March 21, 2018 Bottom Line: A smartwatch coupled with a machine learning algorithm was able to detect irregular heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation (AF), with high accuracy in a small group of patients undergoing treatment to restore normal heart rhythm but with lower accuracy in a larger group of people with a self-reported history of AF. […]Continue Reading ...
March 14, 2018 Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies announced today that Biosense Webster, Inc., a worldwide leader in the diagnosis and treatment of heart arrhythmias, has completed patient enrollment in its U.S. Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study of the THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH® SF Catheter. The prospective, multicenter, non-randomized study of 367 patients is evaluating the […]Continue Reading ...
Special Issue: Seniors Print this issue Take Care of Yourself While Caring for Others It can be a labor of love, and sometimes a job of necessity. Millions of Americans provide unpaid care for someone with a serious health condition each year. These often-unsung heroes provide hours of assistance to others. Yet the stress and […]Continue Reading ...
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Results of the PRECISE II study showed the implanted continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system from Eversense to be safe and highly accurate over the 90-day sensor life in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new study reports that chronic exposure to arsenic interferes with insulin secretion in the pancreas, which may increase the risk of diabetes. The paper, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. Arsenic is an element that occurs naturally in soil, plants and water […]Continue Reading ...
It’s known that racial minorities in the United States undergo fewer total knee replacements (TKRs) for knee osteoarthritis, but it’s unclear how this affects their quality of life.Continue Reading ...
What Is Treacher Collins Syndrome? Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS) affects the way the bones of the face develop before a baby is born. TCS — also called mandibulofacial dysostosis and Treacher Collins-Franceschetti syndrome — is caused by a genetic mutation (a change in a person’s DNA). What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Treacher Collins […]Continue Reading ...
March 16, 2018 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) researchers uncover four microRNA molecules in the bloodstream that could predict the onset of atrial fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition that causes an irregular, and often rapid, heart rate. It increases the risk of developing strokes, heart failure, and even dementia. Although it […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Say you’re the coach of a basketball team that’s trailing by two points in the dying seconds of a game. Your team has the ball and you call a timeout to set up a play. Or imagine your football team has just scored a touchdown with three seconds to play to […]Continue Reading ...
While coordinated care has been a goal of government health agencies and the Institute of Medicine, it doesn’t always happen. One government health agency said, “Current healthcare systems are often disjointed, and processes vary among and between primary care sites and specialty sites.” A team approach can improve the coordination of care and there is […]Continue Reading ...
After being stung by a parasitic wasp, the American cockroach loses control of its behavior, becoming host to the wasp’s egg.Continue Reading ...
In the largest single-center study of patients with rheumatologic diseases who were prescribed modern cancer immunotherapy with what are called immune checkpoint inhibitors, only a minority of patients experienced a flare of their rheumatologic disease or immune-related side effects.Continue Reading ...
What is an ALT Blood Test? ALT, which stands for alanine transaminase, is an enzyme found mostly in the liver. When liver cells are damaged, they release ALT into the bloodstream. An ALT test measures the amount of ALT in the blood. High levels of ALT in the blood can indicate a liver problem, even […]Continue Reading ...
What is a Hematocrit Test? A hematocrit test is a type of blood test. Your blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. These cells and platelets are suspended in a liquid called plasma. A hematocrit test measures how much of your blood is made up of red blood cells. […]Continue Reading ...
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