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The New York Times featured Advocate Health Care, a nonprofit based in Oak Brook, Ill., in an article that details cost savings and improved quality achieved using an accountable care model. The effort is not without its own costs, though. Advocate “hired scores of workers to coordinate care and keep an eye on the highest-cost patients.”

Surgeons and biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota collaborated to create an animated 3D model of the human heart based on computational technology and imaging techniques such as contrast CT. A demonstration of an anatomical reconstruction of the cardiac venous system and the process to make the models was published April 18 in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. To view the video, click here.

NPR’s “All Things Considered” interviewed C. Michael Gibson, MD, about his experiences treating victims of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Gibson, a cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, credited the medical teams in the field and the proximity of the emergency tent for stabilizing the wounded. “[They] may have saved innumerable lives,” he said.

The New York Times revisited the controversy over chelation therapy, allowing the TACT (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy) lead investigator Gervasio A. Lamas, MD, to share his observations: “If you had asked any cardiologist, to a man or to a woman, they would have said this study would be negative, and that included me and my associates. But it wasn’t, and that’s the one thing we should be focusing on.” Cardiology guru Eric Topol, MD, also weighs in.

Darwin Labarthe, MD, MPH, PhD, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, proposes that an emphasis on cardiovascular health rather than cardiovascular disease heralds a “positive health” revolution. In a blog post on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s website, he discusses the idea of health assets. 

The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends statin therapy for patients with diabetes mellitus who are 40 years old or older in its 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines.

A Q&A posted on CNN’s website featured John P. Reilly, MD, editor-in-chief of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions’ secondscount.org and a vice chairman and cardiology fellowship program director at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.

Researchers at Imperial College London have designed a microchip technology that they say may help curb the obesity problem in developed nations. The chip, which presently is being tested in animals, is implanted in the gut, where it sends satiation signals to the brain. The researchers project that they will begin tests in patients in three to four years.

Of mice and men. A team from the Cleveland Clinic used animal and human studies to accumulate evidence that challenges conventional wisdom on red meat and cardiovascular disease. Red meat is still on the hook, but the culprit appears to be a byproduct of bacteria involved in the digestion of red meat. The New York Times describes the multiyear effort, including results published in Nature Medicine.

Cholesterol may play a role in the development of macular degeneration, according to a study published online in Cell Metabolism.

Decision trees sometimes overshadow clinical decision making, but physicians and patients can counter that trend with an emphasis on personalized medicine. That is the thesis of the book “When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests,” which was reviewed in the New York Times. The book is written by two emergency room physicians who offer examples of cookbook medicine, insights and cautionary tales.

The Republic of San Marino, which is known among philatelists for its postal offerings, plans to release a stamp April 3 designed to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease.