Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 23, 2018
New research heralds a blood test for drowsy driving
Scientists have developed a blood test to tell whether you have skipped a night's sleep, bringing us a step closer to developing a test for driver sleepiness.

Too many people missing out on health benefits of golf, says expert panel
Too many people are missing out on the health benefits of golf, says a panel of international experts in a consensus statement, which aims to widen participation in the sport.

Prosthetic valve mismatches common in transcatheter valve replacement, ups risk of death
In the largest multi-institutional study to date, led by researchers from Penn Medicine, the team found that among patients who underwent a transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a high number experienced severe and moderate cases of prosthesis-patient mismatch.

Heart failure patients with mitral regurgitation benefit from minimally invasive procedure
A multicenter clinical trial has found that a minimally invasive procedure called transcatheter mitral valve repair significantly reduced hospitalizations and mortality for heart failure patients with moderate-to-severe or severe functional mitral regurgitation.

Results from the COAPT trial reported at TCT 2018 and published simultaneously in NEJM
Data presented today from the randomized COAPT trial, which have the potential to significantly change current clinical practice, found that patients with heart failure and secondary mitral regurgitation (MR) who remained symptomatic despite maximally tolerated medical therapy demonstrated reduced rates of hospitalizations and death, as well as improved quality-of-life and functional capacity after being treated with the transcatheter MitraClip device.

Blowing the whistle on referee decisions
It's one of the hardest jobs in sport that every armchair fan thinks they can do better.

Preventing underage drinking among youths on rural reservations
A recent study by the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Southern California Tribal Health Center, evaluated the effects of combined individual- and community-level interventions to reduce underage drinking by American Indian/Alaska Native youths on rural California Indian reservations.

Results from the SOLVE-TAVI trial reported at TCT 2018
The first randomized study to compare general versus local anesthesia during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with intermediate to high surgical risk found local anesthesia to be both safe and effective.
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