First Hospitals in US to Implant Next Generation Heart Device to Reduce Risk of Stroke | 08.08.20

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center and Los Robles Health System Are Performing Near-Simultaneous Implantation of the WATCHMAN FLX ™ Device for Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC)

AUSTIN, Texas, 8. August 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Am 5. August 2020 implanted doctors from the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, and Los Robles Health System of Thousand Oaks, Calif., the first nationwide to be the only FDA-cleared device for reducing the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (A Fib). The doctors working at the two HCA Healthcare hospitals performed an almost simultaneous implantation of the WATCHMAN FLXTM-Device to close the left atrial appendage through (Left Atrial Appendage Closure, LAAC).

Dr. Andrea Natale (FHRS, FACC), cardiac electrophysiologist and senior medical director of the TCAI, and Dr. Saibal Kar, Interventional Cardiologist at Los Robles Health System, performed the first procedure in Thousand Oaks, California while Dr. Rodney Horton, cardiac electrophysiologist at TCAI, the procedure for the first time in Austin, Texas, performed. Prior to receiving FDA approval, Dr. Kar served as principal investigator of the PINNACLE FLX study, which examined the performance of the WATCHMAN FLX implant as an alternative to long-term use of non-vitamin K antagonists and oral anticoagulants (NOACs), as well as other orally administered anticoagulants.

“The new implant builds on the most extensively studied and most frequently implanted LAAC device in the world and serves as a treatment option for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) that is not caused by a heart valve disorder, so-called non-valvular atrial fibrillation,” explained Dr. Kar “This way we can treat more patients safely and effectively and get the best results.”

It is estimated that up to six million Americans have AFib, an irregular heartbeat that feels like a tremor. AFib patients are five times more likely to have a stroke than people with a regular heart rhythm.

“The device serves as a safe and effective alternative to reducing the risk of stroke for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, especially for those affected who have to avoid blood thinners for compelling reasons,” said Dr. Horton.

This technology aims to reduce the risk of stroke by occluding a specific area of ​​the heart, the left atrial appendage (LAA), to prevent dangerous blood clots from entering the bloodstream and thus preventing the possibility of a stroke. Closing the left atrial appendage (LAA) can reduce the risk of stroke so that over time, patients can avoid blood thinners such as warfarin.

“The rounded design allows safe entry and maneuvering inside the LAA, so that both optimal placement and long-term stability can be achieved,” continued Dr. Natale. “As it is available in wider variants than previous generation implants , a wider range of patients can be treated. “

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 60 minutes. Patients usually stay in the hospital overnight and are discharged the following day.

Media contacts:
Erin Ochoa
St. David’s HealthCare

Daphne Yousem
Los Robles Health System


The IMF downgraded the economic Outlook for Russia :: Economy :: RBC

The IMF also downgraded its forecast on the global economy. The Fund believes that in 2020, the decline will be 4.9%, whereas in April, the organization assumed a decline of only 3%. “Pandemic COVID-19 had a negative impact on the activities [во всем мире] in the first half of 2020 than expected, and recovery is expected to be more gradual than projected before,” reads the IMF report.

According to the organization, in 2021 the world will expect economic growth at 5.4%, but this still will not be enough to restore the economy to pre-crisis levels. According to IMF estimates, in 2021 the world’s GDP will be 6.5% lower than the figures of January 2020 (before the global spread of the virus).

The Ministry of economic development reported a fall in GDP may double-digit pace

The total losses of the world economy in 2020 will be $12.5 trillion, estimated at the IMF. IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath during the presentation of the report said that the lowest point of the fall of the world economy passed in the second quarter, we began the restoration. However, she refused to define it as a V, U or L-shaped, referring to high uncertainty of the forecast. According to her, the possible second wave of the incidence of coronavirus until you find a medical solution to the problem.

Global government debt will rise in 2020 to a record high of 101.5% of world GDP (an increase of 18.7 percentage points over last year), the report of the IMF.

The total volume of announced budgetary support in the world is estimated at $11 trillion, the report said. Half of this amount ($5.4 trillion) are measures to increase expenditure or abandonment of revenue (e.g. due to tax exemptions) — they directly increase fiscal deficits.

Of the countries represented in the IMF report, to avoid the fall of the economy in 2020, only China, follows from the document. The IMF predicted China’s growth at the 1% level. The most significant drop is waiting Italy (12,8%), Spain (12,8%) France (12.5 percent), the UK (10.2 per cent) and Mexico (10.5 percent).


The Russians began to return currency to the banks :: Finance :: RBC

The same opinion analyst at BKF Bank Maxim Osadchy. According to him, in previous months, the citizens formed a “canopy” of cash, which is now converted into account. The main contribution to the growth of deposits in foreign currency in may has made Sberbank, which raised $381 million, says Osadchy. He does not exclude that some players still recorded the outflow of foreign currency savings. The majority of Russian banks have not published their balances on 1 June.

“It is possible that some customers bought the currency. This is supported by the fact that the rouble share of deposits of physical persons has decreased,” — said the Director of analytical group Fitch of financial organizations Anton Lopatin. According to him, citizens also have no reason to open new deposits in foreign currency due to low interest rates. These two factors confirm the version flow of ruble savings in foreign exchange, says the interlocutor of RBC.

Sberbank lowered interest rates on deposits in US dollars

Ruble deposits in may decreased slightly: their volume decreased by 0.4%, or 92,14 billion rubles, follows from the data of the Central Bank. As noted by the regulator, the outflow in may was associated with long holidays and lower incomes. In June, the situation has stabilized: retail customers accounts increased by 0.5%, growing balances in rubles and in foreign currency.

See what the banks themselves

  • VTB in may recorded a growth of foreign currency deposits by 17%, said the representative. In ruble terms the increase amounted to 28 billion rubles. More than 25% of new deposits in foreign currency were opened with the newly received Bank funds.
  • May the flow of money in foreign currency deposits and current accounts in Sovcombank considered insignificant. “About the trend or change it to speak while early”, — says the Chairman of the Bank Alexei Panferov.
  • Tinkoff Bank has observed the growth of foreign currency deposits in may and in April, says the representative of group “Tinkoff”. “This is not a flow of funds from one account to another — in April and may we capture the increase in the total balance of attracted funds of physical persons”, — he said.
  • The amount of funds in foreign currency deposits remained stable and foreign exchange savings in current accounts in may have ceased to decline, said the Director of the Department of design and savings products PSB Natalia Voloshin. “On the eve of the summer season, the population returned to the currency that is in checking accounts, not to keep their savings at home,” she said.

  • Bank “Zenith” has not fixed the flow of funds on foreign currency deposits and demand accounts, said his spokesman.
  • Raiffeisenbank declined to comment. Other major banks did not respond to a request RBC.

What happens to the profitability of deposits

On customer behavior could be impacted by the falling yield on ruble deposits, noted a senior analyst at Moody’s Semyon Isakov. “The renewed decline in interest rates on ruble deposits, the sharp appreciation of the ruble against the background of still low oil prices and the announced tax on deposits — all of this dramatically reduced the relative attractiveness of ruble savings. Given the new balance real rate of return in rubles and potential risks, the increased part of investors prefer foreign currency,” he explained.

By June the average maximum rate on ruble deposits in the largest banks renewed its historical minimum, having fallen to 5.01% per annum. Central Bank has not yet disclosed information on the profitability of foreign currency deposits in may. According to the latest data, the average weighted rate for deposits in dollars in April, was 0.63% for deposits up to one year, including demand, and 0.85% on deposits from year to year. The yield on dollar deposits fell from the beginning of last year. The weighted average rate on “long” deposits in Euro have risen sharply in January 2020, to 0.72%, and in April fell to 0.24% per annum. The yield of deposits in euros before the year in April, on the contrary, returned to growth — the weighted average rate rose to 0.08 percent, but still remains at a very low level.

Central Bank warned of losses of banks from investments in the Euro

Photo: Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

Banks began to stop accepting deposits in euros last summer. Market participants explained that in the conditions of negative rates in the Eurozone are savings products become unprofitable.

In March 2020, some banks have excluded from their rulers deposits in dollars due to the sharp decline rate of FRS of USA. But in may some of our players have improved on savings products in foreign currency, according to reports in the portal

Mitigation of sanitary measures and government support will increase savings activity of the population in June, predicts VTB. In Tinkoff Bank believe that talking about a trend growth of currency savings early. “Markets are still waiting the development of the situation with the virus and the pandemic”, — said the representative of the group.

The Russians for a month took deposits $5 billion

Photo: Alexander Demyanchuk / TASS

“The total volume of foreign currency deposits still substantially below the level of the beginning of the year, and rapid recovery of this figure is to be expected,” said Proklov from the Agency of the NKR.


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Johnson & Johnson to stop producing skin-lightening cosmetics :: Business :: RBC

Anti dark spots some consumers are used to lighten skin that seems to like light colors better, according to the company

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The American company Johnson & Johnson, which produces cosmetics and hygiene products, has decided not to release more funds to lighten dark spots. It is reported by The New York Times, citing a company statement.

The newspaper writes that some consumers use them to make your skin color lighter.

“Conversations over the last few years have shown that some of the product names or statements about remedies to reduce dark spots of our [брендов] Neutrogena and Clean & Clear represent a bright or white skin is better than your own tone”, — quotes the NYT statement.

The newspaper points out that the cream Clean & Clear Fairness for diminishes dark spots are sold well in India. Johnson & Johnson said that now and remove the links to these tools from their sites. After some time they may again appear in the sale.

In June, the company said it will spend $10 million on the fight against racism and injustice in the United States.


The US has invited China for talks on arms control Policy:::: RBC

The US has invited China to join the negotiations of the Russian and American parties, which will discuss arms control. This is stated in the statement of the US state Department.

The meeting of Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov and the special representative of the President of the United States arms control Marshall Billingsley will be held in Austria on June 22-23.

“The United States sent an invitation to China to join in these discussions and clearly stated the need for all three countries have negotiated in good faith on arms control”, — stated in the message of the state Department.

The United States proposed to include in the new Treaty, the nuclear arsenals of Russia and China

In may, Billingsley said that Russia needs to convince China to join the negotiations on the extension of the Treaty on strategic offensive arms. A year ago, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo noted that the Treaty on the reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms (start) you need to involve all parties concerned.

At the same time, China, whose nuclear Arsenal is less than Russian and American, has repeatedly expressed reluctance to become a party to the trilateral nuclear agreement, reports the Wall Street Journal.


The United States proposed to include in the new Treaty, the nuclear arsenals of Russia and China :: Politics :: RBC

In the process of strategic arms reduction should involve Russia and China, said the special representative of the President of the United States Marshall Billingsley. In Beijing earlier refused to join the negotiations between Moscow and Washington

Marshall Billingsley

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A new agreement on arms control should apply to the nuclear arsenals of Russia and China, and to cover them entirely. About this in his Twitter wrote the representative of the President of the United States arms control Marshall Billingsley.

He commented on the words of the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius. According to the head of the foreign Ministry, the agreement should include “the whole complex of the Russian nuclear Arsenal, including non-strategic nuclear weapons.”

The US called Russia a condition for the renewal of the start Treaty

Marshall Billingsley

Billingsley added that he fully supported the view Linkevičius, and called Lithuania a strong NATO ally and friend of the United States.

In 2010 Russia and the United States signed the Treaty on reduction of strategic offensive arms (SNV-3). It involves reducing the number of deployed warheads, Intercontinental ballistic missiles and missiles deployed on submarines and heavy bombers. The document came to replace the first start Treaty, which entered into force in 1994 and expired in 2009. The current start-3 will expire in 2021. For extension of Moscow and Washington had not yet agreed.


Managers and employees differed in assessing the effectiveness of the work out of the office :: Business :: RBC

While 15% of workers said that their productivity while working from home has increased.

Those who are on remote lose efficiency, noted several reasons: 55% of them were difficult to deal with work issues remotely, and 24% prevented focus relatives, 22% in operation time distracted by household chores, and 18% admitted that they are unable to organize themselves. Another 16% complained about the poor Internet connection, 8% stated that the supervisor loses control of remote employees, and 6% complained about low level of computer literacy. (The overall result can be greater than 100% because respondents could select multiple reasons.)

Among the reasons that contributed to improving the efficiency of survey participants noted the lack of time spent on the road (80%), the ability to shape the schedule (63%), more comfortable work environment at home (43%). An important factor in the productivity of steel the lack of conversations with colleagues and meetings (32%), a more powerful Internet connection at home than at the office (9%). 5% of all remote workers all successful was due to the fact that the leadership effectively built business processes. (The overall result can be greater than 100% because respondents could select multiple reasons.)

An online survey was conducted in may-June 2020 among employed residents of Moscow and Moscow region. Interviewed 620 people.

Experts have estimated the number improve their attitude to online searches and Russians

An earlier survey research companies “Joy of change” and TIBURON Research showed that 50% of Russians attitude to work remotely during the isolation had improved, was disappointed in her only 16% of survey participants. More than a third of the respondents opinion about remote work during the period of isolation has not changed.

At the same time, less than half of the respondents (40%) would like to continue to work remotely even after the lifting of restrictions and return to office life. The majority of respondents (51%) is still inclined to return to the normal operating mode.


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Scientific breakthrough in the treatment of coronavirus, police reform in the United States, transportation card will be allowed to refill cash when you discover the resorts of Krasnodar region — top news in review RBC

The who announced a “scientific breakthrough” in the treatment of COVID-19

Director of the world health organization (who), Tedros of Ghebreyesus called scientific breakthrough clinical trials in the UK dexamethasone for the treatment of coronavirus infection.

  • “This is the first drug that showed a decrease in mortality among patients with COVID-19 who require mechanical ventilation and oxygen support,” Ghebreyesus said.
  • The use of dexamethasone showed a decrease in mortality among patients on a ventilator at 30%, and among patients who are on oxygen support — 20%. The positive effect is observed only in patients with severe disease.
  • Dexamethasone — a steroid that is used since the 1960’s of years as an anti-inflammatory. It is used in particular in Oncology.

Trump has forbidden the police to use choke holds during the arrest

On the background of mass protests against police violence US President Donald trump has signed a decree on police reform.


Donald Trump announced a sharp reduction in military personnel, americans in Germany

Donald Trump confirmed Monday, June 15, to reduce the number of american soldiers in Germany from 52 000 to 25 000. The main anchor of the american forces abroad represents “a huge cost for the United States,” according to the american president.

→ TO READ. The possible departure of the american soldiers leave Germany without a voice

The number of soldiers deployed permanently in Germany was, in fact, only 34 674 in march 2020, according to official figures from the Pentagon. But this figure can climb exceptionally up to 52 000 during rotations or military exercises. The american bases in Germany are a stopover point for forces deployed in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, which can temporarily inflate the numbers.

Germany hosts the largest number of american soldiers in Europe

The first information about this project to the administration Trump had sown the concern in Berlin when they had been published by the Wall Street Journal at the beginning of the month. The figure announced by Mr. Trump Monday is, in fact, the estimates of the log, which evoked a reduction of 9 500 soldiers to wear their number at 25,000.

Even if the military personnel has declined since the cold War, Germany welcomes more u.s. soldiers than any other european country, a legacy of the allied occupation after the Second world War. But today, Donald Trump believes that Germany is not contributing enough to the Nato budget. “Germany has a backlog, it’s been years that they have arrears and they have billions of dollars of Nato, and they need to pay “, he said, calling this position” ridiculous “.

He also accused Germany of profiting financially from the us military presence. “What are soldiers are well paid. They live in Germany, they spend tons of money in Germany “, he explained. “All around these bases, it is very rich. Germany benefits from it. “

But the us president has also criticized the first economic power of the european Union “treated very badly “ the United States in commercial matters.

The u.s. Congress is concerned about ” the aggression and opportunism of the Russian federation “

The u.s. Congress expressed concern that such a reduction of the workforce signals a us commitment to lower in the european defence within the Nato framework. This decision “encourage more aggression and opportunism of the Russian federation “deplored last week’s 22 elected republicans in an open letter. “We are convinced that the Nato allies, for example, Germany, should contribute further to our common efforts of defence “have estimated these elected officials serving on the commission of the armed Forces of the House of representatives. “At the same time, we also know that the parking advanced american forces since the end of the Second world War has helped to prevent another world war, and has mostly enhanced the security of the United States “, they added.

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Relationships of Donald Trump with Angela Merkel, who have never been famous, are somewhat strained since the German chancellor has declined the invitation of the american president to attend a G7 summit in June, due to the pandemic of Covid-19. The billionaire republican, who has one eye fixed on the presidential election of November 3, wished to make its global leadership in the front with a G7 summit in Washington. After the refusal of Ms. Merkel, it has postponed the summit, announcing its intent to invite Russia.


In the UAE called the dream of the rise in oil prices above $40 :: Business :: RBC



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The UAE energy Minister of Those al-mazroui called the dream of the rise in oil prices above $40 a barrel after the transaction OPEC+. He said this during the webinar, the Atlantic Council (analytical center under NATO). His words, the correspondent of RBC.

According to the Minister, until a new agreement OPEC+ in the UAE expect the price of oil this year will range from $20 to $30 per barrel, and the price of $30 a barrel was considered as the maximum.

“But the price of oil rose to $43 per barrel, which was a dream, which, according to our forecasts, it was possible only next year,” said al mazrouei.

The cost of a barrel of Brent on the stock exchange in London exceeded $43 on Monday 8 June, the highest since March 6. Later, the price fell again, on 12 June it amounted to below $37 for the first time since the end of may. As of 16 June, the cost of a barrel of Brent amounted to $39,86.

The head of “Gazprom oil” Alexander Dyukov said that the price of oil could rise to $40 per barrel by the end of the year and current fall should not be a reason to change the deal, OPEC+. According to him, the recent fall in oil prices below $40 per barrel, “objective normalization” after “a certain euphoria”.