Study finds men, women react differently to mental stress | Study rejects link between early epidural use, childbirth complications | Obese youths may have altered heart shape, function
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October 16, 2014
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Study finds men, women react differently to mental stress
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed mental stress affects women with stable ischemic heart disease differently than men with the condition. Duke University Medical Center researchers said women were more likely to experience depression and anxiety while men were more likely to have changes in blood pressure and other physiological measures. News (10/14)
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Study rejects link between early epidural use, childbirth complications
Researchers reviewed nine studies involving more than 15,000 first-time mothers and found that early use of epidurals during childbirth does not appear to raise the risk of delivery complications compared with later use. The study, published in The Cochrane Library, suggests the right time to give an epidural during labor is when the woman asks for pain relief, researchers said. HealthDay News (10/9)
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Obese youths may have altered heart shape, function
Obese youths had greater blood pressure and LDL levels and reduced levels of HDL cholesterol than their normal-weight peers, German researchers wrote on the website of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging. Enlarged heart chambers, detected with echocardiograms, found in obese youths also may signal future heart problems, the study says. HealthDay News (10/8)
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Atheroma regression higher among women after intensive statin therapy
A study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging found that women with coronary disease had greater chances of coronary atheroma regression after receiving high-intensity statin therapy compared with men. News (10/8)
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Should Your Next Ultrasound System Be A Laptop?
New laptop-sized ultrasound systems rival the capabilities of traditional consoles, but evaluating a laptop-sized system requires a different perspective. The new whitepaper, Top 5 Considerations for Purchasing Laptop-sized Ultrasound, discusses key issues for anyone contemplating a new ultrasound purchase. Download the whitepaper now.
Technology Update
Ultrasound guidance makes CVL placement a "point-and-shoot" process
A new ultrasound device allows for visualization of the needle tip during central venous line placement and provides a virtual map for placement. In a study presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 43rd Annual Critical Care Congress, the device was shown to have an 87% first-pass success rate. Anesthesiology News (free registration) (10/2014)
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Upgraded ultrasound scanner released by Siemens
Version 3.5 of the Acuson Freestyle ultrasound scanner is available commercially, according to Siemens Healthcare, which developed the technology. The updated version comes with an advanced user interface for greater functionality and improved needle visualization to give surgeons a better view of needles when performing ultrasound-based surgeries, among other features. (free registration) (10/10)
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Practice News
Innovations improve placental imaging, but time remains important
Dr. Jason Birnholz explains how innovations in ultrasound such as pulse coding and contrast improvements have improved placental imaging, allowing better identification of problems associated with or manifested in the placenta. Dr. Birnholz also emphasizes the importance of taking the necessary time to complete a thorough ultrasound exam. (free registration) (10/3)
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Patient Care in Medicine
Google offers telemedicine portal
People searching for medical advice can now chat live with a physician via Google's new Google+ Helpouts online feature. Real-time advice from medical experts is available through the program. Remote consults have increased fourfold since 2012, and according to research firm Deloitte, some 75 million out of 600 million health visits in the U.S. and Canada this year will involve telemedicine. Computerworld (10/13)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Final FDA guidance distinguishes device recalls from market withdrawals
Guidance outlining requirements for differentiating medical device recalls from market withdrawals has been finalized by the FDA. Apparently taking industry feedback into account, the final guidance revises how the terms "correction" and "removal" are defined. Manufacturers also will no longer be required to report device corrections or removals to the FDA but rather must keep records of them for two years. Regulatory Focus (10/14)
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