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Stent

Lawsuits for Unneeded Heart Stents

Dr. Seydi Aksut was once one of the busiest cardiologist in Alabama. According to federal data in 2012, Dr. Aksut installed more heart stents than any other doctor in Alabama.

Unfortunately, it seems like many of the procedures may have been unnecessary. In 2013 Vaughn Hospital performed an independent review of all stent cases and notified patients who may have been impacted. Since then, more than 12 lawsuits have been filed against Dr. Aksut.

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StanLarkin

Living without a heart for one year

Stan Larkin was diagnosed with familial cardiomyopathy when he was just 16 years old. This disease causes serious irregular heartbeats and inhibits proper blood flow.

Stan was immediately placed on the heart transplant list, but would have to wait a long time for a matching donor. In the meantime, doctors installed an internal defibrillator to help his heart beat whenever it would have problems.

Unfortunately, Stan’s heart continued to deteriorate. Near his 24th birthday, doctors knew they needed to do something drastic. They installed a SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.

Stan’s heart was literally on his sleeve. He would carry with him a 13.5 pound artificial heart that allowed him to maintain a normal lifestyle and continue being a father to his three children while he waited for an organ transplant.

“I just want to put the heart to use.” – Stan Larkin

The device performed all the functions of a healthy heart and kept Stan alive for an incredible (and record-setting) 555 days. He finally received his new “real” heart in May of 2016 and is making a swift recovery. He looks forward to putting his new heart to use on the basketball court.

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iPhone

Apple jumps into healthcare

(The Verge) On April 28th Apple announced the release of the very first apps made using CareKit, an open software platform that lets developers create iPhone apps that can help people manage various medical conditions and share information with their doctors. Among the four apps released today is one that helps users manage their diabetes, and one that people can use to track symptoms of depression. For Apple, the move signals the company’s first real step into the realm of true health care, as opposed to scientific research or simple health tracking. But given that 20 percent of US doctors still haven’t started using electronic health records, it’s unclear what sort of impact CareKit will have on the health care industry as a whole.

CareKit shares some resemblance withHealthKit, the platform that lets developers tap into the iPhone’s sensors to gather various health metrics, and ResearchKit, which gives scientists the ability recruit participants for scientific studies run through the iPhone. Like its predecessors, apps made through CareKit often let people track their activity levels, weight, or even their food intake. But CareKit apps aren’t designed for research or for simple health tracking. At their core, they’re geared toward people who want to keep track of specific symptoms or their medical progress. But the biggest differentiator by far is this: CareKit apps aren’t just for consumers. They’re also designed to be attractive to doctors who might want to keep an eye on their patients remotely.

Apple is releasing the CareKit framework to all developers.

Read more at The Verge.

By Arielle Duhaime-Ross