Baby heart defect test ‘could save lives’

first_imgHealthLifestyle Baby heart defect test ‘could save lives’ by: – August 6, 2011 By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC NewsThe test that could spot heart defects in newborn babiesA quick and cheap test could save the lives of babies born with congenital heart defects, doctors say.A study of 20,055 newborns, published in The Lancet, showed testing oxygen in the blood was more successful than other checks available.The researchers have called for the oxygen test to be used in hospitals across the UK.The British Heart Foundation said the test could “make a real difference” as cases go unnoticed.Congenital heart defects – such as holes between chambers in the heart and valve defects – affect around one in every 145 babies.They are detected by ultrasound during pregnancy or by listening to the heart after birth, however, the success rate is low.Decades oldDoctors at six maternity hospitals in the UK used pulse oximeters – a piece of technology which has been around for 20 years – to detect levels of oxygen in the blood.If the levels were too low, or varied between the hands and feet, more detailed examinations took place.The test takes less than five minutes and it found 75% of the most serious abnormalities. In combination with traditional methods, 92% of cases were detected.While some defects are inoperable, advances in surgery mean most can be corrected.Dr Andrew Ewer, the lead researcher at the University of Birmingham, called for the test to be adopted by hospitals across the UK.“It adds value to existing screening procedures and is likely to be useful for identification of cases of critical congenital heart defects,” he said.Dr David Elliman, from the UK National Screening Committee, said the screening programme for infants was being reviewed and “this research will form an integral part of that review”.Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Early and rapid detection is key for greater survival.“Not all babies who are born with a heart defect will show any signs or symptoms, so problems can go unnoticed. This is a promising piece of research which shows how a quick and simple test could help to detect more heart defects and make a real difference.”In the US, some states have already introduced the oximeter test.Dr William Mahle, from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and Dr Robert Koppel, from Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, argued that: “The decision to introduce another screening assay for newborn babies is one that should be made after careful consideration.“Health-care systems in the developed world are already heavily burdened. Yet the compelling data provided [here] support inclusion of pulse oximetry into the care of the newborn baby.” Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet 20 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

MSOC : Cribley’s speed aids Syracuse offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.edu Ted Cribley’s run at the start of overtime against American on Sunday perfectly describes his style of play: fast.After Syracuse forward Dan Summers dribbled the ball to the halfway line, Cribley, a junior midfielder for SU, came racing downfield.He took a pass from Summers and saw a gap — a chance to give SU the win. He sprinted past the AU players into the open field, but his shot went into the hands of Eagles’ goalkeeper Matt Makowski.Cribley didn’t score the goal, but that display and movement on the play has become typical of what the Orange has seen from him in his first season with SU.‘His best thing that he does is how he gets in behind defenders,’ fellow midfielder Mark Brode said. ‘You could play it over the top, and if he gets in a foot race with the defender, he’s going to get it.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCribley’s speed and dribbling are crucial elements in SU’s (2-2, 0-0 Big East) offensive attack this season. A junior college transfer from nearby Herkimer County Community College, Cribley joins the Orange as a junior. He brings quickness and an ability to see the open field that lead to more goal-scoring opportunities for SU.Originally from England, Cribley came stateside and spent two years at Herkimer. It was there that the midfielder stood out as arguably one of the team’s best players. SU head coach Ian McIntyre took notice, and now Cribley has started every game for the Orange so far in 2011.He’s tied for fourth in the Big East in assists with two, which accounts for nearly half of SU’s five goals scored. But he’s quick to credit his teammates for being in the right place at the right time.‘We’ve all sort of settled in,’ Cribley said. ‘We know what Mac wants us to play.’As Cribley continues to adjust to Syracuse, he and the team expect shot attempts like his chance in overtime against American to end in goals. The Orange offense has struggled to convert its scoring opportunities. Three of SU’s four wins under McIntyre have come on free kicks in overtime.The team wants that to change.Thus, expectations are high for Cribley following two standout seasons at Herkimer. To McIntyre, Cribley has one of the bigger roles on the team. That’s to be expected, especially after McIntyre called getting a player of Cribley’s caliber a ‘coup.’Cribley’s ability to both distribute the ball and run and dribble with it downfield have paid dividends not seen in the box score. He’s given McIntyre a reason to be pleased with his decision to invest in an experienced newcomer to the team.‘We feel like we have some attacking threats, and he’s one of them,’ McIntyre said. ‘And when he’s running a play, he’s a real handful.’The Orange has already matched its win total from last season with two victories just four games into the year. It’s also managed five goals in the process, which is a modest but noticeable improvement from 2010.It’s a change that can be attributed to many of the newcomers, Cribley included.And his downfield action against American last weekend proved that his play will keep the opposing defenses on their toes and the SU offense in games. In addition to his two assists, he’s also tallied six shots.Despite a save by Makowski on Sunday, Cribley knows that everything leading up to the final shot was right. It just didn’t go in.Another time, he said, it could be different.‘In those situations, you try to just get it on target at least and hope the keeper isn’t set properly,’ Cribley said. ‘Most times it will go. That time it didn’t.’But Cribley’s speed should keep providing him with opportunities to score. He constantly whizzes past his opponents and leaves them gasping for air.Brode only had to think briefly before deciding who would win a foot race between the team’s two fastest players, Cribley and freshman defender Skylar Thomas.His conclusion: Cribley would win.‘He’s a really dangerous player,’ Brode said. ‘He’s probably the fastest kid on our team. He brings a lot of speed on the outside, and he’s good with the ball. Ted’s been real important.’rnmarcus@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more