BARCELONA, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Swiss engineers, famous for
making the world’s finest watches, are turning their hands to
cardiology with a prototype battery-less pacemaker based on a
Current pacemakers, which help the heart beat more
regularly, offer a lifeline for many patients with cardiac
problems but the need for battery power is a limiting factor,
since replacing them requires a surgical intervention.
BARCELONA, Aug 30 (Reuters) – A new medicine from Novartis
could replace drugs that have been central to treating
heart failure for a quarter of century, after proving remarkably
effective in reducing deaths in a keenly awaited study.
The experimental treatment, known at LCZ696, cut the risk of
both cardiovascular death and admissions to hospital by a fifth,
boosting hopes for a product seen as a multibillion-dollar
seller – thanks, in part, to its expected premium price.
BARCELONA (Reuters) – A Boston Scientific device that stimulates the vagus nerve – a superhighway connecting the brain to the rest of the body – failed to help patients with heart failure in a mid-stage clinical trial.
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), which involves delivering mild electrical pulses to the nerve in the neck, is already used to treat epilepsy and depression – and researchers have been looking to expand its use to other conditions.
BARCELONA (Reuters) – A new heart failure drug from Novartis cut the risk of both cardiovascular death and hospitalization by a fifth in a keenly awaited study, boosting hopes for a product that is seen as a multibillion-dollar seller.
There has been little progress for more than a decade in treating chronic heart failure, in which the heart fails to pump enough blood around the body, so there is excitement about the new medicine among both doctors and investors.