302015Oct
Vaccinations in children with heart disease

Vaccinations in children with heart disease

Vaccinations provide clear advantages to children and vaccinations are generally recommended also to children with congenital or acquired heart disease. The main benefits of vacinations are that the response of the immune system and the symptoms triggered by the vaccination are considerably milder and complications are fewer than those experienced when the real-life infection is…

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232015Oct
Children exposed to parental smoking have worst intima-media thickness as young adults

Children exposed to parental smoking have worst intima-media thickness as young adults

Despite the decreasing prevalence of smoking in developed world, those most likely to smoke are in their 20-40s, the period that corresponds to parenthood. Several cross sectional studies in children have shown that exposure to passive smoke affects vascular health, including impaired endothelial function, arterial stiffness, and greater intima-media thickness. In a new prospective study…

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122015Oct

Do you want to see a 3D model of your heart?

On-going research at the Centre for Cardiovascular Imaging (UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science) and at the Cardiothoracic Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London is looking into the potential of using 3-dimensional patient-specific models of congenital heart diseases in clinical practice. Such models, produced with a technique known as “rapid prototyping”, can…

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