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Resuscitative Aortic Occlusion: Effectiveness of Lower Profile Device

A new, lower profile device appears to be safe and effective for resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) in patients with blunt trauma, researchers report.

REBOA has been used for decades to control various types of hemorrhage below the diaphragm. The earliest experience with REBOA involved long platform guidewires and large introducer sheaths (12 Fr), but in 2015 a smaller profile device with a 7 Fr introducer sheath and no platform guidewire was approved. 

Tuberculosis: Scientists Uncover Genetic Mutation Responsible for its Vulnerability

If you live in the United States, you are unlikely to come into contact with the microbe that causes tuberculosis. Your odds of encountering the microbe are so low, in fact, that risk factors for the disease can easily go unnoticed: If you happened to carry a gene that predisposed you to tuberculosis, you would not know.  New findings from Rockefeller scientists reveal that such a genetic variant indeed exists – and that it's surprisingly common.

Mystery of Yemen Cholera Epidemic Resolved

The most likely source of the epidemic cholera in Yemen has been discovered by scientists. Through the use of genomic sequencing, scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Institut Pasteur estimate the strain of cholera causing the current outbreak in Yemen – the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history – came from Eastern Africa and entered Yemen with the migration of people in out of the region

Delicate Sensor Aids in Monitoring Heart Cells with Minimal Disruption

For the first time, engineers have demonstrated an electronic device to monitor beating heart cells without affecting their behavior. A collaboration between the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Women's Medical University and RIKEN in Japan produced a functional sample of heart cells with a soft nanomesh sensor in direct contact with the tissue. This device could aid study of other cells, organs and medicines. It also paves the way for future embedded medical devices.