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In Global News: All-Ugandan CABG Team and Nonsmoker Lung Cancer Risk in Taiwan

Friday, January 26, 2018

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Claire Vernon

Patient Care

A CABG operation performed at the Uganda Heart Institute at Mulago National Referral Hospital was done by an all-Ugandan surgical team for the first time.

Software will help analyze emergency calls in Copenhagen, informing dispatchers when it detects nonverbal sounds that indicate cardiac arrest.


Drugs and Devices

Boston Scientific has entered into an acquisition option agreement with Millipede, Inc, a company that has developed a transcatheter mitral valve annuloplasty system.

The US Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to 11 companies for illegal claims of their products’ abilities to treat opioid addiction and withdrawal. The letters were issued jointly with the Federal Trade Commission.


Research, Trials, and Funding

Data from the PARTNER II S3 trial showed no differences in survival or stroke between women and men undergoing TAVR, which the authors attribute partially to new-generation valves with more sizes and to better sizing techniques.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare says that the second stage of its Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers study shows that Taiwanese nonsmokers have twice the risk of lung cancer that heavy smokers in Europe and North American do.


What? For the first time? What a big shame! Mulago National Referral Hospital is one of the biggest and oldest one if my knowledge is serving me well. How can the world be so cruel to the people?
CABG is the most basic of all the cardiovascular operations. You mean the country could not afford even these basics.

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