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Comforting Hospitalized Kids With Science

TEACH is a joint Einstein and Yeshiva University undergraduate student-run initiative under the guidance of Einstein’s executive dean, Edward Burns. It allows students to plan and lead educational lessons and modules in hospital playrooms. Source: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

When a child is admitted to the hospital, you can usually count on three things. Time seems suspended. There’s often apprehension. And there’s seldom enough to keep a child’s curious mind occupied and his or her spirits lifted. Family members are present and the hospital’s medical staff is focused on providing medical care—both of which [...]

Drug Approved To Treat Rare Disorder Associated With Anesthesia

“When a patient experiences malignant hyperthermia during surgery, it is a life‐threatening emergency requiring immediate treatment including the administration of the ‘antidote’ drug dantrolene sodium,” said Henry Rosenberg, MD, CPE, a founder and President of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS). “The ability for healthcare professionals in hospitals and surgery centers to more quickly prepare and administer this new formulation of the antidote dantrolene sodium is expected to bring the crisis under control more rapidly and prevent severe complications from MH.” Source: MHAUS

Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ryanodex® (dantrolene sodium) for injectable suspension indicated for the treatment of malignant hyperthermia (MH), along with the appropriate supportive measures. MH is an inherited and potentially fatal disorder triggered by certain anesthesia agents in genetically susceptible individuals. FDA had designated Ryanodex [...]

‘Heartless’ Patient Discharged From Hospital

onald Fontana is discharged home while he waits for a matching donor heart transplant. He is enjoying his family, thanks to the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart powered by the Freedom Portable Driver. Source:

A central New York recipient of a SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart implant is home, discharged from University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital with the Freedom® portable driver to wait for a matching donor heart. Fontana, a 64-year-old retiree from a Syracuse architectural hardware company, suffered from heart disease—cardiomyopathy—for decades. He managed the condition with [...]

UAB Enrolls Nation’s First Patient In Phase III Drug Trial For Preeclampsia

Alan Tita, MD, PhD, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in UAB's School of Medicine, says preeclampsia presents serious implications for mother and baby. "The hope is that ATryn will be a substantial advance in the treatment of preeclampsia and significantly improve outcomes for mother and baby." Source: UAB News

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has enrolled the first patient in the United States in a Phase III clinical trial for a drug to treat preeclampsia in pregnant women that, if successful, would be a significant clinical breakthrough for reducing pre-term births and infant mortality. ATryn®, or antithrombin recombinant, [...]

The Heart Of An Astronaut, Five Years On

JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer, demonstrates the ultrasound used to collect data for the Cardio Ox investigation, in the Columbus Module.
Source: NASA

The heart of an astronaut is a much-studied thing. Scientists have analyzed its blood flow, rhythms, atrophy and, through journal studies, even matters of the heart. But for the first time, researchers are looking at how oxidative stress and inflammation caused by the conditions of spaceflight affect those hearts for up to five years after [...]