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In Global News: Boy Band-Induced Collapsed Lung, Magnet Esophageal Anastomosis, and AKI After Heart Surgery

Friday, October 13, 2017

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Claire Vernon

Patient Care

A teenager suffered a “boy band-induced pneumothorax” at a One Direction concert, and the case was recently reported in the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

At the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Guadalajara, México, the United Nations and its partners launched an initiative to combat zoonotic tuberculosis.

Read a summary of presentations on percutaneous mitral valve techniques from the 2017 PCR London Valves meeting in the UK.


Drugs and Devices

In an interview with Nature, the executive director of the European Medicines Agency talks about the effect that the agency’s impending move from London could have on its operations.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will temporarily allow imports of intravenous saline to avoid shortages as Puerto Rico, which manufactures about 10% of medical products consumed in the US, continues recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

The US FDA approved a magnet-tipped catheter device for correcting pediatric esophageal atresia without open surgery.


Research, Trials, and Funding

Researchers from Uganda, the US, and France find that prophylactic penicillin might be helpful for children with mild latent rheumatic heart disease.

Two studies published in JAMA Cardiology and the European Heart Journal suggest that low mitochondrial DNA copy number might indicate increased risk of cardiac events.

A new protocol from a multidisciplinary team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, US, aims to reduce the incidence of acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery.

Researchers at Harvard University in Boston, US, used “lung-on-a-chip” tissue models to study NSCLC adenocarcinoma cells. Mechanical forces, applied to these model lungs to mimic breathing, reduced cancer cell growth and invasion and influenced anti-cancer drug efficacy.

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