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Do not go with the flow: Stemming the tide of GI bleeding with continuous-flow VADs

Continuous-flow ventricular assist devices have become a life-sustaining treatment option for patients with advanced HF during the past decade. One of the most common and significant complications after continuous-flow VAD implantation is gastrointestinal ...

Trial Scorecard: COMMANDER-HF

Assessment of rivaroxaban vs. placebo to reduce the risk for death, MI or stroke in patients with HF and significant CAD after an episode of decompensated HF. ...

Trial Scorecard: BASKET-SMALL 2

Comparison of a drug-coated balloon (SeQuent Please, B. Braun Medical) with a drug-eluting stent (Xience, Abbott Vascular or Taxus Element, Boston Scientific) for major adverse cardiac events in patients with small vessels with native CAD. ...

Trial Scorecard: ASCEND

Evaluation of 100 mg of aspirin daily vs. placebo and/or 1 g of omega-3 fatty acids daily vs. placebo for prevention of serious vascular events in patients with diabetes without occlusive arterial disease. ...

Genomic risk score predicts CAD better than conventional factors

A genomic risk score was better than conventional risk factors at predicting incident CAD, according to new findings. The researchers used a meta-analytic approach to combine large-scale, genome-wide and targeted genetic association data to develop a genom ...

Increasing insulin resistance linked to low lean body mass in aging men

Compared with men who experienced stable or relatively low increase in insulin resistance between young adulthood and middle age, those whose insulin resistance increased during that period had lower lean body mass, according to findings published in the J ...

Higher beta-blocker dose, lower heart rate confer improved outcomes in HFrEF

Patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction who were treated with a higher-dose beta-blocker and achieved a lower heart rate had reduced risk for mortality, according to a study published in The American Journal of Cardiology. ...

FAST-FFR: Angiography-derived FFR accurately classifies coronary lesions

SAN DIEGO — Fractional flow reserve derived from coronary angiography is comparable to conventional pressure wire-derived FFR for physiologic assessment of coronary stenoses, according to new findings from the FAST-FFR trial. “FFR derived from routine coro ...

VIDEO: Changes ahead for The Spine Journal

LOS ANGELES — At the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, Christopher M. Bono, MD, incoming editor-in-chief of The Spine Journal, discussed the publication’s increased impact factor, changes planned for submissions and the editorial board, as well ...

PADN-5: Pulmonary artery denervation shows promise

SAN DIEGO — Pulmonary artery denervation showed improved outcomes in patients with combined pre- and postcapillary pulmonary hypertension, according to the randomized, sham-controlled PADN-5 trial. Unfortunately, medications targeting pulmonary artery hype ...

Readmissions after cardiac surgery similar despite day of discharge

Readmission rates after major cardiac surgery were consistent regardless of the date of discharge, researchers reported in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. “Though the validity of hospital readmission rate as a quality improvement indicator has been debated ...

'Obesity discrimination damaged my career'

Kathryn Szrodecki says obese people are passed over for promotion and paid less due to their weight. ...

Women's retirement age rising faster than men's in UK

Women working until 64 on average, reversing 80s and 90s trend of earlier retirement Women are on average working until the age of 64, in a dramatic reversal of the trend towards early retirement that marked the 1980s and 1990s. Figures from the Departmen ...

California congressional members join fight against contact lens prescription release form

Thirty-one members of Congress from California have joined other legislators opposing the FTC proposal mandating that contact lens prescribers, including optometrists and ophthalmologists, obtain a signed patient acknowledgment receipt with each new contac ...

EMPA-REG: Empagliflozin can add 4 years to life expectancy in diabetes with CVD

Adults with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease who take the SGLT2 inhibitor empagliflozin can expect to live between 1 and 5 years longer than those without the drug, depending on the person’s age when initiating treatment, according to ...

Swords murder victim was savagely beaten, court told

A 31-year-old man has gone on trial charged with murdering a 54-year-old man in north Dublin last year by viciously and savagely beating him to death, a court has heard. ...

Differences between colds and flu highlighted

Flu season has officially begun and a new campaign aims to help people understand the differences between flu and the common cold. There are over 200 types of cold virus and most adults will get between two and four colds per year, while children can get u ...

Sedentary lifestyle impacting sperm quality

The move to a more sedentary lifestyle is having a detrimental impact on men's sperm, a consultant gynaecologist has warned. According to Dr Bart Kuczera, a fertility expert with Beacon CARE Fertility in Dublin, new research suggests that the quality ...

Key mental health website redeveloped

The HSE has redeveloped one of its key mental health websites in an effort to improve the experience of those seeking mental health information, supports and services. Yourmentalhealth.ie now provides personalised support options via a search tool that gen ...

Weight stigma common among health professionals

Some healthcare professionals do not consider obesity a disease and do not treat it in the same way they would treat other chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, experts have warned. According to the Irish Society for Clinical Nutri ...