OHSU heart transplant review set to begin
About three months after Oregon Health& Science University suspended its Heart Transplant Program indefinitely, an outside peer review is scheduled to begin on Monday. The peer review and assessment of the transplant program and Knight Cardiovascular Institute are “privileged, confidential and exempt from public disclosure,” although OHSU will share updates with the public, said spokeswoman Tamara Hargens-Bradley. The health care profession often uses indep endent peer review to allow team… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Pig hearts can function for months in baboons, study shows, bringing us closer to their use in humans
A new paper details how genetically modified pig hearts transplanted into baboons could support life and function for up to 195 days. The finding, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, takes scientists a small step closer to the possibility of using donor animal organs for human patients in need of a heart transplant. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baboon survives for six months after receiving pig heart transplant
Clinical trials of pig organs in humans could begin in as little as three years, say researchersThe transplantation of pig organs into humans is a step closer to becoming a reality after researchers showed the organs can function long-term in baboons.The transplanting of organs from one species to another, known as xenotransplantation, has been the subject of research for many years. Proponents say it could help get around a shortage of human organs.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 5, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Medical research Organ donation Health Society Science Germany World news Europe Source Type: news

Pig Hearts Provide Long-Term Cardiac Function in Baboons
Primates receiving heart transplants from genetically engineered pigs have survived more than six months, a new study reveals. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - December 5, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

No Cash, No Heart. Transplant Centers Need to Know You Can Pay.
When a Michigan woman was told to raise $10,000 for a heart transplant, outrage spread on social media. But experts say “ wallet biopsies ” are common. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JONEL ALECCIA | KAISER HEALTH NEWS Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Transplants Source Type: news

AHA: Hearts From Unusual Donors Could Help Meet Growing Transplant Demand
TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Researchers say the ever-growing waiting list of hopeful heart transplant recipients could be trimmed down if only more patients were given the option to open their hearts to unlikely... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medtech companies, industry groups shrug off ICIJ ’ s “ Implant Files ” report
Medtech companies and industry groups have shrugged off the highly critical, recently released “Implant Files” report from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, seeing major medtech company shares stay steady or rise in the wake of its posting. The highly critical “Implant Files” report, which was released early this week, is a collaborative effort overseen by the ICIJ and includes work from 252 journalists from 59 media groups across 36 countries. On its first day of trading this week after the release of the report, industry giant Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) saw its shares rise ...
Source: Mass Device - November 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Regulatory/Compliance AdvaMed Boston Scientific johnsonandjohnson Medtronic Zimmer Biomet Source Type: news

Woman denied heart transplant told to try 'fundraising $10,000' instead
Hedda Martin's heart is failing. Blood pressure medication may keep her alive, for now, but what she really needs is a new heart. Spectrum Health in Michigan denied her - based on her finances. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Postoperative pleural effusions after orthotopic heart transplantation: The ethiology, clinical manifestations and course
Conference abstracts (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - November 23, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Mother donated a kidney to her two-year-old son after heart transplant caused his organs to fail
Jace Josephson, two, from Minnesota, was born with a heart condition. His kidneys failed after a heart transplant. Mother, Akasha Josephson, 23, was able to give her kidney before Thanksgiving. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In the Loop: These folks are all heart when it comes to toys for kids
Mayo Clinic ?heart families? who support the toy drive include the Waletzkos (left) and Rippys (center), as well as Kari and Rob Ulrich (right) and their daughter, Sydney, who participate in memory of their son and brother, Cameron, who passed away following a heart transplant. Young Teagan Waletzko was spending a lot of time in [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 20, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Duke forms prototype of robot dog nose
(Duke University) Every day, thousands of trained K9 dogs sniff out narcotics, explosives and missing people. These dogs are invaluable for security, but they're also expensive. Duke researchers have made the beginning steps toward an artificial 'robot nose' device that officers could use instead of dogs. The heart of the system would be living odor receptors grown from mouse genes that respond to target odors, including the smells of cocaine and explosives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 19, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The 50th anniversary of Canada’s first successful heart transplant
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - November 16, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

HeartFlow wins Japanese reimbursement for FFRct analysis
HeartFlow said yesterday that it won reimbursement coverage from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for its HeartFlow FFRct fractional flow reserve analysis. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company said that it has already received approval from the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, and that reimbursement will go into effect beginning on December 1. “When a patient presents with symptoms suggesting CAD, we want to be able to quickly and effectively diagnose patients while reducing the need for unnecessary tests or invasive procedures. In clinical studies, we were able to see fir...
Source: Mass Device - November 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular Featured Imaging Software / IT HeartFlow Source Type: news

Canada's first successful heart transplant was 50 years ago this week. Here's how it happened
Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital is marking the 50th anniversary of Canada's first successful heart transplant. "We showed that it can be done," remembered a doctor involved in the landmark surgery. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Team determines how cholesterol moves inside cells
This study may help pave the way for new diagnostic and therapeutic tools for these diseases.AUTHORSDr. Peter Totonoz, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Jaspreet Sandhu, a student in pathology and laboratory medicine, are the study ’s senior author and first author, respectively. Other UCLA-affiliated authors are Xu Xiao, Thomas Weston, Alessandra Ferrari, Jose Orozco, David Strugatsky, Stephen Lee, Cuiwen He, Cynthia Hong, Laurent Bentolila, and Stephen Young. Non-UCLA authors are Shiqian Li, Louise Fairall, Simon Pfisterer , Jennifer Gurnett, Dipti ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 13, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

AHA: Could Your Race Determine Your Wait for a Donor Heart?
TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- The wait for a heart transplant varies widely based on factors such as availability of donor hearts and blood type, but little is known about differences in wait times based on race and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 13, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

In the Loop: Corn Palace goes red for hometown girl's heart transplant
The?Corn Palace?in Mitchell, South Dakota, glowed red, a visible sign of the love the town was sending to Kadie Neuharth, a Mitchell native who was receiving a?heart transplant?1,400 miles away. Kadie's journey to that transplant began four years earlier, when mild headaches sent her to her doctor. When she mentioned she'd also been feeling lightheaded [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

AHA: Closing Dialysis Fistula Improves Heart Function
(MedPage Today) -- Kidney transplant patients may benefit from reversing arteriovenous connection (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - November 12, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

‘ Meat Taxes ’ Would Save Lives And Cut Health Care Costs, Study Says
(CNN) — It would drive up the price of your barbecue but a global “meat tax” could save 220,000 lives and cut health care bills by $41 billion each year, according to a new study. The numbers are based on evidence that links meat consumption to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Three years ago, the World Health Organization declared red meat such as beef, lamb and pork to be carcinogenic when eaten in processed forms, including sausages, bacon and beef jerky. Health officials have also declared that unprocessed red meat like steak and burgers are “probably” carcinog...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Offbeat Local TV Meat Source Type: news

Rare condition has left a teenager with the ‘heart and lungs of a pensioner’
Yasmin Swift, 19, from Ashford, Kent, needs a double lung and heart transplant after being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension in November last year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Denton Cooley's health care payment software co. acquired by Connecticut firm
Houston-based health care payment tech firm Global Healthcare Alliance Inc. was acquired by Greenwich, Connecticut-based Cedar Gate Technologies. Global Healthcare Alliance, or GHA, was founded in Houston in 1997 by John W. Adams Jr. and Dr. Denton Cooley, the late Houston heart surgeon famous for completing the first artificial heart implantation in 1970. Cooley died in 2016 at age 96. Over the last two decades, GHA has evolved into a he alth care payment technology firm, launching a proprietary… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 1, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Mathews Source Type: news

'Increased-Risk' Transplant Safer Than Waiting
Researchers found that accepting a heart from an increased-risk donor resulted in a higher 1-year survival rate for patients than declining that offer and waiting for a different organ (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Granola Healthy? Here ’s What Experts Say
Granola, beloved by hikers and outdoorsy types, certainly seems healthy. You can buy it in health food stores and organic supermarkets, with words like “pure” and “natural” stamped right on the label. Is granola healthy? It absolutely can be. But products vary greatly, and knowing whether or not the nutty snack lives up to its nutritional claims can take a little bit of digging. Here’s what dietitians say you should know about granola before crunching down. What is granola made of? “There is no one standard formula for granola, so whether it’s healthy really depends on the ingredie...
Source: TIME: Health - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cassie Shortsleeve  Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition Source Type: news

Could wearable technology help patients monitor blood pressure?
(University of Arizona Health Sciences) A lab simulation model of an artificial artery in the Slepian Lab at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center demonstrates 'pulse wave velocity' is a feasible measurement for monitoring blood pressure. Wearable patches show promise for measuring PWV, making them a potentially inexpensive blood-pressure monitoring option. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Largo hospital moves to establish a heart transplantation program
The 425-bed Largo Medical Center teaching hospital is looking to establish a new organ transplant program that would be a first for Pinellas County. The Largo hospital gave the state's health care administration a letter of intent during its October batching cycle requesting the right to establish an adult heart transplantation program. "It's a natural revolution of the strategic plan we put in place," said Anthony Degina, Largo Medical’s CEO, explaining how a former Tampa General Hospital… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Veronica Brezina-Smith Source Type: news

Hope for Broken Hearts
Biolife4D has achieved a milestone in its ultimate quest to develop human organs for transplant. The company recently announced that it has developed a cardiac patch using a highly specialized 3D printer designed to protect living cells during the printing process. The patch is designed to help patients recover heart function after an acute myocardial infarction, said Ravi Birla, PhD, the company’s chief science officer, in an interview with MD+DI. “Over several weeks, acute myocardial infarction results in scar formation and progresses to chronic heart failure, severely damp...
Source: MDDI - October 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Susan Shepard Tags: 3-D Printing Source Type: news

Heart transplant program changes chief after patient deaths
A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Renowned heart transplant program selects new leadership
A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Abbott & #039;s HeartMate 3 Pump Can Now be Offered as a Destination Therapy
As if Abbott Laboratories hasn't had enough to celebrate this year, the company just scored FDA approval for the use of its Heartmate 3 pump as a destination therapy. The approval, which CEO Miles White hinted about earlier in the week, is a big win for Abbott – and an even bigger win for advanced heart failure patients. The approval means that doctors can now offer the HeartMate 3 system to patients who are not eligible for a transplant. These patients will live with the device for the rest of their lives. For advanced heart failure patients who can no longer rely on earlier stage treatment o...
Source: MDDI - October 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Cardiovascular Business Source Type: news

FDA approves Abbott ’ s HeartMate 3 as a destination therapy
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today it won FDA approval for its HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device, now approved as a destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure. With the approval, the Chicago-based company said that the device can now be used in patients not eligible for a transplant as a life-long implant. “We partner with physicians to holistically develop therapies that benefit patients and achieve better outcomes. The unique design of the HeartMate 3 LVAD—with its Full MagLev technology—takes an established innovation and improves upon it in meaningful ways to help people with...
Source: Mass Device - October 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Abbott Source Type: news

Abbott's HeartMate 3 Heart Pump Now FDA Approved for Advanced Heart Failure Patients Not Eligible for a Heart Transplant
Advanced heart failure patients who will live with their device for the rest of their life now have access to a heart pump backed by the industry's strongest long-term data HeartMate 3 offers significant advancements for patients, including a pump desig... Devices, Cardiology, FDA Abbott, HeartMate 3, Heart Pump, Left Ventricular Assist Device (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - October 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Abbott's HeartMate 3 Heart Pump Now FDA Approved for Advanced Heart Failure Patients Not Eligible for a Heart Transplant
- Advanced heart failure patients who will live with their device for the rest of their life now have access to a heart pump backed by the industry's strongest long-term data (Source: Abbott.com)
Source: Abbott.com - October 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pediatric Heart Transplantation at Adult-Specialty Centers Pediatric Heart Transplantation at Adult-Specialty Centers
Can pediatric heart transplantation be safely performed at transplant centers focused primarily on adult care?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Second Opinion at Duke Offers Hope for Liver Transplant
Treatment TermsLiver transplant Sub-Title Patient Turned Down Elsewhere Is Placed on Duke Waiting List Overview Lemuel Stewart was on track to being approved for a liver transplant when he got the bad news: His age and previous heart surgery disqualified him for a transplant at a local medical center. That changed a few weeks later, when he sought help at Duke Health. “In three days, Duke did the testing that took six months at the other center,” said Stewart, who is 71 and lives near Richmond, VA. “The next week, Duke called and said, ‘We’re going to put you on the list.’” He...
Source: dukehealth.org: Health Features - October 16, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: mf205 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Texas-based Children's Health pilots Proteus' ingestible sensor pills for heart transplant patients
The ingesitble sensors will let providers look at adherence habits, activity levels and resting heart rate within a younger patient population.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

FDA Congratulates Itself on Apple ’s New Medical Apps
In a recent blog post, FDA’s Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb found great merit in the agency’s handling of Apple’s two “marketing authorizations” for medical apps to run on the Watch Series 4. These authorizations were via the DeNovo route to market. Thus, the apps were not “cleared,” which applies to the 510(k) process, and they certainly weren’t “approved,” which is a term reserved for Class III devices that go through Premarket App...
Source: MDDI - October 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: William A. Hyman Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Heart transplant outcome linked to gut bacteria, study finds
Gut bacteria appears to play a key role in whether a body accepts a transplanted heart, according to a study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

V-Wave launches pivotal interatrial shunt trial
V-Wave said today it launched a new trial of its minimally invasive interartrial shunt designed to treat patients with symptomatic heart failure. The new Relieve-HF trial aims to enroll 500 patients in a pivotal study of the device, which is designed for patients with NHYA Class III and ambulatory Class IV symptomatic heart failure, the Israel-based company said. “The interatrial shunt provides a novel therapeutic approach for patients with chronic HF. The shunt is implanted through a catheter inserted in a vein in the leg. Prior clinical experience demonstrated device and implantation procedure safety, and stat...
Source: Mass Device - October 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials V-Wave Source Type: news

Airway, Breathing or Consequences: Use Your Tools and Trust the Technology
“An esophageal intubation is no sin, but there is great sin in not recognizing such a placement.” — Special Operations Combat Medical Skills Sustainment Course (U.S. Special Operations Command) How hard is it take to properly intubate the trachea? Actually, it’s far more difficult than most people think. Recent anesthesia research shows that at least 75 live adult intubations are needed to achieve a 90% initial competency.1 Yes, 75! Not the very limited live number that are experienced in many paramedic schools, and certainly not only practicing with manikins. And how hard is it to intubate the esop...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Scott DeBoer, RN, MSN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, CFRN, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Are You Tall? Better Watch Out For Varicose Veins
(CNN) — In what researchers are calling “the largest genetic study ever performed” on varicose vein disease, a Stanford University School of Medicine study found a person’s height to be a significant risk factor for developing varicose veins. “We not only found an association between height and varicose veins, but the genetic studies we did showed a causal link,” said cardiologist and study author Dr. Nicholas Leeper, an associate professor of surgery and cardiovascular medicine at Stanford. “That suggests that the genes and pathways that drive human height are also likely to be ca...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Varicose Veins Source Type: news

AI used to detect fetal heart problems
(RIKEN) A research group led by scientists from the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP) have developed a novel system that can automatically detect abnormalities in fetal hearts in real-time using artificial intelligence (AI). This technology could help examiners to avoid missing severe and complex congenital heart abnormalities that require prompt treatments, leading to early diagnosis and well-planned treatment plans, and could contribute to the development of perinatal or neonatal medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Girl surprised by Drake in hospital talks about her heart transplant
The 11-year-old got Drake's attention by doing the "Kiki challenge" while she waited for a heart transplant – now she's sharing an update on her condition (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Young Drake fan speaks out for 1st time since heart transplant
Sofia Sanchez, 11, talks to "GMA" about how she is doing with her new heart and reminisces on what it was like to meet her favorite artist. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Girl who met Drake speaks out after heart transplant: 'I felt more alive'
Sofia Sanchez was visited in the hospital by Drake after her "Kiki Challenge" video went viral. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

A Change of Heart: Perspectives on Patient Care and Technology
Bryon Moore has had a rich and varied career in EMS. He became an EMT in 1979 and received paramedic training at the fabled UCLA Daniel Freeman School for Paramedicine in 1982. He went on to be a paramedic in several systems before becoming the Northern California Clinical Coordinator for American Medical Response (AMR). Bryon then was attracted to helping develop and bring new resuscitation technology to market, working for a variety of medical device companies and launching new products globally. He’s currently VP of EMS Market Development for Defibtech, a company owned by Nihon Kohden, a leading medical devic...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: EMS Insider Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Youngest child to receive a rare heart-lung transplant returns home
Almost exactly a year ago, Tiffany and Chuck Palmer were told to expect a stillborn baby. Now, their son is eight months, after getting both his heart and lungs replaced. And he is home in Kansas City. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nonfiction: The Quest to Create and Perfect an Artificial Heart
Mimi Swartz ’ s “ Ticker ” tells the story of the doctors who, against all odds, struggled to make a device to replace one of our most vital organs. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SARAH ZHANG Tags: Books and Literature Heart, Artificial Swartz, Mimi Ticker (Book) Source Type: news