Medical News Today: 2016 cardiology year in review

  Researchers have made huge strides in the field of cardiology in 2016, bringing us closer to better preventive, diagnostic, and treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease. But which studies have stood out this year?   Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the number 1 killer across the globe,…

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Patients Treated by Female Docs Have Lower Risk of Death

Older patients who are treated by female doctors after being admitted to a hospital may be slightly less likely to die within a month of their admission than those who are treated by male doctors, according to a new study.   Researchers found that patients who were treated by female doctors had a 4 percent…

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Scientist Discovers A Virus That Could Cure Alzhiemer’s, Parkinson’s, And More

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and while available treatments can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those suffering from it, they cannot stop the disease from progressing altogether. advertisement – learn more But Israeli scientist Beka Solomon may have made a major breakthrough for Alzheimer’s…

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E-cigarette use tied to rise in quit smoking success

  New research concludes the rise of e-cigarette use in England is linked to higher rates of successful quitting attempts by smokers of regular cigarettes. The finding would suggest concerns that vaping undermines motivation and attempts to quit smoking are misplaced. breaking cigarette in half The study suggests increasing use of e-cigarette use in England…

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No Link Found Between Anesthesia and Mild Cognitive Impairment

A Mayo Clinic study of people who received anesthesia for surgery after age 40 found no association between the anesthesia and development of mild cognitive impairment later in life. Mild cognitive impairment is a stage between the normal cognitive decline of aging and dementia. The findings are published in the February issue of the medical…

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Therapeutic hypothermia after nonshockable-rhythm cardiac arrest

Therapeutic hypothermia significantly raises the rate of survival with a good neurologic outcome among patients who are comatose after a cardiac arrest with a nonshockable initial rhythm, according to a report published online November 16 in Circulation. Many observational and retrospective cohort studies have examined the possible benefits of therapeutic hypothermia in this patient population,…

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Anesthetic Technique Improves Quality of Recovery for Breast Cancer Patients

The study, from researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and Women’s College Hospital, was published in the March edition of Anesthesiology. It is the world’s first randomized control trial for breast cancer surgery that compares the use of ultrasound-guided paravertebral blocks – a local anesthetic freezing that blocks breast nerves – to general anesthetic. The findings reveal…

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McKesson Anesthesia Care Recalled over Patient Data Issues

The FDA has issued a Class I designation over McKesson Technologies Inc.’s recall of its McKesson Anesthesia Care, a computer-based system used in environments such as operating rooms. An anesthesia provider uses the system to perform a patient assessment, to generate a paper and/or electronic record of the administration of anesthesia to a patient, and…

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MEDNAX acquires Summit Anesthesia Associates

MEDNAX, Inc., (NYSE: MD) today announced the acquisition of Summit Anesthesia Associates, P.A., a physician group practice primarily based in Summit, New Jersey. The practice will become part of MEDNAX’s American Anesthesiology division and is the second New Jersey-based anesthesiology practice to join this division. Established in 1993, Summit Anesthesia Associates is a private group…

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Some anesthesiology residents develop substance use disorder

Researchers reported that 0.86 percent of anesthesiologist had SUD during their training period. (Photo : Wiki Commons) ROCHESTER, Minn., Dec. 5 (UPI) — Nearly 1-in-100 anesthesiology residents entering primary training from 1975 to 2009 developed substance use disorder during training, U.S. researchers say. Dr. David Warner of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Anesthesiology…

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Brain-machine interface puts anesthesia on autopilot

A new brain-machine interface could replace human administration of anesthetics to patients in a medically induced coma. The machine monitors a patient’s brain activity and automatically delivers just the right amount of anesthetic to keep the patient in a coma thus reducing the amount of anesthetic needed and preventing an overdose, researchers say. Doctors could also use…

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Anesthesiologist-Designed Portable ICU Has Military and Civilian Uses

Toronto—At a chance meeting in 2002, retired Master Chief Thomas Eagles, a highly decorated medic in the U.S. Marine Corps, approached Joseph Fisher, MD, a highly bookish anesthesiologist-turned-innovator. Mr. Eagles had heard of Dr. Fisher’s research on improving the efficiency of oxygen delivery, and wanted him to lower the number of oxygen tanks that medics…

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Most Outcomes in Meta-Analysis Favor Off-Pump CABG

Miami Beach, Fla.—For patients requiring coronary artery bypass grafts, off-pump surgery may reduce the risk for stroke, renal failure and atrial fibrillation compared with an on-pump procedure, a recent study has found. The meta-analysis of 87 previous randomized controlled trials (RCTs) uncovered no significant differences between the two approaches in rates of all-cause mortality, myocardial…

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