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Study Says Less-Invasive Procedures to Restore Leg Blood Flow Reduces Risk of Amputation

A newly released study finds that patients who underwent a less-invasive procedure to open clogged leg arteries were just as like to survive with their legs intact and avoid amputation as patients who had more invasive surgery, according to an article published in circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association (AHA) journal. According to …

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Research Findings Indicate Ivacaftor May Decrease Common Infections in CF Patients

Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who take the drug, Ivacaftor, appear to have fewer respiratory infections over time than those not taking the drug, according to new research findings published online in the Annuals of the American Thoracic Society. The hereditary disorder, Cystic fibrosis, is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator …

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When Do Noncardiac Surgery Deaths Occur?

While most people assume that it’s the operating room that is risky for patients undergoing noncardiac surgery a newly released research study says it is during the recovery period. According to the findings of a large international study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), only 0.7 percent of the reported deaths in these patients occurred …

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Cases of Atrial fibrillation in EU’s Seniors Expected to Skyrocket by 2060

Last month, during World Heart Rhythm Week, a research study published in the EP Europace, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), called for urgent action to prevent, detect and treat atrial fibrillation to stop a substantial rise in disabling strokes. According to the researchers, atrial fibrillation also called AFib or AF, is the …

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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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