Studies show that fast treatment makes patients more likely to survive certain types of heart attacks. According to national guidelines, heart attack patients should go from hospital door to "balloon" treatment within 90 minutes.
Open-heart surgery is the gold standard for patients with severe aortic stenosis, but a recently published report in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms what researchers had earlier suspected. A new minimally invasive technique to repair heart valves is saving the lives of patients who are too sick for traditional surgery.
Every two seconds in the United States, someone needs blood. One-fifth of the nation's entire blood supply is used during heart surgery. Blood transfusions are not only costly, but they can pose risks for patients. Now, some hospitals in the U.S. are significantly reducing transfusion rates during heart surgery.
Acid reflux disease, a condition commonly known as "GERD," affects about one-third of Americans. It can cause pain, coughing, heartburn and can even lead to cancer. Now, a simple procedure may fix GERD for good.
For most kids, playing on the playground is a great place to have fun and one of the best ways to learn how to interact with other kids. For the one in 68 kids with autism, however, playgrounds can cause stress. Autism can hinder a child's ability to socialize. Now, research is showing how we can change that.
Vitamin K is needed by our bodies for blood clotting, and it's one of the first shots offered to newborns. More parents are choosing to skip shots and not vaccinate their children, believing it's unhealthy and unnecessary. Now, the CDC is reporting as surge of cases of life-threatening brain bleeds in babies who weren't vaccinated.