Insurers Are Getting Into Health Care, But Is It Good for You?
In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company. Insurers are dropping billions of dollars on acquisitions and expansions in order to get more involved in customer health. They say this push can help cut costs and improve care, in part by keeping the sickest patients healthy and out of expensive hospitals. That’s a huge potential benefit for employers and other customers stressed by rising costs. But is this good for your health? That question worries some health care insiders who wonder if the patient’s best interest &mdash...
Source: TIME: Health - March 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tom Murphy / AP Tags: Uncategorized APH Healthcare healthytime Source Type: news
Survivors of childhood cancer are at great risk of heart problems in adulthood
(European Society of Cardiology) A study of nearly 1,000 survivors of childhood cancer has found that they are at increased risk of suffering prematurely from cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Childhood cancer survivors had a nearly two-fold increased risk of cardiovascular diseases such as congestive heart failure and venous thromboembolism, and were at increased risk of having high blood pressure and dyslipidaemia. The study is published in the European Heart Journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 8, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
Association of Anemia With Outcomes of Acute Heart Failure Association of Anemia With Outcomes of Acute Heart Failure
Do low hemoglobin levels have a negative impact on congestive heart failure outcomes?Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news
Heart failure risk increases for breast cancer, lymphoma survivors
Breast cancer and lymphoma survivors are up to three times more likely to develop congestive heart failure, according to research at the Mayo Clinic. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Heart failure risk higher for some breast cancer survivors
Patients who were treated for breast cancer or lymphoma are more than three times at risk for developing congestive heart failure, compared with other women, according to US researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 28, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
Afib and Ablation; Herbs and Drugs: This Week's PodMed Double T (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include herb/drug interactions, Afib and ablation in congestive heart failure, clot retrieval in stroke, and childhood kidney disease and adult end-stage renal disease (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - February 10, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news
A Medical Director ’s Perspective: Influencing Rehospitalization Rates
Efforts to reduce hospitalizations often focus on identifying specific clinical conditions that contribute to hospitalizations, particularly those that are considered potentially preventable. Potentially preventable hospitalizations result from exacerbation of clinical conditions such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or diabetes in which the exacerbation and hospitalization could have been prevented had optimal care been provided. The theory is that by incentivizing providers to focus on specific clinical categories that are likely to contribute to admissions for preventable reasons, we c...
Source: Caring for the Ages - January 31, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: David Gifford Tags: AHCA PERSPECTIVE Source Type: news
A weak heart due to metabolic change
(German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ)) The heart derives its energy primarily from fatty acids. However, if a metabolic shift to other energy sources takes place, this can result in congestive heart failure, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital have now discovered. This underscores the role of metabolism in heart failure. In addition, these findings are relevant for the use of certain anticancer drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 23, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
Increased risk of congestive heart failure in patients with acetaminophen poisoning: a nationwide cohort study - Chung WS, Lin CL.
Acetaminophen poisoning increases cytochrome P450 2E1 expression and reactive oxygen species production, which may lead to maladaptive myocardial remodeling and congestive heart failure (CHF). We conducted a nationwide cohort study to investigate the incid... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news
Research proves having a hysterectomy before 35, long thought of as “risk free,” QUADRUPLES a woman's risk of heart failure and increases risk of obesity
(Natural News) Studies reveal that a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the woman’s uterus, increased the risk of congestive heart failure by four times and doubles the likelihood of coronary heart disease. The procedure to excise the uterus is considered a standard procedure for treating certain conditions in the regions such as fibroids and endometriosis. However, there is little research... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Abbott Expands Portfolio of MRI-Ready Devices
FDA gave MR-conditional labeling to two of Abbott's cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices, a move that further boosts the company's ability to compete with its peers in the space. The Abbott Park, IL-based firm said patients who receive a Quadra Assura MP cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) or a Fortify Assura implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) are now able to have an MRI in the future if need be. The Quadra Assura and the Fortify Assura are two of Abbott's most widely-used high voltage devices, the company noted. In September 2016, Abbott won FDA approval for MR-conditional labeling for the...
Source: MDDI - January 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Cardiovascular Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news
A New Form of This Miracle Nutrient Is 8 Times More Powerful …
CoQ10 has made the mainstream. You can find it everywhere. But the type of CoQ10 I want to tell you about has been completely ignored. That’s too bad, because this new form is 8 times better at getting into your blood and staying there. And that’s where it has its miracle-like anti-aging effects. This new form of CoQ10 may give you the opportunity to live disease-free for the rest of your life. Today, I’ll show you how this new “reduced” form of CoQ10 gives you greater power to prevent and reverse disease. You’ll also discover that it ramps up your energy levels and slows your aging proc...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - January 3, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Francisco Cabrera Tags: Nutrition antioxidants CoQ10 ubiquinol Source Type: news
RenalGuard Solutions touts first-in-man heart failure device study results
RenalGuard Solutions today touted results from a first-in-man feasibility study of its RenalGuard System designed to manage fluids during diuretic therapy to treat congestive heart failure in patients suffering from fluid overload. Results from the trial were presented at the annual Devices in Heart Failure congress in Berlin, Germany, the Milford, Mass.-based company said. The company’s RenalGuard device is designed to measure urine output and automatically infuse hydration fluid based on those measurements, aiming to induce high urine rates to protect the kidneys, the company said. Data from the study fol...
Source: Mass Device - January 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials RenalGuard Solutions Source Type: news
Report: Apple is working on an in-house Apple Watch ECG to compete with AliveCor ’ s Kardiaband
Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) is reportedly developing an in-house ECG for its Apple Watch that would compete with the recently approved KardiaBand made by AliveCor. The Apple ECG, which is still being testing, involves smartwatch users squeezing the frame of the device with the opposite hand, allowing Apple Watch to pass an imperceptible current across the chest to assess heart rhythm, according to Bloomberg, which cited “people familiar with the plan.” Last month the FDA cleared AliveCor’s KardiaBand ECG device for the Apple Watch, designed to monitor for early signs of atrial fibrillation. First int...
Source: Mass Device - December 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiovascular mHealth (Mobile Health) Wall Street Beat AliveCor Apple Source Type: news
FDA clears AliveCor ’ s KardiaBand ECG for Apple Watch
AliveCor said today that the FDA cleared its KardioBand electrocardiogram device for the Apple Watch, designed to monitor for early signs of atrial fibrillation. First introduced in March 2016, KardiaBand is the first medical device accessory to be cleared by the federal safety watchdog for the Apple Watch, Mountain View, Calif.-based AliveCor said. It’s designed to display and record clinical-grade cardiac rhythm readings in real time in about 30 seconds, the company said. AliveCor also said it launched the SmartRhythm artificial intelligence app for the Apple Watch, which is designed to continuously evalu...
Source: Mass Device - November 30, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Patient Monitoring Wall Street Beat AliveCor Cardiac Rhythm Management Source Type: news
Developing a New Score: How Machine Learning Improves Risk Prediction
Composite risk scores have been used for decades to identify disease risk and health status in the general population. However, current approaches often fail to identify people who would benefit from intervention or recommend unnecessary intervention. Machine learning promises to improve accuracy, ensuring targeted treatment for patients that need it and reducing unnecessary intervention. Framingham Risk Score, the gold standard for predicting the likelihood of heart disease, predicts hospitalizations with about 56% accuracy. It uses factors such as age, gender, smoking, cholesterol levels, and systolic blood pre...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Heather R. Johnson Tags: R & D Source Type: news
FDA Warns You Can ‘ Overdose ’ On Black Licorice This Halloween
WASHINGTON (CBS) – Before you go to town on your Halloween candy this year, there’s one treat you should consume with caution. The FDA is sharing a warning about the potential dangers of black licorice. “As it turns out, you really can overdose on candy – or, more precisely, black licorice,” the FDA says. Trick or treat – gearing up for candy consumption? ✓ out this video to learn how eating too much black licorice can be harmful. pic.twitter.com/aaHVdqm505 — U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) October 30, 2017 Black licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which can cause a drop in your body’s p...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News black licorice Halloween Source Type: news
CorInnova raises $6m for EpicHeart soft robotic heart failure treatment
CorInnova said today that it raised $6.1 million from Wellcome Trust for the EpicHeart device it’s developing to treat heart failure. Houston-based CorInnova said EpicHeart is a direct cardiac compression device that uses a collapsible, thin-film, pneumatically actuated soft robotic device to surround both ventricles of the heart. It’s designed to use air to inflate and increase cardiac output by gently squeezing the heart. Founded to commercialize technology developed at Texas A&M University’s Cardiac Mechanics Laboratory by Dr. John Criscione, CorInnova is backed by a group of private inve...
Source: Mass Device - October 26, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat CorInnova Source Type: news
PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include predicting mortality in those with congestive heart failure, bystander CPR impact, best management of stable COPD, and NOACs and bleeding risk (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - October 14, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news
Drugs, money and your heart
I was really excited to see a recent headline that said heart doctors should discuss herbal medicines with their patients. The recommendation came from a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1 I thought this was a real breakthrough. I thought it meant cardiologists had finally seen the light… Boy, was I wrong… The article said doctors should learn about herbal medicines so they could STOP their patients from using them. You see, supplement use is at an all-time high. About 70% of Americans take them. That’s a lot of people. And Big Pharma would love to capture that market. So they...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news
How Do You Check for Congestive Heart Failure?
Title: How Do You Check for Congestive Heart Failure?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 9/27/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/27/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - September 27, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news
Study finds length of stay critical factor in readmission rates at hospitals
(University of Texas at Dallas) Using data from congestive heart failure patient records in North Texas from January 2006 to December 2009, UT Dallas researchers studied the relationship between length of stay and readmission risk, the role of health information technology in reducing the deviation of length of stay, and the cost trade-offs between early discharge and readmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
A bioactive molecule may protect against congestive heart failure after heart attacks
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) Researchers show that giving mice a form of the fatty acid-derived bioactive molecule called lipoxin improved heart function after a heart attack, as the lipoxin prompted early activation of the resolving phase of the immune response without altering the acute phase. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Transitions in Care among Rural Residents with Congestive Heart Failure, Acute Myocardial Infarction, and Pneumonia (August 2017)
The analysis reported here examines the continuum of care of Medicare beneficiaries as they experience transfers to other facilities, including their post-discharge status, post-discharge care, and potentially preventable readmissions, either to their local hospital or another facility. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Symptoms, Stages, and Prognosis
Title: Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Symptoms, Stages, and PrognosisCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/11/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - August 11, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news
Aum Cardiovascular gets permission to start using heart monitoring device
Northfield-based Aum Cardiovascular said Tuesday it's received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to start selling a handheld digital stethoscope that pairs with an artificial-intelligence system to help medical experts look for signs of heart murmurs in patients with chest pain. The Star Tribune reports on the approval and Aum's plans for the device, called Cadence, which can identify sounds associated with issues such as heart valve disease, congestive heart failure and obstructive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 9, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Patrick Rehkamp Source Type: news
UCLA Health hospitals place No. 1 in Los Angeles, No. 7 nationally in prominent ranking
UCLA Health hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica placed No. 1 in Los Angeles, No. 2 in California and No. 7 in the nation in the 2017 –18 U.S. News and World Report rankings.“UCLA Health is proud to be recognized for providing world-class treatment to patients from greater Los Angeles, across the state and around the globe,” said Johnese Spisso, president ofUCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences. “Our long-standing commitment to excellence ensures that our patients and their families receive the most compassionate, comprehensive care possible...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 8, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
Congestive Heart Failure Medications
Title: Congestive Heart Failure MedicationsCategory: MedicationsCreated: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - August 7, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news
Impact of Consultation on Outcomes in Acute Congestive HF Impact of Consultation on Outcomes in Acute Congestive HF
Does increased utilization of consultations in patients hospitalized with congestive heart failure exacerbation improve clinical outcomes or readmission rates?Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news
Why We Fear Death and How to Integrate It into Our Lives
From our first breath in this lifetime until the split second the heart clock stops ticking away the moments of our incarnation, we are on call to this concept called death. Avoid it though we try, deny it, though we attempt, dance away from it, though we insist, it beckons us with finger crooked in our direction. For some it is a blessed relief, at the end of an illness, for others, wracked with serious mental illness, a seductive force to which they may succumb. For others, still, it arrives unbidden, quite by surprise. We use language to describe the experience, such as: Kick the bucket Angel of death Give up the ghost...
Source: Psych Central - July 19, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Anxiety Grief and Loss Motivation and Inspiration Psychology Self-Help Bereavement death dying Existentialism fear of death five stages of grief Mortality Source Type: news
Researchers find first genomic biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in veterinary patients
(Tufts University) Researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have discovered important biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease and congestive heart failure. This is the first biomarker discovery based on extracellular vesicles in a veterinary disease. These findings could provide important insight into the molecular basis, diagnosis and therapies for myxomatous mitral valve disease in dogs, as well as mitral valve prolapse, a similar disease in humans. The results appear online this week in the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles. (Source: EurekAlert! ...
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
A heart transplant gave her another chance to live. Hours after giving birth, she died.
Not long after Megan Johnson gave birth, her husband posted a picture on social media, welcoming their daughter into the world. Years earlier, Johnson had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given a new heart and another chance to live. Her husband, Nathan, announced early Tuesday on Instagram that “her heart worked perfectly” during the […]Related:One politician’s solution to the overdose problem: Let addicts dieThe U.S. fertility rate just hit a historic low. Why some demographers are freaking out.President Trump wants you to know he actually does care about HIV/AIDS (Source: Wa...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Hope for Leonce: Kenyan boy ’s incredible journey with vein of Galen malformation
Boston is a long flight from Kenya — 22 hours long, in fact. That’s enough time to sleep, eat, read, watch countless YouTube videos and do it all over again, an experience that could make adults antsy, let alone two little boys. Yet it was a journey that Jane Nduta and Humphrey Njogu were eager to make. Just a few months earlier, their younger son, Leonce, had been diagnosed with a rare but life-threatening condition called vein of Galen malformation, or VOGM. In this blood vessel abnormality, misshapen arteries in the brain connect directly with veins instead of with capillaries. This causes a rush of high-pre...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Cerebrovascular Surgery and Interventions Center Dr. Darren Orbach International Health Services vein of Galen malformation (VOGM) Source Type: news
What are Indications for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)?
DiscussionObstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is defined as a “disorder of breathing during sleep characterized by prolonged partial upper airway obstruction and/or intermittent complete obstruction (obstructive apnea) that disrupts normal ventilation during sleep and normal sleep patterns.” It is different than primary snoring which is snoring without apnea, sleep arousals, or problems with gas exchange. OSAS symptoms include snoring (often with snorts, gasps or pauses), disturbed sleep (often frequent arousals) and daytime neurobehavioral problems. Sleepiness during the day can occur but is less common in...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 12, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
Medical News Today: Congestive heart failure: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention
Congestive heart failure makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood through the body, causing the other organs to receive less blood than they require. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart Disease Source Type: news
Medic 15 is called to a residential address for an 81-year-old female with shortness of breath. You and your partner arrive on scene at a single-story house. The patient is with her daughter, and both are able to provide you with a history-recurrent breast cancer, currently on chemotherapy and congestive heart failure. The patient notes she's developed worsening shortness of breath over the past 2-3 days. She denies having chest pain, upper back pain, cough, upper respiratory symptoms, fevers, chills or lower extremity swelling. You place the patient on the monitor and find her to be in sinus tachycardia with a pulse of 12...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elizabeth K. Powell, MD Tags: Airway & Respiratory Columns Source Type: news
The New Aging Dilemma, Growing Older At Home Alone
There’s a hidden segment of the older adult population that the healthcare industry has recently spotted. It’s the aging single group of people 55 and over. They are the aged, community-dwelling individuals who are socially and physically isolated, without an available known family member or designated surrogate. They’ve been in plain sight for decades, but since boomers enter the 60 years, the aging single demographic will intensify, due to their status of having the highest divorce rates and childless marriages. And in a matter of a few years, the prevalence of the generation’s chronic diseases w...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Novant Health Foundation receives grant to tackle diabetes in underserved Triad communities
Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem has received a $94,800 grant towards a program that works to lower the cases of diabetes in underserved areas. The grant comes as Novant Health recently opened an intensive diabetes management clinic in Winston-Salem that seeks to offer a new approach —one that mirrors management programs for diseases such as asthma or congestive heart failure — to helping patients with the disease. The grant, from Th e Cigna Foundation, will go… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news
Novant Health Foundation receives grant to tackle diabetes in underserved Triad communities
Novant Health Foundation Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem has received a $94,800 grant towards a program that works to lower the cases of diabetes in underserved areas. The grant comes as Novant Health recently opened an intensive diabetes management clinic in Winston-Salem that seeks to offer a new approach —one that mirrors management programs for diseases such as asthma or congestive heart failure — to helping patients with the disease. The grant, from Th e Cigna Foundation, will go… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news
New approach uses ultrasound to measure fluid in the lungs
(North Carolina State University) A team of engineering and medical researchers has found a way to use ultrasound to monitor fluid levels in the lung, offering a noninvasive way to track progress in treating pulmonary edema -- fluid in the lungs -- which often occurs in patients with congestive heart failure. The approach, which has been demonstrated in rats, also holds promise for diagnosing scarring, or fibrosis, in the lung. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
DoD taps BD ’ s Pyxis for $100m medication dispensing contract
Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) said today that it won a $100 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for its Pyxis ES system. According to the contract, Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based BD will provide its medication dispensing technology to 115 military inpatient health facilities and military inpatient pharmacies. “Through this collaboration with the DoD, we have the opportunity to help modernize the DHA’s medication management and dispensing systems across all of the organization’s facilities in the United States, Asia and Europe,” global president of medication management Ranj...
Source: Mass Device - March 3, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Becton Dickinson & Co. U.S. Department of Defense Source Type: news
3,000 steps in 30 minutes improves the prognosis for heart failure, study suggests
Contrary to what was previously assumed, physical exercise does not lead to harmful ventricular enlargement. Researchers have new evidence against this earlier hypothesis and have issued recommendations for designing a training program for persons with congestive heart failure. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 21, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news
Peptide reverses cardiac fibrosis in a preclinical model of congestive heart failure
(Medical University of South Carolina) Cardiac fibrosis, an abnormal thickening of the heart wall leading to congestive heart failure, was not only halted but also reversed by a caveolin-1 surrogate peptide (CSD) in a preclinical model, report researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in an article published online on Jan. 23, 2017 by Laboratory Investigation. CSD was able to decrease the fibrotic ventricular wall thickness and improve heart function, all with apparently no toxicity and minimal off-target effects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Technology helps older adults living with congestive heart failure
Congestive heart failure is one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions among those 65 years old and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help reduce these admissions and the strain they put on the healthcare system, researchers have developed bed sensors than can warn older adults of impending heart problems. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 15, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news
U.S. Patients Have Lower Mortality Rates With Foreign-Trained Doctors
(Reuters Health) - U.S. patients may have lower mortality rates if their doctors were trained at foreign medical schools rather than at American universities, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data for more than 1.2 million hospitalizations handled by general internists at U.S. hospitals and found patients were slightly less likely to die within 30 days after admission if their doctor went to medical school in another country. “Although we are uncertain exactly why foreign-trained doctors have slightly better outcomes, the U.S. currently sets a very high bar for foreign medical graduates to practice medic...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Cancer drug could promote regeneration of heart tissue
An anticancer agent in development promotes regeneration of damaged heart muscle -- an unexpected research finding that may help prevent congestive heart failure in the future. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 3, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news
Cancer drug could promote regeneration of heart tissue
(UT Southwestern Medical Center) An anticancer agent in development promotes regeneration of damaged heart muscle -- an unexpected research finding that may help prevent congestive heart failure in the future. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
No signs of asthma found in third of adults diagnosed with it
For those diagnosed with asthma within the past five years, a JAMA study has found a current diagnosis could not be established in about one third of supposed asthma sufferers. We talked to the study's lead author, Shawn Aaron from the University of Ottawa, to find out what doctors and patients should do to ensure they're not getting misdiagnosed. ResearchGate: Could you briefly introduce your study and findings? Shawn Aaron: Our study set out to determine how often we could confirm or alternatively rule out active asthma in adults who had recently been diagnosed by physicians. We recruited 701 adults who had been diagno...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news
BD wins expanded FDA 510(k) clearance for PleurX cath system
Becton Dickinson & Co. (NYSE:BDX) said today it won expanded FDA 510(k) clearance for its PleurX catheter system. The PleurX catheter system is now cleared for use in treating non-malignant recurrent pleural effusions etiologies, including congestive heart failure and cardiogenic effusions, the Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based company said. “Our research found that the Pleurx catheter provided palliation of congestive heart failure patients’ pleural effusions and freedom from re-intervention equal to that of talc pleurodesis using thoracoscopy while resulting in a shorter mean length of hospital stay. Lower ...
Source: Mass Device - January 23, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Catheters Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Becton Dickinson & Co. Source Type: news