Archive - Jul 2011

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July 30th

Therapeutic Hypothermia May Not Be As Effective in Children

Intravenous delivery of cold fluids to reduce body temperature quickly after sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and improve neurologic outcomes may not be as effective in children as it is in adults, according to a study reported in Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article is available free online at

South Carolina High School Football Player Dies After Practice

Tyquan BrantleyDARLINGTON, SC--A Lamar High School football player died following football practice Saturday morning.

Rising ninth grader Tyquan Xavier Brantley, 14, was walking off the field with the team when he started complaining of cramps, Audrey Childers, Darlington County School System's public information officer, said.

Team officials immediately called 9-1-1 and he was taken to an area regional medical center, Childers said.

"Tyquan was an excellent young man who worked hard for the game of football. I was very excited about Tyquan's future as a Silver Fox. He will be missed by his family and the Silver Fox family," JR Boyd, head football coach, said through Childers.

July 28th

IOM: FDA Should Invest in New Regulatory Framework to Replace Flawed 510K Medical Device Clearance Process

A new regulatory framework will benefit everyone--patients, healthcare providers, the medical device industry, payers, and the FDA, according to the Institute of Medicine.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should gather the information needed to develop a new regulatory framework to replace the 35-year-old 510(k) clearance process for medical devices, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The 510(k) process lacks the legal basis to be a reliable premarket screen of the safety and effectiveness of moderate-risk Class II devices and cannot be transformed into one, concluded the committee that wrote the report.

Post-Menopausal Women with CAD at Increased Risk of SCD

PHILADELPHIA--A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania indicates that post-menopausal women with coronary artery disease and other risk factors are at an increased risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD).

“Until now, there has been very little data about SCD risk in women with existing cardiovascular conditions. Our research has revealed an important subset of women who are at an increased risk for SCD,” said Rajat Deo, MD, assistant professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, at the Perelman School of Medicine, and the study’s lead author. “We have identified a series of clinical risk factors that may eventually help clinicians better counsel women on how to manage their overall health to avoid SCD.”

July 24th

Sports-Related Sudden Death More Common Than Previously Suspected

Sports-related sudden death in the general population is considerably more common than previously suspected, according to a new study by Eloi Marijon, MD, of the Paris Cardiovascular Research Center and colleagues.

Researchers performed a prospective and comprehensive national survey throughout France from 2005 to 2010, involving subjects 10 to 75 years of age. Case detection for sports-related sudden death, including resuscitated cardiac arrest, was undertaken via national ambulance service reporting and Web-based screening of media releases.

The overall burden of sports-related sudden death was 4.6 cases per million population per year, with 6% of cases occurring in young competitive athletes. Sensitivity analyses used to address suspected underreporting demonstrated an incidence ranging from 5 to 17 new cases per million population per year.

Predictors of Dying Suddenly Versus Surviving Heart Attack Identified

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – July 25, 2011 – Is it possible to predict whether someone is likely to survive or die suddenly from a heart attack? A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has answered just that.

“For some people, the first heart attack is more likely to be their last,” said Elsayed Z. Soliman, M.D., M.Sc., M.S., director of the Epidemiological Cardiology Research Center (EPICARE) at Wake Forest Baptist and lead author of the study. “For these people especially, it is important that we find ways to prevent that first heart attack from ever happening because their chances of living through it are not as good.”

July 22nd

Pennsylvania High School Student Dies after Football Camp

BOILING SPRINGS, PA--A 17-year-old Cumberland County boy died in Reading Hospital after collapsing in a dormitory at Albright College, where he was attending a football camp, officials said Saturday.

Samuel GittSamuel Gitt was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m. Friday, according to the Berks County coroner's office. An autopsy Saturday in the hospital revealed the death was not heat-related, the coroner's office said. A cause of death has not been determined pending further tests, officials said.

July 14th

Therapeutic Hyothermia is very, very promising

[This material comes from Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, because at the time I was writing, the Circulation article was not available.]

Chillin' out after a cardiac arrest.

This is a relatively small study - 140 cardiac arrests - but the second paragraph is enough to get one's attention.


A new study could bolster growing interest in a technique to chill the bodies of sudden cardiac-arrest patients that has been shown to help keep victims alive.

Researchers found that of 140 patients who got the treatment, in which the body is quickly cooled after the heartbeat is restored, 56% survived to be discharged from the hospital—92% of them with most or all of their cognitive function intact.

Across the U.S., fewer than 10% of victims survive sudden cardiac arrest when it occurs outside the hospital and among those who do, only a minority recover sufficient brain function to return to a normal life.

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