Tennessee doctors removed a man’s heart to save his life

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – In an extraordinary operation, a Mississippi man’s heart was removed and replaced with what Baptist Memorial Hospital doctors call a “total artificial heart” — battery-charged electromechanical devices that will keep the 41-year-old man’s blood pumping until a heart transplant can be arranged.



a person wearing a hat: Heart patient Brian Pedigo sits on a hospital bed at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Pedigo's heart was replaced with two ventricular assist devices and a breast implant.


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Heart patient Brian Pedigo sits on a hospital bed at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Pedigo’s heart was replaced with two ventricular assist devices and a breast implant.

Wearing a surgical-style mask decorated with an American flag and the motto “United We Stand,” artificial heart recipient Brian Pedigosaid Wednesday that his life since his first heart attack —which came “11 days before my 33rd birthday” — had been a constant struggle with heart disease, including a “massive” 2017 heart attack and the almost complete bodily shutdown that led to his Sept. 3 surgery at

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Having a baby later in life may increase longevity, study suggests

Women who have kids later on in life may live longer, according to the findings of a recent study.

Following the birth of a woman’s last child, certain measurements may be linked with her projected lifespan, according to a study published Wednesday in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

More specifically, leukocyte telomere length – telomeres “are repeating DNA-protein complexes that protect the ends of chromosomes and have proven to be critical for maintaining genomic stability,” per a news release on the findings – may play a role in a woman’s longevity. A woman’s age at the birth of her last child may affect telomere length, ultimately impacting

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Where You Live at 50 Could Determine Life Expectancy


One explanation: “Counties with a higher percentage of residents of color could also have a higher number of segregated neighborhoods and communities,” and segregated communities can concentrate poverty, the report points out, further restricting access to quality schools, safe parks, good jobs, and banks and capital for business development. Chronic stress from systemic racism and discrimination in health care have also put predominantly Black communities at a disadvantage when it comes to life expectancy.

“Evidence is clear that counties with more Black residents are having worse outcomes, and it’s incumbent on all of us to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to live a longer and healthier life,” Tan says.

“Those extra years are another anniversary, potentially another grandchild — that’s what people are missing out on.”

The coronavirus pandemic and life expectancy

Though the data in the report predates the coronavirus pandemic, Tan says COVID-19 — which has

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6-year-old boy’s life saved by 2 bone marrow donors during coronavirus pandemic

Zeke Puig, a 6-year-old boy with a rare combination of life-threatening cancers, has spent more than 150 days in the hospital since last October.

For the past nearly eight months, Zeke, who was diagnosed last year with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and advanced myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), has fought much of his battle with just one of his parents by his side due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He has also undergone two bone marrow transplants during the global pandemic, with the donated bone marrow coming from two complete strangers.

“I have really been able to mostly keep my emotions at bay for this because I try to just live in the day, but when I stop and think [about the donors] or someone asks me, that’s when the emotions come,” Zeke’s mom, Danielle Puig, told “Good Morning America.” “Both of those donors had to take time from their lives, give up

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Readers Share Their Fitness Transformations: ‘It Has Changed My Life’

A Wall Street Journal article about reporter Anne Marie Chaker’s journey into midlife bodybuilding described a physical transformation that led to an emotional one as well. Readers wrote in to share their own experiences in setting fitness goals that helped them overcome challenges. Below is a selection of reader responses, which have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Bodybuilding changed my life. I discovered it late myself; I was 48 for my first competition. I competed again at 50. Even though I placed second through fourth, it was never about placing for me but about feeling strong and putting in the effort day in and day out. It’s hard physical training and the mental work is even more difficult. Success is staying the course and just doing it.

—Jerri Henry

Meridian, Idaho

At the beginning of March, I discovered strength training and it has changed my life. I feel

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Irregular, long periods linked to shorter life span in 24-year study

In a finding that suggests a woman’s periods might be a powerful indicator of her general health, researchers report that women with irregular and long menstrual cycles face a higher risk of early death.

In a study that spanned 24 years and included more than 79,000 premenopausal women who had no history of heart disease, cancer or diabetes, those who’d always had irregular menstrual cycles were more likely to die before the age of 70 than those who had regular cycles.

“The important point illustrated by this study is that menstrual regularity and reproductive health provides a window into overall long-term health,” Dr. Adam Balen, a professor of reproductive medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals in Britain, told CNN.

“Young women with irregular periods need a thorough assessment, not only of their hormones and metabolism but also of their lifestyle so that they can be advised about steps that they can

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Physicians Misjudge a Terminal Patient’s Life Span: Is It Fraud?

Can physicians always tell when a patient has less than 6 months to live? And if they misjudge, is that fraud?

A registered nurse and three nonclinicians filed a federal False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit against Care Alternatives, a for-profit hospice in Cranford, New Jersey, claiming the hospice illegally admitted at least 16 patients who were not in their last 6 months of life and so did not qualify for Medicare hospice coverage.



The whistleblowers’ medical expert, Robert Jayes, MD, testified that the patients’ medical records did not back up the hospice medical director’s prognosis of imminent death and thus did not support a certification of need for hospice care. The hospice’s medical expert disagreed, testifying that a physician could reasonably have determined that the life expectancy of each of those patients was 6 months or less. The whistleblowers were all former staffers.

A federal district judge held that a

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Physician Prescribes a Life in Medicine; Marvin J. Stone, MD, MACP, FRCP writes book to inspire the next generation of doctors

The future of medicine is exciting. Marvin J. Stone, MD, MACP, FRCP, draws from a lifetime of practicing medicine with a passion to inspire and convey to anyone interested in a medical career the excitement and fascination intrinsic to becoming and serving as a physician in his book “When to Act and When to Refrain: A Lifetime of Learning the Science and Art of Medicine” (Revised and Updated, 2020). He invites students, young doctors, experienced physicians, and lay persons with interest in medical science and health care to an eye-opening look inside his journey through the last half-century in medicine: becoming a physician, acquiring intense training in patient care and research, and teaching at all levels.

DALLAS, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — “Martin Stone is a classical triple-threat medical academic: accomplished in biomedical research, expert in his clinical field, and revered teacher. He has written a book of

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Couple Who Went from 0 to 9 Kids in 3 Years Says Life Is ‘Definitely Chaotic & Definitely Beautiful’

A Pennsylvania couple who has always wanted children got their wish — not once, but nine times over — when they adopted four children and welcomed one of their own, before having a set of quadruplets.

Maxine Young tells PEOPLE (the TV Show!) that while she and her husband Jake, 32, have always wanted a big family, they never expected to have nine kids, especially within a three-year period.

But that’s exactly what happened to the Youngs, who now share an adopted set of four siblings — Aiden, 8; Parker, 5; Connor, 4; and Elliott, 3 — a 23-month-old biological son, Henry, and 8-week-old biological quadruplets, Theo, Silas, Beck and Cecilia.

“This wasn’t like what we intended. We didn’t plan to have this large of a family,” Maxine, 30, says. “But it just seems like these babies are meant to be. I can’t imagine not having all four of them

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Qatar- Sidra Medicine saves life of teen with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

(MENAFN – The Peninsula) Doha: An expert team from Sidra Medicine’s Heart Center have saved the life of a boy born with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. WPW is a condition that causes the heart to beat abnormally fast for periods of time due to an extra electrical connection in the heart.

Abdulla, who is 16 years old, was brought to Sidra Medicine after experiencing a rapid heart rate and shortness of breath. His father said: ‘Abdulla had been through a few episodes a couple of times while growing up, especially after playing vigorously. He would complain of feeling dizzy and then vomit after which he seemed to feel better. Previously we put it down to him being an active and excitable boy and even though we went to see a doctor back then, nothing was picked up during the tests.

‘It was the third time round, once he reached 16, that

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