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In Global News: Robotically Coaxing Esophageal Growth, Sauna for Your Health, and Canada’s First Inuk Cardiac Surgeon

Friday, January 12, 2018

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Claire Vernon

Patient Care

Portugal’s first Eurovision winner, Salvador Sobral, has made a good recovery after undergoing a heart transplant in December.

Canada’s first Inuk cardiac surgeon talks about choosing to become a surgeon and the pride she takes in serving her patients.

Surgeons perform the first pneumonectomy at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE, for a patient with respiratory failure secondary to a multi-drug resistant infection.


Drugs and Devices

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has pushed back approval of AndexXa, which is designed to reverse the anticoagulant effect of Factor Xa inhibitors, as they review additional data.


Research, Trials, and Funding

An international group of researchers have developed a robot that pulls on the esophagus to induce cell growth in awake pigs, a technology that could be applied to large-gap esophageal atresia in infants.

Two studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine come to slightly different conclusions on the benefits of risk-based screening for lung cancer outcomes.

Researchers in Finland look at how 30 minutes in a sauna affects one’s cardiovascular function.

Veterinary researchers in Ontario, Canada, found that atrial fibrillation appears to be a heritable trait in Standardbred racehorses.

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