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Brit man gets battery-powered plastic heart‎

A British man walked home yesterday with a complete plastic heart. A native of London, Matthew Green has become the first British patient who had his damaged heart replaced with a fully artificial heart.

Heart failure therapy more effective in women than men

Heart failure therapy is treated with a device which includes a pacemaker and a defibrillator. When women with heart disease were fitted with the combination device, their chances of a heart failure were reduced by 70 percent. In contrast, men fitted with the device saw a reduction of only 35 per cent.

Heart risk higher in Type D personalities--study

Pessimistic, stressed-out people are more prone to heart problems. According to the findings of a new study, “distressed” people, having a personality profile known as Type D, carry thrice the risk of future heart problems, compared to more contented, optimistic people.

Columnist James J. Kilpatrick dead at 89

Washington -- Conservative newspaper columnist James J. Kilpatrick has died of congestive heart failure at Washington's George Washington University hospital.

The Washington Post confirmed Kilpatrick's Sunday death at the age of 89.
The Oklahoma City-born scribe wrote for and edited The Richmond News Leader in Richmond, Va., in the 1950s and 1960s, and his syndicated column "A Conservative View" ran in hundreds of newspapers for nearly 30 years, starting in 1964. Kilpatrick is also known for his syndicated columns "Covering the Courts" and "The Writer's Art," as well as his frequent guest spots on TV's "60 Minutes."

Auditory research pioneer dies

La Jolla, Calif. -- Dr. Robert Galambos, the neuroscientist whose work on how bats navigate led to implanted devices to help the deaf hear, has died, his family says.

Galambos,96, died of congestive heart failure on June 18 at his home in La Jolla, Calif., The New York Times reported Friday.

Galambos' research into how bats navigate in total darkness revealed the code by which nerves send messages about sound and led to practical results like cochlear implants to provide a sense of sound to the profoundly deaf, the newspaper said.

Galambos, the author of more than 200 scientific publications, was "one of the giants of auditory research," Steven A. Hillyard, a professor of neuroscience at the University of California -- San Diego, said.

Diabetics face higher risk with Avandia than Actos--study

Just weeks before Avandia goes through a federal hearing to decide whether it should retain its place in the market as a safe diabetes medication, it took a beating with a new study linking it to life threatening problems.

Gene therapy created for heart failure

New York -- Mount Sinai School of Medicine scientists in New York say they've developed a gene therapy that's safe and effective in reversing advanced heart failure.

The researchers said the therapy, called Mydicar, is designed to stimulate production of an enzyme that enables the failing heart to pump more effectively. In a Phase II study, injection of the gene SERCA2a through a routine, minimally invasive cardiac catheterization was safe and showed clinical benefit in treating and decreasing the severity of heart failure.

BH4 shows promise against heart failure

Chicago -- A naturally occurring chemical compound shows promise in treating diastolic heart failure, scientists in Illinois said.

Millions of U.S. residents suffer from heart failure, which is the heart's inability to pump effectively and meet the body's blood and oxygen needs.

Systolic heart failure occurs when the heart no longer can contract effectively, while diastolic heart failure occurs when the heart can't relax after contractions.

New heart pump outperforms older versions

Orlando, FL, November 18 -- What was originally designed as a temporary bridge to a heart transplant is turning out to be a permanent treatment, giving new hope to severely ill heart patients who either await a heart transplant or are too sick or old to undergo one.

Autopsy: Mays died of heart failure

Tampa, Fla. -- Iconic U.S. television pitchman Billy Mays probably died of heart failure and not from a blow to the head sustained on an airplane, a medical examiner says.

Tampa, Fla., medical examiner Vern Adams said an autopsy done Monday on the body of Mays, 50, revealed hardening of the arteries, dousing speculation that his death came as the result of hitting his head during a rough landing on a flight from Philadelphia to Tampa hours before his death, The New York Daily News reported.

Mays was found dead in his Tampa home Sunday. Adams added that Mays was taking pain medication after undergoing two hip replacement surgeries, but those pills did not contribute to his death, the newspaper said.