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In Global News: Botulinum Toxin for AFib, Lung Cancer Screening Still Limited, and Acetaminophen for Kidney Injury in Kids

Friday, May 18, 2018

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Claire Vernon

Patient Care

Three-dimensional heart models help patients and families understand congenital heart defects at a hospital in Seattle, Washington, USA.

A man received his master’s diploma from Indiana University Northwest in his hospital room, as graduation day occurred while he was receiving care to avoid rejection of his heart transplant.


Drugs and Devices

Venus Medtech, a Chinese heart valve producer, announced an equity investment from DCP Capital, which is expected to support the upgrading and internationalization of Venus Medtech’s valves.


Research, Trials, and Funding

Botulinum toxin injected into epicardial fat pads during coronary artery bypass surgery might provide long-term suppression of atrial fibrillation, say researchers from Russia who presented the results from their pilot study at the 2018 Heart Rhythm Society Meeting.

Acetaminophen taken immediately following heart surgery was associated with lower rates of acute kidney injury in infants and children, say researchers from Tennessee, USA, in a retrospective study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Researchers in Boston, Massachusetts, report that chemotherapy may help deter recurrence of pulmonary vein stenosis after children undergo catheterization or surgery for the condition.

Findings that will be presented at the upcoming American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting suggest that low-dose computed tomography scan screening for lung cancer in high-risk smokers remains very limited around the USA.

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