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February 18, 2009 |
Peer Portner, 68, the inventor of an implanted electrical pump for heart-failure patients, died of cancer Feb. 9 at his home in the San Francisco Bay area, according to an announcement from Stanford University. Originally trained as a nuclear physicist, Portner became a consulting professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He began working with doctors at the school in the early 1970s to develop his pump, called the left ventricular assist device.
December 18, 2006 |
A cynic might take one look at the laid-back design of a stationary recumbent bike and say, "Only Americans could think up a way to get their exercise in a recliner." But despite costing $200 to $300 more, recumbents outsell their upright counterparts today because they provide a real service: more comfort for your back, safety and ease of use for all ages, loads of user-friendly electronics and the same killer workout as an upright -- albeit with more emphasis on the glutes.
November 6, 2006 |
A device that helps severely damaged hearts pump may be able to do what was once thought impossible -- reverse heart failure in people who are weeks from death. The left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, can boost the heart's ability to function, allowing it to recover if used with the right drugs, British researchers have found. The team used the device and a combination of heart drugs in 15 patients who had severe heart failure.
July 22, 2006 |
A 67-year-old man has survived more than six years on an artificial heart pump, a sign that the devices might be an alternative to organ transplants. The ventricular assist device pumps blood through the bodies of people whose heart chambers no longer work well, doctors said Thursday in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine. "Right now, we can implant the pump only in people who are about to die," said letter coauthor Dr. O.H.
January 31, 2005 |
When I was a kid, I'd pull on a black leotard and pink tights and make the best sound ever: the shuffle-shuffle-shuffle of my tap shoes on our tiled kitchen floor. Step-ball-changing to "The Muppet Show" theme seemed so Broadway, so grown-up -- at age 5. Then came adolescence, and tap-dancing felt anything but adult. Recently I journeyed to Long Beach to see if I could reawaken a childhood interest that, a decade earlier, had me stomping to a song from "Sister Act" in a green-sequined dress.
November 27, 2004 |
"It's better than a video game! It's better than a movie!" Ben Guzman's eyes widen. Sure they do. He stands a half-inch taller just thinking about Southern California's most daring thrill ride -- propelling a spindly, stripped-down bicycle straight into the fury of big city traffic. Guzman's friend ponders the remark, and shakes his head. "No," says Jimmy Lizama, flashing a ferocious grin. "It is the movie." Traffic got you down?