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Is the First Bioprinted Heart Just Around the Corner?
A Chicago bioprinting startup that seeks to 3-D print human hearts for transplantation has added to its scientific advisory board of heavy hitters. But its CEO won’t say how close the company is to producing its first viable heart. Biolife4D just announced it has added regenerative biomaterials expert Adam  Feinberg, PhD to lead its scientific advisory team. Feinberg is associate professor of materials science & engineering and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and principal investigator of the regenerative biomaterials and therapeutics group. Feinberg uses materials-based engine...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Cardiovascular Implants Source Type: news

Inside the NICU: Shining light on the healing power of touch
Abigail underwent open-heart surgery and received care in Boston Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Traveling through Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), you feel the warmth of natural light and a soothing sense of calm. One mom, leaning delicately over her son’s bedside, caresses his forehead and gently whispers a lullaby. Only a few steps away, a father rests in a chair with his tiny son on his chest. Lifesaving technology fills the 24-bed NICU and a reassuring team of specialized physicians, nurses and Child Life Specialists monitor, treat and embrace their delicate patients. Nea...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 16, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Our Patients’ Stories neonatal intensive care unit NICU Source Type: news

Danny ’s journey to a biventricular heart
The first hint that something wasn’t quite right with Danny Sanchez-Garcia’s heart came at his mom’s six-month prenatal visit. “There was a little blip on the ultrasound, but then it was gone on the next one, so they didn’t think it was anything and I didn’t worry any more about it,” says Danny’s mom, Cynthia. Cynthia was overjoyed when Danny was born at her local hospital seeming perfectly healthy. But as the hospital staff monitored Danny overnight, they noticed his oxygen level was lower than normal and decided to run more tests. His doctors believed the tests pointed to a...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Biventricular Repair Complex Biventricular Repair Program congenital heart valve program double outlet right ventricle Dr. Christopher Baird Dr. Roger Breitbart ECMO Pulmonary atresia tetra Source Type: news

Doctors bring nearly DEAD heart back to life using revolutionary new “box” that can keep it beating for eight hours
(Natural News) Doctors and surgeons have managed to save a man’s life in England after giving him a transplant using a “dead” heart they were able to bring back to life. Using a revolutionary new piece of technology that’s been called a “heart in a box,” the device can keep the organ preserved and actually... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SPM in Real Life: Fall ‘17
NEW MEMBERS: Fall ‘17 Brief bios/plugs for new members (extracted from the Introduce Yourself Connect Community) After returning to school to become an OR surgical tech, Mary Mack’s heart health declined, and she quickly learned to become a strong advocate for herself. Feeling that no one was into her participatory style, Mary believes a radical change in medical student education is necessary to change the culture of medicine. She is passionate about helping to make that change happen. Her other interests include playing the guitar and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Jim Skinner created the Smart Patient Academy a...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Nanette Mattox Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Funding available! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is accepting applications for health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, emergency preparedness partnerships and health sciences library projects. Applications will be due by COB on December 1. See a recent blog post from Executive Director, Kate Flewelling for details, or review our funding opportunities and start your application today! Rural Health Week begins on Monday, November 13! Wondering how you can participate?...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - November 10, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Cells to Society: Native American Heritage/ Endowment / Research News
This study evaluates treatment outcomes from a clinical cohort with task-sharing between a clinical nurse practitioner and a medical officer. The researchers examined opportunities to increase treatment rates for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa.     Read more   Climate Change ...
Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - November 9, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Muscles out of the spray can
(Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)) An artificial heart would be an absolute lifesaver for people with cardiac failure. However, to recreate the complex organ in the laboratory, one would first need to work out how to grow multi-layered, living tissues. Researchers at Empa have now come one step closer to this goal: by means of a spraying process, they have created functioning muscle fibers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 7, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

What Causes White Nails?
Discussion The nail matrix covers the area of the nail plate, and extends proximally in a crescent moon shape with the edges of the crescent extending proximally and inferiorly toward the underlying bone. The nail matrix is a multilayered epithelium that physiologically produces keratinization and gives rise to the nail plate. The distal matrix forms the lower 2/3s of the nail plate and the proximal matrix forms the upper 1/3 of the nail plate. the thickness of the nail plate is proportion to the matrix’s thickness. The nail plate’s free edge contour follows the shape of the nail’s lunula. Melanocytes occ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 6, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Successful cardiogenic shock treatment using a percutaneous left ventricular assist device
(Osaka University) The Cardiovascular Surgery Group at Osaka University succeeded in minimally invasive treatment of a patient with acute heart failure due to medical treatment-resistant cardiogenic shock by making use of Impella, a percutaneous auxiliary artificial heart, for the first time in Japan. This method is anticipated as a new therapy for treating patients with acute heart failure due to medical treatment-resistant cardiogenic shock. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Genomic Research is Changing Heart Care
Genomic testing is most frequently associated with cancer testing, but this area of research is beginning to make an impact on cardiovascular care. A recent scientific statement by the American Heart Association shined a spotlight on how the expressed genome can potentially be used to diagnose diseases and predict who will develop diseases such as coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, heart failure, and arrhythmias. According to the statement, scientists now have the ability to address disease at many levels that were inaccessible during the past century. This includes the genome, transcriptome, epigenome, proteome, metab...
Source: MDDI - October 27, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: IVD Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Feinstein Institute study looks at impact of a popular pre-heart transplant therapy on the kidney
(Northwell Health) Scientists, nephrologists and cardiac surgeons from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Northwell Health's Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Cardio-Thoracic Surgery examined the impact of a popular pre-heart transplant therapy on the kidney in a study published today by The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

On Medicine : The Rules of the Doctor ’ s Heart
What happens when you identify too much with a patient? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE Tags: Transplants Heart Death and Dying Source Type: news

Heart transplant survivor runs half-marathon with her team of doctors
More than 16 years after her heart transplant surgery, Kristin Marx ran the Milwaukee Half-Marathon in Wisconsin with her cardiac-care team and family. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Amit Taggarse Joins Cardiac Team at Mercy (NWA Movers & Shakers)
Dr. Amit Taggarse has joined Mercy Clinic Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery in Fort Smith. He recently completed fellowships in advanced adult cardiac surgery, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - October 9, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Cardiologs raises $6m in Series A to support ECG Analysis Platform
Cardiologs Technologies said this week it raised $6.4 million in a Series A round of financing to support accelerated commercialization of its Cardiologs ECG Analysis Platform in the US and Europe. Funding in the round came from a syndicate of new investors including Idinvest, ISAI, Kurma Partners and Partech and was joined by the previously vested Bpifrance seed fund. The funds bring the total raised for the Paris-based company up to $10 million. “Cardiologs is the perfect example of applying state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to help professionals work much faster and more accurately. And in this cas...
Source: Mass Device - October 6, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular Diagnostics cardiologstechnologies Source Type: news

Worse than liquor for your liver
Most people think liver disease only happens to alcoholics. But the truth is that being overweight or obese actually puts you at a much higher risk for liver damage than alcohol. In fact, alcohol contributes to only 6% of liver damage. But obesity contributes to 52% of liver disease. And if you’re obese, you’re 400% more likely to develop liver damage than a normal-weight individual.1 That’s why about 30% of people in America have some form of chronic fatty liver disease. It’s called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD causes painful swelling and scarring of the liver.  And I blame...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Health Weight Loss Source Type: news

Godly gift for arthritis pain
Big Pharma is at it again… Creating and selling a drug that causes thousands of heart attacks and strokes each year. In 2015, the FDA asked drug makers to strengthen their warning labels. Since then, most have listed their dangerous side effects on the bottle. But one manufacturer thought they didn’t have to warn people about their dangerous drug. They marketed their product as a “unique” breakthrough. They even published studies promising it was “safe for long-term use.” 1 The drug is a 7-year-old arthritis drug called Actemra. It’s made by the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche....
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

The Sweet Way to Heal Your Wounds
We enjoy outdoor activities. My family will be coming over this year and I will fire up the grill for a delicious BBQ grass-fed beef. We’ll play games like badminton and horseshoes. Now while these games can be fun, they can lead to cuts and bruises. I want to aim you with an unconventional solution for those wounds.  For years now, sugar’s been a dirty word. It’s been blamed for everything from obesity, heart disease and diabetes to tooth decay and acne. But there’s something they don’t know.  Sugar’s better for you than all those artificial sweeteners and substitutes out th...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Two weeks to bowel cancer?
There’s no doubt antibiotics have saved a lot of lives. But because they’ve been overprescribed for so many years we’ve ended up with a slew of health problems. For one thing, overuse of antibiotics wreaks havoc on your microbiome… That’s your body’s ecosystem. Your microbiome has 100 trillion or so bacteria, viruses and fungi. It affects just about every organ and body system. Some of these gut bugs cause disease and infection. But other good bacteria are called “probiotics.” They boost your immune system. They help you digest your food and turn it into vitamins. But in...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Randall Hall Tags: Cancer Health Men's Health Source Type: news

Avoid this “safe” ingredient
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is supposed to be protecting our food supply. But the sad truth is that it does very little to monitor what chemicals go into your food. And even when there’s science to prove the health risks of new ingredients, they drag their feet. It can take years… or even decades… before they pull harmful additives from the market.  When a processor wants to add a new chemical to food, the FDA doesn’t require any testing. The food company just sends a notice to the FDA. The notice says that the ingredient is &;dquo;generally recognized as safe” or G...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Randall Hall Tags: Brain Health Heart Health Men's Health Nutrition Women's Health Source Type: news

PAs Boost Cardiology $$$; Endoleak Warning; Artificial Heart Woes
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 2, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 28, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Four top medtech stories you need to know in late 2017 The U.S. government continues to create a lot of uncertainty for the medical device industry, but medtech companies are still making some big moves. The frenzy of major mer...
Source: Mass Device - September 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Medtronic wins expanded FDA nod for HeartWare HVAD as destination therapy
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today it won expanded FDA approval for its HeartWare HVAD system, now cleared as a destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure who are not candidates for heart transplants. The HeartWare HVAD system is a left ventricular assist device designed to aid the heart and increase the amount of blood pumped through the body, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. “LVADs are an effective and well-established treatment for patients who have progressed to advanced heart failure. In addition to its use as a bridge to heart transplantation, the HVAD System offers a promising op...
Source: Mass Device - September 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Medtronic Source Type: news

Experience Journal: Jake is charting new waters with HLHS
Jake Pickles was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a serious congenital heart defect that causes parts of the left heart to be underdeveloped. As an infant and toddler, Jake had three open-heart surgeries to repair his heart. Now 22, Jake is one of the oldest patients to survive with HLHS. This makes his prognosis uncertain. At some point in the future, he may need a heart transplant or more procedures. But Jake and his close-knit family try not to dwell on this uncertainty. Instead, they live with gratitude and hope. “I’m just planning as if there’s nothing wrong,” says Jake. &ldquo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories congenital heart defect Heart Center hypoplastic left heart syndrome Source Type: news

FDA Updates Adverse Events With SynCardia TAH-t Drivers FDA Updates Adverse Events With SynCardia TAH-t Drivers
The 3-month rates of death and some strokes in patients using one model of the temporary total artificial heart's driver mechanism appear raised at 42 months in its ongoing postapproval study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Ontario's Policy on DCD Boosts Transplants Ontario's Policy on DCD Boosts Transplants
Implementing a'donation after circulatory determination of death'(DCD) policy in Ontario led to more transplants of solid organs, except the heart, researchers in Canada say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - September 26, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Everything You Have to See at MD & amp;M Minneapolis
Discussion: Jumpstart Your Medtech Career Whether you’re hoping to score your first job in the medical device industry or looking for tips to advance your career, you’ll definitely benefit from the advice shared by local medtech recruiters from Abbott, Atricure, and The Walstrom Group. They’ll explain which positions are in demand at medical device companies right now, cover the pros and cons of working at a startup versus a big-name company, and answer your questions on topics ranging from how best to move your career forward to ways to maximize your earnings. Networking Opportunities With thousands of y...
Source: MDDI - September 16, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Jamie Hartford Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Dental Work Tied to Heart Infections in People With Artificial Valves Dental Work Tied to Heart Infections in People With Artificial Valves
Invasive dental procedures may raise the risk of rare but serious infections in people who have prosthetic heart valves, a recent French study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Benefit for Harbor House Home-Away-From-Home is Sept. 23
The 11th annual “And the Beat Goes On…” benefit dinner for Rochester’s Harbor House will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Locust Hill Country Club. Harbor House is a home-away-from-home for people who have traveled a long distance for UR Medicine heart and organ transplant and other critical car e. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - September 14, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Selena Gomez Had a Kidney Transplant for Lupus. What Is That?
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan / Health Tags: Uncategorized celebrities kidney transplant lupus lupus symptoms public health Selena Gomez Selena gomez disease Selena gomez Kidney Transplant Selena Gomez lupus what disease does selena gomez have What is lupus Why did selena gomez Source Type: news

Dental work tied to heart infections in people with artificial valves
(Reuters Health) - Invasive dental procedures may raise the risk of rare but serious infections in people who have prosthetic heart valves, a recent French study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Researchers visualize cardiac conduction system in 3D
A multinational research group said it has used 3D reconstruction of micro-CT...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: 3D printing helps evaluate leaks after TAVR procedures 3D-printed patch mends broken hearts Funding, expertise give Jump an edge on 3D hearts 3D images aid selection of heart transplant donors 3D models put pediatric hearts in surgeons' hands (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 13, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

This Girl Tr òn: The Forgotten Subject of Vietnam War Photographer Larry Burrows
Larry Burrows was a seasoned veteran of the Vietnam War when, in early 1968, he met 12-year-old Nguyễn Thị Tròn. Operating out of Saigon, the southern Republic of Vietnam’s capital, the photographer had been covering the conflict for LIFE magazine since 1962. He shadowed American troops, documenting ferocious firefights, surviving hours in the air with helicopter-gunship crews, and freeze-framing harrowing moments of bravery and despair, exhaustion, and appalling violence in combat zones. Though much of his best work had been shot in the thick of the action, he had come to be haunted by the trauma visited ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gary Jones/ Suối Đá Tags: Uncategorized Larry Burrows LIFE Magazine photography Vietnam Vietnam War Source Type: news

Why a $1,000 iPhone Isn ’t as Crazy as It Sounds
It’s iPhone day, the annual non-holiday where smartphone addicts cozy up to Apple’s keynote to find out what the touchscreen fairies are bringing good little fanboys and girls. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting with especially bated breath, because your handset is several years old, loses power faster than an overthrown dictator and inexplicably smells like fish tacos. In other words, it’s upgrade time, baby, and we all deserve the latest and greatest. This time around, however, Apple’s top-of-the-line iPhone will probably be more expensive than in years past. In addition to trumpet...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Patrick Pullen Tags: Uncategorized Apple iPhone iPhone 2017 iPhone 8 Tech in Real Life Source Type: news

In the Loop: Patient records heartbeat as gift to donor family
When Mayo Clinic heart transplant patient Alyssa Sandeen met her donor?s mother for the first time, she brought the perfect gift: a teddy bear with a recording of her donor?s heartbeat. ?? Alyssa Sandeen and Jennifer Leekley had never met face-to-face. But they knew each other's stories well, and had been working toward this moment [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 12, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: Sept. 8, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]From BrainScope’s pediatric traumatic brain injury assessment device to EOS Imaging releasing new surgery planning software, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. BrainScope to develop pediatric traumatic brain injury assessment device BrainScope announced in a Sept. 7 press release that it will immediately start creating a pediatric capability for its BrainScope One medical neurotechnology. The technology is an FDA-cleared handheld medical device that is designed to assess the full spectrum of traumatic brain injury. The company sa...
Source: Mass Device - September 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Imaging mHealth (Mobile Health) Neurological Regulatory/Compliance Research & Development Spinal AliveCor Bonesupport Bra Source Type: news

Villafa ña-founded artificial vessel developer Medical 21 looks to raise $15m
St. Jude Medical founder Manny Villafaña’s newest medtech play, Medical 21, is looking to raise $15 million in an equity round of funding, according to an SEC filing posted recently. The company is developing an artificial blood vessel as an alternative to harvesting blood vessels for coronary artery bypass surgeries, and has already begun animal testing of the technology, according to a Twin Cities Business report. Bypass surgeries, which are performed over 500,000 times a year in the US, require surgeons to harvest blood vessels from a patient’s body to be stitched into the heart to repair the circulat...
Source: Mass Device - September 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular medical21 Source Type: news

3D-printed organ dev BioLife4D registers for $50m IPO
Biological 3D printing developer BioLife4D has filed for a $50 million initial public offering as it looks to commercialize its cardiac tissue regeneration and organ replacement processes. The Chicago-based company said yesterday it is developing technologies with an end goal of creating a 3D bioprinted viable human heart suitable for transplant. Funds from the offering are slated to support working capital and fund initiatives which include expanding personnel, acquiring additional laboratory space and licensing related technologies. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide – killing one in four ...
Source: Mass Device - September 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Regenerative Medicine Research & Development biolife4d Source Type: news

Google ’ s Verily is developing AI-powered heart disease test using retinal images
Google (NSDQ:GOOG) parent Alphabet‘s (NSDQ:GOOGL) Verily is developing a new artificial-intelligence powered test that searches for indicators of heart disease risk present in retina images, according to a new study. The study, which has not yet been peer reviewed but has been published by Cornell University, details a new machine-learning powered system designed by Verily to “discover new knowledge from retinal fundus images.” The system operates on data from 284,335 patients, validated on 2 independent datasets of 12,026 and 999 patients, to predict cardiovascular risks “not previously t...
Source: Mass Device - September 5, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Imaging Optical/Ophthalmic Research & Development Alphabet Inc. Google Inc. Verily Source Type: news

NaviGate touts 1st 52mm transcatheter tricuspid valve procedure
NaviGate Cardiac Structures touted this week that its Gate catheter-guided tricuspid atrioventricular valved stent was implanted six weeks ago into a patient’s transplanted heart. The patient’s transplanted heart was failing due to severe tricuspid valve insufficiency. The successful implantation at the Policlinico of the University of Padua, Italy, is the first European-based patient treated with the company’s tricuspid replacement heart valve. Three hours after the procedure, the patient was showing improved renal function, NaviGate reported. Two months after the intervention, the 67-year-old male patie...
Source: Mass Device - September 1, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular NaviGate Cardiac Structures Inc Source Type: news

NHS no longer uses post-it notes for heart transplants
The pioneering system is 300 times faster, NHS Blood and Transplant experts claim, and has removed around 40 lengthy steps from the organ matching process. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Advocating for Bridget: Coping with Hirschsprung ’s disease
On June 20, Bridget Landry celebrated a very special day with a hearty steak dinner. But it wasn’t her birthday. Instead, the 10-year-old and her family were marking the sixth anniversary of the day her ostomy bag was removed. As she enjoyed her meal, her parents, Carl and Laura, marveled at just how far their daughter had come. “For her first birthday, she couldn’t even take a bite of cake,” remembers Carl. Bridget’s first few months of life were similar to those of most infants: She had a typical birth, nursed and met all her milestones. Yet at six months, her parents began to notice somethi...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 31, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation Dr. Samuel Nurko Dr. Tom Jaksic Hirschsprung's disease Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 28, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Resonetics acquires Aduro Laser Resonetics announced that it has acquired Aduro Laser. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We are very excited to partner with Grayson Beck and Demian Backs, who have cre...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Abbott wins FDA nod for HeartMate 3 pump
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today that the FDA approved its HeartMate 3 implantable pump for heart failure patients awaiting a transplant. The approval is the latest for the HeartMate line of left ventricular assist devices first developed by Thoratec, which was later acquired by St. Jude Medical before a $25 billion merger brought it to Abbott earlier this year. Abbott said HeartMate 3 features full magnetic levitation for the pump’s impeller, aiming to cause less trauma to blood cells as they pass through the pump. Although it is smaller than its predecessor, Abbott claimed it has the industry’s largest ...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Abbott Source Type: news

Many Heart Failure Patients Don ’ t Recognize the Risks of Their Illness Many Heart Failure Patients Don ’ t Recognize the Risks of Their Illness
Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Eleven-Year-Old Boy Receives Kidney for Christmas at Duke
Treatment TermsPediatric Kidney Transplant Author Hallie Potocki Overview After battling kidney disease his entire young life, 11-year-old Kaleek Beatty got the best present he could ask for, just five days before Christmas 2016. Duke Children's Hospital called to say they had found a kidney for him. Hero Imagekaleekbeatty_blog.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Born with Kidney Disease ContentAsk a typical 11-year-old, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and you’re likely to hear “sports superstar” or “rock musician.” Ask Kaleek Beatty, though, and his u...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mf205 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Fewer antibiotic prescriptions are being filled, a new analysis finds
The use of antibiotics among Americans with commercial health insurance has decreased during the past several years, according to a new analysis that nevertheless shows lingering variations for different ages and in different parts of the country. The study released on Thursday provides the latest evidence of how doctors and patients have begun to heed warnings […]Related:NIH unit deletes references to climate ‘change’Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse? Here’s what you need to know.A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy’s life. But he died on his first day of school. (Sourc...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many heart failure patients don ’t recognize the risks of their illness
(Reuters Health) - Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medical Extrusion Technologies loses trademark bid
A U.S. trademark board last week shot down a bid by Medical Extrusion Technologies to trademark its name, ruling that the name is not distinct enough to trademark. MET applied to trademark its name for “polyurethanes in the form of sheets, films, pellets, granules, and tubes for use in the manufacture of medical devices, medical diagnostic devices, artificial vascular grafts, stents, pacemaker leads, artificial heart pump diaphragms, catheters, drug delivery devices, orthopedic and spinal implants, blood glucose monitors, and blood gas analyzers.” Get the full story at our sister site, Medical Design ...
Source: Mass Device - August 23, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News apollomedicalextrusiontechnologies U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Source Type: news