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CARMAT is developing this orthotopic and biocompatible artificial heart which is completely implantable, as well as its electrical power supply system and remote diagnosis system.

The objective is to meet a world-wide public healthcare need, that is to say the treatment of advanced heart failure which is the result of numerous cardiovascular illnesses, such as coronary diseases and arterial hypertension.

Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons only have one possible treatment for patients suffering from advanced end-stage heart failure: heart transplantation. Unfortunately, this cannot meet all needs, since the number of transplants is very insufficient and the operation presents many contra-indications (arterial hypertension, spreading cancer, etc.).

The main aim of the biocompatible heart developed by CARMAT is to offer a reliable new treatment and innovative therapeutic solution to heart failure patients who are not eligible for a transplant and who have exhausted every drug-related possibility.

It should allow these patients, for whom no treatment is available and who are currently treated in hospital at very high cost to the community, to return home and even enjoy an active life once more.
17 hours ago by lehmannro
ReinHeart TAH GmbH
At the Institute of Applied Medical Engineering, initial research for artificial hearts already started in the 1990s. A fully implantable Total Artificial Heart by the name of ReinHeart has been under development since 2009. With an innovative drive concept, the ReinHeart is designed to be a real alternative to a heart transplant. An interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and surgeons is working together to create a maintenance-free TAH, free of permanent percutaneous connections and small enough for implantation in the majority of patients.
17 hours ago by lehmannro
How Robots May Make Radiologists’ Jobs Easier, Not Redundant - WSJ
The title pretty much says it all. Good example of a "the sky isn't falling" point of view.
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21 hours ago by sburer
Erythromelalgia - Wikipedia
Erythromelalgia, formerly known as Mitchell's disease (after Silas Weir Mitchell), is a rare vascular peripheral pain disorder in which blood vessels, usually in the lower extremities or hands, are episodically blocked (frequently on and off daily), then become hyperemic and inflamed. There is severe burning pain (in the small fiber sensory nerves) and skin redness. The attacks are periodic and are commonly triggered by heat, pressure, mild activity, exertion, insomnia or stress. Erythromelalgia may occur either as a primary or secondary disorder (i.e. a disorder in and of itself or a symptom of another condition). Secondary erythromelalgia can result from small fiber peripheral neuropathy of any cause, polycythemia vera, essential thrombocytosis,[1] hypercholesterolemia, mushroom or mercury poisoning, and some autoimmune disorders. Primary erythromelalgia is caused by mutation of the voltage-gated sodium channel α-subunit gene SCN9A.
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2 days ago by jmbond
Cancer tests in supermarket car parks to be launched by NHS | The Independent
- see the caveat of boosing your survival, measured by 5 years only from diagnoses, to diagnose earlier ... patient will still die from mostly majority of lung cancers anyway after the 5 year mark. but statistically counted as survivor. it is farcical. unethical moral especially considering anyways deadly diseases. does not help mental and well being. especially normal folk don't understand medical statistics cancer and evidence-based medicine. and ct scan(s) are NOT harmless, duh. Sure you identified a risk group smokers and ex smokers. but you don't do active screening for tgct for undescended testicle patients. see also the debate and conclusive evidence about breast cancer self-examination and mammography (nil benefit for the patient, over treatment over mis diagnoses, unneccesary interventions). &!
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2 days ago by asterisk2a
Calcium gluconate - Wikipedia
Calcium gluconate is a mineral supplement and medication. As a medication it is used by injection into a vein to treat low blood calcium , high blood potassium…
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2 days ago by asaltydog
Hypocalcaemia - Wikipedia
Hypocalcaemia , also spelled hypocalcemia , is low calcium levels in the blood serum . The normal range is 2.1–2.6 mmol/L (8.8–10.7 mg/dL , 4.3–5.2 mEq/L ) with…
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2 days ago by asaltydog
Hydrofluoric Acid Burns: Background, Pathophysiology, Epidemiology
Overview Background Hydrofluoric (HF) acid, one of the strongest inorganic acids, is used mainly for industrial purposes (eg, glass etching, metal cleaning,…
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2 days ago by asaltydog
The Last of the Iron Lungs
There are still a few (3 in the US) polio victims surviving on iron lungs. They are alive only because they have found mechanically inclined friends.
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2 days ago by mcherm
The Last of the Iron Lungs
"Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out of the end of the antique iron lung. On the other side, a motorized lever pulls the leather bellows, creating negative pressure that induces her lungs to suck in air."
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