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Jun 20, 2008
Heart transplant is a long process because you have to wait for a potential heart that is suitable for you and your condition. But there is a new device now that will no longer make a heart patient wait - the Berlin heart. One of its great advantages is it comes with different sizes, from the smallest fitted for babies and large sizes for adults. The Berlin heart takes over the patient's heart for a while that allows it to rest and this will let the patient's body to gain strength thus, making them a better candidate for heart transplantation. And 77 percent of patients who uses Berlin heart survive to their transplant surgery.

Out of 1,000 children, there are three to five who are diagnosed with scoliosis and it is more prominent in girls. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that can have severe consequences if the curvature gets worse like effects in heart and lung function. Surgery is the process to mend scoliosis which in the operation cuts a large piece of bone from the iliac crest in the pelvis that will be used to create a spinal fusion so the curve would not get worse. But the problem with taking a bone from the iliac crest is it can cause pain and sometimes even permanent pain. But today, there is a brand new therapy that will require using stem cells harvested from your own bone marrow. This stem cells will act as a sort of catalyst to support the growth of new bone along the spine and moreover, it is less painful and more effective.

For those of you who spend almost 12 hours in front of your computer, there is a specialized specs to prevent eye irritation. Some of the people who spend lots of time in front of a computer screen can suffer from eye problems that may feel like sands in the eyes and makes your vision blurry and teary. It is called a computer vision syndrome. So an ophthalmologist, Richard Yee, saw how people suffer from dry eyes, light sensitivity and difficulty to focus at the computer that made him create special specs. It's like having your eyes in the sauna making it comfortable for the eyes and screens out wind, drafts, dusts and anything in the environment that can irritate your eyes.

There are at least three million Americans that have epilepsy and 30 percent of this has seizures that cannot be controlled by medicine. But as of now, new imaging techniques have stridently increased the number of people who are possible candidate for epilepsy surgery. And the children have more benefits on this since their brain is still flexible. Surgery is the only way to completely cure epilepsy but this is crucial because many things can happen inside your brain during surgery that can cause further damages. And to accurately map the brain during surgeries, surgeons place dozens of tiny electrodes directly on the surface of the brain and these sensors allow a digital brain wave machine to generate a high-tech image of what is happening inside the brain.

It is a disheartening fact that stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the US. But there is a new tool called Penumbra which is a device suction for blood clots from the brains of stroke patients. It gives possibility of life and cuts the risk of death and disability. A catheter is used as it goes from a small incision in the groin through blood vessels up to the brain where this is a blockage and Penumbra suctions out the clot thus, saving a stroke victim's life. There is a new study in fact that shows it restored blood flow in 82 percent out of 125 patients.
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