Specialty Hospital Staff

BIDMC Researchers Find Extensive Use of Aspirin Despite Few Benefits, High Risks

Over four months ago, the   American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) released new prevention guideline announcing that they can no longer recommend that low-dose aspirin be used to help prevent heart attacks and stroke in people without known cardiovascular vascular disease (CVD). Following on the release of the new guidelines, a …

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Study Finds Early Valve Replacement May Be Better Than Watching and Waiting  

“Watch and wait” may not be the way to go for physicians treating patients with severe aortic stenosis who have no symptom.  According to an article published online in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, researchers say that these patients may benefit from a more aggressive treatment strategy of early valve replacement. Aortic stenosis, considered to be …

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Wearing sensors to Promote the Wound Healing Process

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, have developed skin-inspired electronics to conform to the skin, allowing for long-term, high-performance, real-time wound monitoring in users. “We eventually hope that these sensors and engineering accomplishments can help advance health care applications and provide a better quantitative understanding in disease progression, wound care, general health, …

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Battling Orthopedic Bone Infections to Allow Healing

Automobile accidents, combat wounds, cancer treatment and other conditions that require surgery, can lead to bone infections that are difficult to treat, oftentimes delaying healing. Now, researchers say they have developed a double-duty hydrogel that both attacks the bacteria and encourages bone regrowth with a single application containing two active components. The injectable hydrogel, which …

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Heart Team approach Is Valuable When Making Complex Cardiac Treatment Decisions

Researchers at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania say that coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery may be the best treatment option for patients with more than one blocked artery, according to an article published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, published in Elsevier. The study reinforces the value of the heart team approach …

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UE Researchers Create Fabric Dressing that Could Improve Wound Recovery

Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey’s medical staff stays current on the latest research on wound care recovery.  Here’s one study published last month that caught our interest. Research engineers at the University of Edinburgh (EU) have devised a fabric dressing whose thickness and elasticity can be custom-matched to specific areas of the body, being able …

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Look for Primary and Revision Total Joint Replacement to Skyrocket in the Coming Decades

According to a study presented last year at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, researchers analyzed models to more accurately predict the future volume of total joint replacement (TJR) procedures throughout the nation.  TJR is considered the most commonly performed, elective procedure, and the volume of primary and revision, using this procedure, …

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Study Tracks Long-Term Cognitive Decline in Relations to CHD incidents

Adults with a history of coronary heart disease (CHD) are at higher risk for faster cognitive decline in the long-term, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. CHD, occurring when coronary arteries become damaged due to a build-up of fat and cholesterol and can result in a heart …

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Penn Study Identifies Microbes in Wound Healing That Can Lead to Foot Amputation

A University of Pennsylvania study, published April 18, 2019, in Cell Host and Microbe, finds whether wounds, including a diabetic foot ulcer, heal or progress to a worse outcome, including infection or even amputation, may depend on the microbiome within that wound. Researchers at the University’s Perelman School of Medicine identified specific strains of the …

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Cardiovascular Study Finds Bleeding After PAD Treatments Can Increase Risk of Death

Researchers find that bleeding after minimally invasive peripheral artery disease (PAD) treatments can increase the risk of death, Major bleeding occurs in about 4 percent of surgical procedures to treat blockages in the arteries of the lower leg and an increased risk of in-hospital deaths, according to a new study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. …

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