Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 235 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Aug-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Aug-2004
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Implantable device designed to detect, stop seizures under study at MCG
A small electronic device implanted in the skull that detects oncoming seizures then delivers a brief electrical stimulus to the brain to stop them is under study at the Medical College of Georgia.  more

Heartless worms hold clues to cardiac arrhythmias, sudden death: Could help lead to development of drugs that don't cause calcium channel block
The worm C. elegans seems an unlikely candidate for studies related to cardiac arrhythmias. After all, the microscopic organism doesn't even have a heart.  more

The legacy of Bristol: Public disclosure of individual surgeons’ results
Later this year, the performance of individual surgeons in the UK will be made publicly available, but the move remains controversial. Researchers in this week's BMJ discuss the issues in relation to cardiothoracic surgery. more


BMJ editorial: Government regulation is needed to prevent biased under-reporting of clinical trials
Failing to disclose the results of clinical trials kills patients and wastes money, and government regulation is needed to put a stop to it, argues Sir Iain Chalmers in a letter to this week's BMJ.  more

New class of compounds promises to revive failing hearts
Half a million Americans are diagnosed each year with heart failure, a progressively debilitating condition characterized by the heart's declining ability to pump blood efficiently. The condition causes about 50,000 deaths annually and accounts for 1 million hospitalizations – more than for all forms of cancer combined.  more

Hospitals should be encouraged to improve error reporting
Hospitals should be encouraged to improve the recording of medical errors on their systems, say researchers at Dr Foster in last week's BMJ. more

The Case: The Worst Headache
Even in this age of ready access to sophisticated neuro-imaging modalities, misdiagnosis of patients with non-traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs in roughly 20%-30% of cases.  more

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