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Beyond Living Longer, AHA Aims to Extend Healthy Life
Life expectancy increased in 2018 for the first time in the United States in 4 years, federal health officials reported this week. But beyond living longer, the American Heart Association (AHA) has set its sights on helping people live healthier for more years of their life.
Red Meat, Poultry Linked to Slightly Higher Risk for CVD Events, CV Death
Studies examining the health risks of consuming red and processed meats have yielded conflicting results, yet current US dietary guidelines recommend limiting the intake of these foods to one serving per week. A new meta-analysis supports that recommendation, suggesting that greater consumption of processed meat, unprocessed red meat, and, unexpectedly, poultry — but not fish — is significantly associated with a small increased risk of incident cardiovascular disease (CVD), which included cardiovascular deaths.
PARTNER 2A Intermediate-Risk TAVR Five-Year Results Hit Print
Late outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in the PARTNER 2A trial are now enshrined in the peer-reviewed literature. After 5 years, the trial shows comparable rates of the primary endpoint, death or disabling stroke, in older patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis at intermediate surgical risk who underwent either TAVR or surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR).
Blood Pressure Key to Good Outcomes in Stroke Thrombectomy
Both low and high levels of blood pressure during endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke are associated with poor functional outcome, a new study suggests. "Our study has very clinically relevant findings — that best outcomes are achieved if the mean arterial blood pressure [MABP] is kept between 70-90 mm Hg," lead author, Mads Rasmussen, MD, PhD, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, told Medscape Medical News.
Items of Interest
Why All Cardiologists Should Know AI's Strengths, Weaknesses
When AI first started gaining popularity in healthcare, many providers were critical, skeptical or just avoided learning about the technology altogether. According to a new analysis published in Heart, however, the time has come for cardiologists to step up and pay close attention.
FDA Greelights AI Algorithms That Detect Heart Murmurs, AFiB via Stethoscope
The FDA has cleared a series of AI algorithms designed by California tech company Eko to facilitate the detection of atrial fibrillation and heart murmurs. According to a statement from Eko, which announced the news Jan. 28, its AFib and murmur screening algorithms are just the first in a suite of cardiac screening algorithms that will work in conjunction with Eko’s digital stethoscopes. Their recently cleared AI reportedly detects AFib with 99% sensitivity and 97% specificity, and identifies heart murmurs—a leading symptom of valvular heart disease—with 87% sensitivity and 87% specificity.
Artificial Intelligence Can Detect Low-glucose Levels via ECG Without Fingerpick
A new technology for detecting low glucose levels via electrocardiogram (ECG) using a non-invasive wearable sensor, which with the latest artificial intelligence (AI) can detect hypoglycemic events from raw ECG signals, has been made by researchers from the University of Warwick. The authors found that using the latest findings of deep learning they can detect hypoglycemic events from raw ECG signals acquired with off-the-shelf non-invasive wearable sensors. Fingerpicks deter patient compliance in tracking glucose levels but this new technology might eliminate the need for blood sampling.
Overcoming Bias in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms have been under scrutiny for racial bias. End-users are often unaware of this and, as a result, can unintentionally give bias recommendations to patients. To avoid perpetuating these errors, developers are reexamining the early phases of development.
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A Structured Compensation Plan Results in Equitable Physician Compensation: A Single-Center Analysis
Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, (with John H. Noseworthy, MD; and Gianrico Farrugia, MD)
The study assessed adherence to and individual or systematic deviations from predicted physician compensation by gender or race/ethnicity at a large academic medical center that uses a salary-only structured compensation model incorporating national benchmarks and clear standardized pay steps and increments.
A Structured Compensation Plan Results in Equitable Physician Compensation: A Single-Center Analysis
CLICK through Dr. Hayes’ TWEETORIAL for highlights on the issue as well as the above published paper on how The Mayo Clinic’s compensation plan works.

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Million Hearts announces a NEW Hospitals & Health Systems Recognition Program that will spotlight clinical entities committed to reducing the impact of heart attacks and strokes. Learn how you can apply below.

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the next Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from August 3 to 7, 2020. The HDRI is now accepting applications, which must be submitted by March 9, 2020! This is an opportunity to learn from NIH scientific experts in the field and discuss research projects on minority health and health disparities!


NIMHD Accepting Proposals for Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation

NIMHD is supporting two new funding opportunities, PAR-19-373 (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) and PAR-19-384 (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required), to understand the interrelation between social connectedness and social isolation on health disparity populations and health disparities (how the mechanisms, processes, and trajectories of social relationships affect outcomes in health, illness, and more.). This work includes the impact of interpersonal and systemic discrimination and microaggressions on social connectedness and isolation. This research aims to identify unique challenges and intervention targets for health disparity populations. NIMHD encourages investigators to participate in this important public health activity and welcomes inquiries concerning these FOAs. Review the funding opportunities for more information on eligibility and application submissions.

Application Due Date: March 17, 2020.


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