New material forges the way for 'stem cell factories' If you experience a major heart attack the damage could cost you around five billion heart cells. Future stem cell treatments will require this number and more to ensure those cells are replaced and improve your chances of survival.
Popular new anticoagulants drive increase in atrial fibrillation treatment Popular new blood thinners may be behind a surge in doctor visits to treat an irregular heartbeat, according to a new study. The heavily advertised medicines make managing atrial fibrillation simpler than older therapies like Warfarin. Among the new players, the most prescribed direct oral anticoagulant is Xarelto.
Can migraine increase your risk of stroke? Older people who experience migraines may have an increased risk of stroke, but only if they are smokers, new research suggests. The study did not find an association between migraine with or without aura and the risk of either stroke or heart attacks. However, among smokers, migraine was associated with a 3-fold increased risk of stroke, whereas among smokers, migraine was not associated with a stroke risk.
Research analyzes impact of case volume on outcomes for DVT treatment Patients who have lower extremity proximal deep vein thrombosis, or a blood clot in their leg, are increasingly undergoing minimally invasive catheter-based clot removal -- also referred to as catheter-directed thrombolysis -- rather than solely being treated with traditional blood-thinning medications. A study has found that a higher volume of CDT cases annually was associated with lower in-hospital mortality rates and lower intracranial hemorrhage.
Patient satisfaction is good indicator of success after spinal surgery Patient satisfaction ratings after surgery for spinal degenerative disease--especially in terms of reduced pain and disability--are a good indicator of the procedure's effectiveness.