45 years in the business (Bill Roberts part 2)

In addition to dissecting, like the good pathologist he is, the status of cardiovascular journals (see previous post in this blog),  Bill Roberts, AJC editor, looks back on 45 years in the cardiovascular arena. In 1963  he was a cardiology fellow under Braunwald at the NIH. Roberts writes: That was the year President John F. Kennedy…

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Too many cardiology journals! Bill Roberts, AJC editor, speaks out

William Roberts, the editor of The American Journal of Cardiology since shortly after William Harvey discovered the circulation of the blood, makes a bold statement in an online editor’s note (in press): “there are too many cardiovascular journals!”…

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Court dismisses complaint against Medtronic over Fidelis leads

A US District Court has dismissed a case against Medtronic over the Fidelis lead failures. The decision follows the significant precedent-setting Supreme Court decision last year in Riegel v Medtronic. You can read the Wall Street Journal story or the Medtronic press release by clicking below….

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Has COURAGE been vindicated?

The ACC, the AHA, and a whole alphabet soup worth of other cardiovascular organizations (SCAI, STS, AATS, ASNC, ASE, HFSA SCCT) have published (or in some cases just endorsed) a report, called the ACCF/SCAI/STS/AATS/AHA/ASNC 2009 Appropriateness Criteria for Coronary Revascularization. The report  will probably provide comfort to those who were big supporters of COURAGE. I’m guessing…

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NPY gene linked to early CV disease

Duke researchers have linked variations in the neuropeptide Y (NPY) gene to early cardiovascular disease. The article appears in the Public Library of Science Genetics.  You can read a news story at Science Daily.  …

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Stent pioneer digs a tunnel

A feature story in the Wall Street Journal details the saga of stent pioneer Julio Palmaz and his wife in building a 100,000 square foot underground tunnel for their vineyard in Napa Valley. Palmaz told Journal reporter  Christina Duff that he and his wife had visited Napa Valley while he was a resident at UC-Davis  and…

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