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Mary C. Tierney, MS
Vice President & Chief Content Officer, TriMed Media Group
Mary joined TriMed Media in 2003. She was the founding editor and editorial director of Health Imaging, Cardiovascular Business, Molecular Imaging Insight and CMIO, now known as Clinical Innovation + Technology. Prior to TriMed, Mary was the editorial director of HealthTech Publishing Company, where she had worked since 1991. While there, she oversaw four magazines and related online media, and piloted the launch of two magazines and websites. Mary holds a master’s in journalism from Syracuse University. She lives in East Greenwich, R.I., and when not working, she is usually running around after her family, taking photos or cooking.
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Innovation in medicine is amazing, adding tests, devices, drugs and procedures to our arsenal all the time. We’re good at adding new options that are better, stronger and faster but often remiss in sunsetting old options. And it’s costing us millions each year in diagnosing acute MI patients as a recent JAMA Internal Medicine article points out.

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U.S. scientists in July edited the DNA of a human embryo. It’s a first, it’s just the beginning and could someday mean the end of children born with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Imagine wiping out sudden cardiac death in young athletes someday.  

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Unless you were lucky enough to be on an extended summer vacation, you know that CMS proposed to halt bundled payment programs for Episode Payment Models (EPMs) for MI and bypass surgery and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive (CRI) payment model. (Public comment on the changes can be made through October 16th.)

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3D printers have created the darnedest things: acoustic guitars that strum and guns that shoot, women’s high-heeled shoes, lights, clocks and even custom-fitted fabric.

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Cardiologists know that eating right combats cardiovascular disease—but having the time and knowledge to council patients on nutrition can be challenging. Nursing teams are challenged too. I remember a conversation with a cath lab nurse a couple of years ago when the Affordable Care Act brought a flood of newly insured patients into the system. She and her team were frustrated by the surge of patients, many of lower socioeconomics, whom did not know what eating healthy was.

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The buzz is near constant on the link between good health and healthy living. But healthy living is hard work and easier said than done as we age.

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We cut a finger and the skin heals. But what if hearts could heal too? Researchers recently found a molecule in newborns that might help, some day. The team at the Weizmann Institute of Science have identified a molecule found in newborns that appears to control the renewal process, assisting regeneration in damaged hearts.

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Data released last month in JAMA revealed a 50 percent drop in the cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality rate among Americans between 1980 and 2015. That’s a clear victory—but CVD is still our nation’s leading cause of death.

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Englishman John McCafferty holds the record as the world's longest surviving heart transplant patient. At the time of his surgery in the fall of 1982, physicians estimated he’d live five years. He lived another 30 on top of that—working, enjoying family, running half marathons, traveling, fundraising for a transplant support charity and trout fishing—before passing away just last summer.

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The partnering of physicians and vendors has created and improved modern medicine. Collaborations have dawned new devices, systems, drugs, innovations and ways of diagnosing, treating and managing patients. Every day these advancements help to save and improve patient lives. But as we well know, partnership over the years also has overly feathered the pockets of some and bred a fair amount of fraud.