Fitbit Atrial Fibrillation Approval Revs Up Competition With Apple Watch
Fitbit announced this week regulatory clearance in both the US and Europe for its electrocardiogram (ECG) app to identify atrial fibrillation (AFib). (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Greg Licholai, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

ECG Findings Can Help Manage Adults With Congenital Heart Disease ECG Findings Can Help Manage Adults With Congenital Heart Disease
Electrocardiogram (ECG) findings and other markers can be useful for managing adult patients with a history of congenital heart disease, according to a new review.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - September 8, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

With expert guidance, Apple Watch could record multi-lead ECGs and spot ST-segment changes
Although beyond the reach of everyday users, an independent study lends support to the Apple Watch's ECG as an option for cardiologists when standard ECGs are unavailable. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - September 3, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

More about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, CEBM (updated 30th August 2020)
VERDICT The hypothesis that the 4-aminoquinolines chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine may be beneficial in the treatment of COVID-19 is a weak one, based on poor mechanistic reasoning and inconsistent results of studies in vitro, in laboratory animals, and in humans. It is likely that even if chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are effective in COVID-19, the beneficial effects will be small. The risks of adverse reactions to these drugs may be increased in patients who are acutely ill with severe COVID-19, in many of whom high doses are being used. Macrolide antibacterial drugs, such as azithromycin, clarithromycin, ery...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smartwatch EKGs Quickly Deliver Crucial Heart Data
TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2020 -- Could a smartwatch app save a heart attack patient's life? Quite possibly, according to Italian researchers. They found that electrocardiograph (EKG) readings from a smartwatch were nearly as accurate as standard EKGs... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 1, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Smartwatch App Compared to Standard ECG for Acute Coronary Syndromes
MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2020 -- For patients with acute coronary syndrome, a smartwatch app can detect normal electrocardiography (ECG) and ST-segment and non-ST-segment elevations, with accuracy comparable to that of a standard ECG, according to a study... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 31, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Aug 21, 2020 This Week in Cardiology Podcast Aug 21, 2020 This Week in Cardiology Podcast
COVID, diversity, clinical research, the S-ICD, and ECGs are the topics discussed by John Mandrola, MD in this week ’ s podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

Machine Learning Shows Ability to Predict Diastolic Dysfunction With ECG Machine Learning Shows Ability to Predict Diastolic Dysfunction With ECG
A machine-learning model that uses readily available clinical and electrocardiography data might be able to identify left ventricular diastolic dysfunction without echocardiography, research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

What Are the Main Acyanotic Congenital Heart Diseases?
Discussion Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are malformations of the heart and great vessels. It occurs in about 5-8/1000 live births. Cyanotic congenital heart disease is often noted perinatally because of cyanosis, respiratory distress and/or poor feeding or other distress type problems. A review can be found here. Acyanotic congenital heart disease (ACHD) can present at birth but often is seen in older children or adults unless the lesions are severe, especially obstructive lesions. Severe lesions may also cause cyanosis and distress type problems in patients also. Shunting lesions cause problems by diverting blood flo...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - August 17, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Thermal burns top FDA list of MRI adverse event reports
Ten years of MRI adverse event reports show burns from coils and electrocardiography...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: New technologies will drive MRI scanners of the future Implantable hearing devices cause MRI safety concerns RF-induced heating poses MRI risk in patients with tattoos Abbreviated MRI rivals full protocol for breast imaging Staff costs account for much of MRI operational expenses (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 14, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

AI-Enabled ECG Can Identify Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction
TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2020 -- For patients presenting to the emergency department with dyspnea, an artificial intelligence-enabled electrocardiogram (AI-ECG) can identify left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD; defined as left ventricular ejection... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

What Is Trauma Therapy Like? Part 2: How Neurobiology Informs Trauma Therapy
Therapy and the Brain It seems ironic that after Freud, as a neurologist, abandoned his studies on brain functioning to replace them with the studies of the unconscious — and that he actually abandoned his studies on traumatization — the trauma therapy world is arriving to a point comparable to the point where he started: the understanding of the brain as the basis of understanding the mind. Trauma therapy is leveraging neuroscience because having an understanding of how traumatization affects the brain helps to not only dismantle common misconceptions and to stop victim-blaming statements, but it also explains...
Source: Psych Central - July 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Antonieta Contreras, LCSW-R, CCTP-II, BCN Tags: Neuroscience PTSD Trauma Treatment Autonomic Nervous System complex post-traumatic stress disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Trauma Informed Care Traumatic Memories traumatization Source Type: news

The Electrocardiogram: Are We at the Dawn of a New Era? The Electrocardiogram: Are We at the Dawn of a New Era?
A new study validated a risk stratification model using ECG markers to improve prediction of sudden arrhythmic death in patients with coronary artery disease.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

What Is the Difference Between Electrocardiogram and Electrocardiograph?
Title: What Is the Difference Between Electrocardiogram and Electrocardiograph?Category: Procedures and TestsCreated: 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - July 10, 2020 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

What Causes Bradycardia?
Discussion Bradycardia is a heart rate below what the lowest value that is normal for age. Infants and children have higher heart rates that slowly decrease with age to adult levels. It is usually noted as an incidental finding because of increased vagal tone. Reasons for cardiology referral include associated heart murmur, syncope especially if associated with exercise or unusual triggers, other signs such as chest pain or palpitations, family history of sudden cardiac death, congenital heart disease or familial heart disease, bradycardic medication use, or unusual symptoms associated with the concern. Severe bradycardia ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 22, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Detection and analysis: driver state with electrocardiogram (ECG) - Murugan S, Selvaraj J, Sahayadhas A.
Driver drowsiness, fatigue and inattentiveness are the major causes of road accidents, which lead to sudden death, injury, high fatalities and economic losses. Physiological signals provides information about the internal functioning of human body and ther... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

CTA Improves Coronary Disease Risk Assessment
When added to exercise electrocardiography, CTA can improve five-year risk prediction. (Source: Diagnostic Imaging)
Source: Diagnostic Imaging - June 4, 2020 Category: Radiology Authors: Whitney J. Palmer Tags: Cardiac Imaging CT Source Type: news

How helpful is CTA for assessing coronary disease risk?
Adding coronary CT angiography (CTA) to exercise electrocardiography (ECG)...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CTA still most common modality for PE diagnosis Use CTA to evaluate obese COVID-19 patients for PE risk 3 uses for cinematic rendering of brain CTA scans CTA lowers costs, improves outcomes for minor stroke Are clinicians overusing CTA for carotid stenosis? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 4, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Doctors kept close eye on Trump's use of malaria drug
The White House medical team kept a close eye on President Donald Trump’s heart rhythms, including at least one electrocardiogram, when he took a two-week course of a malaria drug to try to prevent the coronavirus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

More about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, CEBM
VERDICT: The hypothesis that the 4-aminoquinolines chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine may be beneficial in the treatment of COVID-19 is a weak one, based on poor mechanistic reasoning and inconsistent results of studies in vitro, in laboratory animals, and in humans. It is likely that even if chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are effective in COVID-19, the beneficial effects will be small. The risks of adverse reactions to these drugs may be increased in patients who are acutely ill with severe COVID-19, in many of whom high doses are being used. Macrolide antibacterial drugs, such as azithromycin, clarithromycin, ery...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. FDA Approves New Pediatric Formulation of SIRTURO ® (bedaquiline) as Part of Combination Therapy to Treat Children with Pulmonary Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 27, 2020 — The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for a new pediatric formulation of SIRTURO® (bedaquiline). SIRTURO® is now indicated for use as part of combination therapy in the treatment of adult and pediatric patients (5 years and older and weighing at least 15 kg) with pulmonary multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR‑TB). In the U.S., the medicine should be reserved for use when an effective treatment regimen cannot otherwise be provided. This indication received acceler...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - May 27, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

A woman of influence: Priya Abani embraces tech to solve complex, real-world problems
Editor's note:  This is an interview with one of the 100 outstanding Silicon Valley professionals selected to be in the 2020 class of Women of Influence. Priya Abani CEO, AliveCor Headquarters: Mountain View What it does: Electrocardiogram recorders Age: 45 What led you to your career path: I discovered my passion for complex math, logic and algorithms when I was 12 years old, learning BASIC in my father’s CompSci class that he taught at our local college. Learning to code and design algorithms,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 22, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Lynn Peithman Stock Source Type: news

A woman of influence: Priya Abani embraces tech to solve complex, real-world problems
Editor's note:  This is an interview with one of the 100 outstanding Silicon Valley professionals selected to be in the 2020 class of Women of Influence. Priya Abani CEO, AliveCor Headquarters: Mountain View What it does: Electrocardiogram recorders Age: 45 What led you to your career path: I discovered my passion for complex math, logic and algorithms when I was 12 years old, learning BASIC in my father’s CompSci class that he taught at our local college. Learning to code and design algorithms,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lynn Peithman Stock Source Type: news

Hydroxychloroquine No Aid for COVID - Related Mortality
Hydroxychloroquine alone or with azithromycin associated with abnormal electrocardiogram findings (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - May 18, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers: G Medical VSMS ECG Patch
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Published: 5/14/2020. This three-page fact sheet informs healthcare providers of the significant known and potential risks and benefits of the emergency use of the G Medical VSMS ECG Patch. The VSMS Patch is authorized for emergency use in the hospital setting for remote monitoring of the QT interval of an electrocardiogram (ECG) in general care (i.e., not in the intensive care unit) patients who are 18 years of age or older and are undergoing treatment for COVID-19 using drugs that can prolong the QT intervals and may cause life-threatening arrhythmias ( e.g., hydroxychlor...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Many COVID-19 Prophylaxis Trials Lack ECG Screening Many COVID-19 Prophylaxis Trials Lack ECG Screening
Many COVID-19 trials have not looked at ECGs, either to exclude people at highest risk for a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia or to flag people who achieve a dangerous QTc interval on treatment.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - May 12, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Fitbit Takes Large-Scale AFib Study Virtual
Fitbit is launching a large-scale virtual study to validate the use of its wearable technology to identify atrial fibrillation in patients. The San Francisco, CA-based company said it plans to enroll hundreds of thousands of people in the Fitbit Heart Study. Results from the study could help with regulatory submissions. The company said its wearables have the potential to accelerate AFib detection because their 24/7 heart rate tracking is powered by long battery life, which allows users to wear their device for multiple days at a time. To track heart rate, Fitbit’s devices use photoplethysmography (PPG) t...
Source: MDDI - May 6, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Energy Vitamin Gets You Up Off the Sofa
If you’re stuck at home, practicing social distancing and self-isolation, you might feel less motivated than usual. I get it… It’s easy to feel indifferent during these trying times. Weeks of staying home can leave you feeling drained and struggling to get up off the couch. You might be tempted to reach for an energy drink to get you going. If you do, you’re not alone. Bottled energy drinks are big business… The market was valued at $53 billion in 2018 and is predicted to surge to $86 billion in the next few years.1 But these “energy” drinks deliver a lot of false promises AND...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - May 6, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr.A.Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Nutrition Source Type: news

Novel necklace detects abnormal heart rhythm
(European Society of Cardiology) An ingenious necklace which detects abnormal heart rhythm will be showcased for the first time on EHRA Essentials 4 You, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).'The wearable necklace-ECG (electrocardiogram) provides a new and easy method for detecting an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, which is a fast-growing public health problem,' said study author Mr. Elmeri Santala, a medical student at the University of Eastern Finland. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers: PhysiolGuard ECG-QT Analysis System
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Published: 5/5/2020. This four-page fact sheet informs healthcare providers of the significant known and potential risks and benefits of the emergency use of the PhysiolGuard ECG-QT Analysis System when used in the hospital setting for remote monitoring and detection of changes in the QT interval of an electrocardiogram (ECG) in general care (i.e., not in the intensive care unit) patients who are 18 years of age or older and are undergoing treatment for COVID-19 drugs that can prolong QT intervals and may cause life threatening arrhythmias (e.g., hydroxychloroquine or chlor...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Stress evaluation in simulated autonomous and manual driving through the analysis of skin potential response and electrocardiogram signals - Zontone P, Affanni A, Bernardini R, Del Linz L, Piras A, Rinaldo R.
The evaluation of car drivers' stress condition is gaining interest as research on Autonomous Driving Systems (ADS) progresses. The analysis of the stress response can be used to assess the acceptability of ADS and to compare the driving styles of differen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

What Are the Complications of Inhalant Abuse?
Discussion Hydrocarbons (HC) are organic compounds that are abused because they produce a euphoric effect, usually quickly, are low cost and easily obtained. They are commonly abused by adolescents and use in the US is either stable or increasing. Volatile HC rapidly distribute throughout the body which produces euphoria in seconds to minutes. There are 3 ways that HC are inhaled: Sniffing – directly inhaling the HC from the container. This has the lowest HC concentration. Huffing – a cloth is saturated with the HC and then the cloth is held to the nose and mouth and inhaled. This has a higher concentration ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 4, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

The digital diagnostic helper: Apple Watch detects severe coronary ischemia
(Dpt of Cardiology - University Medical Center Mainz) Apple watches have long been able to record electrocardiograms (ECGs) and send warnings in the event of an irregular heart rhythm such as atrial fibrillation. Now a team of cardiologists from the Cardiopraxis Mainz and the Department of Cardiology of the University Medical Center Mainz discovered that, with the help of an Apple Watch, cardiac arrhythmias as well as coronary ischemia can be identified. This is what they reportin the European Heart Journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19, Known to Spark Heart Problems, Can Also Mimic STEMI COVID-19, Known to Spark Heart Problems, Can Also Mimic STEMI
Doctors are warning that COVID-19 can create false signs of an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and are urging physicians to look beyond an electrocardiogram reading before committing to an intervention.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - April 29, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers: VitalPatch Biosensor
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Published: 4/25/2020. This three-page fact sheet informs healthcare providers of the emergency use of the VitalPatch Biosensor when used in the hospital setting for remote monitoring and detection of changes in the QT interval of an electrocardiogram (ECG) in general care (not in the intensive care unit) patients who are 18 years of age or older and are undergoing treatment for COVID-19 drugs that can prolong QT intervals and may cause life threatening arrhythmias (e.g., hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, especially when used in combination with azithromycin). Such remote m...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 May Mimic Heart Attack Signs in Some
Eighteen patients with severe COVID-19 treated at a New York City hospital showed the classic signs of a heart attack on their electrocardiograms. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It Looks Like a Classic Heart Attack, But in COVID-19 Patients Other Issues May Be at Play
MONDAY, April 20, 2020 -- Eighteen patients with severe COVID-19 treated at a New York City hospital showed the classic signs of a heart attack on their electrocardiograms. But a closer look at each case revealed that more than half of these... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 20, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

FDA-Cleared Coala Heart Monitor Now Enables Virtual Heart and Lung Exams From a Patient's Home
Swedish Heart-Lung Home Monitor Expands Indications for use in COVID-19 Respiratory Diagnostic Exams IRVINE, Calif., April 15, 2020 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Coala Life, a leading Swedish digital health company has, as supported by F... Devices, Monitoring, FDA Coala Life, Heart Monitor, electrocardiogram (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

CVIA has just published a new issue, Volume 4 Issue 3
(Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications) The journal Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) has just published a new issue, Volume 4 Issue 3 with an invitation to join the International Brugada Electrocardiographic Indices Registry. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ultrasound solves an important clinical problem in diagnosing arrhythmia
(Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science) Columbia Engineering researchers have used an ultrasound technique they pioneered a decade ago -- electromechanical wave imaging (EWI) -- to accurately localize atrial and ventricular cardiac arrhythmias in adult patients in a double-blinded clinical study. They evaluated the accuracy of EWI for localization of various arrhythmias in all four chambers of the heart prior to catheter ablation: the results showed that EWI correctly predicted 96% of arrhythmia locations as compared with 71% for 12-lead ECGs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What Causes Tachycardia?
Discussion Tachycardia is a rapid heart rate that is above normal for age and level of exertion. Tachycardia is common, particularly sinus tachycardia due to normally encountered circumstances such as pain, fever or exercise. It is usually a normal physiologic process but sustained tachycardia often indicates a potentially abnormal underlying cause. Sinus tachycardia has a rapid heart rate with normal P waves and P-R intervals and variations from moment to moment and respiration. Generally it is not over 200 beats/minute. Vagal stimulation can slow the heart rate; this is a gradual slowing, not an abrupt slowing seen in ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 23, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

A novel classification method for a driver's cognitive stress level by transferring interbeat intervals of the ECG signal to pictures - Huang J, Luo X, Peng X.
In this study, a novel classification method for a driver's cognitive stress level was proposed, whereby the interbeat intervals extracted from an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal were transferred to pictures, and a convolution neural network (CNN) was used ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

DR MARTIN SCURR explains the possible causes of heart palpitations 
DR MARTIN SCURR: A resting electrocardiogram (ECG) is limited because it can't exclude coronary heart disease - furring up of the arteries, which may cause palpitations. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Launches Heartline ™, the First-of-its-Kind, Virtual Study Designed to Explore if a New iPhone App and Apple Watch Can Help Reduce the Risk of Stroke
New Brunswick, NJ, February 25, 2020 — Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced that the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with Apple, opened enrollment for the Heartline™ Study. The study is designed to explore if the Heartline™ Study app on iPhone and heart health features on Apple Watch can improve health outcomes, including reducing the risk of stroke, with earlier detection of atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib, a common form of irregular heart rhythm, is a leading cause of stroke in the U.S. To enroll in the Heartline™ Study, individuals must be...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - February 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Panel Gives Bold Prediction about Bioelectronic Medicine ’s Future
Bioelectronic medicine isn’t new and has been around since the first implantation of the pacemaker. However, in recent years there has been sort of an explosion of the space – with devices. A panel at MD&M West discussed the recent transformation of bioelectronic medicine and where the space was going. “Within the last five years bioelectronic medicine has gotten really exciting,” Barry Keenan, vice president of engineering at BioSig Technologies said. “That’s probably why we’re having this sess...
Source: MDDI - February 12, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Electronics Implants Source Type: news

Botanical drug is shown to help patients with head and neck cancers
In this study, UCLA researchers found that when APG-157 is taken through oral mucosal absorption, patients have high levels of curcumin circulating in their blood and absorbed by cancer tissues.METHODUCLA researchers conducted the study of APG-157 comparing 12 people who had oral and oropharyngeal cancer with a control group of 13 people who did not have cancer. The reason both the people with cancer and without cancer were part of the study was to show that the drug was not toxic to either people with cancer or those without cancer.The medication was given each hour for three hours and was delivered as a lozenge that slow...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 6, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Meet the Brilliant Minds Behind the First ICD
Mirowski: From WWII to Sinai Hospital The story of how Mieczyslaw "Michel" Mirowski ended up in America where he conceived the idea of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is almost as incredible as the invention itself, if not more so. Mirowski was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1924. He grew up among the large Jewish population of Warsaw at that time, but when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, 15-year-old Mirowski left his family and fled to Russia with a friend. He would be the only member of his family to survive World War II, according to a 2010Â&nb...
Source: MDDI - February 3, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Implants Source Type: news

Feinstein Researchers Demonstrate Long-Term VNS on Mice
The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell Health presented data showing the effective use of a long-term vagus nerve implant in mice at the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) 2020 Conference in Las Vegas. Previous preclinical vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) studies have been limited to short-term stimulation - a timeframe of minutes to hours - due to the surgical and technological challenges of implanting a stimulator small enough to fit a mouse nerve. In order to conduct mouse studies lasting weeks or even months, Feinstein Institutes researchers, led by Stavros Zanos, PhD, MD, assistant professo...
Source: MDDI - January 28, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MDDI Staff Tags: Implants R & D Source Type: news

Prolonged ECG Monitoring for Syncope in ED Feasible, Safe
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 -- Prolonged electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring of patients presenting to the emergency department with syncope is a safe alternative to hospitalization, according to a study published in the January issue of Academic... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news