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
Congestive Heart Failure Treatment
Title: Congestive Heart Failure TreatmentCategory: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 8/2/2013 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/20/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - January 20, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news
Novel tests improve treatment for heart failure patients
For the first time, researchers have developed tests that could improve treatment for heart failure patients by diagnosing the condition with greater accuracy, as well as by detecting the onset of congestive heart failure earlier. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news
Alcohol abuse linked to higher heart risks, study says
Drinking too much increases the risk of atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure, a study found. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Study Ties Alcohol Abuse to Increased Heart Risks
MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2017 -- A new study suggests that people who abuse alcohol also boost their risk of three cardiac conditions: atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure. The possible added risk appears to be about the same as... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 2, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news
Alcohol abuse increases risk of heart conditions as much as other risk factors
(American College of Cardiology) Alcohol abuse increases the risk of atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure as much as other well-established risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and obesity, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Genetic biomarker IDs patients with increased risk for heart damage by anthracycline chemo
Among women with breast cancer who received a type of chemotherapy called an anthracycline, those who had a certain genetic biomarker had a significantly increased risk for having anthracycline-induced congestive heart failure. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
Genetic biomarker IDs patients with increased risk for heart damage by anthracycline chemo
(American Association for Cancer Research) Among women with breast cancer who received a type of chemotherapy called an anthracycline, those who had a certain genetic biomarker had a significantly increased risk for having anthracycline-induced congestive heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 19, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
Advice For A Happy, Healthy Life From A Man Dedicated To Those Pursuits
Why do you what you do? Can you trace the source of your professional motivation to a single event or person? As CEO of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, I'm privileged to interact with many amazing leaders in cardiovascular medicine, technology, business and beyond. I'm always fascinated by the backstory of how each chose the path into a particular field. When it comes to medical professionals, some simply love the science. Others are drawn by the desire to help people. And then there are those to whom it's personal. Dr. Steven Houser fits all three categories. After four years of playin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
7 Foot Problems That Can Be Serious
If you want to know the state of your health, try looking down. “There’s no question it’s extremely important that people pay attention to their feet,” says Terry Philbin, D.O., spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a foot and ankle specialist at the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Westerville, Ohio. The condition of your feet can give you clues to a host of medical issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, and even heart disease. Read on to find out what to look for and what it may mean. 1. Pain “There’s no pain that should be ignored,” says Jane ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
MLTC Solutions that Bring Managed Care Home (Even If It's '25 Miles Away on Top of a Giant Hill')
In the rural upstate town of Canajoharie, New York (population 3,800), hard on the Eerie Canal, an elderly couple in their nineties lives deep in farm country, dozens of miles from the nearest healthcare facility. Mrs. Cormac*, 93, requires regular dialysis for kidney failure, and she and her husband need ongoing help with the basic activities of daily living. Because of the distance to their home, it's difficult for an agency to send a home health aide to the Cormacs. Their granddaughter, who lives upstairs in the two-family house, has been caring for them, but she has a full-time job and can't afford to take any more tim...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Atrial Fibrillation and Congestive Heart Failure: Choose Rx Carefully
Which antiarrhythmic agent would you choose for first-episode atrial fibrillation in a patient with congestive heart failure, and why? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - October 6, 2016 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Payal Kohli, MD Tags: Atrial Fibrillation Source Type: news
A New Model For Aging At Home: Care Management -- Every Step Of The Way
The vast majority of older Americans, 90 percent of them, want to age at home. Many have lived in their homes for decades, where they are surrounded by the familiar -- from photos on the wall to shops on the street -- and can visit or receive visits from family and neighbors. Today, there's no reason anyone should have to compromise on this wish for their later years. Thanks in large part to the growing popularity of Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) health care plans, we now have the ability to keep even the sickest elderly patients stable and comfortable at home. MLTC plans do this by coordinating all the various elements o...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Sunshine Heart shifts focus to Aquadex FlexFlow system
Sunshine Heart (NSDQ:SSH) said today it will realign its strategy to focus on its recently acquired Aquadex FlexFlow system, designed to filter water and salt from patients with fluid overload due to renal failure. The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based company acquired the system from Baxter for $5 million in August this year. It also said it will pause clinical evaluations of its neuromodulation tech and reduce cash burn to $80,000 per month in the 4th quarter of 2016. The company is targeting $5 million in annual revenue for the Aquadex business in the 4th quarter of 2016, and $10 million in the 4th quarter ...
Source: Mass Device - September 29, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Sunshine Heart Inc. Source Type: news
Disparities in Patterns of Health Care Travel Among Inpatients Diagnosed With Congestive Heart Failure, Florida, 2011
Investigates the nonclinical factors that motivate patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) to travel greater distances to seek treatment rather than utilize their local hospital service area. Study was based on 2011 individual hospital discharge data and analyzes the odds of local hospitalization and various predictors of travel time including race, ethnicity, payer, severity of the condition, and patient location. (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news