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FDA Clears Memo 3D ReChord Annuloplasty Ring by Sorin Group

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The Memo 3D ReChord annuloplasty ring designed by strongSorin Group/strong for mitral valve repair procedures has received FDA clearance. This device that is semi-rigid in nature, is an upgrade to the existing Memo 3D ring, now featuring a new chordal guidance system that helps with implantation, particularly in the case of performing artificial Gore-Tex chordae replacement. Sorin's unique Carbofilm coating covers the ring, which according to the company, ...

Combination Therapy Shown as Effective for Higher-Risk DS/AML Patients

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Patients with higher-risk forms of myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia may find that combination of drugs azacitidine and lenalidomide as an effective frontline treatment regimen. A phase two study that investigated the potential of the drugs azacitidine (AZA) and lenalidomide (LEN), demonstrated this. Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells, resulting in abnormal (blast) ...

Virginia Mason Tops the List of U.S. Hospital for Ninth Straight Year

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The Leapfrog Group named Virginia Mason on top in its annual list of Top Hospitals in the nation for the ninth consecutive year, on Sunday. Virginia Mason is the only hospital in Washington state to receive the 2014 Top Hospital award for quality and safety, and it is the only hospital in the U.S. to be named a Top Hospital every year since the recognition program was launched in 2006. "The Leapfrog Group's methodology sets a high standard for identifying ...

Relationship Problems and Top Ways to Solve Them

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Read on for the different kinds of relationship problems and top tips and advice to help your relationship flourish and grow.

Diagnostic Tools to Foretell Metastasis

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Metastasis, or metastatic disease, is the spread of a cancer or disease from one organ or part to another not directly connected with it. The new occurrences of disease thus generated are referred to as metastases. It was previously thought that only malignant tumor cells and infections have the capacity to metastasize (also spelled metastasise); however, this is being reconsidered. One of the most serious concerns for any cancer patient and its impact on clinical ...

Nanoplug Fits Precisely into the Ear Canal - Almost Invisible

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Over the years, there has been continuous research on hearing aids. Wireless capabilities, algorithms, miniaturization and nano-technology have made it possible to create the world's smallest hearing aid that is almost invisible. The Nanoplug is a revolutionary aid for people with mild to moderately severe loss of hearing. It is in between the size of a rice grain and a coffee bean. h3Advantages of Nanoplug:/h3 The Nanoplug has its advantages. It is suitable ...

Recent Research Says Lost Long-term Memories may be Recoverable

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The decades-old belief that memory is stored at the brain's synapses is being challenged by a new University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) research. What the results imply actually offers hope for early-stage Alzheimer's disease patients, which says that lost long-term memory could be restored. The majority of neuroscientists believe that memory is stored at the connections between brain cells known as synapses. Alzheimer's disease destroys the synapses. The research ...

A Resumed Effort to Eradicate Tuberculosis by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation With Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan, is the face of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) new TB campaign that will look at fighting back drug-sensitive cases. TB control in slums and access to rapid diagnosis for multi-drug resistant cases will be their taken up says, Commissioner Sitaram Kunte. The campaign features two videos in which the actor talks about not ignoring cough for more than two weeks. The campaign on television will be backed up by radio jingles and poster ...

Trimalleolar Fracture

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Trimalleolar fracture is the fracture of the ankle involving three bones in the lower leg, namely medial malleolus, lateral malleolus, and the posterior part of the tibial bone.

2-year-old Bengaluru Boy Donates Heart to Russian Kid

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A little boy who is just 2 years and 10 months old has become a life savior for a Russian child. The boy who was declared brain dead on Thursday has his heart airlifted from Bengaluru to Chennai on Friday afternoon in less than an hour. In Chennai, the doctors transplanted the heart successfully into the Russian child in a surgery that lasted nearly eight hours. The 2-year-old Bengaluru boy had been admitted to a nursing home on December 12 after he developed ...

Be Cautious of Swine Flu Though There are No Positive Cases Yet

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Birds have been tested positive for swine flu at the Sukhna Lake in Punjab, and there are reports of mysterious deaths of over 300 crows. The deadly Swine flu has struck, three people in Telangana and five people in Andhra Pradesh have become infected with the deadly virus. Students from Government Model Senior Secondary Schools in Sector 33, Carmel Convent School and St Kabir Public School had visited the lake on different days between December 10 and 16 to participate ...

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Policies Blamed for Insufficient Response to Ebola Outbreak

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The healthcare systems in the African countries worst affected by Ebola were underfunded, had shortage of doctors and hampered coordinated response to the outbreak, due to International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies, researchers said Monday. Links between the IMF and the rapid spread of the disease were examined by researchers from Cambridge University's sociology department, with colleagues from Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. ...

Major Doctors' Strike at Christmas in France

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France is expecting a major strike over the Christmas period by overworked doctors. The casualty staff and specialists are also unhappy about the new health bill. Emergency room doctors are due to kick off the protest Monday, demanding their work week be reduced to 48 hours, compared to around 60 currently, and better overtime pay. But the stoppage is not expected immediately to impact hospitals as those striking will keep working and merely wear a badge. ...

Blood Sugar Levels Maintained Better by Self-Reported Daily Exercise

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Blood pressure and blood glucose levels are lowered better with self-reported daily exercise, reveals a recent new study. The study conducted by Kaiser Permanente categorized patients as "regularly active" if they reported 150 minutes of exercise per week or more, "irregularly active" if they reported any exercise but less than 150 minutes per week, and "inactive" if they reported no exercise. The study found that women who were consistently ...

Back Pain Likely to Occur in 'Insomniac Adults' Later in Life

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Adults suffering from insomnia are almost one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from back pain eventually, reveals a new research. The study conducted by University of Haifa mentioned that the reasons for back pain were varied, but around 60 percent to 80 percent of the adult population suffers from it at some point in their lives and some 90 percent of those suffering from it have no identifiable cause. Dr. Maayan Agmon and Dr. Galit Armon, researchers ...

Time Does Not Mend 'Broken Heart' Syndrome

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Those who suffer physically from a broken heart, recover easily and it is not the time that always help people, claim researchers. Stress-induced cardiomyopathy, or "broken heart syndrome," could be caused by times of acute emotional stress such as the death of a loved one, a divorce or gut-wrenching break-up, the Independent reported. Sufferers were reported to recover completely "within days or weeks," however researchers at University of Aberdeen ...

Criticism by Loved Ones Over Weight Leads to More Weight Gain Among Women

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Overweight women whose families, friends and romantic partners criticize their weight tend to gain more weight, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Waterloo. Women who received higher number of 'acceptance messages' about their weight saw better weight loss and weight maintenance than their counterparts who did not receive this positive response from their loved ones. Social psychologists asked university-age women their height and weight, ...

Brain's Habit System Running Amok is Responsible for OCD

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Misfiring of the brain's habit control system may be the reason for compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to researchers at the University of Cambridge OCD was thought to be a disorder caused by worrying about obsessions or faulty beliefs. However, the new study views it as a condition brought about when the brain's habit system runs amok. Researchers found that OCD patients were less capable of stopping these pedal-pressing habits, and this was ...

First Successful Vaccine to Fight Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer

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Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed a vaccine to fight chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal brain disorder among deer which is caused by unusual infectious proteins known as prions. This vaccine will help protect U.S. livestock from contracting the disease, and prevent similar brain infections in humans caused by prions, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, kuru, familial insomnia, and variably protease-sensitive prionopathy. Researchers used Salmonella ...

Lifestyle Modification in Cardiac Patients Leads to Better Survival Rate

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Patients with the atrial fibrillation (AF), world's most common heart rhythm disorder, are five times more likely to have long-term survival if they manage their lifestyle, according to researchers at University of Adelaide. AF is responsible for dementia, stroke and death, and has a significant impact on healthcare costs. Electrical short circuits are believed to be responsible for the abnormal beating of the heart in AF patients. The currently used treatment is cathether ...

Diabetic Children With High Blood Sugar Have Slower Brain Growth

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Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) in children suffering from type 1 diabetes (T1D) is linked to changes in brain growth, according a new study conducted at Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Young children with T1D have slower overall and regional growth of gray and white matter compared to children without diabetes. These changes in the brain development were associated with higher and more variable blood sugar levels. Continued exposure to abnormally elevated ...

Japanese Scientists Develop Tiny Adhesive Sensors

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In Japan, scientists have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues. The invention opens up the possibility of implanting almost unnoticeable sensors inside the body, letting doctors keep a close eye on a dodgy heart, for example. "Just by applying to the body like a compress, our novel sheet sensor detects biometric information extremely accurately," researchers at the ...

Blood Groups A, B, AB at Higher Diabetes Risk Than Group O: Study

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People with blood groups A, B and AB are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than people with blood group O, demonstrates a new study. The study of more than 80,000 women has uncovered different risks of developing type 2 diabetes associated with different blood groups, with the biggest difference a 35 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes found in those with group B, Rhesus factor positive (R+) blood compared with the universal donor group O, Rhesus factor ...

Restoring Lost Memories may be Possible Now

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A new study shows that it might be possible now to restore lost memories, as it provided proof contradicting the idea that long-term memory is stored at synapses. David Glanzman, a UCLA professor of integrative biology and physiology and of neurobiology, said that it was a radical idea, but that's where the evidence leads that the nervous system appears to be able to regenerate lost synaptic connections, so if they can restore the synaptic connections, the memory ...

Specific Brain Markers can Make Children Generous

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A team of neuroscientists at the University of Chicago has found specific brain markers that predict generosity in children. Researcher Jean Decety said that they know that generosity in children increases as they get older, adding that neuroscientists have not yet examined the mechanisms that guide the increase in generosity. Decety added that the results of this study demonstrate that children exhibit both distinct early automatic and later more controlled ...

Performance of Some UK Personal Use Breathalyzers Varies Considerably

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The ability of few breathalyzers widely sold to the UK public to detect potentially unsafe levels of breath alcohol for driving, varies considerably, claims research published in the online journal iBMJ Open/i. The findings call into question the regulatory process for approving these sorts of devices for personal use, say the researchers, particularly as false reassurance about a person's safety to drive could have potentially catastrophic consequences. The ...

Early Exposure to Antidepressants may Affect Adult Anxiety and Serotonin Transmission

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More than 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants. However little is known about how early exposure to these medications might affect their offspring as they mature into adults. The answer to that question is vital, as 5 percent of all babies born in the U.S. - more than 200,000 a year - are exposed to antidepressants during gestation via ...

Beijing Court Raps Clinic Over 'Gay Conversion' Therapy

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A Beijing court ordered a psychological clinic to pay compensation to a homosexual man for administering electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual. The plaintiff, a gay man named Yang Teng, said he felt traumatised when he received the shocks after being told to have sexual thoughts involving men. Yang, who also uses the nickname Xiao Zhen, said the Xinyu Piaoxiang clinic was ordered to pay him 3,500 yuan ( (Dollar) 562) and post a public apology ...

Young Children With Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Changes in Brain Growth

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Researchers have found that young children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have slower brain growth compared to children without diabetes. A new study, published in the December issue of iDiabetes/i, now available ahead of print, suggests that continued exposure to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars, may be detrimental to the developing brain. The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "Our results show the potential vulnerability ...

Steroid-Based Treatment is Safe and Effective in Pediatric EoE Patients

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A new formulation of oral budesonide suspension, a steroid-based treatment, is safe and effective in treating pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). This is according to a new study in iClinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology/i, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic immune system disease caused by a buildup of white blood cells in the lining of the esophagus. ...

Mozambique Legalises Abortion

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Mozambique has legalised abortion, making it one of the few countries to allow women to terminate unwanted pregnancies in Africa. President Armando Guebuza on Thursday quietly signed into law a revised penal code bill that eases prohibitions in abortion regulations, a move hailed by health groups. The new law specifies that abortions will have to be carried out in recognised and designated health centres by qualified practitioners. Termination ...

'Sparks Fly' When Egg Meets Sperm: Study

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A fertilized mammalian egg releases from its surface billions of zinc atoms in "zinc sparks," one wave after another, reveals a new study. Using cutting-edge technology they developed, including new high-energy X-ray imaging techniques, the team is the first to capture images of these molecular fireworks and pinpoint the origin of the zinc sparks: tiny zinc-rich packages just below the egg's surface. Zinc flux plays a central role in regulating the ...

How Compulsive Habits Develop in OCD Patients

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Misfiring of the brain's control system might underpin compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), suggest researchers at the University of Cambridge, writing in the iAmerican Journal of Psychiatry/i. The research, led by Dr Claire Gillan and Professor Trevor Robbins (Department of Psychology) is the latest in a series of studies from the Cambridge Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute investigating the possibility that compulsions in OCD ...

At Least Four Killed in U.S. Due to Listeria Outbreak Caused by Caramel Apples

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Officials on Friday said that since November at least four people were killed in the United States and 28 people have been sick since a listeria outbreak believed to originate from commercially packaged caramel apples. Listeria monocytogenes is caused by a bacteria and can cause life-threatening illness. It is particularly dangerous for children, the elderly and pregnant women, in whom it can cause miscarriage. A total of 83 percent of those interviewed ...

Nigerian Peacekeeper Brought to Netherlands for Ebola Treatment, Cured

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The Dutch authorities on Friday said that a Nigerian UN peacekeeper infected with Ebola and brought to the Netherlands for treatment has been cured. "The Nigerian patient who was admitted on December 6 has been cured of Ebola," the Dutch public health institute RIVM said in a statement. The soldier was infected while working as a peacekeeper battling the deadly disease in Liberia. He was flown to the Netherlands at the request of the World ...

Nurse Practitioners may Help Parents Understand Infant Sleep Patterns

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A baby not sleeping through the night when it is six months or so may make many parents wonder if something is wrong with their baby or their sleeping. Healthcare providers, specifically nurse practitioners, can help parents understand what "normal" sleep patterns are for their child, according to researchers. "Nurse practitioners are at the frontline of healthcare," said Robin Yaure, senior instructor of human development and family studies, Penn State Mont Alto. "They are ...

Healthy and Vibrant, Non-alcoholic Morning Disco in London

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26-year-old Nathaniel Hone joins hundreds of revelers at a dance party fuelled only by coffee and smoothies, at dawn, before commuting to his job in London's business district of Canary Wharf. At 6:15 am in trendy Bethnal Green, where art galleries prevail over the franchises common elsewhere in the capital, the dark streets are almost deserted under the drizzle on a recent visit. At the end of an alleyway lined with graffiti of wide-eyed owls runs the ...