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hep c, Fatty Liver Disease

Steven L. Flamm, MD, Medical Director of the Liver Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is available to discuss new Hep C study

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Glycemic Control, pediatric critical care, HALF-PINT study, pediatric clinical trials, pediatric endocrinology, Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia, Hyperglycemia

Critically Ill Children Don't Benefit From Tightest Control of Blood Sugar

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Critically ill infants and children do not gain extra benefit from control of their blood sugar level to lower levels, compared to higher levels within the usual care range, say researchers who led a national clinical trial. While both levels of blood sugar control were relatively safe, control to lower levels increased the risk of a very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) without offering a significant advantage.

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computational fluid dynamics, Validation, Medical Devices, particle image velocimetry, in vitro hemolysis testing

New Models for Validating Computational Simulations of Blood Flow and Damage in Medical Devices

A collaborative effort to improve the development of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methodologies for evaluating "blood contacting" medical devices—receiving the Willem Kollf Award for top abstract at the ASAIO 2016 conference—is now reported in full in the ASAIO Journal, published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Hypertension, masked hypertension, Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure

Study Shows 1 in 8 Americans – 17 Million – Have “Masked” Hypertension

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reveals that the U.S. prevalence of masked hypertension is 12.3 percent. Based on the U.S. population, this translates to approximately 17.1 million people, or 1 in 8 adults

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Cardiovascular disease, , Heart Attack, stroke, , Statins, Diabetes, Physicians, American Heart Association, , Prevention, Primary Care, Primary prevention

Experts Urge for Wider Prescription of Statins in Treatment and Prevention

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Researchers from Florida Atlantic University and Harvard Medical School address the possible but unproven link between statins and diabetes, as well as the implications of prescription of statins for clinicians and their patients. They emphasize that the risk of diabetes, even if real, pales in comparison to the benefits of statins in both the treatment and primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes. The editor-in-chief published the commentary and his editorial online ahead of print.

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William McEvoy, McEvoy, Blood Pressure, Heart, Calcium

Personalized Treatment for Those in Blood Pressure ‘Gray Zone’

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Using data from a national study, Johns Hopkins researchers determined that using heart CT scans can help personalize treatment in patients whose blood pressure falls in the gray zone of just above normal or mild high blood pressure.

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broken heart syndrome, UCLA, UCLA health, Heart Disease, Cancer, Stroke, Loneliness

Lonely Hearts and Your Health - UCLA Health Advisory

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Studies show that people who are chronically lonely have significantly more heart disease, are more prone to advanced cancers and strokes, and are more likely to develop neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Penn Nursing Science, Penn Nursing, University Of Pennsylvania, Karen Glanz, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Advisory Council, Heart, Blood, Lungs, Sleep Disorders

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, Appointed to Advisory Council for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

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The Council advises on matters relating to the cause, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung and blood diseases; the use of blood and blood products and the management of blood resources; and on sleep disorders.

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iron, Anemia, Kidney Disease

Trial Finds Oral Iron Drug Safe and Effective for Treating Anemia in Kidney Disease Patients

• In a phase 3 trial of patients with chronic kidney disease, 52.1% of patients receiving oral ferric citrate experienced a significant boost in hemoglobin levels (a reflection of red blood cell counts) compared with 19.1% of patients receiving placebo. • A treatment effect was seen as early as 1-2 weeks after the start of treatment, and the response was durable.

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Warfarin, Blood Thinner, EHR

Changes to Hospital Electronic Health Records Could Improve Care of Patients on Popular Blood Thinner

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Warfarin is a commonly prescribed blood thinner used to prevent harmful blood clots. However, the drug requires frequent monitoring, daily dosing and can result in serious negative effects when mixed with vitamin K, a vitamin commonly found in vegetables such as lettuce or broccoli. Now, a new study from University of Missouri Health Care has found that using electronic health records (EHR) can improve the care patients receive after they leave the hospital and eliminate potential confusion among care providers and pharmacists.

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Transfusions of “Old” Blood May Harm Some Patients

Blood transfusions with the oldest blood available could be harmful for some patients, finds Columbia University researchers. The investigators recommend reducing the maximum blood storage limit from 6 to 5 weeks.

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Infection Control, Epidemiology, Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections, bloodstream infection, catheter-related bloodstream infection, Teryl Nuckols

Catheter Safeguards at Hospitals Reduce Infections and Save Money, Study Shows

U.S. hospitals are reducing bloodstream infections related to catheters by implementing rigorous safeguards that also save millions of healthcare dollars each year, according to research led by Cedars-Sinai.

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Structure of Kidney Failure Patients’ Blood Clots May Increase Their Risk of Early Death

• Hemodialysis patients tend to have denser blood clots than individuals without kidney disease. • Dense blood clots were linked to an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular and other causes.

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Heart Desease, Anemia, Myocardial Infarction

Preventing Mortality After Myocardial Infarction

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding Canadian component of a study to determine the optimal amount of blood to transfuse in anemic patients who have suffered a myocardial infarction.

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Malaria, Africa, Anemia, The Gambia, iron supplements

Anemia Protects African Children Against Malaria

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Researchers have found iron deficiency anemia protects children against the blood-stage of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Africa, and treating anemia with iron supplementation removes this protective effect.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Infection, Antibiotic, Antibiotic Resistance, Immune System, VRE, blood stream infection, bacterial biofilm, Biofilm, Enterococcus faecium

Infant’s Prolonged Infection Reveals Mutation That Helps Bacteria Tolerate Antibiotics

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A life-threatening infection in an infant with leukemia led to a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital discovery of how prolonged infection sets the stage for bacterial persistence despite antibiotic susceptibility.

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myelodysplasia syndromes , MDs, AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Proteomics, Nature Immunology, Molecular Target, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Hematology, Genetics

Possible Treatment Targets Found for Pre-Malignant Bone Marrow Disorders

Cincinnati Children’s researchers report in Nature Immunology a new mechanism that controls blood cell function and several possible molecular targets for treating myelodysplasia syndromes (MDS) – a group of pre-malignant disorders in which bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. MDS can lead to acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a fast-spreading blood cancer that can be deadly if not treated promptly.

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Hemophilia, Hemophilia B, Factor IX, oral delivery system, Capsule, X-linked, clotting factor IX

Capsule for Severe Bleeding Disorder Moves Closer to Reality

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Researchers are working to develop a pill to treat this serious inherited bleeding disorder. Oral delivery of the treatment--clotting factor IX--would allow individuals with type B hemophilia to swallow a pill rather than be subjected to several weekly injections of factor IX to control potentially fatal bleeding episodes.

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McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Claudio Soto, Prions, Mad Cow Disease, Creutzfeldt Jakob, Blood Test, detection of prions, Early Diagnosis

UTHealth Research Could Lead to Blood Test to Detect Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

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The detection of prions in the blood of patients with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease could lead to a noninvasive diagnosis prior to symptoms and a way to identify prion contamination of the donated blood supply, according to researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

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Health Tips, Wellness Tips, Ut Southwestern

December 2016 Health and Wellness Tips

Health and wellness tips about preventing blood shortages, cardiorespiratory fitness check-up, and avoid holiday heart syndrome.







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