Diagnostic Test Helps Rule out Pathologic Heart Murmur in Kids

Although heart murmur in children is usually harmless (referred to as innocent murmur), in a small number of cases it is symptomatic of cardiac disease (referred to as pathologic murmur). A new study finds that disappearance of heart murmur while standing reliably rules out pathologic heart murmurs. Using an acoustic-based, non-electronic stethoscope, researchers at two [...]

By |2017-12-14T11:37:31+01:00December 14th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

Risk of Dying Due to Heart Cell Damage Without Any Symptoms Exposed

Surgery that doesn’t involve the heart may cause damage to the heart in people with known or at high risk of developing heart disease and was associated with an increased risk of death, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation. Heart cell damage during or after non-heart surgery, known as perioperative [...]

By |2017-12-14T12:42:00+01:00December 14th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

Ultrasound Imaging Needle to Transform Heart Surgery

Heart tissue can be imaged in real-time during keyhole procedures using a new optical ultrasound needle developed by researchers at UCL and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The revolutionary technology has been successfully used for minimally invasive heart surgery in pigs, giving an unprecedented, high-resolution view of soft tissues up to 2.5 cm in [...]

By |2017-12-14T11:34:41+01:00December 14th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

Injectable Gel Helps Heart Muscle Regenerate After Heart Attack

In mammals, including humans, the cells that contract the heart muscle and enable it to beat don’t regenerate after injury. After a heart attack, there is a dramatic loss of these heart muscle cells and those that survive cannot effectively replicate. With fewer of these contractile cells, known as cardiomyocytes, the heart pumps less blood [...]

By |2017-12-06T13:46:35+01:00December 7th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

New Tool Predicts Risk of Heart Attack in Older Surgery Patients

A tool designed to more accurately predict the risk of heart attack in older patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery works significantly better than traditional risk assessment tools. By having more accurate information, older patients and their physicians can make an informed decision on whether to undergo surgery, UCLA researchers have concluded. In adults who undergo inpatient [...]

By |2017-12-06T13:41:49+01:00December 7th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

Beating Heart Patch is Large Enough to Repair the Human Heart

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have created a fully functioning artificial human heart muscle large enough to patch over damage typically seen in patients who have suffered a heart attack. The advance takes a major step toward the end goal of repairing dead heart muscle in human patients. The study appears online in Nature Communications. [...]

By |2017-12-06T13:44:25+01:00December 7th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

New Tool Identifies Headache Patients at Risk of Aneurysms

A new tool to identify potentially fatal aneurysms in patients with headaches who seem otherwise well will help emergency departments to identify high-risk patients, improve survival rates and cut out unnecessary imaging, according to new research published in Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). A bleeding brain aneurysm, referred to medically as a subarachnoid hemorrhage, can [...]

By |2017-12-05T12:35:07+01:00December 5th, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

New Study Finds Widespread Consequences After Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers have shown that some of the critical pathophysiological responses to traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), evidence of insufficient oxygen levels and metabolic stress that can permanently damage tissue, persist for at least a week post-injury at and extending away from the injury site in a large animal model. Evidence demonstrating hemodynamic and metabolic changes [...]

By |2017-12-05T12:33:48+01:00December 5th, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

Non-Invasive Brain Imaging Shows Readiness of Trainees

While simulation platforms have been used to train surgeons before they enter an actual operating room (OR), few studies have evaluated how well trainees transfer those skills from the simulator to the OR. Now, a study that used non-invasive brain imaging to evaluate brain activity has found that simulator-trained medical students successfully transferred those skills [...]

By |2017-12-05T12:32:47+01:00December 5th, 2017|Emergency Medicine|0 Comments

Atopic Eczema Explained: One Size Doesn’t Fit all

Researchers from the UK and Netherlands have identified five distinct subgroups of eczema, a finding that helps explain how the condition can affect people at different stages of their lives. Doctors and patients have long known that the itchy skin condition can affect people in many different ways. Now, Professor Sara Brown from the University [...]

By |2017-12-01T11:24:03+01:00December 1st, 2017|Dermatology|0 Comments