World's smallest pacemaker implanted
12 December 2013, STAR Tribune
Medtronic on Monday announced the first human implant of the world’s smallest pacemaker, a vitamin-sized device that is implanted directly inside the heart.
NICE Scope published on Independence and mental wellbeing for older people
NICE, 9 December 2013
Video of world's first leadless pacemaker approved in Europe
20 November 2013, Newslook
The world's first leadless pacemaker has been approved for sale in the European Union (EU). According to its US creator Nanostim, acquired recently by St. Jude Medical, the device is much less invasive than a conventional pacemaker, and will make life easier for many heart patients
Charity calls for re-use of pacemakers abroad
21 November 2013, BBC News
A British charity wants to remove pacemakers from people who have died in the UK and send the devices to developing countries for re-use.
PoTS and ME/CFS
14 November 2013, Prohealth
A new scientific paper from Prof Newton’s group (published this year in the Journal of Internal Medicine) describes postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), an aspect of autonomic dysfunction that can produce substantial disability among otherwise healthy people. POTS is defined as symptoms of orthostatic intolerance (problems with standing), and it is easily diagnosed by observing the increase in heart rate on moving from lying to standing (a person with POTS has an abnormally large increase).
Motorhead singer Lemmy has pacemaker fitted
12 November 2013, The Mirror
The Motorhead wild man was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat after decades of hard living.
Leadless pacemaker to be introduced in the UK
15 October 2013, Engineering and Technology Magazine
The world's first leadless pacemaker, smaller than a AAA battery, is being introduced in the UK.
The Nanostim pacemaker is less than 10 per cent the size of a conventional pacemaker and does not require surgery, cutting the risk of complications and reducing discomfort to the patient and scarring.
No such thing as a simple faint
22 October 2013, BBC Radio 2
Founder & CEO, Trudie Lobban MBE and STARS supporter Anita Kiernan raise awareness of syncope as guests on the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2.
St. Mary’s Hospital announces pilot project that benefits pacemaker patients
7 October 2013, 570 News
St. Mary’s General Hospital has announced plans for a pilot project that explores remote monitoring for pacemaker patients.
President at St. Mary’s, Don Shilton, tells 570 News that they met with their main vendor, Medtronic Carelink Express in July after Medtronic had finished a small scale trial and wanted to bring the technology to a larger audience.
Family fun on the farm
11 October 2013, Shropshire Star
A retirement hoem for horses in Shropshire opened to visitors to raise money for STARS.