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September 26, 2014

Awareness during general anaesthesia can cause long-term harm

Accidental awareness during general anaesthesia (AAGA) is reported in approximately 1 in every 19,000 cases, according to data from 5th National Audit Project (NAP5).1

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September 26, 2014

AMPLIFY-EXT shows benefits of extended VTE treatment

Results of a pre-specified secondary analysis of the apixaban phase 3 AMPLIFY-EXT trial (Apixaban after the initial Management of PuLmonary embolIsm and deep vein thrombosis with First-line therapY-EXTended Treatment) were presented during the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2014, held recently in Barcelona, Spain.

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September 26, 2014

Should cardiac arrest patients go to hospital, or leave it to the paramedics?

It’s time to stop taking patients in cardiac arrest to hospital and let ambulance crews deliver the best possible care at the scene, according to a senior UK doctor writing in the British Medical Journal recently.1 A senior US doctor responds, warning that avoiding ambulance transport could result in unacceptable deaths.

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September 26, 2014

Does giving oxygen to chest pain patients always help?

A team of researchers from the University of Leeds is to question whether the well-established practice of giving extra oxygen to patients with chest pain may unexpectedly reduce coronary flow. As part of a research project funded by Heart Research UK, Professors John Greenwood and Sven Plein, and Clinical Research Fellow Dr David Ripley make up the research team at the University of Leeds.

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September 26, 2014

How pneumonia bacteria can compromise heart health

Streptococcus pneumoniae, the bacterium responsible for most cases of bacterial pneumonia, can invade the heart and cause myocardial necrosis, according to a study recently published in PLOS Pathogens.1 This could help explain the link between pneumonia and adverse heart events, say the authors.

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September 26, 2014

Research into toxic effects of cancer drugs gives new hope to patients

Several of the new cancer drugs, tyrosine kinase inhibitors (Trk-I’s), have been shown to have toxic effects on the heart, the causes of which are not known. Researchers at King’s College London, led by Dr Georgina Ellison, have been awarded funding from Heart Research UK to investigate.

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September 26, 2014

New technique uses ‘simulated’ human heart to screen drugs

Samples of beating heart tissue can be used to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials, through a new technique developed at Coventry University.

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September 26, 2014

Walking or cycling to work improves wellbeing

Walking or cycling to work is better for people’s mental health than driving to work, according to a study published recently1 in Preventive Medicine.

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September 26, 2014

Heart Rhythm Congress 2014

Delegates are invited to attend the 9th annual Heart Rhythm Congress (HRC). The event spans four days and this year will be held from 5th–8th October at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham UK.

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September 26, 2014

Stroke mortality linked to weekend working

Seven day working for doctors and nurses may be related to mortality after stroke, according to the first study to examine the evidence base from the Royal College of Physicians Stroke programme.

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