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2010-06-03 09:00:00

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A congenital heart defect survivor is pedaling his bike across America, beginning June 8, 2010, to raise awareness about congenital heart defects and raise $100,000 in research dollars for the Children's Heart Foundation (CHF). To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/childrensheartfoundation/44443/ (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100603/MM14402) "BIKE 4 CHF" --...

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2010-05-28 07:25:00

Although congenital heart disease represents the most common major birth defect, scientists have not previously identified the genes that give rise to it. Now genetics and cardiology researchers, two of them brothers, have discovered a genetic variant on chromosome 5 that strongly raises the risk of congenital heart disease. "This gene, ISL1, plays a key role in regulating early cardiac development, so there is a compelling biological reason for investigating it as a genetic risk factor for...

2010-05-27 14:38:45

Was largest clinical trial to compare surgical treatments for congenital heart disease Pediatric researchers report that a recently introduced surgical procedure offers infants with severely underdeveloped hearts a better chance at surviving during their first year of life, in comparison to the standard surgery. Heart surgeons from 15 centers in the federally sponsored Pediatric Heart Network studied the outcomes in 549 newborns who received a complex series of surgeries for hypoplastic left...

2010-05-27 14:22:31

National study led by the University of Michigan's Congenital Heart Center A trial on shunts used to direct blood flow to the lungs, led by researchers at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, will lead to better outcomes for kids worldwide born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, the most common severe heart birth defect. Under the leadership of the University of Michigan, the first multi-institutional randomized prospective trial ever conducted in congenital heart...

2010-05-26 16:12:00

Acting Very Early in Development, Tied to Commonest Birth Defect PHILADELPHIA and ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Although congenital heart disease represents the most common major birth defect, scientists have not previously identified the common variation in the genes that give rise to it. Now genetics and cardiology researchers, two of them brothers, have discovered a genetic variant on chromosome 5 that strongly raises the risk of congenital heart disease. "This...

2010-05-14 09:08:50

Research sheds light on early embryogenesis, genetic disease Chromosome 22q11 deletion syndrome (also known as DiGeorge syndrome) is the most common human chromosome deletion syndrome, having an estimated incidence of at least one in 4,000 live births. It has a range of severity but a multisystem impact, with symptoms that may include congenital heart defects, immunologic and endocrine abnormalities, cleft palate, gastrointestinal problems, and neuropsychiatric abnormalities. Nearly...

2010-05-04 11:17:41

A new study shows that people with a common heart defect may also be more likely to have brain aneurysms. The study is published in the May 4, 2010, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Up to two percent of the population is born with the heart defect called a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). The aortic valve allows blood to flow from the heart to the aorta. It normally has three flaps that open and close to regulate blood flow. In...

2010-03-17 15:55:32

Vitamin A is a key regulator in embryonic heart formation Los Angeles, Calif. -- Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) have identified a key cellular mechanism that guides embryonic heart tissue formation"”a process which, if disrupted, can lead to a number of common congenital heart defects. Heart tissue forms in two distinct phases known as the First Heart Field, which includes the left ventricle and portions of both atrial chambers,...

2010-02-11 10:35:44

Parents of children who were diagnosed with heart defects as infants, a condition known as congenital heart disease, can help manage their child's condition by seeking treatment and planning for a lifetime of follow-up care, said an expert at Baylor College of Medicine. The initial diagnosis can be challenging for new parents, said Dr. Wayne Franklin, medical director of the Texas Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at BCM, but most of these heart defects can be addressed and treated as a...

2010-02-08 09:43:00

Congenital heart defects are leading cause of infant and newborn death, yet often go undetected CROMWELL, Conn., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three out of five women who have given birth to a child with a congenital heart defect (CHD) -- the number-one birth defect and leading killer of infants and newborns -- were never tested for the defect during pregnancy. This is according to a survey just released by Little Hearts, Inc., a national organization that provides support, education,...


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