrane that envelops the heart and provides a barrier to prevent disease and also decreases friction as the heart moves. Pericarditis is the inflammation of pericardium. The incidence is underreported as asymptomatic or mild disease may go unrecognized. From hospitalized patient data, 0.2-5% of patients with various cardiac disease had pericarditis. An incidence rate for hospitalizations of 3.32 per 100,000 person years has been cited. Percarditis occurs more often in adolescent males. Treatment of the underlying cause or suspected cause is important, along with close monitorin...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 13, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Does JenaValve ’s New Designation Signal the Start of Another Strong Year for TAVR?
JenaValve is showing significant progress in the plan to get its transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) system approved. FDA granted the Irvine, CA-based company Breakthrough Device Designation for the JenaValve Pericardial TAVR system. This designation is for severe aortic regurgitation (AR) and AR-dominant mixed aortic valve disease, a life-threatening and seriously debilitating condition, in patients at high risk for surgery. The JenaValve Pericardial TAVR System consists of a bioprosthesis comprised of a self-expanding nitinol stent with a porcine pericardial valve manufactured using state-of-the-art tissue proc...
Source: MDDI - January 9, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Business Source Type: news

Pleural and Peritoneal Mesothelioma Combination Can Be Managed
A patient diagnosed with pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma today can survive well beyond expectations, provided personalized treatment can be found at a specialty center. Research from the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City has shown that despite the poor prognosis typically accompanies this rare diagnosis, patients still can thrive. “This is an understudied, and poorly understood, group of patients that often is just written off,” surgical oncologist Dr. Michael Kluger at Columbia told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “But we’ve shown a meaningful survival.” Kluger,...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 9, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Abbott & #039;s New Designation Helps Advance its Position in LVAD Market
Abbott Laboratories has won a nod from FDA for a new alternative surgical technique for the HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). This technique will not only allow more advanced heart failure patients the opportunity to avoid open-heart surgery, but it will help advance the firm's position in the LVAD market.  Dublin-based Medtronic won the same designation for the HVAD in 2018. Abbott said the HeartMate 3 heart pump can now be implanted through an incision in the chest wall. The new FDA nod for HeartMate 3 is based on two studies – the ELEVATE study: a multi-center, voluntary, o...
Source: MDDI - January 8, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

New research may lead to increased use of available hearts for transplant
(Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) A new study provides hope that the number of children dying on the transplantation list while waiting for a new heart could potentially be reduced dramatically. The study, published online in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, demonstrates that many of the donor hearts deemed 'high-risk' can be transplanted with the same survival rates as 'low-risk' donor hearts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NOBLE at 5 Years Supports CABG Over PCI in Left Main Disease NOBLE at 5 Years Supports CABG Over PCI in Left Main Disease
PCI offered early benefits but was inferior to surgery for major adverse cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events -- findings that may provide more fuel for the EXCEL controversy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - January 2, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

20 Private Companies to Watch in 2020
MD+DI has taken a hard look at the private medtech sector and developed this list of 20 private companies we will be paying particularly close attention to in the new year. It was not an easy task. There are so many interesting private companies in the industry right now that we started with a much longer list and whittled it down to the 20 companies that stood out most to us. So without further ado, here are the 20 companies that made the cut: 4C Medical is developing the AltaValve, a transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) platform designed to address mitr...
Source: MDDI - December 24, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

20 Private Medtech Companies to Watch in 2020
MD+DI has taken a hard look at the private medtech sector and developed this list of 20 private companies we will be paying particularly close attention to in the new year. It was not an easy task. There are so many interesting private companies in the industry right now that we started with a much longer list and whittled it down to the 20 companies that stood out most to us. So without further ado, here are the 20 companies that made the cut: 4C Medical is developing the AltaValve, a transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) platform designed to address mitr...
Source: MDDI - December 24, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Aspirin May No Longer Have Effect in Primary CVD Prevention
MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2019 -- Aspirin may not be effective for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality, according to research published online Nov. 21 in Family Practice. Frank Moriarty, Ph.D., from the Royal College of Surgeons... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 23, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Apollo Hospitals launch robot-assisted cardiac surgery unit
The technology of the da Vinci Xi allows complex cardiovascular surgeries to be performed through smaller incisions and precise motion control, as compared to conventional open heart surgery, which involves opening up the chest by splitting the breastplate. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - December 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Symptomatic intrathoracic splenosis more than forty years after a gunshot injury - Khan A, Khan S, Pillai S.
Thoracic splenosis is a rare heterotopic autotransplantation of the spleen into the thorax that occurs after trauma or surgery involving the spleen. It is most commonly found incidentally on imaging in the left hemithorax. To the best of our knowledge, onl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

AR, 3D printing make waves in cardiac care
CHICAGO - What are the distinct benefits of 3D printing and augmented reality...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: 3D printing helps unravel rare cardiac anomalies 4 core applications of cardiovascular 3D printing AR, 3D printing enhance planning for complex heart surgery AR, 3D printing aid presurgical planning for kidney cancer 3D printing gives pediatric heart surgery a boost (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 6, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Brendon M. Stiles, MD, Discusses Low-Dose Radiation Therapy Along with Immunotherapy
The thoracic surgeon from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital discusses a trial at the institution in which they give low-dose radiation therapy along with immunotherapy at the Annual New York Lung Cancers Symposium ®. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - December 6, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Brendon M. Stiles, MD Source Type: news

Comparative Study Reveals Best Mesothelioma Surgery
Less is usually better than more when it comes to aggressive surgery for pleural mesothelioma, according to the latest and most-extensive comparative study. Throughout the last 25 years, surgical patients typically fared better with the lung-sparing pleurectomy and decortication (P/D) than with the more radical extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP). “We found that the P/D approach should be preferred when technically feasible,” Dr. Dimitrios Magouliotis of the General University Hospital of Larissa in Greece, told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “We believe now the P/D should be the first choice.&rdqu...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 5, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

DaSilva Building Mesothelioma Specialty Program in Orlando
Thoracic surgeon Dr. Marcelo DaSilva came to Orlando, Florida, with a lofty goal. He wants to make Central Florida a destination for patients diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. DaSilva also has the tools to make that goal a reality, building a mesothelioma specialty program at AdventHealth Orlando. “We want to make this a nationally — and internationally — recognized program,” DaSilva told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “People who come to Orlando will not only see Disney World, but they will see excellence in health care. We can do that here.” DaSilva was named chi...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 3, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Latest Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Opens at Memorial Sloan Kettering
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City has opened its latest clinical trial for patients with pleural mesothelioma, studying the effectiveness of an immunotherapy and chemotherapy combination prior to aggressive surgery. The novel feasibility study will determine if the use of Opdivo (nivolumab) with Alimta (pemetrexed) and either cisplatin or carboplatin — without delaying scheduled surgery — can significantly extend patient survival time. The hope is to duplicate earlier effectiveness of that same combination with other cancers. “It has been tried with promising results,” Memorial...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 27, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

New Biomaterials Speed Trend Toward Smaller Medical Devices and Implants
Growth in the medical device industry has long been driven by innovation, and lately that innovation is coming from the desire to make devices and implants smaller. This trend is exemplified by the move to minimally invasive implants and techniques such as laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. The approach leads to faster patient recovery times, less scarring (smaller devices mean the incision can be smaller, too), shorter hospitalization, and a lower total cost of care. New devices and techniques like these are driving medical device industry growth. The United States is the largest medical device market in the world,...
Source: MDDI - November 27, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Abey Paul Tags: Materials Source Type: news

Medtronic FDA Approval Marks a Turnaround in the Paclitaxel Story
Paclitaxel-coated balloons and paclitaxel-eluting stents caused quite the stir for manufacturers and physicians this year, but an FDA approval this week marks a major step forward for this category of devices. The agency approved Medtronic's IN.PACT AV drug-coated balloon for the treatment of failing arteriovenous access in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoing dialysis. AV fistulae are created and used to enable hemodialysis for patients with ESRD. Over time, vessel restenosis limits the ability to use AV fistulae effectively. In order to restore function, patients often undergo one to three ...
Source: MDDI - November 22, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Next-Gen Sleep Apnea Test Sends Data to App Throughout the Night
Patients interested in testing themselves at home for sleep apnea now have a few more options. Earlier this year Itamar Medical Ltd. introduced its third-generation WatchPAT home sleep apnea test (HSAT), the WatchPAT 300, and in June 2019, it debuted WatchPAT ONE, which the company calls the first and only disposable HSAT in the market. This month Blue Shield of California (BSC) and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Plan (BCBS FEP) included WatchPAT as a covered HSAT, Itamar reported in a news release. It added that changes in the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2020 Fee Schedule are expec...
Source: MDDI - November 21, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Celebrities Paint Masks for Mesothelioma Fundraising Event
The goal of the Pacific Mesothelioma Center is to be the most innovative nonprofit research and cancer treatment organization in the world. Its latest fundraising event is a perfect example. As part of the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, the Pacific Mesothelioma Center will play a major role in the unMASKing the Cure for Cancer Gala, an innovative fundraising idea once used by Prince Charles more than 20 years ago. The November 21 event, held at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center, includes the auctioning of eclectic masks that were hand-painted by various celebrities, including actors, artists, athletes and music...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 19, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

LimFlow Shows ‘PROMISE’ During VIVA
A firm that was labeled one of Medtech’s 16 Most Promising Private Companies by Canaccord Genuity earlier this year, has strong results from a study that will help with FDA approval. LimFlow recently announced positive six-month data from the full patient cohort in its PROMISE I early feasibility study of the Percutaneous Deep Vein Arterialization (pDVA) System. The Paris-based company presented the data during the Vascular Interventional Advances [VIVA] Conference held in Las Vegas, earlier this month. The company’s technology is used for the treatment of chronic limb-threatening ischem...
Source: MDDI - November 18, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

High-ranking heart surgeons at Sutter land in center of $31 million settlement
Three prominent Sacramento heart surgeons and Sutter Health have agreed to a $31 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit over an alleged kickback scheme. Sutter Health will pay $30.5 million while three physicians that comprise Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons have agreed to pay $500,000, under a settlement announced Thursday. The settlement resolves a 2014 lawsuit that was brought by one of Sutter Medical Center’s compliance officers who be came a whistleblower. The settlement isn’t an… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Felicia Alvarez Source Type: news

Is early menopause associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease?
(JAMA Network) Whether natural premature menopause and premature menopause that results from surgery to remove a woman's ovaries before age 40 are associated with increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases was the focus of this observational study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medtech in a Minute: 3D-Printed Breasts, a Hands-Free Robot, and Apple & #039;s Healthy Appetite
Apple's Healthy 'Appetite' Consumers can now participate in three potentially groundbreaking health studies through their iPhone and Apple Watch. Download the Apple Research app from the App Store to start telling Apple all about your menstrual experience (to help advance women's health research), help researchers better understand the link between mobility and cardiovascular health, or to share how your headphone usage and sound exposure impact your hearing, stress levels, and heart health over time. Pro tip: Make sure you have the latest version of iOS first. &A...
Source: MDDI - November 15, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Digital Health Source Type: news

High-ranking heart surgeons at Sutter land in center of $31 million settlement
Three prominent Sacramento heart surgeons and Sutter Health have agreed to a $31 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit over an alleged kickback scheme. Sutter Health will pay $30.5 million while three physicians that comprise Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons have agreed to pay $500,000, under a settlement announced Thursday. The settlement resolves a 2014 lawsuit that was brought by one of Sutter Medical Center’s compliance officers who be came a whistleblower. The settlement isn’t an… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Felicia Alvarez Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Death from 9/11 Signals Start of Things to Come
Malignant mesothelioma has become the latest deadly cancer linked directly to the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts following the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City in 2001. The long-running threat has come to fruition. Eighteen years after Manhattan was engulfed in the asbestos-laced, toxic cloud of dust — caused primarily by the World Trade Center destruction — the first death from pleural mesothelioma attributed to 9/11 has been recorded. Nick Ursta, 52, from the southwestern part of Pennsylvania, died after a year-long battle with the rare cancer. Ursta, a construction worker and fireman by trade, w...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 14, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Vaping May Be Worse for Heart Health Than Tobacco Cigarettes, New Study Finds
E-cigarettes may be more harmful to a smoker’s heart than traditional tobacco cigarettes. That’s the finding of new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, presented today (Nov. 11) at an American Heart Association scientific conference. The Cedars-Sinai team compared the hearts of 10 non-smokers to the hearts of 10 tobacco smokers and 10 e-cigarette smokers. All the people in the study were younger than 40, and all were otherwise healthy. In response to a mild bout of exercise, measures of blood flow increased in the hearts of the non-smokers. Among the tobacco smokers, this increase was blun...
Source: TIME: Health - November 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized embargoed study heart health vaping Source Type: news

Want To Know Your Risk Of Obesity, Diabetes Problems? Here Is A Calculator
This app can help calculate your risk of different cardiovascular complications if you do or do not undergo bariatric surgery. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 9, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

UCLA Health partners with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on health and wellness
UCLA legend and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is teaming up with UCLA Health for a wide variety of new health and wellness initiatives designed to improve health and prevent disease.The partnership will be announced at the 2019 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ’s Los Angeles Light the Night Walk, an event for which UCLA Health is the presenting sponsor.  The Los Angeles Laker superstar and UCLA Bruin basketball player is a survivor of chronic myeloid leukemia, or CML, which is a form of blood cancer. To honor his survivorship, Abdul-Jabbar has served as an ambassador and UCLA Health fundraising team ca...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 7, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Miami Cancer Institute Begins Using Novel Treatment for Mesothelioma
The Miami Cancer Institute on Thursday will begin using the innovative Tumor Treating Fields device for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. It is the first new treatment approved for mesothelioma by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in more than 15 years. “This is actually pretty exciting for us,” Dr. Rupesh Kotecha, the radiation oncologist who will oversee the treatment protocol in Miami, told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “It’s another tool in our armamentarium. It’s something we can offer patients that has shown a real benefit.” The noninvasive Tumor Treating...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 6, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

4 core applications of cardiovascular 3D printing
How are clinicians integrating 3D printing technology into adult cardiovascular...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: 3D-bioprinted model mimics real human heart properties 4D flow MRI, 3D printing improve congenital heart surgery 3D printing technique improves heart valve sizing 3D printing bolsters care for congenital heart disease Flexible 3D-printed heart replicates size, texture (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 28, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

“ Bulking Up ” For Sports?
Discussion Athletes, whether recreational or competitive, who participate in weight sensitive sports commonly gain or lose weight to achieve a particular body type or to improve performance. Athletes in duration or aesthetic sports (such as distance running, diving, dance, etc.) attempting to lose weight to be able to move the body against gravity better. Sports that emphasize strength and power including combat sports (such as football, wrestling, mixed martial arts, body building, etc.) often have athletes attempting to gain weight and lean muscle mass to improve performance. This is felt to increase the strength-to-weig...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 21, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Can You Operate On Me Now?
To once again borrow from Charles Dickens, it is the best of times and worst of times for vendors and clinicians researching the effectiveness of remote robotic surgery. Though a trans-Atlantic gall bladder removal in 2001, dubbed the "Lindbergh operation," demonstrated surgeries could be performed remotely from thousands of miles away, the technique has stalled. "The use of telesurgery technology is at a halt and has been since the first and only telesurgery was conducted in 2001," Paul Choi, Rod Oskouian, and R. Shane Tubbs wrote in a May 2018 article summarizing the field's recent history...
Source: MDDI - October 18, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Greg Goth Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Admedus Turns Attention to TAVR Program
Change is in the air for Admedus. The Brisbane, Australia-based company is selling off its CardioCel and VascuCel businesses to LeMaitre Vascular. The deal would give Admedus the space to focus on its transcatheter aortic valve replacement products. Under the agreement terms, Admedus receives $A22.8 million upfront followed by deferred payments of $A1 million each at 12 months and at 36 months. Additionally, the company could receive up to $A11.4 million in earn-out payments. Admedus said it retains manufacturing rights for up to three years and will continue manufacturing CardioCel and VascuCel at its Malaga facility in W...
Source: MDDI - October 15, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Penn Medicine, Mercy Health to establish heart surgery program in Delaware County
Mercy Catholic Medical Center and Penn Medicine are teaming up to establish a cardiovascular surgery program at the Mercy Fitzgerald Campus in Darby. The partnership — preceding by a clinical affiliation between the health care providers forged last year — will include expanding patient access to a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and robotic cardiac surgery. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to treat aortic valve… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

A Blood Filter Fights Deadly Inflammatory Response
A new blood filtration technology may prove to be life-saving for patients whose normally healthy inflammatory response to injury or illness has gone into overdrive, resulting in fatally high levels of cytokines in their blood. In an interview with MD+DI, Dr. Phillip Chan, MD, PhD, CEO of CytoSorbents Corp., explained that inflammation, and the production of substances called cytokines that drive inflammation, are the body’s natural response to heal injury or infection. But sometimes, the inflammatory response is so severe in such conditions as sepsis and infection, burn injuries, trauma, pancreatitis, li...
Source: MDDI - October 9, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Susan Shepard Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

New York ’s MTA Ignored Asbestos Dangers for Years
Glaring safety issues involving asbestos exposure within the Metropolitan Transportation Authority extend further than the East New York bus depot in Brooklyn, a report from the agency’s inspector general alleges. Inhaling or ingesting tiny asbestos fibers in the air can lead to serious health conditions later in life, including mesothelioma cancer. The inspector general report, released Monday, shows MTA managers ignored asbestos safety concerns at bus and train facilities across New York City for years. Asbestos-containing materials were found in disrepair in the boiler rooms of at least six MTA depots throughout...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 8, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news