Health Problems

Don’t miss a beat: Computer simulations may treat most common heart rhythm disorder

Scientists at Johns Hopkins have successfully created personalized digital replicas of the upper chambers of the heart and used them to guide the precise treatment of patients suffering from persistent irregular heartbeats. These simulations accurately identified where clinicians need to destroy tissue to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. The proof-of-concept study, published in Nature Biomedical […]

Health Problems

Ivacaftor may reduce common infections in patients with CF

Patients with cystic fibrosis who take ivacaftor appear to have fewer respiratory infections over time than those not taking the drug, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Cystic fibrosis is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. Ivacaftor (Kalydeco) is prescribed to […]

Health News

Experts Decode These 7 Common Anxiety Dreams

There are some days when my anxiety is so extreme that I can’t wait to fall asleep and just escape. Unfortunately, this rarely happens because I have frequent anxiety dreams. There are a few in my regular rotation: Showing up at the airport late for a flight and without my passport and luggage, finding out […]

Medications

Many antibiotic courses for common infections not in line with guidelines

Many antibiotic courses prescribed for common infections treated in English primary care (general practices and community services) exceed the recommended guidelines, reveals a study in The BMJ today. Treatment courses were 1.3 million days beyond the durations recommended by guidelines, with most excess days due to treatment for respiratory conditions. Previous studies have found significant […]

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Overlapping Surgery Appears Safe for Common Procedures

TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 — Overlapping surgery is not associated with differences in in-hospital mortality or complication rates but is linked to increased surgery length, according to a study published in the Feb. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Eric Sun, M.D., Ph.D., from the Stanford University School of Medicine in […]

Health Problems

Vaccine-preventable infections common after peds transplant

(HealthDay)—Hospitalization for vaccine-preventable infections occurs in more than 15 percent of pediatric solid organ transplant recipients in the first five years after surgery, according to a study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. Amy G. Feldman, M.D., from Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, and colleagues used data from the Pediatric Health Information System to assess hospitalizations […]