ESC Updates Guidance on Cardiac Pacing, Resynchronization Therapy

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The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has released updated guidelines for cardiac pacing and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), which emphasize patient-centered care and shared decision-making.

The new guidelines were published online August 29 in the European Heart Journal to coincide with presentation at the ESC Congress 2021.   

They replace the 2013 pacing guidelines and were developed by an ESC task force with input from the European Heart Rhythm Association. 

While some clinical situations that require pacing are clear and have not changed over the years, many others have evolved since 2013, necessitating new recommendations, the guideline panel says.

These include

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This hip-hop coffee shop pays for free therapy, one cup at a time

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A Chicago coffee shop that focuses on mental health wants to make sure its customers have a place to “talk about hard stuff.”

Christopher LeMark, the founder of “Coffee, Hip-Hop and Mental Health,” has dealt with trauma for much of his life after being “abandoned and abused for a span of 12 years.” LeMark said that he didn’t know either of his parents and struggled with “a lot of complications,” including “physical, mental and emotional abuse” for 30 years of his life.

In 2018, that trauma caught up to him, and he “started crying uncontrollably” in a Starbucks in Chicago’s

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New gene therapies may soon treat dozens of rare diseases, but million-dollar price tags will put them out of reach for many

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Zolgensma – which treats spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disease that damages nerve cells, leading to muscle decay – is currently the most expensive drug in the world. A one-time treatment of the life-saving drug for a young child costs US$2.1 million.

While Zolgensma’s exorbitant price is an outlier today, by the end of the decade there’ll be dozens of cell and gene therapies, costing hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars for a single dose. The Food and Drug Administration predicts that by 2025 it will be approving 10 to 20 cell and gene therapies every

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How effective is ultraviolet light therapy for atopic dermatitis?

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Atopic dermatitis is a persistent skin condition that can make the skin red, dry, and very itchy. People and children with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis that covers a large body area or does not respond to certain treatments may consider trying ultraviolet (UV) light therapy.

UV light therapy, also known as phototherapy, involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light to help reduce itching and inflammation. While treatment can be effective, it can also result in potential adverse effects such as sunburn and tender skin.

In this article, we will discuss the effectiveness of UV light therapy in treating atopic

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Challenge to Washington’s law banning conversion therapy rejected in court

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TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge in Tacoma rejected an effort to block Washington state’s law banning conversion therapy on minors Monday.

The measure was signed into law in 2018 and bans licensed therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation. It was challenged by a licensed marriage and family therapist. 

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said it’s a “win for LGBTQ+ civil rights.”

“The research is clear – conversion therapy does not work, and can be particularly harmful to minors,” a statement from Ferguson reads, pointing out the legislation was bipartisan. “I’m proud of my legal team for

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