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In Global News: Overlapping Surgery and CABG, Lung Cancer Screening at the Supermarket, and Reporting Device-Related Injuries

Friday, March 8, 2019

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Claire Vernon

Patient Care and General Interest

The American Heart Association has released a scientific statement summarizing emerging knowledge about sensitization after heart transplant.

The National Health Service England in the UK will place mobile scanning trucks in supermarket parking lots to expand lung cancer screening of people who are at high risk of developing the disease.

Engineers from Rochester, New York, USA, have embedded sensors in a toilet seat, an innovation that they hope could improve daily cardiovascular monitoring for patients with heart failure.


Drugs and Devices

Kaiser Health News has released a report detailing a US Food and Drug Administration program that allowed device-related injuries and malfunctions to be reported in a repository that was not publicly available.

Innovative Cardiovascular Solutions, LLC, announced the beginning of the European feasibility study of the next-generation of its Emblok™ Embolic Protection System for transcatheter aortic valve replacement.


Research, Trials, and Funding

Overlapping surgery is safe in most cases but it may increase poor outcomes for high-risk patients and patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting, report researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

A study from researchers at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, USA, suggests the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib might worsen valve disease pathology, conflicting with previous findings that found the drug safe for heart patients.

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