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MRI detects early damage to chemotherapy child hearts

headset. earphonesMy basic review of a new radio earpiece it begins well, looks rather cool, is simple to run and actually energy resourceful, the radio accessory really is a fine product. I’m glad I bought it, read more beneath.

Detecting early damage to a child’s heart following chemotherapy is possible using MRI scans, says a study from Canada.

Even when children’s heart function appeared to be normal, a new MRI method of mapping the heart was able to identify damage, University of Alberta researchers said.
A UK cardiologist said the impact of anthracycline treatment on children’s hearts was only now being understood.
Early detection was crucial, he said.
While chemotherapy treatment with anthracyclines is known to be effective against many types of cancer, it can lead to irreversible changes to the heart muscle which may not become apparent until several years after treatment.

Writing in the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, the researchers said they performed MRI scans on children and young adults aged seven to 19 who were in remission following this type of treatment.
Using an emerging MRI method called T1 mapping, they said they were able to identify the early effects on patients’ hearts.
This happened even in children whose heart function appeared normal by ultrasound.
Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Scanning the heart is more difficult than other organs because it is constantly in motion. But with modern scanners the images are fantastic.”

End Quote Dr Chris Plummer Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Dr Edythe Tham and Dr Richard Thompson, who led the study, said: “In childhood cancer survivors, MRI changes were related to anthracycline dose given to the children.
“These changes are also mirrored by thinning of the heart wall and a reduction in the exercise capacity.”
Early protection Dr Chris Plummer, consultant cardiologist at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, said the side effects of chemotherapy were well-known.

“Chemotherapy with anthracyclines is a very effective treatment for cancer but it can be quite toxic to the heart.
“We’ve known that for a long time but the number of children affected is only becoming appreciated now.
“We have to look for ways to protect the heart and intervene earlier when damage occurs.
“Waiting for visible heart damage to appear is too long to wait.”
But Dr Plummer said carrying out an MRI scan of a child’s heart was not an easy thing to do.

“Scanning the heart is more difficult than other organs because it is constantly in motion. But with modern scanners the images are fantastic.
“It’s the best way of looking at the structure and function of the heart – and it’s entirely safe.
“It is an excellent way of precisely monitoring heart function in children.”

Canny cans are a sound investment

audioCan not get over how inexpensive the radio earpiece is now, an incredible deal for a top-end product!

Ultimate Ears 300vi £49.90 ***
Snapped up by Logitech a few years ago, Ultimate Ears made a name for themselves with their ultra high-end custom in-ear monitor earphones that are used on stage by the likes of Van Halen and Seal.

Their latest set of cans are decidedly more affordable and aimed primarily at smartphonesporting music fans.
Once you’ve adjusted the bendable ear loops to fit, the 300vi make for a comfortable set of headphones that stay reassuringly in place during a jog or workout.

They also offer a fair amount of natural noise isolation from the outside world with their snug-fitting buds.
The 300vi’s pump out a very impressive sound that compares well with more expensive rivals such as Sennheiser’s recent new line of mid-range in-ears.
While maybe tuned a little too lightly on the treble, it’s an otherwise nicely detailed sound with a decent but not overbearing amount of bass.
The only real gripe comes with the in-line controls. Their placement on the cord is a too high up for my liking, making them a bit difficult to easily access, on the cord i my liking, difficult t while the play control button was a little unresponsive.

On too many occasions it couldn’t cope with registering a double press to skip a track when used with an iPhone. But at this price point they are well worth trying.