Apixaban for Cryptogenic Stroke With Atrial Cardiopathy?

In a study of patients with cryptogenic stroke and evidence of atrial cardiopathy without atrial fibrillation, the use of apixaban did not significantly reduce recurrent stroke risk compared with aspirin. The trial was stopped due to futility after enrolling 1015 of the planned 1100 patients. Recurrent stroke occurred at a similar rate in both groups,…

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Surgical robotics company Medical Microinstruments secures $110M and more digital health fundings

Medical Microinstruments, a surgical robotics company, secured $110 million in a Series C financing round led by Fidelity Management & Research Company, with participation from existing investors. The company offers the Symani Surgical System, a robotic technology for microsurgery and supermicrosurgery, allowing surgeons to replicate human hand movements at a micro level during soft tissue…

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Death and Redemption in an American Prison

Steven Garner, and his brother Glenn, were sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of a man. While in prison, Garner joined the nation’s first prison hospice program at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. He cared for dying inmates for 25 years and collaborated with the prison warden to create a self-sufficient…

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Study fuels hope CAR-T cell therapy could treat autoimmune disease

German researchers have developed CAR-T therapy for autoimmune disorders such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The therapy involves modifying a patient’s T cells in a lab to better target disease. The therapy has shown positive results in clinical trials, with patients experiencing a reduction or elimination of symptoms. Experts are cautiously optimistic but…

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