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AFib Tx at Rural Hospitals Tied to Higher Death Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Death rate 17% higher versus urban hospitals (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - December 11, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Canola Oil May Be A Bad Choice For Brain Health, Study Suggests
Canola oil is considered heart healthy compared to many other oils, but a new study reveals why it could be a bad choice for brain health. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 11, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David DiSalvo, Contributor Source Type: news

CardioBrief: In Defense Of ORBITA
(MedPage Today) -- The trial investigators respond to their numerous critics (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - December 11, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

High Blood Urea Nitrogen Levels Tied to T2D Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Increased risk was seen across all eGFR levels (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - December 11, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

New study finds older adults should pump more iron: Weight training has better results than cardio for weight loss in the over 60 crowd
(Natural News) Adults ages 60 years and older might want to try weight training in order to lose weight and preserve muscle mass in the process, researchers at the Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina suggest. The research team enrolled 249 overweight or obese adults in their 60s as part of the 18-month study. The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Snow weather forecast WARNING: Cold snap could trigger heart attack and stroke, NHS report
SNOWY weather over the weekend has been followed by cold snap that could trigger an increase in the number of heart attacks and strokes, the NHS has warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Atrial fibrillation may be caused by stress: Research shows yoga improves quality of life for sufferers by lowering heart rate, blood pressure
(Natural News) Atrial fibrillation is a cardiac rhythm disorder marked by the rapid and irregular beating of the atrium. Currently, there is no known cure for this condition, while management focuses on relief and prevention. Yet a study from 2016 has uncovered a new method of dealing with the symptoms of this condition: yoga. As... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

With A-Fib, Urban Hospitals May Be a Better Bet
MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 -- The chance of dying from a common heart rhythm disorder is higher for people treated at rural rather than urban hospitals, a new study finds. The researchers analyzed data from hospitalizations for the heart ailment known as... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 11, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Heart Attack vs. Heartburn (Differences between Symptoms and Signs)
Title: Heart Attack vs. Heartburn (Differences between Symptoms and Signs)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - December 11, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

With A-Fib, Urban Hospitals May Be a Better Bet
Title: With A-Fib, Urban Hospitals May Be a Better BetCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - December 11, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Pathophysiology of Reflex Syncope: A Review Pathophysiology of Reflex Syncope: A Review
This review elucidates the nomenclature and pathophysiology of various forms of reflex syncope, including vasovagal syncope, carotid sinus syndrome, and situational syncope.Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Current Practice of Surgical Coronary Revascularization Current Practice of Surgical Coronary Revascularization
Review the latest operative techniques and technical advances in coronary artery bypass grafting.Circulation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Pacemaker Reuse: Moral Duty or Dangerous Precedent? Pacemaker Reuse: Moral Duty or Dangerous Precedent?
A new trial poses the question of whether the sterilization and reimplantation of used pacemakers and ICDs, donated by developed nations to developing ones, is a safe and ethical practice.Heart (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

High-intensity exercise delays Parkinson's progression
(Northwestern University) High-intensity exercise three times a week is safe for individuals with early-stage Parkinson's disease and delays progression of motor symptoms, reports a new study of individuals with the disease. The exercise needs to between 80 and 85 percent maximum heart rate for the benefit. It's the first time high-intensity exercise has been tested in Parkinson's patients. It was previously thought it was too physically stressful for patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Percutaneous coronary intervention is a well-justified option also in severe coronary artery disease
(University of Eastern Finland) The treatment of left main coronary artery disease by percutaneous coronary intervention is associated with a smaller risk of severe cardiovascular events than coronary artery bypass grafting in the weeks following surgery. A meta-analysis of several trials and nearly 5,000 patients revealed no differences in mortality between the two treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

TPU scientists to print 3-D models of children's hearts for urgent operations
(Tomsk Polytechnic University) Cardiac surgeons use 3-D models of children's hearts created at Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) to plan and pre-work forthcoming operations. For urgent cases TPU scientists are going to accelerate 3-D printing of children's heart models up to 1-2 days and to manufacture them out of rubber-like material. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'Death receptors' -- New markers for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
(Lund University) Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found that the presence of death receptors in the blood can be used to directly measure the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. 'We see that people with known risk factors such as high blood sugar and high blood fats also have heightened death receptor levels', says Professor Jan Nilsson who led the study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Technology developed by LSUHealthNo to drive advances in obesity-related diseases
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) For the first time, researchers led by Frank Lau, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health New Orleans, have successfully kept white fat tissue alive outside of the body for up to eight weeks. This breakthrough will pave the way for research advances improving treatment or prevention of such diseases as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and others associated with white adipose tissue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Exposure to air pollution just before or after conception raises risk of birth defects
(Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) Women exposed to air pollution just prior to conception or during the first month of pregnancy face an increased risk of their children being born with birth defects, such as cleft lip or palate or abnormal hearts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

University unveils plans for a new flagship £ 80 million library
A new £ 80 million library development is to be built at the heart of the University of Bristol ’ s Clifton campus. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - December 11, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Announcements, Staff notices, Student notices; Press Release Source Type: news

How Does Pediatric Sj ö gren Syndrome Present?
Discussion Sjögren Syndrome (SS) is named for Swedish ophthalmologist Henrik Sjögren who published a case series in 1933 describing patients with dry eyes and arthritis. SS is a “chronic autoimmune inflammatory exocrinopathy” that is characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of the lacrimal and salivary glands and has various degrees of systematic involvement. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca and xerostomia are the main clinical symptoms. Sicca is a Latin word meaning dry. Dryness of the eyes and mouth without evidence of autoimmune disease is called Sicca syndrome or Sicca complex. SS can be primary or se...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

11.12.17: Not intended for U.S. and UK Media
Bayer's rivaroxaban submitted to U.S. FDA for approval in patients with coronary and/or peripheral artery diseaseThe rivaroxaban vascular dose, 2.5 mg twice daily plus aspirin 100 mg once daily, demonstrated a 24% reduction in the combined risk of stroke, cardiovascular death and heart attack / The application for marketing approval is based on the COMPASS studymehr ... (Source: Bayer IR Newsfeed: Events)
Source: Bayer IR Newsfeed: Events - December 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Double the benefit: Exercise outside to get the combined benefits of vitamin D and fitness – research shows they work better together
(Natural News) A new study that was published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism focused on the effects that both exercise and adequate vitamin D intake – when present in a person’s life at the same time – have on heart health. The study showed that the two factors working together contributes to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ADHD and Adults: How to Use Your Strengths to Succeed
ADHD coach Aaron D. Smith regularly works with clients who believe something is inherently wrong with them. After all, for years, they’ve been criticized, ridiculed and reprimanded—maybe by their parents or teachers or other authority figures, he said. For years, clinicians and doctors have hyper-focused on the problems of ADHD. They viewed ADHD from a deficit-based model, versus seeing positive traits or strengths. People with ADHD feel like ‘they are the problem’ not their behaviors.” They feel inadequate. They feel shame and self-doubt. This is especially true for people who were diagnosed ...
Source: Psych Central - December 10, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Attention Deficit Disorder Creativity Disorders General Motivation and Inspiration Self-Esteem Self-Help Stress Students Work Issues Adhd ADHD and success harnessing strengths School Source Type: news

Heart Disease Tied to Ear Creases: That's Improbable!
(MedPage Today) -- Also, the toxicities of detox tea (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - December 10, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How a single bout of exercise instantly protects the heart
The phenomenon of 'ischemic preconditioning' helps to explain how an acute bout of exercise can have immediate protective effects against heart disease. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart Disease Source Type: news

Researchers at John Hopkins find heart-healthy diet is as effective as drugs (with fewer side effects) for many adults with high blood pressure
(Natural News) If you have high blood pressure, you might want to seriously consider changing your diet before you start taking on the risks of medication as a new study shows a heart-healthy diet can be every bit as effective. In a study that involved more than 400 adults with stage 1 high blood pressure,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This great L.A. walk takes in architectural gems, and fine city views
An important L.A. architectural artifact and a small public green space, hidden in the heart of East Hollywood, are the backdrop for this short stroll in the Barnsdall Art Park. It ’s mostly flat, but involves several staircases. Shady on a hot day, this 36-acre park offers fine views of the city... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charles Fleming Source Type: news

Nigeria:Why Bald Men Are At Greater Risk or Having a Heart Disease - Bunmi Sofola
[Vanguard] Men who go bald on the crown of the head also have their risk of heart disease increased by a half, say scientists. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 9, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Is the Obesity Paradox an Illusion in CV Disease? Is the Obesity Paradox an Illusion in CV Disease?
Obesity"improved" survival in people with prevalent cardiovascular disease, but not in those with new CVD in a large longitudinal cohort study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

ADA 2018 Standards Address Diabetes Drugs With CV Benefit ADA 2018 Standards Address Diabetes Drugs With CV Benefit
But they pull back from lowering BP target in diabetes, in contrast to cardiology societies. Going forward, the ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes will be updated in real time and available on an app.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Overdiagnosis Only a Matter of Time With ECG Watches Overdiagnosis Only a Matter of Time With ECG Watches
An Apple Watch with an ECG reader may be fun for specific tasks, but it's fantasy to think it will improve health outcomes, according to this electrophysiologist.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Expert Column Source Type: news

Quick CPR, AED Give Oregon Survivor a New Appreciation for Resuscitation Training
Helen Winberg was leaving the local mall after finishing her morning routine of walking on April 4, 2013, when she collapsed due to sudden cardiac arrest. Mall security personnel witnessed the incident on security cameras. They rushed to begin CPR and then used a public-access automated external defibrillator, or AED, to deliver a shock before emergency medical responders could arrive. Winberg, then 79, was transported to the hospital, where doctors placed three stents due to blockages and removed fluid from around her heart. She was placed into a medically-induced coma to rest for a few days and was released from the hosp...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff A. Woodin, NRP, FAHA Tags: Patient Care Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

How do some medical device companies perform better than others?
[Image from Unsplash]Among the most successful medical device companies this year, there were two themes: innovation and breadth of services. That was the major takeaway of an MDO analysis of the stock performance of the 100 largest publicly traded medtech companies in the world. What does innovation mean? Think Align Technologies (Nasdaq:ALGN) and how it brought 3D printing to bear on a dental product screaming for better customization: braces. Or there’s Abiomed (Nasdaq:ABMD) and its tiny Impella heart pump, which is meant to help restore blood flow and allow the heart to rest after a heart attack. For breadth of s...
Source: Mass Device - December 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiac Assist Devices Contract Manufacturing Diabetes News Well Wall Street Beat Abiomed aligntechnology Bruker Corp. Insulet integer intuitivesurgical LivaNova Merit Medical Systems Inc. Straumann Hold Source Type: news

Dec 8 Cardiology News Dec 8 Cardiology News
Mobile ECGs, PFO closure for migraine, AF care, lytic and mechanical removal of VTE and the PSCK9 inhibitor evolocumab are discussed in this week's podcast.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Abdominal Fat in Preserved-EF HF: No Obesity Paradox Abdominal Fat in Preserved-EF HF: No Obesity Paradox
"Although higher BMI is associated with better survival in HFpEF, it appears that abdominal obesity is not protective and actually detrimental."Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines)
Source: Medscape Diabetes Headlines - December 8, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Zoll Medical, Myant ink next-gen LifeVest dev deal
Asahi Kasei Group company Zoll Medical said it inked an exclusive strategic multi-year deal with advanced manufacturing company Myant to develop technologies for future versions of Zoll’s LifeVest wearable defibrillator. The company’s LifeVest is designed to be worn by patients at risk of sudden cardiac death to monitor the heart continuously for abnormal heart arrhythmias and responds automatically, Zoll said. The system consists of an electrode belt and chest garment and a wrist-worn monitor. Read the whole story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing The post Zoll Medical, Myant ink next-gen Li...
Source: Mass Device - December 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular Research & Development myant Zoll Medical Corp. Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: Dec. 8, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]From Minimus Spine’s European distribution deal to Stimwave receiving FDA clearance, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Minimus Spine inks EU distribution deal Minimus Spine announced in a Dec. 4 press release that it has signed its first European distribution deal with Italian company Moss and has completed its first commercial order. Moss has exclusive distribution rights to distribute in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the U.K. 2. Elanix, Dermacon sign wound management development deal Elanix Biotechnologies and Dermacon...
Source: Mass Device - December 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Care Pain Management Regulatory/Compliance Cagent Vascular CSA Medical Inc. Dermacon Elanix Life Spine Inc. MedTech Minimus Spin Source Type: news

Catheter-Directed Lysis Adds Risk, Not Benefit, for Proximal DVT
(MedPage Today) -- ATTRACT trial shows no less post-thrombotic syndrome, more bleeding (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - December 8, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Novel Subcutaneous Furosemide May Be Option in Heart Failure
Urine output similar with furosemide administered subcutaneously versus intravenously (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 8, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

ORBIT Bleeding Risk Score Performs Best in A - Fib
Findings based on comparison of four risk scores among atrial fibrillation patients (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - December 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

VitalConnect wins FDA 510(k) extension for VitalPatch
Wearable biometric diagnostic patch company VitalConnect said it won an extended FDA 510(k) from the FDA for its VitalPatch wearable biosensor, extending the wear duration from four days to five days. VitalConnect touts the VitalPatch as the smallest and lightest biosensor designed to measure a combination of single-lead ECG, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, body posture, fall detection and activity in steps. The device is designed for single patient use both in and outside the hospital when specific patient monitoring is require, and is fully disposable, the company said. S...
Source: Mass Device - December 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Patient Monitoring Vital Connect Source Type: news

Mediterranean Diet in HF; Weight Loss Kills Diabetes; Personalized Pacing
(MedPage Today) -- Cardiovascular Daily wraps up the top cardiology news of the week (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - December 8, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

WATCH: Boy with congenital heart defect becomes a chef for a day
With the help of Macy's and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, culinary master Marcus Samuelson helps a boy born with a heart defect fulfill his dream of becoming a chef. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Best Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs (2017)
Guide describes and summarizes scientific evidence behind 8 effective strategies for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels that can be implemented in health care systems and that involve community-clinical links. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hancock Jaffe Labs files for $13m IPO
Medical device developer Hancock Jaffe Laboratories this week set the range on a pending initial public offering, which would fetch roughly $13 million at the midpoint. Irvine, Calif.-based Hancock Jaffe makes bioprosthetic implants designed to treat chronic deep vein insufficiency, heart valve conditions and coronary artery bypass graft. The company said it plans to float nearly 1.9 million shares at $6 to $8 apiece, for gross proceeds of $11.3 million to $15.0 million, or $13.1 million at the midpoint, according to a Dec. 5 regulatory filing. Shares would trade on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol “HJL...
Source: Mass Device - December 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat hancockjaffelabs Source Type: news

'Wow, it's actually beating': Novoheart creates tiny heart-like structure with stem cells to test new drugs
Novoheart Ltd. is the first in the world to use stem cells to grow miniature human heart-like valves and wants to use them to test new drugs — technology that may lead to fewer animals being used as test subjects and save big pharmaceutical firms billions. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Overview of the new Best Practices Guide for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs
December 12, 2017 2:30pm ET. Learn more about the eight evidence-based, best practice strategies highlighted in theBest Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs guideand how you can implement them in health care systems and communities. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Deep insight into the heart
(Goethe University Frankfurt) The latest issue of the Forschung Frankfurt journal describes how modern non-invasive examinations using state-of-the-art imaging technology can reduce the risk of not-detecting infections of the heart muscle possibly leading to chronic inflammations and sudden death. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Usefulness of the mobile virtual reality self-training for overcoming a fear of heights - Hong YJ, Kim HE, Jung YH, Kyeong S, Kim JJ.
This study aimed to verify the efficacy and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news