Echocardiograms may help with patient selection for transcatheter mitral valve repair: New research finds echocardiography valuable before and after procedure

Clinicians should use echocardiography, an ultrasound that shows the heart’s structure and function, when determining whether patients with heart failure and a leaking heart valve are likely to benefit from valve repair, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. The new study offers…

Hip replacement patients can skip hip precautions, study suggests

Low-risk patients undergoing a total hip replacement with a posterior approach can skip the standard hip precautions currently recommended for post-surgical recovery, according to a new study conducted at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), in New York City. Eliminating standard precautions in this population did not increase the risk of…

Are mosaic embryos the ‘dark horse’ of IVF? Study in nonhuman primates gives new hope to people seeking infertility treatment; abnormal embryos can result in successful in vitro fertilization

Not every embryo contains 46 perfect chromosomes. Some have more, others have fewer. The result is a common abnormality known as aneuploidy, which occurs in as many as 80 percent of human embryos. Because aneuploidy has been linked to a risk of in vitro fertilization failure, miscarriage and certain genetic…

Newly discovered leukodystrophy in children: Potential cure: The gene that causes the disease is called DEGS1 and its defect may be counteracted with fingolimod

The Neurometabolic Diseases research team at IDIBELL and CIBER of Rare Diseases (CIBERER), led by ICREA Professor Aurora Pujol, has uncovered a novel disease of children affecting the brain white matter -the myelin sheath-, leading to severe incapacity and death in some cases. The gene causing the disorder is called…