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Schools Told to Accommodate Special Needs Athletes

January 28, 2013

When Cudahy parent Kevin Fech watches the state meets for various Special Olympics sports, he often thinks that some of the young athletes with disabilities could very well be competing on their school's traditional sports teams.

He even wonders if one day, his son - an eighth-grader at Cudahy Middle School who has Down syndrome and autism - might be able to try out for his high school's track team. If Tyler were on the inside lane and had a helper runner in the grass next to him, he could probably stay focused.

New-generation pacemaker could be powered by the heart

January 16, 2013

The same material that sparks barbecue lighters to flame may soon be used to power pacemakers with the beat of the human heart instead of batteries, say researchers at the University of Michigan.

A new generation of pacemakers, devices that regulate the human heartbeat via electrodes and current, could eventually rely on piezoelectric materials, which, when they vibrate, generate a small amount of electricity.

HeartWare LVAD receives FDA approval for heart transplant patients

January 15, 2013

The FDA today approved the HeartWare Ventricular Assist System — a left ventricular assist device — to support heart function and blood flow in patients with end-stage HF who are awaiting a heart transplant, according to a press release.

Results showed comparable survival outcomes in the HeartWare LVAD and INTERMACS groups. The clinical trial also assessed serious adverse events such as infection and stroke and compared these adverse events with those discussed in the scientific literature based on clinical trials or post-market studies of other LVADs. Rates of most key adverse events were comparable, although the risk for stroke associated with the HeartWare LVAD necessitates patients and clinicians to discuss all treatment options before deciding to use the device, the release states.