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Image: Wound healing six months after burn injury. Scar area marked in yellow (Photo courtesy of TAU).

Novel Electroporation Technique Could Prevent Scar Formation

A new study suggests that short, pulsed, electric fields could be used to damage collagen cells, the proliferation of which causes permanent scarring at a burn injury site. More...
29 Aug 2016
Image: Dr. Oanh Nguyen (left), Dr. Anil Makam (center), and Dr. Ethan A. Halm (right). A new study reveals that 20% of people are released from hospital before all vital signs are stable, and subsequently face a significantly higher risk of post-discharge adverse outcomes (Photo courtesy of UT Southwestern’s Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research).

Vital Sign Volatility on Discharge Quadruples Mortality Risk

Researchers at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Centre reviewed the electronic medical records (EMR) of 32,835 unique individuals from six Dallas-Fort Worth area hospitals to assess the association between vital sign instability at hospital discharge and post-discharge outcomes, including abnormalities in temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation within 24 hours of discharge. Main measures included death or non-elective readmission within 30 days. More...
25 Aug 2016
Fluke Biomedical
Image: The steerable RF ablation catheter (Photo courtesy of CDP).

Steerable Catheter Aids Cardiac Arrhythmia Treatment

A novel steerable catheter enables targeted delivery of radio frequency (RF) energy to specific points in heart tissue to correct cardiac arrhythmia. More...
25 Aug 2016
Image: The microneedle-optofluidic biosensor drug monitoring system (Photo courtesy of UBC).

Painless Microneedle System Helps Monitor Drug Levels

A novel microneedle monitoring system measures drug levels in the skin, without the need for drawing blood for analysis. More...
24 Aug 2016
Image: A new study suggests that more than a quarter of a million Americans die each year from medical errors, ranking them as the third leading national cause of death (Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine).

Medical Errors Are a Major Cause of U.S Deaths

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine analyzed the scientific literature on medical error to identify its contribution to U.S. deaths in relation to causes listed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which are released to inform public awareness and determine national research priorities. More...
24 Aug 2016
Image: New research indicates dynamic electrocardiogram (ECG) morphology can cause subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (sICD) to misfire in patients with Brugada syndrome (BrS) (Photo courtesy of Stockfresh).

Inappropriate ICD Shocks Linked to Brugada Syndrome

Researchers at Academic Medical Center conducted a study in 88 consecutive BrS patients (mean age 49 years; 47% men) who were screened at AMC and CardioCenter Ticino to see if they were suitable for an sICD. All patients underwent QRS/T-wave morphology analysis before and after ajmaline infusion. At baseline, 76% of the patients had a normal ECG, 19% had a type 3BrS-ECG, and 5% had a type 2 BrS-ECG. More...
23 Aug 2016
Image: According to a new study, the increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is as a result of declining mortality rates (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Improved Diabetes Survival Fuels Higher Prevalence

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, the University of Dundee, and other institutions analyzed data from the Scottish national diabetes register to determine overall T2DM incidence, with death rates identified from linkage to mortality records and mortality rates. The data were stratified by year from 2004 to 2013 by age, sex, and socioeconomic deprivation. More...
23 Aug 2016


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