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Iowa's first pediatric heart transplant recipient celebrates 25 years
24 October 2012, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

For Grundy Center native Marissa Getting, 25 is more than a birthday. Getting, who received a heart transplant at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at just 7 days old in 1987, was Iowa's first pediatric heart transplant recipient. She was also, to her knowledge, the first American baby to receive the procedure, she said. Read more...

Renowned Einstein Immunologist Remembered
17 October 2012, Albert Einstein College of Medicine News

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is deeply saddened by the death this past weekend of renowned immunologist Stanley G. Nathenson, M.D., the Samuel H. Golding Chair in Microbiology and distinguished professor of microbiology & immunology and of cell biology. His work provided seminal insights that contributed to making transplantation a routine medical practice to treat patients with failing organs. He was 79. Read more...

Should I be more hygienic?
14 October 2012, Luisa Dillner, The Guardian

Now that the cold and flu season is coming round again, should we be more hygienic? The World Health Organisation estimates that 80% of all virus infections worldwide are caused by poor hygiene. The biggest concern is inadequate hand washing. So which practices work, and how can you strike a balance between careful and obsessive? Read more...

Heart Walk raises spirits, funds for fight against disease
11 October 2012, Kathy Whitney, Vanderbilt UMC Reporter

The skies cleared and the sun shone on the 2012 Nashville Heart Walk that took place on Vanderbilt's campus on Saturday. The rain stopped and cool temperatures prevailed as thousands of walkers, and their beloved pets, took to the streets to raise funds for the American Heart Association (AHA). Read more...

VU mourns loss of Pediatrics icon Sell
11 October 2012, Nancy Humphrey, Vanderbilt UMC Reporter

Sarah H Sell, MD, professor of Pediatrics, Emerita, one of the key players in the development of the childhood vaccine to protect against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in children younger than 5, died Saturday, October 6. She was 99. Read more...

Redefining Medicine With Apps and iPads
8 October 2012, Katie Kafner, New York Times

The history of medicine is defined by advances born of bioscience. But never before has it been driven to this degree by digital technology. The proliferation of gadgets, apps and Web-based information has given clinicians a black bag of new tools: new ways to diagnose symptoms and treat patients, to obtain and share information, to think about what it means to be both a doctor and a patient. Read more...

Teens Get a Real-Life Lesson in Heart Health
19 October 2012, Michelle Wright, WTAE-TV

Students from Moon Area High School got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch open-heart surgery at Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital—and they also got some tips on how they can avoid a future date with the heart surgeon. AGH cardiac surgeon Dr. Thomas Maher told the high schoolers that knowing their family history and not smoking are the most important first steps. Watch video...


Cutting edge: Laurel, Lincoln gifted students observe heart surgery
21 September 2012, Lugene Hudson, New Castle News

Someday, Rachael Baker aspires to enter the medical field, possibly as a physician's assistant. So, the Laurel High School junior was enthused to be part of a small group that observed an aortic valve replacement at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Read more...

Facing Lifesaving Heart Surgery, Twice
20 August 2012, Ron Winslow, The Wall Street Journal

The first generation of patients to have historic, lifesaving heart surgery as newborns or children is now in their 20s and 30s and presenting doctors with a puzzle: What some thought were cures for serious heart defects are breaking down. Read more...

Start a Walking Club!
American Heart Association

Tired of walking alone? Looking for a new way to motivate yourself and others to get moving? Starting your very own Walking Club is a good way to expand your workout group—and help many people improve their heart health. Read more...

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