UnitedHealth ranks Alabama 48 in their annual report
A new report from UnitedHealth puts Alabama near the bottom in terms of overall health. The insurer's annual report ranked Alabama 48th among states in overall health, which was down from 47th a year ago The state ranked 43rd for senior health and 33rd for the health of women and children. UnitedHealth's report showed Alabama struggles with a high prevalence of obesity, high cardio vascular death rate and a low rate of mental health providers. It also showed the state ranks low in a number of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 14, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

5 top stories that mattered for medtech in 2018
[Image by managing editor Chris Newmarker]The medical device industry faced some major challenges over the past year, from increased media scrutiny to regulatory uncertainty in both the U.S. and E.U. It’s worth noting, though, that many things have been going right for medtech. More than half of the roughly 100 largest medical device companies in the world saw their stock prices increase during 2018 – not a bad record considering the slumping Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500. Medical device companies spending a large amount on R&D compared to revenue – including Dexcom, Abiomed, ...
Source: Mass Device - January 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Food & Drug Administration (FDA) News Well Regulatory/Compliance Apple artificial intelligence eMDR opioid crisis Source Type: news

FDA Approves Abbott & #039;s Device for Treating Premies with an Opening in Their Hearts
Born at 27 weeks, twin babies Irie and Judah Felkner of Columbus, Ohio, were both fighting for their lives in the neonatal intensive care unit when an echocardiogram revealed Irie had a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) that required immediate treatment. "The doctor thought Abbott's Amplatzer Piccolo device was the best solution for Irie, and after learning more about the procedure we decided to move forward," said Crissa Felkner, Irie's mother. "You have to live it to fully appreciate what that device did for our daughter. Three days after the procedure, she was making great progress and is now a normal toddle...
Source: MDDI - January 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

3D Printing Facilitates Patient-Specific Management of Heart Failure 3D Printing Facilitates Patient-Specific Management of Heart Failure
3D printing can provide physical models that allow tailored pre-procedural planning in patients with heart failure, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

UnitedHealth ranks Alabama 48 in their annual report
A new report from UnitedHealth puts Alabama near the bottom in terms of overall health. The insurer's annual report ranked Alabama 48th among states in overall health, which was down from 47th a year ago The state ranked 43rd for senior health and 33rd for the health of women and children. UnitedHealth's report showed Alabama struggles with a high prevalence of obesity, high cardio vascular death rate and a low rate of mental health providers. It also showed the state ranks low in a number of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

This is How Much Daily Fiber to Eat for Better Health
(MedPage Today) -- More appears better in meta-analysis -- as in more than 30 g/day (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - January 14, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

InspireMD inks distro deal for CGuard in South Africa
InspireMD (NYSE:NSPR) said today that it inked a deal with Torque Medical to distribute its CGuard Embolic Prevention System in South Africa. The Israel-based company reported that it will begin the commercial launch for CGuard in South Africa immediately. “We are extremely pleased with the opportunity to offer CGuard EPS in the South African market. We were approached by some of our key customers in the Vascular Surgery, Interventional Neurology and Interventional Cardiology field who had learned about CGuard EPS through conferences and publications and wanted us to make it available in South Africa,” Cra...
Source: Mass Device - January 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Business/Financial News Distribution Featured Vascular Wall Street Beat InspireMD Source Type: news

New Details Link Maternal Weight and Congenital Heart Defects New Details Link Maternal Weight and Congenital Heart Defects
A nationwide study highlights specific heart defects through age 5 and the urgent need for obesity-prevention interventions in reproductive age women.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Feeling down and moody? Lift your spirits by taking fish oil supplements
(Natural News) Fish oil supplements are among the most popular dietary supplements, mainly for their ability to lower the risk of heart disease, thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. However, it’s not just the heart that benefits from taking fish oils — these fatty acids are also beneficial for maintaining healthy... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ECG Challenge: Palpitations & amp; Insomnia in Middle Age
Other than sleep promblems, this 52-year-old man has no other medical history. What's your ECG read? Does teh computer assessment agree? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - January 14, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Brady Pregerson, MD Tags: Cardiovascular Disease Source Type: news

Tourette's, Tics Tied to Cardiometabolic Risks
(MedPage Today) -- Swedish data show links, but other factors could be at play (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - January 14, 2019 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Tourette ’s, Tics Tied to Cardiometabolic Risks
(MedPage Today) -- Swedish data show links, but other factors could be at play (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - January 14, 2019 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Metoprolol tartrate vs. metoprolol succinate
Metoprolol tartrate and metoprolol succinate are different salt forms of metoprolol. Both drugs are beta-blockers that doctors prescribe to treat several cardiovascular conditions. However, despite being similar, they do have some different uses. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

Sleeping less than six hours a night can increase your risk of heart attack by up to 35%
A new study from Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research says lack of sleep raises the risk of atherosclerosis, which is a build-up of plaque in the body's arteries. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Your Heart Needs A Good Night's Sleep
Chronic lack of sleep and poor sleep quality raise the odds of fatty plaque accumulation in arteries, which increases the odds of heart attack and stroke. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poor Sleep Linked To Dangerous Plaque Buildup In Arteries
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — Here’s another reason why getting a good night’s sleep should be on your must-do list: Sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body, not just your heart. Previous research has shown poor sleep to be strongly associated with coronary heart disease, but “This is the first study to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body,” José Ordovás, director of nutrition and genomics at the Jean Mayer USDA H...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health CNN Heart Disease Sleep Tufts University Source Type: news

Poor sleep linked to buildup of dangerous plaques throughout body, study says
Here's another reason why getting a good night's sleep should be on your must-do list: Sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body, not just your heart. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Short Sleep Duration Linked to Higher Atherosclerotic Burden
MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 -- Sleep duration less than six hours and fragmented sleep are associated with atherosclerosis, according to a study published online Jan. 14 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Fernando Dom ínguez, M.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Terrorist Attack Victims With PTSD Have Higher Cancer Risk
Women with PTSD have higher risk for cancer than men, are more protected from circulatory issues (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - January 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology, Pathology, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Shockwave Medical launches U.S. pivotal for coronary lithotripsy
Shockwave Medical said today that it launched a U.S. pivotal trial for its coronary lithotripsy device, which is designed to prepare heavily calcified coronary lesions for stenting. The technology uses sonic pressure waves to fracture intimal and medial calcium without damaging arterial tissue, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Shockwave said. Last April the Shockwave S4 catheter, designed to similarly treat peripheral arteries, won CE Mark approval in the European Union. The company raised $35 million in October 2017. The two-year, 392-patient Disrupt CAD III study is designed to evaluate the safety and e...
Source: Mass Device - January 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Featured Shockwave Medical Source Type: news

New Score to Predict Early Stroke Death New Score to Predict Early Stroke Death
A new clinical score has been developed to identify patients with a high risk of early death after an ischemic stroke.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - January 14, 2019 Category: Cardiology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Preemie PCI Device; HeartMate Trial Resuscitated; Repatha Access, Lawsuit
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - January 14, 2019 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Abbott wins FDA approval for Amplatzer Piccolo occluder for neonates
The FDA granted pre-market approval for the Amplatzer Piccolo occluder made by Abbott (NYSE:ABT) to treat a congenital heart defect in neonatal infants as small as two pounds, the company said today. The Chicago-area healthcare giant said Amplatzer Piccolo is a transcatheter, self-expanding, wire mesh device that’s inserted via the aortic or pulmonary artery to close a hole in the heart known as patent ductus arteriosus. “Piccolo is a critical advancement in the standard of care for the most vulnerable of premature babies who may not be able to undergo surgery to repair their hearts,” structural...
Source: Mass Device - January 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Implants Featured Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pediatrics Abbott Source Type: news

Why Your Heart Needs a Good Night's Sleep
MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 -- Six hours: That's the minimum amount of sleep per night you need to help your heart stay healthy, new research suggests. The study found that chronic lack of sleep and poor sleep quality raise the odds of fatty plaque... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

FDA Approves World's First Device for Treatment of Premature Babies and Newborns with an Opening in Their Hearts (a Common Congenital Defect)
- First and only minimally invasive, transcatheter treatment specifically approved for premature babies with a patent ductus, a life-threatening opening in their heart (Source: Abbott.com)
Source: Abbott.com - January 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Odds Of Dying From Accidental Opioid Overdose In US Surpass Those Of Dying In Car Accident
(CNN) — For the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident. The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017. The NSC also found the lifetime odds of death for this form of overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire. Examining a variety of federal and state data the NSC found the lifetime odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96. For motor vehicle accident...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Local TV opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Two Shot Outside Utah Mall
MURRAY, Utah (AP) — Two people were wounded in a shooting just outside a popular Utah mall Sunday where hundreds of scared shoppers hunkered down until police arrived to evacuate the building. Two people in their early 20s were shot at about 1:30 p.m. near the southeast entrance to the Fashion Place mall in Murray, a suburb south of Salt Lake City, said Murray Police Officer Kenny Bass. The man was in critical condition while the woman was in serious. Both were treated at a hospital. Police were looking for three people suspected in the shooting, Bass said. He said the shooting may be gang related. Shoppers were esco...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma Patient Care News Source Type: news

Two Shot Outside Utah Mall
MURRAY, Utah (AP) — Two people were wounded in a shooting just outside a popular Utah mall Sunday where hundreds of scared shoppers hunkered down until police arrived to evacuate the building. Two people in their early 20s were shot at about 1:30 p.m. near the southeast entrance to the Fashion Place mall in Murray, a suburb south of Salt Lake City, said Murray Police Officer Kenny Bass. The man was in critical condition while the woman was in serious. Both were treated at a hospital. Police were looking for three people suspected in the shooting, Bass said. He said the shooting may be gang related. Shoppers were esco...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma Patient Care News Source Type: news

AHA: Why Do IVF Pregnancies With Frozen Embryos Raise Preeclampsia Risk?
MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- For women who use in vitro fertilization to get pregnant, particularly those who find success with frozen embryo transfers, recent studies have found they have an increased risk of preeclampsia,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Moderate Drinking Linked to Electroanatomic Changes in A-Fib
MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 -- Moderate alcohol consumption is associated with lower atrial voltage and conduction slowing in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published online Jan. 9 in Heart Rhythm. Aleksandr Voskoboinik,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Heart attack: Drinking MILK may REDUCE risk of heart disease and heart attacks
HEART attacks are a serious medical emergency, often caused by too much cholesterol in the blood. Improving your diet and eating healthily can help lower the risk of having a heart attack, and according to some research, drinking milk in moderation may also help reduce the risk. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Psychological well-being and mortality: longitudinal findings from Lithuanian middle-aged and older adults study - Tamosiunas A, Sapranaviciute-Zabazlajeva L, Luksiene D, Virviciute D, Peasey A.
BACKGROUND: The study aimed to examine whether after confounding by possible socio-demographic and other risk factors, psychological well-being is independently associated with reduced all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. METHODS: Initial data w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-based physical activity recommendations do not improve fitness in real-world settings - Seibert T, Allen DB, Eickhoff JC, Carrel AL.
BACKGROUND: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes school-based strategies to increase physical activity (PA). Implementation feasibility and effect of these interventions on cardiovascular fitness (CVF) is unknown. METHOD... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Democrats claim compassion for illegal immigrant children ravaged by sexual predators but do NOTHING to protect American children from vaccine predators
(Natural News) The amount of zeal with which liberal Democrats are bellyaching about the alleged plight of illegal immigrant children at America’s southern border would make it seem as though these bleeding hearts are out there on the front lines every day fighting for all children everywhere – though that’s not actually the case. You... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart attack: Drinking MILK may improve heart health and REDUCE heart attack risk
HEART attacks are a serious medical emergency, often caused by too much cholesterol in the blood. Improving your diet and eating healthily can help lower the risk of having a heart attack, and according to some research, drinking milk in moderation may also help reduce the risk. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cheap blood test which can predict your risk of a heart attack TEN YEARS in advance
Doctors in A&E units across the UK already use troponin tests to examine if a patient has experienced a heart attack. But Nice has now approved it as a predictive test. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Here's your at-home workout to get vacation ready
Tone House founder Alonzo Wilson shares a 10-minute workout full of cardio and sculpting moves. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

US FDA accepts regulatory submissions for review of tafamidis to treat transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for filing the company's New Drug Applications (NDAs) for tafamidis for the treatment of transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM). Pfizer has submitted two NDAs based on two forms of tafamidis: meglumine salt and free acid. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - January 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Pfizer Business and Industry Source Type: news

Royal Papworth Hospital marks heart transplant anniversary
The hospital's first such procedure was carried out on a 44-year-old patient on 14 January 1979. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Tip: Improve Your Emotional Wellness
-- Having a positive outlook can boost your physical well-being, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. Research has shown a link between an upbeat mental state and lower blood pressure, reduced risk for heart disease, healthier weight, better... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Cardiovascular Risk Factors in NAFLD Cardiovascular Risk Factors in NAFLD
Can histological parameters in NAFLD, including NASH and fibrosis stage, help predict cardiovascular risk?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Corn silk provides remarkable health benefits for your kidneys and heart
(Natural News) If you like to eat fresh corn, you may have gotten used to throwing away corn silk. But instead of getting rid of it, try using corn silk to make a natural remedy with many benefits. Reasons to drink corn silk tea Corn silk comes from the stigmas of female corn plants. Native Americans... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epigenetic change causes fruit fly babies to inherit diet-induced heart disease
(Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute) Scientists from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) have identified an epigenetic marker and two genes that caused heart failure in the children and grandchildren of fruit flies with high-fat-diet-induced heart dysfunction. Reversing the epigenetic modification or over-expressing the two genes protected subsequent generations from the negative heart effects of their parents' diet. The study was published in Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Alternative Chemo Formulations May Help Reduce Cardiac Toxicity In HER2+ Breast Cancer
The Opti-HER HEART trial examined whether liposomal formulations of chemotherapy agents may reduce cardiac toxicity in HER2+ breast cancer patients. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - January 14, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Source Type: news

Genetic risk for atypical heart attack in women identified
(University of Leicester) New research published by teams from Leicester, UK and Paris, France in collaboration with international partners from the US and Australia, has found a common genetic factor that confers a significant risk of atypical heart attacks in women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

US FDA Accepts Regulatory Submissions for Review of Tafamidis to Treat Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy
January 14, 2019 - Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for filing the company’s New Drug Applications (NDAs) for tafamidis for the treatment of transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications - January 14, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

What Are Potential Complications of Large for Gestational Birthweight?
Discussion Infant size at birth is determined mainly by genetics, but also pregnancy and environmental factors. Large for gestational age (LGA) is defined as a mean weight> 2 standard deviations above the weight for gestational age or above the 90th percentile on growth charts (or ~4000 g on WHO growth charts). Macrosomia is a term used for a term infant who is> 4000g. Risk factors for LGA infants includes: Male infant Maternal Genetic disposition Hispanic ethnicity Diabetic Multiparity or grand parity Obesity History of previous LGA infant Prenatal ultrasound is very helpful for antenatal management. First tri...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 14, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Personal income may increase risk of heart disease
A new study links fluctuating income to cardiovascular risk. The team found that the highest levels of income volatility doubled the risk of death. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiovascular / Cardiology Source Type: news

Not Just Acid Reflux: The Need to Think Worst First
A previously healthy, well-appearing 42-year-old female living in a modern, high-rise apartment in downtown Los Angeles calls 9-1-1 at 5:30 am complaining of worsening of a burning, epigastric pain she had been experiencing for the last three days. She reports associated nausea and non-bloody, non-bilious vomiting, and that she couldn’t manage to get comfortable in bed until she finally decided to call for help at daybreak. During her 9-1-1 call, she reports “pain, like heartburn, that just woke me up again and I had to throw up, … and then I was sweating so much.” Using the Los Angeles Tiered Disp...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen Sanko, MD, FACEP Tags: Exclusive Articles Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news