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In Global News: Hurricanes and Heart Health, an Adult Drug for Pediatric PAH, and a Pen for Evaluating Excised Tumors

Friday, September 8, 2017

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Claire Vernon

Patient Care

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, disrupt many aspects of daily life. How do medical teams respond to the disruption of cardiac care?

Pediatric surgeons at Jehangir Hospital in Pune, India, removed a pleuropulmonary blastoma type-II tumor from a toddler.


Drugs and Devices

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a new, lower dose of the endothelin receptor antagonist bosentan for congenital pulmonary arterial hypertension in pediatric patients.

NaviGate reported the investigational implantation of its size-52 mm Gate tricuspid atrioventricular valved stent into a patient’s transplanted heart at the University of Padua, Italy.


Research, Trials, and Funding

Researchers in Texas, USA, have developed a handheld mass spectrometry “pen” for rapid, nondestructive, intraoperative diagnosis of cancer tissues.

Protembis reported the first in-human use, as part of a European trial, of its next generation cerebral-focused embolic protection device, the ProtEmboTM System, at Galway University Hospital in Ireland.

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