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First clinical use of a bioprosthetic total artificial heart: report of two cases
The development of artificial hearts in patients with end-stage heart disease have been confronted with the major issues of thromboembolism or haemorrhage. Since valvular bioprostheses are associated with a low incidence of these complications, we decided to use bioprosthetic materials in the construction of a novel artificial heart (C-TAH). We report here the device characteristics and its first clinical applications in two patients with end-stage dilated cardiomyopathy. The aim of the study was to evaluate safety and feasibility of the CARMAT TAH for patients at imminent risk of death from biventricular heart failure and not eligible for transplant.
Organ donor's reported ancestry depends on question format
For years, medicine has relied on self-reported race/ethnicity as the basis of an array of decisions, from risk for disease to matching organ donors. Now, a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco has found that when that information matters most — in connecting bone marrow donors to patients — the format of the questions may determine how well the answers actually correspond to their genes.
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4 measures that are key to retaining nurses
Hospitals & Health Networks
Nursing is a tough job. Nurses juggle it all — sick patients, worried families and stressed doctors. They log long hours, often going to the hospital when it is still dark outside and leaving when it is dark again. It is not unusual for nurses to be floated to hospital departments where they feel that they haven't received adequate training and are expected to take on the workload of a 20-year veteran.
Metformin may lower glucose via the intestine
HealthDay News via Renal & Urology News
Metformin may act via a predominantly lower bowel-mediated mechanism, according to research published online in Diabetes Care. John B. Buse, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, and colleagues conducted 2 studies to assess delayed-release metformin (Met DR).
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China top organ donor among Asian countries
China ranks as the top Asian country in terms of organ donations, according to the first national guideline on organ donation published in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, the Global Times reported.
The guidelines said that even after the government had prohibited the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners starting Jan. 1, more than 1,500 voluntary organ donations were recorded in 2015.
Telehealth technology, nursing care boosts patient engagement
With the widespread use of telehealth technology throughout the healthcare industry picking up speed, new startups are innovating methods for improving patient care and lowering costs in the midst of significant doctor shortages across the country. Vytaliz is one such company which provides healthcare services such as diagnosis and treatment in a patient's home.
Australia: Should organ donors get preference if they need an organ transplant?
If you could save ten people, at little or no cost to you, would you do it? If someone is willing to be an organ donor, should they get preference in the event that they need an organ for themselves? Is there a moral obligation to donate your organs?
Ethicist Julian Savulescu says the answer to all three of those question is yes, though it seems from the statistics and the debate about organ donation that the second and third questions still vex Australians deeply.
American Olympic champion hurdler reveals he is getting a kidney transplant
Olympic champion and high hurdles world record holder Aries Merritt will have a kidney transplant next week after competing in the world athletics championships in Beijing, the 30-year-old American said.
Waves of change: Helping staff navigate the turbulent tides of healthcare
By Christina Thielst
With an emphasis on reducing costs while improving quality and access, the transformation of the U.S. healthcare delivery system is creating additional pressure at the point of care — the encounters between clinicians and their patients. While change is due, it also requires balance and support for those who are caught at the crux as new models of care are being rolled out and payment models are still being developed and implemented.
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