It is hard to believe that a year has already passed since we announced the new format for Dialogues in Cardiovascular Medicine. We are pleased that it has been such a success so far, having received letters of appreciation, especially for the sections dedicated to “Snapshots in Cardiology” and the “Hot Topics.” The website (www.dialogues-cvm.org) is also proving to be popular with over 200 visits
per month. We are continuing to evolve and the format will change again slightly in 2018, adding the option to store the issues in an online library. We remain ambitious and hope to continue providing a good record of what has happened over the past year by reporting from the most prestigious cardiovascular congresses and journals.
INNOVATIONS IN MEDICINE
AI ‘doctor’ that could ‘save the NHS’ begins work in an Oxford hospital to rapidly pick up signs of heart disease in patient scans
An Oxford hospital is using an AI ‘doctor’ that can quickly and accurately diagnose heart disease. The AI is more accurate than the best cardiologists and experts claim it has the potential to ‘save the NHS’. The system has been successful in the early trials and, if its results are confirmed, similar AI scans could soon be available for free on the NHS.
Source: DailyMail – 01/03/2018
A ‘half-hearted’ solution to one-sided heart failure
Soft robotic actuators, which are pneumatic artificial muscles designed and programmed to perform lifelike motions, have recently emerged as an attractive alternative to more rigid components that have conventionally been used in biomedical devices. In fact, earlier this year, a Boston Children’s Hospital team revealed a proof-of-concept soft robotic sleeve that could support the function of a failing heart.
Source: Boston children hospital– 11/22/2017
York Hospital ‘at cutting edge’ of robotic technology
WellSpan York Hospital demonstrated its cardiac robot on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The robotic arm assists in a PCI procedure, commonly known as stenting, to fix blocked arteries. The hospital started using the robot in mid-July.
Source: York Dispatch – 11/15/2017
Large-scale physical activity data reveal worldwide activity inequality
To be able to curb the global pandemic of physical inactivity and the associated 5.3 million deaths per year, we need to understand the basic principles that govern physical activity. However, there is a lack of large-scale measurements of physical activity patterns across free-living populations worldwide.
In this study, researchers leveraged the wide usage of smartphones with built-in accelerometry to measure physical activity at the global scale. They studied a dataset consisting of 68 million days of physical activity for 717,527 people, giving them a window into activity in 111 countries across the globe. […]