February 15, 2016 |
Landon Conner's father, Chris, was going for a neighborhood stroll a few years ago when suddenly he collapsed. His heart had stopped beating, and though the ambulance was there in minutes, it was too late to revive the 39-year-old man with defibrillator paddles. So last month Landon, 13, who was born with the same heart abnormality as his father, got his own personal "paddle" implanted under the skin of his left armpit. This palm-size defibrillator has been available for adults for several years, and now Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is among a handful of facilities that specialize in putting the device in children.
December 17, 2015
THE COUNTDOWN has begun, but there's still plenty of time to get the perfect gifts for the workout fanatics you love. Not sure what to choose? Here are my five fabulous fitness gift suggestions to keep those on your list (and you!) in shape all year long - and in the comfort of your own home. 1. Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle This is the best indoor bike I have ever had the pleasure of riding. The Keiser M3 delivers a real bike outdoor feel. But you can also listen to your music, a movie, or a podcast, all while simultaneously grinding your imaginary competition into the dust.
September 11, 2015 |
Weird as it seems, heartbeats may help predict who might become a criminal. A new study, which analyzed data from 710,000 men, found that those whose hearts beat unusually slowly when they were around 18 were 49 percent more likely to be convicted of violent crimes and 25 percent more likely to be convicted of nonviolent crimes as adults than those with the most rapid beats. Those whose hearts beat slowly were also at higher risk to become assault victims and to be injured in accidents.
November 16, 2014 |
A 14-year-old girl had two light-headed spells at school and "nearly fainted. " The incident quickly brought her to the attention of the school nurse, who noted that her heart rate was high at 112 beats per minute. The girl admitted that she had sensed her heart beating quickly over the last few months. Before eighth grade, she had been an A student in honors classes. But this year her grades fell considerably, with mostly Cs. She was playing field hockey but opted to pull herself off the field because she felt short of breath.
October 27, 2014 |
Heart failure is characterized by a heart muscle that is weak, stretched out, and flabby, and therefore unable to pump enough blood. Patients with advanced disease have trouble walking more than a few steps without gasping for breath. A new cuff-like device is designed to help patients by doing some of the pumping for them. The cuff is wrapped around the ascending aorta, and it contains a plastic balloon that squeezes in time with the patient's heartbeat, apparently providing relief to some patients in a small study published this month.
September 28, 2014 |
A Delaware hospital system cut the use of heart-monitoring technology by 70 percent without compromising patient safety by changing the electronic ordering system to reflect cardiac-care guidelines. The study by the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, safely reduced the daily number of patients monitored with cardiac telemetry from 357 to 109, a hefty saving of $13,200 a day. "It is remarkable to achieve such a substantial reduction in the use of this resource without significantly increased adverse outcomes," University of California-San Francisco physician Nader Najafi wrote in an accompanying commentary.
January 23, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER A Chester County Court jury has awarded $32.8 million to a 4-year-old girl, concluding that she suffered brain damage at birth because nurses at Phoenixville Hospital failed to alert doctors about changes in her condition. After a two-week trial, the jury on Friday found two nurses were negligent when they waited 13 minutes to tell doctors that Lilly Ciechoski's heart rate had dropped, the family's lawyer said. The same jury found that a third nurse and the hospital were not to blame for the girl's injuries.
January 20, 2014 |
Peter Goldstein has always been freaked out by needles and blood. When he was about five, his mother, physician Susan Wiegers, had a small biopsy done. Goldstein and his brother asked to see the wound. "It was a tiny line with two stitches," she recalled. Goldstein's brother was fascinated. But Goldstein turned away. "I don't feel so good," he said. Then he keeled over. Since then, Goldstein has passed out, or come close to it, every time he has had a close encounter with a syringe or an intravenous line.
January 13, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Miniature toy drones that can fly and crawl across the ceiling but steer clear of stratospheric prices. Wearable fitness sensors that can track your steps, stairs, calorie use, even your heart rate and sleep patterns. Three-dimensional printers for under $1,000 that can bring your creation to life. Every January during the Consumer Electronics Show, Sin City briefly turns into a technologist's imaginarium - a place to show off innovations, make connections, and catch a glimpse of everybody else's dreams.
December 8, 2013 |
Auggie, a 11/2-year-old male Jack Russell terrier, presented to our clinic with muscle tremors. The owners first noticed the tremors the previous evening, when the dog appeared to have tripped on the stairs. Fine muscle tremors, primarily in the buttocks, were apparent on physical exam. The neutered dog showed no pain upon palpation of his spine and manipulation of his neck and limbs but seemed somewhat stiff. He was well hydrated and pulse was normal. "This is the calmest Jack Russell I've ever seen," I said several times, perhaps ominously.