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2009-01-16 15:15:00

Newborn babies' lives could be saved by a routine screening method that checks blood oxygen levels, Swedish researchers said. The British Medical Journal online study suggests that a neonatal screening procedure could reduce the number of infant deaths and complications caused by congenital heart defect.Researchers found that just under a third of infants currently leave hospital undiagnosed, leading to added complications and more deaths.Neonatal screening began in the 1960s with the Guthrie...

2009-01-07 07:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- AGA Medical Corporation ("AGA Medical") announced today that it received approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) for its AMPLATZER(R) Duct Occluder (ADO). The ADO is a percutaneous, transcatheter occlusion device used for the non-surgical closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a common type of congenital heart defect that occurs when a blood vessel known as the ductus arteriosus fails to close after birth, as it...

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2009-01-02 07:45:00

A new study found that correcting congenital heart defects in infants improves their risk of survival compared to their counterparts that do not receive corrective action. Researchers say the birth defect known as patent ductus arteriosus, or PDA, affects infants who are born very prematurely. The study was published in the January 2009 issue of Pediatrics. The defect happens when a large blood vessel near the heart, called the ductus arteriosus, fails to close at birth. The condition makes...

2008-09-23 18:00:13

By SHAKAYA ANDRES Sarah Palin's fast rise on the national political scene has created a stir as voters race to learn more about the GOP vice presidential nominee, but one local organization is playing catch- up for a special reason. The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville reports an influx of calls from people wanting to learn more about Down syndrome, attributing the jump to news reports that the Alaska governor's son Trig was born with the genetic condition in April. "We're...

2008-09-15 12:00:35

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardica, Inc. today announced that it received a $1 million milestone payment from Cook Medical (Cook) for the successful development of a specialized automated device used to close holes in the heart known as patent foramen ovales (PFO), a relatively common heart defect present in 15 to 20 percent of the general population. "Patients with PFO may be at increased risk for several serious medical conditions, including stroke and...

2008-08-20 03:00:41

By Greg Mellen LONG BEACH - When David Kem of Long Beach volunteered to help organize a benefit for a Cambodian girl who had been brought to the United States for life-altering open-heart surgery, it was because it seemed the right thing to do. He certainly didn't expect anything in return. "I just heard about her story and followed it in the paper and thought, 'Wouldn't it be great to help?"' Kem says. Now, Kem may have received a gift beyond payment. A week or so after the...

2008-08-02 12:00:42

By Meredith Hines-Dochterman, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Aug. 2--C EDAR RAPIDS -- It was a routine ultrasound that changed their lives. Kevin and Heidi Schmidt were halfway through their first pregnancy, with everything progressing as it should. Then the screen revealed something abnormal. The couple was referred to University Hospitals, where doctors determined the left side of the baby's heart was not developing properly. The baby would have to undergo several surgeries...

2008-07-30 18:00:17

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA - Diabetic women who get pregnant are three to four times more likely to have a child with birth defects than other women, according to new government research. The study is the largest of its kind, and provides the most detailed information to date on types of birth defects that befall the infants of diabetic mothers, including heart defects, missing kidneys and spine deformities. The study lists nearly 40 types of birth defects found to be...

2008-07-21 06:00:42

Continuing to position itself as a leader in medical education and patient care, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. announced today that multiple live cases using the Infinix(TM) CF-i/BP will be showcased at the Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS-AICS) held in Las Vegas July 20-23, 2008. Two premier hospitals that recently acquired the Infinix CF-i/BP will be performing live cases over the course of the symposium - Rush University Medical Center and the Children's...

2008-07-16 09:01:20

ST. LOUIS, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Stereotaxis, Inc. announced today that the pediatric cardiology team at the Heart and Diabetes Center of North Reinland-Westphalia in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, successfully performed a first-of-its-kind-procedure to treat pulmonary atresia in a 10-year old boy. The team performed the procedure with Stereotaxis' Niobe Magnetic Navigation System. Pulmonary atresia is a congenital malformation of the pulmonary valve which obstructs the flow of...


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