Innovations in Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Technology

submitted by: mcgheek

Dr. John Ikonomidis, Chief of the Cardiothoracic Surgery at MUSC Health, discusses innovations (smaller devices, pulsatile technology) in Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) technology and how the LVAD can act as bridge therapy for patients seeking a heart transplant.

Pirfenidone and Nintedanib: Tips for Treating Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Dr. Timothy Whelan, Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program from the Medical University of South Carolina, provides advice for 2 new drugs Pirfenidone and Nintedanib designed to slow the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Management of periodontal disease in patients using calcium channel blockers – gingival overgrowth, prescribed medications, treatment responses and added treatment costs

submitted by: fardal
Abstract Objectives Gingival overgrowth (GO) is an adverse drug reaction in patients using calcium channel blockers (CCBs). Little is known about the effects of CCBs on the management of periodontal diseases. The aim of this study was to assess how the use of CCBs affects the long-term supportive treatment and outcomes in patients undergoing periodontal therapy. Methods All patients using CCBs during the initial treatment and/or the supportive periodontal therapy (SPT) were selected...
Authors: Øystein Fardal, Henning Lygre

Apical periodontitis and incident cardiovascular events in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Ageing

submitted by: endomax
Aim: To evaluate whether the presence of apical periodontitis (AP), root canal treatment (RCT) and endodontic burden (EB) – as the sum of AP and RCT sites – were associated with long-term risk of incident cardiovascular events (CVE), including cardiovascular-related mortality, using data on participants in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Ageing (BLSA). Methodology: This retrospective cohort included 278 dentate participants in the BLSA with complete medical and dental examinations....
Authors: Maximiliano Gomes, Fernando Hugo, Juliana Hilgert, Manoel Sant´Ana Filho, Dalva Padilha, Eleanor Simonsick, Luigi Ferrucci, Mark Reynolds

Jun 4, 2015; Informatics Journal Club Webinar; Patricia Flatley Brennan and William W. Stead

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Informatics to support the IOM Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures Link: http://jamia.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/04/24/jamia.ocv035 Hripcsak G, Forrest CB, Brennan PF, Stead WW. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Apr 24. pii: ocv035. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv035 Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison William W. Stead, MD Vanderbilt University Consistent collection and use of social and behavioral determinants of health can improve clinical...

3D Tele-Rehabilitation: Beyond Today’s Internet

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At the Beyond Today’s Internet Summit, researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas showed a working prototype of a next generation communication system that uses 3D video and force feedback devices to virtually recreate a physical therapy session between a patient and a therapist.   3D models of the two participants are captured using off the shelf Microsoft Kinect 3D Cameras and the models are placed in a shared virtual environment of one’s choosing. To simulate the physical...