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New Procedure for Leaking Heart Valve

Published måndag 4 september 2006 kl 11.41
Lund University Hospital

Researchers at the University Hospital in Lund report that they have developed a new method which in a few years may do away with the need to replace cardiac valves.

The new system involves using a catheter to place an implant to repair a leaking heart valve. The scientists say this is much better than surgery where the chest has to be opened, and instead of months in the hospital, the patient can leave the day after the operation.

In other medical news, researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute say there is no association between carbonated beverages and cancer of the esophagus.

Twenty years of studies on more than 1000 subjects found nothing to confirm the previous suggestion of a link between soft drinks and this form of cancer.

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