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Contrast-enhanced Ultrasound in Children

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Researchers from the United Kingdom analyzed adverse incidents encountered in pediatric CEUS, and sought to determine if there were financial benefits to reducing the number of CT and MRI examinations among children. The researchers analyzed all CEUS examinations performed on children aged 18 and younger between January 2008 and December 2015. The children received a median dose of 2.4 mL of a sulfur hexafluoride microbubble contrast agent, with ranges from 0.1 mL to 4.8 mL. All immediate reactions deemed due to contrast examinations were documented in radiology reports. Electronic patient records were examined for adverse reactions within 24 hours not due to an underlying pathologic condition. Costs were also compared: CEUS utilization cost at $94, CT at $168, and MRI at $274. The results showed that of 187 boys and 118 girls (305 children total), 147 studies (48.2%) were ordered to characterize liver lesions and 113 studies (37.1%) for trauma. The remaining 45 studies (14.8%) were …

Are e-cigarette flavorings toxic to the heart

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Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology conclude that the chemicals used to create these flavors could be damaging blood vessels and the cells that line the inside of the heart. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were first introduced to the United States in 2006 and were marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes. These battery-powered devices heat a liquid solution that is then inhaled by the user. However, e-cigarettes can still contain nicotine and some of the chemicals used in regular cigarettes. Since their introduction, they have gained popularity and are widely used as an alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products. They are often used to help people quit smoking with the belief being that they offer fewer health risks. They have also gained popularity among young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was an increase in middle and high school students using e-cigarettes from 2011 to 2016. However, they are not r…

Global Large Bore Vascular Closure System Market 2018

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QYResearch recently announces a latest research report titled “Effective Market Analysis of Global Large Bore Vascular Closure System Industry 2018” which highlights the Large Bore Vascular Closure System market size, comprehensive Large Bore Vascular Closure System industry dynamics and high-tech updates of global Large Bore Vascular Closure System market with respect to Large Bore Vascular Closure System industry opportunities, threats, challenges, constraints, cost structure and current trends in the Large Bore Vascular Closure System industry. This Large Bore Vascular Closure System research guide consist of top Large Bore Vascular Closure System manufacturers, Large Bore Vascular Closure System market segmentation by Types, Application and Large Bore Vascular Closure System market division based on geographical locations. The Large Bore Vascular Closure System research report primarily focuses on providing in-depth Large Bore Vascular Closure System research analysis and forecas…

Smoking, Diabetes Can Increase Risk Of Dementia; Dementia Risk Factors You Must Know

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Smoking is one heinous habit which is responsible for a number of health hazards. Similarly, diabetes is a chronic condition which can affect the quality of life of a person to a great extent. The two have been popular to increase risks of cancer and heart disease. Now, researchers have warned that the two can clog the region of brain which is crucial to memory and increase risk for dementia. Some recent findings have shown that smoking and diabetes can increase risk of calcification (calcium salt deposits) in hippocampus – a brain structure which is important for short and long-term memory storage. Any decline in the functioning of hippocampus can cause Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common kind of dementia. The study, which was published in journal Radiology, found out the association between cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and hippocampal calcifications. Around 1,991 people aged 78 years participated in the study, reports IANS. Ef…

Varicose veins may increase risk of blood clots, lead to vascular diseases

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Adults with varicose veins - gnarled, enlarged veins, most commonly appearing in the legs and feet - may be at increased risk of suffering from blood clot that could lead to vascular diseases, a study has found. The study found people with varicose veins were at a five times increased risk of developing a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) -- a clot in the legs which can lead to amputation or even death, the Daily Mail reported. They were twice as likely to develop a pulmonary embolism -- a clot which travels into the lungs and can be deadly.They also had double the risk of peripheral arterial disease, which reduces blood flow to the arms and legs. The study led by researchers including Pei-Chun Chen, adoctoral student from China Medical University in Taiwan, examined 212,984 patients aged 20 years and older with varicose veins, and a control group of equal patients without varicose veins. The results, published in the journal JAMA, showed that among adults diagnosed with varicose veins, there …

Cannabinoids exert a neuroprotective effect on the cognitive deficits caused by vascular dementia

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“Vascular dementia (VaD) is characteristic of chronic brain ischemia and progressive memory decline, which has a high incidence in the elderly”, states the study. “However, there are no effective treatments for VaD, and the underlying mechanism of its pathogenesis remains unclear.” With that in mind, “This study investigated the effects of a synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonist WIN55,212-2 (WIN) on VaD, and molecular mechanisms of the effects.” Using a variety of tests conducted on rat models, it was found that WIN55,212-2 – which is meant to mimic the effects of natural, cannabis-derived cannabinoids – “decreased the expression of Capase-3, and improved the learning and memory impairment of VaD rats.” Researchers state that “These data indicate that WIN exerts a neuroprotective effect on the cognitive deficits of VaD rats, which may be associated with the suppression of excessive autophagy and inflammation.”

Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc. (DE) (CVRS)

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Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc. (DE) (CVRS) had a good day on the market for Tuesday June 26 as shares jumped 17.73% to close at $0.86. About 2.83 million shares traded hands on 5,699 trades for the day, compared with an average daily volume of 1.2 million shares out of a total float of 188.79 million. After opening the trading day at $0.75, shares of Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc. (DE) stayed within a range of $0.89 to $0.73. Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc. (DE) is also a component of the Russell 2000. The Russell 2000 is one of the leading indices tracking small-cap companies in the United States. It’s maintained by Russell Investments, an industry leader in creating and maintaining indices, and consists of the smallest 2000 stocks from the broader Russell 3000 index. Russell’s indices differ from traditional indices like the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) or S&P 500, whose members are selected by the committee because they base membership entirely on an objective, rules-ba…