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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: Syracuse.com

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 [...]

Dangers Of Desert Dust: New Diagnostic Tool For Valley Fever

Graphic shows the lifecycle of coccidioides, the fungal pathogen responsible for Valley fever.
Source: Image courtesy of Arizona State University

On July 5, 2011, a massive wall of dust, (“haboob,” in Arabic), blanketed Phoenix, Arizona, creating an awesome spectacle, (or stubborn nuisance, depending on your perspective). Dust storms are a common occurrence in the arid desert environments of the American Southwest. But windborne dust can be a serious health risk, lofting spores of a sometimes-lethal [...]

Number Of People Susceptible To Painful Mosquito-Borne Virus Increasing, Says Leading Researcher

Stephen Higgs conducts research on mosquitoes in Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute. Source: Kansas State University Photo Services

In just two weeks, the number of Americans infected with the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya has almost doubled and the virus has now been found in mosquitoes in the United States, something that is very concerning to a Kansas State University professor who is a leading researcher of the virus. At least 243 travel-related cases of [...]

Improved Telemedicine System Connects Doctors To Autism Patients In Rural Georgia

Felissa Goldstein, M.D., is the primary doctor using the improved telemedicine system at the Marcus Autism Center. Goldstein uses the system for providing early screening and continuing care for children with autism spectrum disorders. (Source: Marcus Autism Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)

To get the best care for her three autistic children, Mandi Larkin would drive three hours from her family’s home in Tifton, GA, to Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta. The drive to and from Atlanta was exhausting. Missed work, missed school and the long drive were constant sources of stress. Today, Larkin’s children receive world-class [...]