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NHS cuts funding for umbrella-like device for stroke
Plugging a hole in the heart with an umbrella-like device can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, new studies show.   (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A tiny umbrella cuts stroke risk, but NHS won't fund it
Plugging a hole in the heart with an umbrella-like device can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, new studies show.   (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experience Journal: ‘Heart defects won’t keep me from reaching my goals’
Emily Ryan was born with coarctation of the aorta and a ventricular septal defect (VSD). But these congenital heart defects have never kept her down. Even though she’s had a pacemaker since age 4, she’s always led an extremely active lifestyle. Emily’s parents and her team of caregivers from the Heart Center at Boston Children’s Hospital have helped Emily understand her heart condition and have given her the confidence and encouragement to realize her full potential — both in the classroom and on the track. Now a competitive Division 1 athlete and outdoor leader in college,...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Our Patients’ Stories coarctation of the aorta congenital heart defect Experience Journal Heart Center ventricular septal defect Source Type: news

ESOC 2017 Roundup: Gore touts lowered ischemic stroke, new brain infarcts in PFO Occluder test
W.L. Gore & Associates yesterday released results from the Reduce study of its Cardioform Septal Occluder devices used to close patent foramen ovale, touting a reduction in recurrent ischemic strokes and new brain infarcts. The Gore Cardioform Septal Occluder is designed to be inserted via catheter and is currently cleared by the FDA for closure of atrial septal defects. “It is of the utmost importance to us to be transparent and share clinical data as quickly as possible. We completed our two-year primary endpoint follow-up with patients in March and have worked diligently to release these important data to the ...
Source: Mass Device - May 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Catheters Clinical Trials Stryker W.L. Gore & Associates Source Type: news

Jimmy Kimmel Made Me Cry
Jimmy Kimmel is one funny guy. Do you remember when he duped the world with a video of a twerking girl who caught on fire? Almost 23 million people (suckers) watched that video. That’s the equivalent of every single person living in Ohio and Pennsylvania! What about his stunt at the Oscars when his mother made and served PB&J sandwiches to the celebrity audience? Classic. Given all of his antics, I never expected that Jimmy would make me cry. I never imagined that I would see Jimmy act like me, scared and completely vulnerable. This wasn’t a sketch. This was real life. On April 28, Jimmy and his wife welcom...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jimmy Kimmel baby's heart defect is common and fixable, cardiologist says
The hole-in-the-heart problem that plagues comedian Jimmy Kimmel's newborn son is one of the most common heart-related birth defects, and it usually can be fixed with surgery. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Case: Aneurysm of the Membranous Interventricular Septum Case: Aneurysm of the Membranous Interventricular Septum
Review the imaging findings and differential diagnosis in this case of a 19-year-old presenting with shortness of breath and a history of repaired ventricular septal defect.Applied Radiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radiology Journal Article Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: April 7, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]New studies for umbilical cord allografts and tumor targeting were published this week while another company received European CE Marking. Here are some medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. AMNIOX touts new umbilical cord study AMNIOX Medical announced that it has published the results of 3 studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of umbilical cord tissue for treating chronic wounds, according to an April 7 press release. The company’s cryopreserved human umbilical cord tissue, NEOX Cord 1K was tested on 29 patients who needed a wound all...
Source: Mass Device - April 7, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Clinical Trials Radiosurgery Regulatory/Compliance Research & Development Spinal Wound Care Aesculap Implant Systems Amniox AngioDynamics Cianna Medical InVivo Therapeutics MedTech Nu-Med Occlutech Source Type: news

Occlutech Obtains European CE Mark for its Novel PmVSD Occluder
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, April 5, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Occlutech, a leading innovator of implants to treat structural heart disease, today announced that it has obtained European CE Mark approval for its Perimembranous Ventr... Devices, Cardiology, Regulatory Occlutech, PmVSD, Perimembranous Ventricular, Septal Defect Occluder (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 5, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Atrial septal defect (ASD)
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experience Journal: Coping with a child ’s congenital heart disease
At 16 months old, Avery was diagnosed with an atrial septal defect — a hole in the wall between the heart’s upper chambers that required open-heart surgery to repair. ​ Shock, fear and pride were just a few of the emotions Avery’s parents Jessica and Andrew experienced throughout their journey coping with their daughter’s congenital heart defect (CHD). The couple found it helpful to talk through their questions and feelings with other parents of children with a CHD, as well as with Avery’s caregivers from the Heart Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Now with...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories atrial septal defect Dr. Pedro del Nido Experience Journal Heart Center Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews January 2017
Improved Manikin Control Graphical user interface changed the way we interact with computers. Since the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, all computers have become more intuitive and require less knowledge of computer code for the everyday user. Continuing the trend of easy use, the new SimPad Plus from Laerdal has increased the processor speed, improved WiFi connectivity and added a Bluetooth connection to increase the number of manikins the SimPad Plus can control. Running scenarios with manikins or standardized patients remains intuitive and allows the instructor to be in the room or in a vehicle throughout the sim...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 30, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Cardiac imaging detects serious residual septal defects during child open heart surgery
Using cardiac imaging during heart surgery can detect serious residual holes in the heart that may occur when surgeons repair a child's heart defect, and offers surgeons the opportunity to close those holes during the same operation. Pediatric cardiology experts say using this tool, called transesophageal echocardiography, during surgery may improve outcomes for children with congenital heart disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cardiac imaging detects serious residual septal defects during child open heart surgery
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Using cardiac imaging during heart surgery can detect serious residual holes in the heart that may occur when surgeons repair a child's heart defect, and offers surgeons the opportunity to close those holes during the same operation. Pediatric cardiology experts say using this tool, called transesophageal echocardiography, during surgery may improve outcomes for children with congenital heart disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

One gene mutation, two diseases, many insights into human heart function
Scientists have linked a single gene mutation to two types of heart disease: one causes a hole in the heart of infants, and the other causes heart failure. Using cells donated by a family with the mutation, the researchers gained insight into congenital heart disease, human heart development, and healthy heart function. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Septal Defect, HF Share Genetic Mutation
(MedPage Today) -- Family's trouble with'master regulator'gene may point to new tx (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - December 15, 2016 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Device Approved to Prevent Second Strokes in Certain Heart Patients
It's for people who had prior stroke related to a hole in the heart Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Stroke (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ventricular Septal Defect
Title: Ventricular Septal DefectCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/1/1998 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/9/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - September 9, 2016 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

After three heart surgeries, baby Madison spreads smiles, strength and hope
It was just after midnight on an unseasonably warm Christmas Eve when Morre and Marcus stepped off the plane at Logan Airport. They carried precious cargo: their newborn daughter Madison needed emergency heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Madison was the couple’s first child. Like most expectant parents, Morre and Marcus were overwhelmed with joyous anticipation as the pregnancy progressed. They decorated their baby’s nursery and picked out a name: Madison, which means “gift from God.” But at Morre’s 20-week ultrasound, the couple’s joy was tempered by some troubling news...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 7, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories CHD congenital heart disease Dr. Aditya Kaza Dr. Gerry Marx Heart Center Melody valve Source Type: news

Making heart surgery as simple as possible with MIS techniques
Tertiary care centers such as the Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Center have led the way in groundbreaking surgical innovations for years, pushing boundaries and correcting ever more complex abnormalities. But innovation is also making a difference when it comes to more “common” procedures. “We’re always trying to make the less complex procedures shorter and less invasive,” says Sitaram Emani, MD, director of the Complex Biventricular Repair Program at the Heart Center. “Making surgery and recovery less painful and disruptive for all of our patients is a priority.” Emani a...
Source: Mass Device - September 1, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Vector Blog Source Type: news

Nigeria: Great, Born Without Anus and With Hole in the Heart, Seeks N6 Million Lifeline
[Guardian] In the seven months Innocent Great has lived, it has been with acute pain and misery as the baby boy battles symptomatic congenital heart disease at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. He has for most of the seven months been a patient of the hospital's Paediatric Cardiology unit, where the ailment, popularly known as a hole in the heart, is being managed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 30, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The heart and the head: Meeting milestones after pediatric heart surgery
When their unborn son Silas was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at 22 weeks gestation, Montana and Michael Green knew he faced a long road. Though their primary concern was Silas’ health they also worried their son might face developmental delays, a common side effect following infant heart surgery. Silas was diagnosed with double-outlet right ventricle (DORV) , a complicated abnormality in which the pulmonary artery and the aorta — the heart’s two great arteries — both arise from the right ventricle. This disrupts the flow of oxygenated blood throughout the body. DORV is often associat...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 2, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program congenital heart disease DORV Heart Center Samantha Butler PhD Source Type: news

The ride of my life
My muscles are weightless, and my mind is empty. Outside the window, a pair of older Japanese women chat quietly. I close my eyes and breathe in the steam that floats up from the geothermal water beneath me.… knowing I won’t ever again waste a single heartbeat fills me with hope that while the sun is setting on this chapter, it will rise again brighter than ever in my future. I’m sitting in a natural hot spring in Japan, a centuries-old tradition that is believed to have healing powers. I slide deeper into the onsen in quiet meditation and hope the mineral-rich water is doing what it’s supposed to....
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 25, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Beth Puliti Tags: Our Patients’ Stories BACH Boston Adult Congenital Heart Program congenital heart disease Dr. Sitaram Emani Heart Center Source Type: news

Ventricular Septal Defect
(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - July 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Double the joy, following heart-lung transplant
Nicole, left, and her twin sister Isabella Nearly six months following a heart-lung transplant, Nicole Kouri makes a triumphant return to school, alongside her twin sister Isabella. It was a pact she made with her Dad back in August of 2015, while her friends were lying by the pool, soaking up the final days of summer, and Nicole was lying in a bed at Boston Children’s Hospital. 14-year-old Nicole was born with a ventricular septal defect (VSD) — otherwise known as a hole in the heart — and pulmonary hypertension, a serious condition associated with VSD that makes it difficult for blood to flow properly t...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 27, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories cardiomyopathy double lung transplant Dr. Tajinder Singh Francis Fynn-Thompson heart transplant Heart transplant program hypertension Lung Transplant Program Mary Mullen Pediatric Transpl Source Type: news

CorMatrix launches Tyke cardiac tissue repair device for neonates
CorMatrix Cardiovascular said today it launched its CorMatrix Tyke cardiac tissue repair patch designed for correcting congenital heart defects in neonates and infants, touting the 1st successful procedures utilizing the patch. The CorMatrix Tyke is a patch designed to repair pericardial structures and as an epicardial covering or for intracardiac defects, septal defects, annulus repair, suture-line buttressing. “We are excited to partner with our pediatric cardiac surgeons to deliver Tyke as product developed to address a specific need in the neonatal and infant population. CorMatrix Tyke is one of the few prod...
Source: Mass Device - June 21, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc. Source Type: news

Occlutech wins CE Mark for LAA occluder
Structural heart disease implant developer Occlutech said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its Left Atrial Appendix occluder device designed for the minimally invasive closure of the LAA to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. The Occlutech LAA occluder device consists of a flexible nitinol wire mesh and loop anchoring and sealing technology, the Swiss company said. “We are extremely pleased to be able to provide patients and cardiologists with this innovative product and expect our LAA occluder to significantly add and improve therapy options for patients,&...
Source: Mass Device - June 2, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Regulatory/Compliance Occlutech GmbH Source Type: news

Life with congenital heart disease: Looking back with gratitude, looking ahead with hope
Jennifer D’Ercole McKenna, 49, is a patient pioneer — part of a small but growing group of middle-age adults with congenital heart disease who had surgical repair in infancy or early childhood. “It’s hard for doctors to answer questions about how long I’m going to live. I ask, ‘Will I live until my 80s?’ and their response is, ‘That’s our goal.’” In 1966, the average life expectancy for someone with Jennifer’s diagnosis, Ebstein’s anomaly, was 37 years (39 for females and 33 for males). Jennifer shares her lifetime of wisdom with parents and...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 1, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories BACH congenital heart disease Dr. Keri Shafer Dr. Michael Landzberg Dr. Sitaram Emani Source Type: news

Oldest handwritten documents in UK unearthed in London dig
Early writings found under office block being cleared for new Bloomberg HQ give glimpse of Roman LondonTertius the Brewer, Junius the Cooper and Julius Classicus – the up-and-coming military commander who would turn traitor against Rome a decade later – have sprung back to life from the first decade of Roman London, their names – along with the first reference to London itself – miraculously preserved on writing tablets in a sodden hole in the heart of the City.The wooden tablets, preserving the faint marks of the words written on bees wax with a metal stylus almost 2,000 years ago, are the oldest h...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: Heritage Archaeology London UK news Culture Science Bloomberg Media Media business Books Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 26, 2016
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. Ortho Kinematics wins Health Canada nod for VMA system Ortho Kinematics said today it won Health Canada authorization for its Vertebral Motion Analysis spinal imaging system. The VMA system from Austin, Texas-based Ortho Kinema...
Source: Mass Device - May 26, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Plus 5 Source Type: news

FDA panel backs St. Jude’s Amplatzer stroke device in 15-1 vote
An FDA panel Tuesday voted 15-1 in support of St. Jude Medical‘s (NYSE:STJ) Amplatzer cardiac implant for treating patent foramen ovale, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Amplatzer PFO device is a nitinol and polyester mesh “double disc” that’s designed to close a naturally occurring hole in the heart that poses the risk of thrombosis and stroke. The panel found in favor of the device, saying that a long-running study of it showed a “reasonable assurance” that it was safe for use, according to the paper. In a closer vote, the same panel ruled 11-5 that the device’...
Source: Mass Device - May 26, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) St. Jude Medical Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for April 13, 2016
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. Toshiba partners with UCI to study potential brain damage in HS football players Toshiba said yesterday it is partnering with the University of California, Irvine to study possible brain damage incurred in high school football ...
Source: Mass Device - April 13, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

FDA panel to mull St. Jude Medical’s Amplatzer PFO occluder cardiac implant
An FDA advisory panel is slated to review the clinical data behind St. Jude Medical‘s (NYSE:STJ) bid for pre-market approval of its Amplatzer cardiac implant for treating patent foramen ovale. The FDA’s Circulatory System Devices Panel is due to convene May 24 for a hearing on the Amplatzer PFO device,  a nitinol and polyester mesh “double disc” that’s designed to close a naturally occurring hole in the heart that poses the risk of thrombosis and stroke. Back in October 2012, the Amplatzer PFO device failed to meet the primary endpoint in a 980-patient clinical trial c...
Source: Mass Device - April 13, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Implants Clinical Trials Food & Drug Administration (FDA) St. Jude Medical Source Type: news

CorMatrix launches U.S. tricuspid valve device trial
This study actively addresses the need for a tricuspid valve replacement that improves clinical outcomes in pediatric and adult patients who may not otherwise have an option. The development of this application of CorMatrix ECM Technology truly has the capacity to lengthen people lives and furthers our pursuit of developing the best possible medical devices for surgeons and the patients they treat,” CEO David Camp said in a press release. The 1st operation was performed by Dr. Marc Gerdisch of Indianapolis, Ind.’s Franciscan St. Francis Health, the company said. “The past decade has seen an enormous expan...
Source: Mass Device - March 17, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Regenerative Medicine CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc. Source Type: news

Experience Journal: Growing up with congenital heart disease
One in 100 babies is born with some form of congenital heart defect (CHD).  Sometimes the issue is minor and doesn’t cause serious problems. Other times, the heart can’t function properly and needs immediate, invasive surgery. As kids with CHD grow up, they learn their condition will follow them for life and need continued attention. Every CHD heart is unique, but some experiences are universal, and kids and families can help support one another through challenging times. The Heart Experience Journal, created by the Department of Psychiatry and the Heart Center, represents the “collective wisdo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 18, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Experience Journal atrial septal defect congenital heart defect congenital heart disease Heart Center Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +3 | The top 3 medtech stories for February 9, 2016
Say hello to MassDevice +3, a bite-sized view of the top three medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 3 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.   3. Bio-Rad picks up cytometer platform from Propel Bio-Rad Laboratories said it acquired Propel Labs high performance analytical flow cytometer platform, with a planned instrument launch from the acquisition later this year. Flow cytometry is a technique used to identify and sort cells and their ...
Source: Mass Device - February 9, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 3 Source Type: news

CorMatrix wins FDA nod for Tyke neonate cardiac tissue
CorMatrix Cardiovascular said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Tyke biomaterial for use in neonates and infants. The patch is designed to repair pericardial structures and as an epicardial covering or for intracardiac defects, septal defects, annulus repair, suture-line buttressing. The Tyke is derived from the company’s ECM technology platform and is composed of 2 layers of ECM, as opposed to 4 layers in their standard cardiac tissue repair patches, making it thinner for smaller repairs. “FDA clearance further validates CorMatrix ECM technology for creating world class implantable cardiac devices. Cor...
Source: Mass Device - February 9, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regenerative Medicine Regulatory/Clearance CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc. Source Type: news

#ThrowbackThursday 1965: Ten Years Since First Open Heart Operation
This article first appeared March 26, 1965 in the publication Mayovox. Development of Heart-Lung Bypass Made It Possible Ten years ago, on March 22, 1955, Dr. John Kirkin, working at Methodist Hospital, operated on a five year old girl who had a ventricular septal defect — a hole in the wall separating the two chambers [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 4, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

The marathon of life: Catching up with Greek army lieutenant, 31 years post heart surgery
Ted Sarafis ran the Athens Marathon 30 years after life-saving surgery to close a hole in his heart Well into his teenage years, Greek army lieutenant Thodoris (Ted) Sarafis thought the scar on his chest was the result of an unfortunate tumble he took as a child. “My parents told me I had an accident, and that’s where I got my scar,” he says. Sarafis didn’t learn he’d had heart surgery as a toddler until his medical clearance exam for the Greek national karate team at age 16. Ted took the news in stride, but last year, curiosity got the better of him, and he pressed his father for more informa...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 6, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories atrial septal defect cardiac surgery congenital heart disease Heart Center Source Type: news

Baby with heart defects needs surgery or this Christmas could be her last
Zee Makuwaza, from Nelspruit, South Africa, has been diagnosed with an atrioventricular septal defect, which means there are three holes in her heart so it leaks and blood flows to her lungs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New grant for stem cell treatment of hole in the heart
A research project in Bristol’s School of Clinical Sciences for the treatment of babies born with hole in the heart has been awarded a grant by the Enid Linder Foundation. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - December 21, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Grants and Awards, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Clinical Sciences Source Type: news

Jimmy Osmond aged 52 answers our health quiz... 
The veteran performer likes to keep fit by playing golf, but often fails to get his five-a-day. He was born with a hole in the heart, but only discovered this when he suffered a stroke in 2004. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This month’s most missed USMLE question--and the right answer
As you prepare for the United States Medical Licensing Exam® (USMLE®), do you know which questions to look out for? We’re giving you an exclusive scoop on the most challenging USMLE test prep questions and expert strategies to help you beat them. Find out what this month’s toughest question is and receive an expert video explanation of the answer from Kaplan Medical. Welcome to the third post in AMA Wire’s® series, “Tutor talk: Tips from Kaplan Medical on the most missed USMLE test prep questions.” Each month, we’re revealing one of the top questions stu...
Source: AMA Wire - November 25, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

CANOA: Clopidogrel Reduces Migraine After ASD ClosureCANOA: Clopidogrel Reduces Migraine After ASD Closure
The study provides definitive data that dual antiplatelet therapy leads to fewer migraines after transcatheter closure of an atrial septal defect, the lead author says. Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Nido Surgical seeks $1.5m for next-gen cardiac surgery tools
del Nido Stealthy Nido Surgical took the 1st steps toward raising a hoped-for $1.5 million, pulling in $105,000 from 3 unnamed investors in a debt-and-options round, according to a regulatory filing. Nido Surgical, named for co-founder and cardiac surgery chief at Boston Children’s Hospital Dr. Pedro del Nido, is developing minimally invasive instruments for image-guided, beating-heart surgery, according to the LinkedIn profile of co-founder, president & CEO Gerald Moore. The company was formed to commercialize technology created by del Nido and his team at Children’s over the past 10 ye...
Source: Mass Device - October 28, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiovascular Funding Roundup Surgical Nido Surgical Source Type: news

Medtech approvals: FDA releases August 2015 PMAs
The FDA today released its list of the pre-market approvals it granted for medical devices in August 2015: Summary of PMA Originals & Supplements Approved Originals: 2 Supplements: 70 Summary of PMA Originals Under Review Total Under Review: 57 Total Active: 28 Total On Hold: 29 Summary of PMA Supplements Under Review Total Under Review: 569 Total Active: 422 Total On Hold: 147 Summary of All PMA Submissions Originals: 5 Supplements: 90 Summary of PMA Supplement PMA Approval/Denial Decision Times Number of Approvals: 70 Number of Denials: 0 Average Days Fr Receipt to Decision (Total Time): 229.0 FDA Time:...
Source: Mass Device - October 23, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pre-Market Approval (PMA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

Futuristic Device Fixes Holes In The Heart Without Invasive Surgery
Scientists in Boston have come up with an ingenious new way to repair life-threatening holes in patients' hearts and other organs. Instead of invasive surgery and the risk that entails, the new technique makes use of an ultraviolet-light-enabled catheter that patches the holes using a plug made of a biodegradable, light-activated adhesive (see video above). The experimental device may prove useful in fixing stomach ulcers and abdominal hernias as well as hearts. "Currently, to repair wounds or holes in the body, a second large hole made by incision must be created in order to give clinicians access to t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Futuristic Device Fixes Holes In The Heart Without Invasive Surgery
Scientists in Boston have come up with an ingenious new way to repair life-threatening holes in patients' hearts and other organs. Instead of invasive surgery and the risk that entails, the new technique makes use of an ultraviolet-light-enabled catheter that patches the holes using a plug made of a biodegradable, light-activated adhesive (see video above). The experimental device may prove useful in fixing stomach ulcers and abdominal hernias as well as hearts. "Currently, to repair wounds or holes in the body, a second large hole made by incision must be created in order to give clinicians access to t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fixing your heart with light
Last year, cardiologists at Boston Children’s Hospital reported developing a groundbreaking adhesive patch for sealing holes in the heart. The patch guides the heart’s own tissue to grow over it, forming an organic bridge. Once the hole is sealed, the biodegradable patch dissolves, leaving no foreign material in the body. As revolutionary as this device was, it still had one major drawback: implanting the patch required highly invasive open-heart surgery. But that may be about to change. Researchers from the Wyss Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard’s John A. Pa...
Source: Mass Device - October 6, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Vector Blog Source Type: news