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Open heart surgery better than stents for multivessel disease, study says

Open heart surgery better than stents for multivessel disease, study says

Health
May 3 (UPI) -- People with multiple blocked arteries of the heart have a better chance for survival if they receive coronary grafting surgery, rather than stents, new findings show. The rate of death for people who underwent coronary artery grafting surgery, known as open heart surgery, was 7.2. percent versus 11.5 for people treated with percutaneous coronary intervention, according to a study published Wednesday in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Percutaneous coronary intervention is commonly known as angioplasty, which includes opening up a blocked artery and placement of stent to prevent it from collapsing. "Our data demonstrate a significant mortality benefit with coronary artery grafting surgery over percutaneous coronary intervention," said Suresh R. Mulukutla, a researcher at the...
Lockheed signs long-term contracts with supplier for lower costs, better availability

Lockheed signs long-term contracts with supplier for lower costs, better availability

Business
April 19 (UPI) -- Lockheed has moved sub-contractors into performance-based logistics contracts or master repair agreements to improve capacity, reduce costs and enhance supply availability, the company announced this week. "As the F-35 fleet expands, we are partnering with our customers and taking aggressive actions to enhance F-35 readiness and reduce sustainment costs," Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of the F-35 program, said in a news release Wednesday. "The F-35 global supply chain is a key enabler to success, and we're restructuring and streamlining several contracts with key industry partners to provide the long-term stability that will allow them to make investments, improve efficiencies and optimize their performance." The performance-based logist...
The earnings picture is about to change, likely for the better, and Jamie Dimon may be a big help

The earnings picture is about to change, likely for the better, and Jamie Dimon may be a big help

Finance
The earnings picture is about to change, likely for the better, and J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon may be a big help. The trading community is on edge as JP Morgan gets ready to kick off earnings season tomorrow. Analysts have been fretting that earnings have turned negative for the first quarter, now expected to be down 2.5% for the S&P 500, the first down quarter since the second quarter of 2016. But early returns indicate analysts may be too pessimistic. Look at Fastenal, a reliable but boring industrial company that makes fasteners and construction equipment, beat earnings by a small amount and gave positive commentary, trading up ne...
England defender Kieran Trippier says he ‘could have done a lot better’ this season as competition for right-back slot heats up

England defender Kieran Trippier says he ‘could have done a lot better’ this season as competition for right-back slot heats up

Sports
England defender Kieran Trippier admits he “could have done a lot better this season” ahead of the Three Lions’ opening two games in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.Trippier, who plays his club football for Tottenham, was instrumental in helping England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup last summer. Trippier scored a beautiful free-kick in England’s semi-final defeat to Croatia However, his club form this season has been indifferent which includes a calamitous own goal during Spurs’ Premier League defeat against Chelsea last month. Revealed: The most error prone players in the Premier League It’s led to suggestions that he has fallen behind as England’s first choice right-back, with talkSPORT’s Danny Murphy su...
Electronic nose better at sniffing out disease-carrying dogs in Brazil

Electronic nose better at sniffing out disease-carrying dogs in Brazil

Science
March 1 (UPI) -- Scientists have developed a new, more accurate electronic nose designed to sniff out dogs carrying Leishmaniasis, a deadly disease that kills some 3,500 people in Brazil every year. Dogs carry the parasite that causes the disease in humans. Sand flies can spread the disease from dogs to humans. Any dog found to carry the parasite must be put down to prevent the spread of the deadly illness. Because the new electronic nose, or volatile organic chemical analyzer, is 95 percent accurate, researchers hope fewer dogs will be unnecessarily euthanized. "We collect some hair from the dog and test it in our kit which we call an electronic nose. This can sniff the odor of the hair and, it can tell if the dog is infected or not," Gordon Hamilton, professor of medical entomology and ...