Ivy Finn spent the first six months of her life inside a hospital after becoming the first to undergo an experimental surgery, before she was even born. It was her only chance of survival after an ultrasound revealed she had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. She also had a condition called intact atrial septum, where blood backs up and damages the lungs, worsening her case. When CBS News first met her parents, Rachel and Geoff last year, they were overjoyed Ivy could even be delivered. "Really she's exceeded expectations in every way," Geoff Finn said. Now, Ivy is going home. The Finns marked the milestone in Houston, where Texas Children's Hospital agreed to take Ivy's case after the Finns were turned away by other hospitals. "She has one more surgery probably right around the 2 to 4 year range. And then after that it's really just how long is her heart going to be able to kind of keep up," Geoff Finn said. Ivy … [Read more...] about Baby born after experimental surgery in the womb finally heading home
How blood flow in the heart
Leah Groth / Prevention contributor Published 8:20 am PST, Friday, December 7, 2018 A man coughed up a blod clot cast in the shape of a bronchial tree from his lungs. The man later died. A man coughed up a blod clot cast in the shape of a bronchial tree from his lungs. The man later died. Photo: New England Journal Of Medicine Photo: New England Journal Of Medicine Image 1 of / 27 Caption Close Image 1 of 27 A man coughed up a blod clot cast in the shape of a bronchial tree from his lungs. The man later died. A man coughed up a blod clot cast in the shape of a bronchial tree from his lungs. The man later died. Photo: New England Journal Of Medicine Patient's 'extreme' coughing fit forces out blood clot in the … [Read more...] about Patient’s ‘extreme’ coughing fit forces out blood clot in the shape of a lung
CHICAGO — Drinking a cup of tea or eating a handful of berries a day may help protect against heart disease, a new study suggests. The research, presented here yesterday (Nov. 10) at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions annual meeting, found that daily consumption of small amounts of flavonoids — compounds found in berries, tea, chocolate, wine and many other fruits and plants — was associated with a lower risk of heart disease. This association (which is not to be confused with a cause-and-effect finding) is not new; previous research has also found a link between flavonoids and heart disease risk. But the new study — one of the largest done to date — adds stronger evidence to the idea that flavonoids may protect the heart, said co-lead study author Nicola Bondonno, a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Biomedical Science at the University of Western Australia. [5 Surprising Ways to Be Heart Healthy] In the study, Bondonno and … [Read more...] about These Plant Chemicals Could Help Your Heart’s Health
Feelings of sadness or anxiety might be linked to increased "chitchat" between two areas of the brain, a new study suggests. In the study, published today (Nov. 8) in the journal Cell, a group of researchers listened in on electrical conversations in the brain — in other words, the signals that brain regions send to one another. When a person is feeling down, they found, the communication increased between brain cells in two specific regions of the brain involved in memory and emotion. It's unclear whether this increased brain communication is a cause or an effect of a bad mood, the researchers noted. However, the findings allowed them to home in on the part of the brain where the action is. [5 Ways Your Emotions Influence Your World (and Vice Versa)] What is clear, however, is that anxiety, depression and mood have physical manifestations in the brain. "For many patients, it is very important to know that when they are feeling depressed, it is due to something measurable and … [Read more...] about What Does Sadness Look Like in the Brain?
Work is underway to deploy Corti, an AI system that detects heart attacks during emergency phone calls, and it could be coming to some of the biggest cities in Europe. Following plans announced earlier this year to roll Corti out in more cities, this summer the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), whose members include cities like London, Paris, Milan, and Munich, will deliver AI-powered assistance to emergency 112 operators. In initial trials, this assistance was found to identify cardiac arrest events more quickly than human operators. Emergency call centers from Seattle to Singapore also want to make Corti part of their operations, but there’s no global standard for organizations working to save lives. Some are fine with the idea of deploying the AI through the cloud, while others with privacy concerns require the AI system to operate from on-premise servers. Above: The Orb on the desk of a Copenhagen emergency operator To serve a variety of needs and make it easier … [Read more...] about Corti heart attack detection AI can now deploy on the edge with Scandinavian design