Congenital heart defects may not increase the risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms

NEW YORK, NY (Oct. 16)—Adults and children born with heart defects had a lower-than-expected risk of developing moderate or severe COVID-19 symptoms, finds a study of more than 7,000 patients from the congenital heart disease center at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Throughout the course of the pandemic, evidence has shown that…

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Results from the FORECAST Trial reported at TCT Connect

NEW YORK — October 16, 2020 — In the FORECAST randomized clinical trial, the use of fractional flow reserve management derived from computed tomography (FFRCT) did not significantly reduce costs but did reduce the use of invasive coronary angiography (ICA). Findings were reported today at TCT Connect, the 32nd annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular…

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Results from the TARGET FFR study reported at TCT Connect

NEW YORK — October 16, 2020 — Results from the randomized controlled TARGET FFR trial show that while a physiology-guided percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) optimization strategy did not achieve a significant increase in the proportion of patients with final FFR ?0.90, it reduced the proportion of patients with a residual FFR ?0.80 following PCI. Findings…

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Results from the DEFINE-FLOW study reported at TCT Connect

NEW YORK — October 16, 2020 — A new observational study of deferred lesions following combined fractional flow reserve (FFR) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) assessments found that untreated vessels with abnormal FFR but intact CFR do not have non-inferior outcomes compared to those with an FFR greater than 0.8 and a CFR greater than…

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OnSight Medical wins TCT Connect 2020 Shark Tank Innovation Competition

NEW YORK — October 16, 2020 — The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce that OnSight Medical, an AI-based company specializing in cardiac ultrasound imaging, has won the TCT 2020 Shark Tank Innovation Competition which took place during the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), the world’s premier educational meeting specializing in interventional cardiovascular medicine.…

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Hot Toddy Season Comes Early This Year

Orders for warming cocktails are predictable at a certain time of year. But that time is usually December. Not in 2020, at least in New York City. “We have been inundated by requests for hot cocktails since Labor Day,” said Linden Pride, an owner of the Manhattan bars Dante and Dante West Village. As the…

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Remdesivir Fails to Prevent Covid-19 Deaths in Huge Trial

Remdesivir, the only antiviral drug authorized for treatment of Covid-19 in the United States, fails to prevent deaths among patients, according to a study of more than 11,000 people in 30 countries sponsored by the World Health Organization. The data, which were posted online on Thursday, have not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a…

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What Does ‘Negative’ on a Coronavirus Test Really Mean?

In a flurry of memos released this week and last, the White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley, stated that President Trump no longer posed a transmission risk to others — an assessment, he noted, that was largely precipitated by the results of a bevy of “advanced diagnostics.” The declarations have helped clear Mr. Trump to return…

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A Rapid Test Offers Hope for Community Screening

A $5 rapid test for the coronavirus may be nearly as effective as the slower, more complex polymerase chain reaction test for identifying people who may spread the coronavirus, a novel experiment has found. The study, conducted by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, is among the first head-to-head comparisons of a rapid…

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Postcard-Perfect Scenes, Constructed From Memory and Scraps of Paper

For nearly four decades, the artist and photographer Vik Muniz, 58, has been collecting postcards. He sends some to loved ones and friends, but sometimes he sends them to himself to see which will arrive home first: the postcard or him. But many of his postcards end up snipped into little pieces and rearranged to…

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