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In Global News: DCD Heart Transplants, Combating Antimicrobial Resistance, and Hospital Disinfectant Exposure

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Claire Vernon

Patient Care

Three more UK surgical centers will introduce heart transplants from non-heart beating donors. In the UK, this procedure is currently only performed at three hospitals, where it benefits patients such as this sports enthusiast.

The Montreal Heart Institute in Canada has a new surgical robot dedicated to CABG and mitral valve surgery.


Drugs and Devices

Neovasc Inc. released an update on the performance of its self-expanding mitral bioprosthesis, the TiaraTM valve, which is being implanted in several European and US centers as part of three parallel investigational programs.

The European Medicines Agency and the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention will host a meeting to discuss the threat of antimicrobial resistance and how they can support efforts to combat this threat.


Research, Trials, and Funding

Researchers from France analyzed data from the US Nurses’ Health Study II, finding a correlation between exposure to disinfectants and development of COPD.

Chinese researchers have published a case study on closing aortic anastomosis leaks with a transcatheter approach.

A study of a Swedish national database matched sibling pairs to further investigate the relationship between height and likelihood of venous thromboembolism.

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