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In Global News: Addressing Lung Cancer Treatment Disparities and Adult Heart Problems After Congenital Heart Disease

Friday, March 1, 2019

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Claire Vernon

Patient Care and General Interest

One of the professional golfers who qualified for this weekend’s PGA Tour event is also a two-time heart transplant recipient.


Drugs and Devices

LivaNova announced that its Perceval sutureless aortic valve will be reimbursed for patients through Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.


Research, Trials, and Funding

A program designed specifically to address racial disparity in lung cancer treatment rates in North Carolina, USA, eliminated this disparity and increased treatment rates for all participants.

Researchers from Ontario, Canada, report a 60% pathologic complete response rate for stereotactic ablative radiotherapy in patients with resectable lung cancer, much lower than they had hypothesized.

A study using data from the UK Biobank found that adults with mild congenital heart defects had increased incidences of heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and heart attack, even after accounting for cardiovascular risk factors.

The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF) has awarded 24 grants that will support research and educational endeavors in 2019. Visit their website to learn more about TSF and future funding opportunities.

Women have worse outcomes after aortic surgery than men do, report researchers from Ontario, Canada.

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