FDA Approves Heart Failure Monitoring System

Trial Underway in Wausau, Wis.

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There may be some new help for congestive heart failure patients.

The first and only FDA approved heart failure monitoring system is allowing doctors to check its status in real-time through internet access.

A trial on eight patients is underway in Wausau, Wis.

The first cardiologist to implant the new sensors believes it could potentially be a game changer.

“So it allows us to adjust the medications long before the patient even starts to feel sick, and certainly before they end up in the hospital,” said Dr. Paul Luetmer, Aspirus Heart and Vascular Institute.

The device runs on an external battery and there is no surgery needed for installation.

During the trial period, the device reduced hospital visits for heart failure patients by 37 percent.
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According to a new study, maybe you should wear your sunglasses and sunscreen at night.

Yale researchers published a study on Thursday saying that much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure.

They found melanin, the pigment that protects our skin in the sun, is responsible.

They discovered that energy absorbed from the sun by skin cells called melanocytes is transferred to the DNA in the dark, causing it to deform.

Scientists believe that a new type of ‘evening after’ sunscreen containing vitamin E could be developed to block this transfer of energy.

If you’d like more details on the study, click here
 

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