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Implantable Reveal LINQ cardiac rhythm monitor from Medtronic--paperclip size, implanting only takes a couple minutes, works for three years

Medstronic SEEQ portable cardiac monitoring system--stick it on and it's good for 30 wires or electrodes
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Heartbeats! There should be one day a year where school is taught only using baked goods.

From ASAP Science, who got it from []
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INCREDIBLE: A scientist in India has transmitted his thoughts via the Internet to the brains of scientists in France.

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These weird deep-sea animals, discovered off the coast of Tasmania in 1986, have just been classified - and they're like no animal alive today:

Surgical heart photo under the cut )
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The essence of life...

The human heart, stripped of fat, muscle and connecting tissues.

An astonishing circulatory maze!

[Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia]

image under the cut )
via AsapScience FB page
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Guinness World Record for heart transplant patient

John McCafferty Mr McCafferty had his heart transplant in 1982
A British man has entered the record books as the world's longest-surviving heart transplant patient.

John McCafferty, 71, has surpassed the previous Guinness World Record of 30 years, 11 months and 10 days set by an American man who died in 2009.

Mr McCafferty was told he had five years to live when he underwent the life-saving operation at Harefield Hospital in Middlesex 31 years ago.

Read more: (Dec. 24, 2013)
More about the surgeon who did his transplant:
And a Desert Island Discs interview with the surgeon:
And this:

Researchers call for a new approach to heart transplant allocation
In a study of more than 3,700 people waiting for a heart transplant, researchers found those with the most risk factors faced 10 times the risk of dying within 90 days of being placed on the waiting list, compared with the lowest-risk patients. In addition, the highest-risk patients face the greatest mortality rate after transplant, but they also reap the greatest survival benefit from the surgery. The findings, reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggest a rethinking of how organs are allocated may be in order, the authors say. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/31), (1/31)

And also this:

Pediatric heart transplant patients have high survival rates
In an analysis that followed 337 pediatric patients who underwent heart transplantation before age 18, researchers found that 54% lived for at least 15 years after the procedure. Of these survivors, 82.5% were still alive and had a good heart function during their recent follow-up visit. The findings were presented at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/28)


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