Let’s Try the After, Vol. 2 – EP – Broken Social Scene

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Let’s Try the After, Vol. 2 – EP

Broken Social Scene

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: April 12, 2019

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Episode 444 Scott Adams: Sports Are Broken, Trump’s Best Week Ever, Moderate Bernie

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  • “Old Nads” document blizzard request to 81 people
    • Even the Democrats know this is way beyond legitimate
    • Michael Caputo’s refusal to comply, all should follow his lead
  • Cognitive Dissonance Tell – Word Salad
    • Example: David Pakman and the “Fine People Hoax”
  • Fine People Hoax – President Trump called people on both sides of the STATUE question “fine people”.
    • Trying to deprogram people who believe the “Fine People Hoax”
  • North Korea might be fixing up a worrisome facility, negotiating 101
  • Bernie proposals now seem moderate in comparison to others
  • Capitalism delivers what socialism promises
  • Sports and trans-athletes competing, winning
    • Performance enhancing drugs
  • Jim Carrey’s artwork and artistic talent

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Let’s Try the After (Vol. 1) – EP – Broken Social Scene

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Let’s Try the After (Vol. 1) – EP

Broken Social Scene

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: February 15, 2019

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Future’s Birthday Party Broken Up After Cops Called for Shots Fired

Future and Drake turned ATL’s famed Magic City strip club into “Future City” for the rapper’s birthday, but the party was cut short when a report of gunfire brought cops to the scene … TMZ has learned.  Sources say Future and Drake’s invite-only…

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Halsey & G-Eazy Are ‘Officially Broken Up’ Just 2 Months After Reuniting (Source)

It’s over for Halsey and G-Eazy – again! Just two months after reuniting, the couple’s newest split was on full display over the weekend. A source tells Access that G-Eazy was “all over” other girls at Karma International’s Kandy Halloween Party in Hollywood, where Halsey “wasn’t mentioned or appeared to be a topic on his mind.”


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Half the City – St. Paul & The Broken Bones

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Half the City

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: February 18, 2014

© ℗ 2014 Single Lock Records

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Young Sick Camellia – St. Paul & The Broken Bones

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Young Sick Camellia

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: September 7, 2018

© ℗ 2018 RECORDS, LLC.

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Chains Are Broken – The Devil Makes Three

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Chains Are Broken

The Devil Makes Three

Genre: Rock

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: August 24, 2018

© ℗ 2018 New West Records, LLC

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God Bless the Broken Road

God Bless the Broken Road Opens Friday, Sep 7, 2018

God Bless the Broken Road tells the story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence.

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Have Hayden Panettiere & Fiancé Wladimir Klitschko Broken Up?

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Broken Arrow (1996) – John Woo

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Broken Arrow (1996)

John Woo

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 7.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: February 9, 1996


When a B-3 Stealth Bomber crashes in the Utah desert during a top-secret test run, the military quickly moves in to retrieve its two "broken arrows." But the situation spins wildly out of control after one of the pilots reveals the crash to be part of an incredible nuclear extortion plot. Directed by acclaimed action director John Woo, in a story by Speed writer, Graham Yost.

© © 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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Broken Hearts – Francois Houle

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Broken Hearts

Francois Houle

Genre: Literary

Publish Date: October 7, 2017

Publisher: Francois Houle

Seller: Smashwords


First Love. Heartbreaking Endings. Fourteen-year-old Nadia Delacroix is so obsessed with the lead singer of the local school band Teen Spirit that she starts to alienate everyone. She becomes moody, dark, and uncommunicative, sending her parents into a frenzy as they try to figure out what’s happening with their daughter. Caitlin Weatherly’s parents have fallen out of love. She blames her dad. She hates his new girlfriend. And she’s heartbroken watching her mother unravel. On top of that, she can’t make sense of her cousin Nadia’s infatuation with that singer. After all, the guy is a senior at their school, already has a hot girlfriend, and he doesn’t even know Nadia exists. But she won’t listen to reason. "Broken Hearts," a prequel novella to "It Happened to Us," is a modern-day love story for all ages that explores first teenage crush and heartbreaking endings. Grab your copy of "Broken Hearts" today and get to know the Delacroix and Weatherly families in the months leading to the day that changed their lives forever.

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The Broken Instrument – Victory

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The Broken Instrument

Victory

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: June 15, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Roc Nation Records, LLC

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The Awakening: Broken Worlds, Book 1 (Unabridged) – Jasper T. Scott

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The Awakening: Broken Worlds, Book 1 (Unabridged)

Jasper T. Scott

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 21.95

Publish Date: May 22, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Audible Studios

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Cursed: Broken, Book 1 – X. Aratare

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Cursed: Broken, Book 1

(A M/M Modern Retelling of Beauty & the Beast)

X. Aratare

Genre: Gay

Publish Date: June 1, 2016

Publisher: Raythe Reign Publishing

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Nick Fairfax vows to do whatever Lord Bane Dunsaney desires for one year. In exchange, Nick’s family gets a chance to regain their fortune. Is this the worst mistake of Nick’s life, or will it lead to a love only found in fairy tales? A modern, M/M retelling of Beauty & The Beast.  Sensitive, aspiring photographer Nick Fairfax wants nothing to do with his family's corporate business, or their vicious, cold-blooded lifestyle. Intending to give up his inheritance and pursue his art, he arrives at his father's office, only to find that Fairfax Industries has fallen to a scarred man in a hooded cloak.  The man is the reclusive billionaire Lord Bane Dunsaney, and he is bent on destroying the Fairfaxes. But when he sees Nick, everything changes. Bane offers the Fairfaxes the chance to regain their fortune if Nick will reside at Moon Shadow, his secluded mansion, and do whatever the billionaire wants for a whole year. Nick has no real choice other than to agree to Bane’s terms.  At Moon Shadow, Bane lords his power over Nick, going even so far as to take Nick’s phone, computer and beloved camera away. The billionaire claims such measures are to protect his privacy, but Nick is convinced they are so Bane can control him.  Each is determined to see the worst in each other. But as time passes, Nick glimpses a Bane that is much more than the cold-hearted figure that he met in his father's office. He discovers that Bane is a man betrayed by love and no longer believes in it.  But what Nick comes to know about Bane is nothing compared to the man’s true secret. Bane is cursed. He is a tiger-shifter who has no control over his beast. And that beast wants Nick.  Cursed: Bound, Book 2 of the series, is in progress and scheduled for late summer 2016! To find out more, check our blog here because we post often: http://welcome.raythereign.com/category/raythe-reign-team-blog/  Raythe Reign produces escapist, romantic M/M shifter, fantasy, scifi, adventure, and urban fantasy books and graphic novels.   

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Nikki Bella Reveals She’s Living With Sister Brie After Broken Engagement With John Cena

Less than a month after her sudden split from fiancé John Cena, Nikki Bella is opening up about her new life post breakup.


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Sza Accidentally Releases ‘Broken Clocks’ Music Video & It Gives Us Total Summer Camp Vibes

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SZA “Broken Clocks,” Preme ft. Lil Wayne “Hot Boy” & More | Daily Visuals 3.30.18

It was truly a downhead to hear the rumors that SZA plans on hanging up the mic sooner rather than later but until then we’ll just have to enjoy anything she puts on the table for us to enjoy.

Today the CTRL crooner takes us viewers on a camping trip for her clip to “Broken Clock” only to find out it was all a dream. She must’ve fell out reading Word Up magazine in the strip club.

Lil Wayne meanwhile finds himself flaunting ice, automobiles, and women in Preme’s visual to “Hot Boy.”

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Billie Eilish Curses An Ex With Eternal FOMO On “Bitches Broken Hearts”

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Matthew Morrison’s ‘Heart Is Broken’ Over Alleged Dog Abuse On His Upcoming Film ‘Crazy Alien’

Matthew Morrison tweeted that his “heart is broken” over an alleged incident of dog abuse on his upcoming film “Crazy Alien.”


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Broken Angels (Unabridged) – Richard K. Morgan

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Broken Angels (Unabridged)

Richard K. Morgan

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 25.95

Publish Date: June 16, 2005

© ℗ © 2005 Tantor Audio

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‘Losing sucks’: Tom Brady was brilliant but leaves broken

The greatest quarterback of all time threw for a record-setting 505 yards, but somehow it wasn’t enough to save the Patriots. He’s feeling broken now — but he’ll be back.
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Broken Flowers – Jim Jarmusch

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Broken Flowers

Jim Jarmusch

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: August 5, 2005


Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) stars in the comedic story of an aging Don Juan who hits the road on a revealing and humorous cross-country journey. When a mysterious pink letter informs Don Johnston (Murray) that he may have a 19-year-old son, he visits four former lovers, where he comes face to face with the errors of his past and the possibilities of the future. From acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch and co-starring Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton, and Jeffrey Wright, Broken Flowers is the highly original comedy that Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says is "filled with wonderful mischief" and "brings out the best in Bill Murray."

© © 2005 Focus Features. All Rights Reserved.

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Broken Elements (Elements #1) – Mia Marshall

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Broken Elements (Elements #1)

Mia Marshall

Genre: Paranormal

Publish Date: February 26, 2013

Publisher: Match Books

Seller: Match Books


“It’s happening again, Aidan. We didn’t stop it, after all.”   As an elemental, Aidan Brook holds the power of water at her fingertips. A descendant of the earth’s oldest magic, she can cause tides to ebb and flow, put out house fires without calling 911, and give anyone who’s annoying her an impromptu shower.  But even her magic has its limits. After it fails her one terrible night, she hides from the world and everyone she once loved, trying to escape the memories that haunt her. Ten years later, her exile is brought to an abrupt end when her former best friend appears on her front porch. An elemental killer is once again murdering her friends, and she must return to the scene of her own crimes.   Lake Tahoe proves more than she bargained for. Between a sadistic killer, some clever FBI agents, an annoyingly attractive landlord, and way too many new roommates, she has a pretty full plate. Add in a past she’s desperate to escape and her own uncontrollable powers, and Aidan Brook is having a very, very bad month.

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Justin Bieber’s Mom Isn’t Going to Let a Broken Foot Ruin Her Vacation With Her Son

Justin Bieber, Pattie Mallette, InstagramThat’s not a great start to a vacation, but at least she had a good view!
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Shailene Woodley And Ansel Elgort’s Golden Globes Reunion Will Mend A Broken Heart

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Broken World – Kate L. Mary

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Broken World

Kate L. Mary

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: July 2, 2014

Publisher: Kate L. Mary

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. But when her car breaks down she’s faced with a choice: give up or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows the offer has more to do with her double D’s than kindness, but she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.  The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian must learn how to be a mom under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.  While searching for a safe place to go, the group meets a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival.

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WAGS’ Nicole Williams Stresses Over Finding a Wedding Venue & Natalie Halcro Donates Items to the Museum of Broken Relationships

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Broken Sword Hero – Bin Bunluerit

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Broken Sword Hero

Bin Bunluerit

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: July 23, 2017


Based on a real warrior from Thailand's Ayutthaya period, Broken Sword Hero follows the heroics of legendary military general Thongdee. From the disparity as a young runaway to the toughest warrior among his people, a legendary fighter with unparalleled skills in Muay Thai and swordplay, fights for the freedom of his people.

© © 2017 SAHAMONGKOLFILM INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Broken Social Scene On World Cafe

Broken Social Scene inside the World Cafe Performance Studio at WXPN in Philadelphia, PA.

A performance session that brings a reminder of comfort in chaos, and community alike.

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Ed Sheeran ‘bruised and broken’ after accident, tour uncertain

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Sea of Noise – St. Paul & The Broken Bones

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Sea of Noise

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: September 9, 2016

© ℗ 2016 RECORDS, LLC

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The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Earth, Book 2 (Unabridged) – N. K. Jemisin

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The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Earth, Book 2 (Unabridged)

N. K. Jemisin

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 24.95

Publish Date: August 16, 2016

© ℗ © 2016 Hachette Audio

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Broken Machine (Deluxe) – Nothing But Thieves

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Broken Machine (Deluxe)

Nothing But Thieves

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 10.99

Release Date: September 8, 2017

© ℗ 2017 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken #0 (FCBD2017) – David Tipton

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken #0 (FCBD2017)

David Tipton

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: May 19, 2017

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Seller: Idea and Design Works, LLC


Return to the Mirror Universe with the Next Generation crew in a way you've never seen them before! Captain Jean-Luc Picard will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Terran Empire's newest starship, the Enterprise. And no one had better stand in his way…

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The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1 (Unabridged) – N. K. Jemisin

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The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1 (Unabridged)

N. K. Jemisin

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 24.95

Publish Date: August 4, 2015

© ℗ © 2015 Hachette Audio

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Top 3 Tips to Deal With a Breakup When Your Heart Feels Broken

Love is such a wonderful thing in this world we live in but sometimes things don’t work out very well for everyone and you have to break up with that special someone because things aren’t working out and you have to move on. Dealing with this process before and after the breakup is very hard for everyone therefore today you will learn some good tips on how to deal with a bad break up after having invested your time in a significant other for so long in your life.
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Broken (The Vampyres, The Magic Stones, and The Cursed Child) – Rachel Daigle & Humphrey Quinn

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Broken (The Vampyres, The Magic Stones, and The Cursed Child)

Rachel Daigle & Humphrey Quinn

Genre: Fantasy

Publish Date: August 18, 2016

Publisher: Rachel Daigle

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Two terrifying choices, but either way, something precious will be lost. A FATED FANTASY QUEST ADVENTURE: Complete Series Now Available! Book 4 Broken: The Vampyres, The Magic Stones, and The Cursed Child. In Book 4… After escaping through another magical portal, a gruesome discovery is made: a devastated and smoldering habitat with belongings strewn about and ruined. Just one thing is missing… all the people. An investigation commences and everyone is on high alert. With each new detail they uncover, the more perilous the situation becomes. And soon, they find themselves fugitives with no place to run from a dark magic too powerful to fight. Tensions heighten when Meghan Jacoby discovers that her brother's dream girl may be the key to ending this new dark power—she might even be the very threat causing it! At risk—the life of her brother versus the future of the entire world. It leaves Meghan with two terrifying choices: Expose this evil and save her brother, the ultimate betrayal he'll never forgive because he'll lose the dream girl he fought so hard to save, and would die for. Or, let him travel down a cursed path Meghan cannot follow, but give the rest of the world a fighting chance to survive this rising evil. Her decision will change both their lives, and either way, something precious is lost…  THE FATED FANTASY ADVENTURE SERIES IS COMPLETE Please Read in Order Starting with Book 1, Awaken Book 1: Awaken Book 2: Shifting Book 3: Embrace Book 4: Broken Book 5: Divided Book 6: Taken Book 7: Control Book 8: Forsaken Book 9: Sacrifice Book 10: Redeem Book 11: Ascend (The Final Book in the Series)

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Linkin Park Issues Statement On Chester Bennington’s Death: ‘Our Hearts Are Broken’

Linkin Park said their hearts are broken following the death of lead singer Chester Bennington, who died by hanging last week.


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BIG|BRAVE Tears Apart Its ‘Sound’ To Mend The Broken Pieces

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‘American Idol’ Haley Reinhart’s Friend Beaten, Bruised and Broken, Photos Show Injuries

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Hug of Thunder – Broken Social Scene

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Hug of Thunder

Broken Social Scene

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: July 7, 2017

© ℗ 2017 Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

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Rob Kardashian May Have Broken California’s ‘Revenge Porn’ Law, Experts Say

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Angels With Broken Wings – Phora

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Angels With Broken Wings

Phora

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Price: $ 10.99

Release Date: October 11, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Yours Truly Records LLC

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First Watch: Eskimeaux, ‘Broken Necks’

An intimate tale of lovers and friends, told in the spirit of Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

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Pixie Lott to help mend broken hearts

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Song Premiere: Gramma’s Boyfriend, ‘I Live My Broken Dreams’

Don’t let the downtrodden title fool you: Haley Bonar’s new side project is rollicking, 80s-flavored dance punk.

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Sad Piano Moods – Emotional Sad Songs and Romantic Melancholy Music for the Broken Hearted – Sad Piano Music Collective

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Sad Piano Moods – Emotional Sad Songs and Romantic Melancholy Music for the Broken Hearted

Sad Piano Music Collective

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: August 26, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Winter Hill Records

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Jim Bob, Michelle Duggar: ‘Our hearts were broken’ by son’s new scandal

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said their “hearts were broken” upon learning of their son Josh’s extramarital affairs and addiction to pornography.


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Bullet For My Valentine Release New Song ‘Broken’

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How We’ve Kept Our Son From Feeling Like He’s From A ‘Broken Home’

 

As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they’ve worked to bring their two families together. Our hope is that by telling their stories, we’ll bring you closer to blended family bliss in your own life! Want to share your family’s story? Email us at divorce@huffingtonpost.com.

A family may change after divorce but it doesn’t have to fall apart. Just ask Heather Belanger. The remarried mom of two prides herself on the close co-parenting relationship she shares with her ex-husband Tony. 

“As far as my son is concerned, it’s normal to see mom and dad at each other’s homes and to see mom and dad there for all of those special moments in his life,” Heather told The Huffington Post recently.

Below, she shares more about her blended family. 

Hi Heather. Please introduce us to your family.  

At my house we have me, my husband Mike, our daughter Grace (1) and my son Alex (5). At Alex’s dad’s house, there’s his dad Tony, Tony’s girlfriend Jesse, plus their 3-year-old daughter Violet. 

Tony and I have been divorced since February 2013, but separated since 2011.

Mike, Grace, Alex and Heather. (Photo courtesy of  Gabrielle Wyckoff) 

How did you forge such a close relationship with Tony and Jesse? As a parent, why is that relationship important? 

The most important thing in our eyes is for Alex to know that even though he comes from a “broken home,” the love and commitment his father and I had from the very beginning is still there, because we’re a family. Family is family and nothing is more important at the end of the day.

As for my relationship with Jesse, we didn’t set out to be friends, it just naturally evolved. It started between the births of Violet and Grace, after the emotions following the divorce had begun to fade. We both felt it was important for Alex to be close to both of his sisters. And the more we did things together for the sake of Alex, the closer we all became and the easier it was for us to realize that working together as a team benefited everyone. It’s also practical; with both my husband and my ex working a lot, it’s awesome to have the help or the extra set of hands. 

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as parents since the divorce? 

This is a tough question! I’d like to say the relationship between our families has come to be through trial and error, but really, there hasn’t been much of that. We’ve just adapted as situations have changed and it’s worked out in our favor. Most of the challenges we have come across have come from outside our family, when people are confused or critical of our situation. People’s perception on how we do things is that it isn’t “normal” and anything not normal is chastised or questioned, which is frustrating. 

What’s the best thing about being so close even after divorce?

As far as any of us are concerned, our kids are happy, healthy and in my opinion, more fulfilled getting to see two families come together and work together so well. 

What’s your best advice for other divorced parents struggling to co-parent? 

My advice would be to find the things that are preventing co-parenting from happening and figure out a way to resolve those issues. Is it hurt feelings? Jealousy? A grudge? Look at your behaviors and think about whether you’re comfortable with your kids following that example. None of that can be more important than getting in as many moments with your kids as possible, so try to compromise and make it happen.

 

 

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The need to mend broken hearts has never been greater. But what if we could simply manufacture a new one? Alex O’Brien studies the legacy of Texan surgeons and artificial hearts.

Haskell Karp was 37 when he suffered his first heart attack, and over the next ten years he suffered a variety of related problems. By 1969 even the slightest effort, like combing his hair or brushing his teeth, would bring on chest pain or extreme shortness of breath. There are four grades of heart failure under the classification determined in 1928 by the New York Heart Association; Karp’s was classified as grade IV, the most severe.

The surgeon who treated him at St Luke’s Hospital, Texas, in 1969 was an energetic man called Denton Cooley. “The man had a big dilated heart and I hoped we could reduce the size of that heart, so it could regain some of its own function,” says Cooley. But Karp did not respond well to the treatment; half of his heart was beyond repair. Cooley had expected this. He’d discussed it with Karp before the surgery: “I don’t think your heart’s going to be strong enough to tolerate this operation,” he’d told him. But Cooley had made a suggestion: if Karp’s heart were to be too weak at the end of the operation, how about taking a replacement ­– an experimental artificial heart they’d been developing in the lab.

The mechanical heart was a temporary ‘bridge’, intended to provide additional time for patients waiting for a donor heart to become available. It had an implantable part, larger than a human heart, connected to an exterior console the size of an upright piano powering it. The contraption drove compressed air through two hoses made of silicone and fabric (which entered the patient’s body below the ribcage) and into the chambers of the artificial heart: one side a left pump, the other a right, each with a balloon inside. When the chamber filled with blood, the balloon filled with air and pushed the blood out, keeping Karp alive.

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The need to mend broken hearts has never been greater. In the USA alone, around 610,000 people die of heart disease each year. A significant number of those deaths could potentially have been prevented with a heart transplant but, unfortunately, there are simply too few hearts available.

Until fairly recently, doctors were limited in how much they could do when a heart breaks. The first notable milestone took place in 1912, when the French surgeon Théodore Tuffier used his fingers to dilate a patient’s aortic valve (which helps control the flow of blood out of one side of the heart). But it was the first ‘blue baby’ operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, in November 1944 that symbolized to some the real dawn of heart surgery. Following a diagnosis by his colleague Helen Taussig, Alfred Blalock joined a baby girl’s aorta (the main artery leaving the heart) to her pulmonary artery (leading to the lungs), giving the blood a second chance at oxygenation and relieving the lack of oxygenated blood that gave the infant her distinct blue cast.

Yet the possibility of doing more to fix the inside of the heart remained impossible for years; opening it meant the death of the patient within minutes. What was needed was something that would stop the blood flow into the heart’s chambers, so it could be operated on, but that would keep the blood flowing around the body so the vital organs were not deprived of oxygen. That would take until 1953, when the first successful open heart surgery using a heart–lung machine took place at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Even so, the only solution for many people with heart problems was – and still is – a transplant with a healthy, natural heart. In 1967 the South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first human heart transplant in Cape Town. It seemed like a starting gun had gone off; soon doctors all around the world were transplanting hearts.

The problem was that every single recipient died within a year of the operation. The patients’ immune systems were rejecting the foreign tissue. To overcome this, patients were given drugs to suppress their immune system. But, in a way, these early immunosuppressants were too effective: they weakened the immune system so much that the patients would eventually die of an infection. It seemed like medicine was back to square one.

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The origins of the world’s first artificial heart lie with Michael E DeBakey, Denton Cooley’s former mentor. A titan of American heart surgery, DeBakey was known as ‘the Texas Tornado’. “He was mean as hell,” says Oscar Howard ‘Bud’ Frazier, one of the many surgeons trained under the Tornado. He ran his hospital like a marine training camp, with most residents working up to 72 hours on a regular basis. Once he fired seven chiefs of department at the same time because they failed to meet his standards. But DeBakey’s exacting standards helped establish Baylor Medical School, and his funding campaigns helped kick-start research into various devices – including the artificial heart. “We would never have these devices without him,” says Frazier.

Indeed, DeBakey is widely credited for starting the field of artificial heart surgery with a 1964 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The 1969 device used on Karp was the product of this, but at the time it had only been tested on calves, and none of the animals had survived for more than a few hours. It had never been tested in human patients. Until Haskell Karp.

The thing is, Cooley didn’t actually tell DeBakey what he was going to do. When Karp went under the knife, DeBakey was at the NHLBI in Washington DC, appealing for additional funding. Unbeknownst to him, two of his protégés had been making tweaks to the artificial heart for months. In his book 100,000 Hearts: A surgeon’s memoir, Cooley tells how he was brought the device in December 1968 by Dr Domingo Liotta, a research fellow in DeBakey’s lab. Frustrated under DeBakey’s leadership, Liotta (according to Cooley) thought his life’s work was being cast aside as DeBakey began to have doubts about the feasibility of a totally artificial heart and became more interested in developing pumps for a ‘partial’ device that would bolster the patient’s own organ.

And so the story, according to DeBakey, goes that in 1969 Denton Cooley took the device and implanted it without permission so that he could be the first to implant an artificial heart. Cooley and Liotta had altered the design of the valves and renamed the device ‘the Cooley-Liotta heart’, intending it as an emergency bridge while patients were waiting for a heart transplant.

The professional fallout was bad. DeBakey first heard about the operation from the press, who – knowing he was in Washington – had gone knocking on the door of his hotel room for comment. DeBakey called Cooley a thief. He considered it a betrayal, a childish act to claim a medical first. The feud lasted for 40 years and made the cover of Time magazine in 1970.

Time and again, Cooley has defended his behaviour. He says he was only ever driven to try the desperate move to save a life. Which he did, for a time. Haskell Karp lived longer than any of the cows DeBakey had operated on – long enough to find a donor heart. After 64 hours with the artificial heart, Cooley transplanted in a natural donor heart. But Karp died 36 hours later of pneumonia and kidney failure. Karp’s wife later sued Cooley, claiming he’d never told them that the artificial heart was experimental. Cooley successfully defended his action in court.

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Seventy-four years old with a full head of white, floppy hair, Bud Frazier is still visibly affected by the moment he literally held the life of a young man in his hands.

It was 1965, and Frazier was in medical school. The patient was about 18 years old and had a problem with one of his heart valves. He was sent over from Italy, where no heart surgery was performed at the time. Italian patients were mainly sent to the USA, most of them treated by either DeBakey or Cooley.

During the surgery, led by DeBakey, the young man’s heart stopped and Frazier was asked to take it in his hand and massage it to keep the blood circulating. At one point the young man even regained consciousness and looked Frazier right in the eye. The problem was that the man’s heart did not start beating by itself. After a while, DeBakey told Frazier to stop: “We can’t save him,” he said. The chief resident agreed. They both told Frazier to stop. He didn’t want to. Stopping would kill the man. But it was no use; the heart wasn’t responding. Eventually, Frazier had to stop.

That was almost 60 years ago, but he can still hear the cry of the mother whose son he could not save. The death inspired an all-consuming thought in Frazier: “My god, if I can do that with my hand, we must be able to develop something we can pull off a shelf that does the same thing.”

After medical school Frazier served in the Vietnam War. He returned to Texas and Baylor Medical School in 1971, keen to work on heart pumps. But after the artificial heart incident, DeBakey had fired Liotta and got rid of everyone else in the lab. The whole pump program was dead, but it restarted at the nearby Texas Heart Institute with one Denton Cooley at the head.

By then Cooley was doing more heart surgery than anyone else in the world. Frazier made the difficult decision to leave DeBakey’s lab and finish his residency across the road. DeBakey didn’t talk to him for ten years.

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By the mid-1960s, as open-heart surgery began to take place around the world, Texas Heart Institute doctors were doing more than at all of the other hospitals in the USA combined. Houston had wealthy oilmen who wanted to do something meaningful with their money, and the hospitals were more than willing to receive their philanthropy.

Today, Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, one of the world’s largest medical complexes. It’s located three miles south of Houston’s Midtown and resembles a financial district, with its many skyscrapers stretching into the clear blue sky and glistening in the Houston sun. It is home to 21 hospitals, 13 support organizations, eight academic and research institutions, three medical schools, two universities, a dental school and over 100,000 workers – more than at Apple or Google – in an area nearly the size of Gibraltar. And in 2014, more heart surgeries were performed here than anywhere else on the globe, many of them by Bud Frazier.

“It’s a tough business, the heart transplant business,” says Frazier. As he puts it, “you just guarantee them a premature death”, though less premature than would otherwise be the case. Half of transplant patients die within ten years, and only about 10 per cent live 20 years. Outside his office hangs the picture of a man who lived for 33 years. He was an exception.

The heart is basically a bag of muscle divided into four interior chambers. The two upper chambers are called atria, and the two lower ones are the ventricles. On the right side, deoxygenated (oxygen-poor) blood from the body and head flows into the right atrium, which pumps it down to the right ventricle. This chamber then pumps the blood out to the lungs. Meanwhile, on the left-hand side, oxygenated (oxygen-rich) blood from the lungs enters the left atrium, which pumps down into the left ventricle, and from there it passes to the body and head. Central to this system are four valves between each chamber, maintaining a one-way flow of blood by closing and preventing backflow when the heart’s chambers contract, pumping blood.

There are plenty of causes for heart failure. That’s why, like ‘cancer’, it is used as an umbrella term that is the outcome of a whole host of conditions: high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, valve damage and heart muscle weakness (cardiomyopathy), which itself may have various underlying causes. When the heart gets sick, the cells within it gradually weaken and tire, resulting in the heart getting stretched out like lace in bad underwear. It gets bigger and bigger. With the increase in size, its ability to pump decreases. Heart failure occurs when the heart is no longer able to pump blood effectively because, in essence, that’s all it is: a pump, albeit a pretty important one.

After the Cooley-Liotta heart made headlines, a host of scientists started work on their own artificial hearts. Perhaps the most influential device was kick-started by Willem Kolff, the physician-inventor who produced the first kidney dialysis machine. Kolff invited a fellow medical engineer, one Robert Jarvik, to work with him at the University of Utah, and the result was the Jarvik-7. Made up of two pumps, two air hoses and four valves, the Jarvik-7 was more than twice as big as a normal human heart and could only be implanted in the biggest patients – mainly adult men. The external console for the Jarvik-7 was a little smaller than the piano-sized console for the Liotta-Cooley heart. It had wheels, was as big and heavy (although not as tall) as a standard household refrigerator, and was normally connected to sources of compressed air, vacuum and electricity.

In 1982, Jarvik and Kolff won approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to use it in human patients and implanted it that same year. Their first patient was a 61-year-old dentist called Barney Clark, who lived on the Jarvik-7 for 112 days. A second patient was implanted in 1984 and died after 620 days. History records a total of five patients implanted with the Jarvik-7 for permanent use, all of whom died within 18 months of the surgery from infections or strokes.

In the years following its creation, the Jarvik artificial heart went through trials more financial than medical. In 1990 its manufacturer Symbion, Inc. (initially owned by Kolff and Jarvik) was closed and use of the Jarvik stopped after it could no longer keep up with FDA reporting requirements. Academia and business – in the form of the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, and MedForte Research Foundation, a noncommercial research organization in Salt Lake City, Utah – combined to save the Jarvik technology by purchasing the patent. The device has been tweaked and renamed many times; at the time of writing, it was the world’s only FDA-approved total-replacement artificial heart device used as a bridge-to-transplant for patients.

The surgeon who holds the record for the most artificial heart surgeries, as well as the record for the most heart transplants (more than 1,100 at last count), is Bud Frazier. And the device he has implanted the most is a direct descendent of the Jarvik-7, the SynCardia. It replaces both of the patient’s own ventricles. The SynCardia is sewn to the patient’s remaining atria (the top half of the heart) and has two hoses that pierce the skin, connecting to all of the sensors, motors and electronics that power it. They are housed in a driver the size of a lunchbox, carried as a backpack outside the body – although at 13 pounds, it’s not lunchbox-light. And actually, it’s not a whole lot different from the Cooley-Liotta device from the 1960s or the Jarvik from 1982. “Yeah, it’s got some cool alarms and the mechanism, but it’s still pistons going up and down with motors driving air in and out,” says Frazier’s colleague Dr William (Billy) Cohn.

The current version of the SynCardia is heavy and cumbersome, and the hoses piercing the skin mean the risk for infection remains high. “It’s primitive,” says Cohn. “It’s a bath toy…it really looks like a bath toy.” But, he adds, “it’s brilliantly designed, because it’s so simple”, which perhaps explains why the design has remained relatively unchanged for more than 25 years. And it’s efficient enough to enable patients to return to active lifestyles – because the device can be carried in a backpack, some patients can even play tennis or ride bikes.

The main issue for Frazier and Cohn is that it has a limited lifespan. The current SynCardia model costs around US$ 100,000 and has to be replaced every three months because the internal components, which according to Cohn beat around 120,000 times a day, simply wear out. And so, like its Jarvik and Cooley-Liotta predecessors, it’s only really useful as a ‘bridge’ to keep patients alive until they can get a heart transplant.

Moreover – as Frazier tells me, Cohn nodding in the background – patients who have already had one transplant don’t do well on devices, because their whole heart fails. The only thing that will help is another totally new heart. “We have a patient now who has a pneumatic heart,” says Frazier. “He’s a young man. I did him when he was in his 20s and he rejected the heart when he was 30. We put [the SynCardia] in, and he’s had it in about three years. But it’s going to fail. We can already tell it’s failing, but we can’t transplant him either, because he’s got too many antibodies [which would reject a new heart] and we can’t get a donor [anyway].” 

“It’s not working right,” he sighs. “It’s better than dying,” says Cohn.

The SynCardia is not a long-term solution to heart failure. Neither are many of the alternatives. In the early 2000s, the Massachusetts-based company Abiomed unveiled a new heart that (unlike the SynCardia) was designed to be permanent – a total replacement heart for end-stage heart failure patients who were not candidates for transplant and couldn’t be helped by any other available treatment.

The Abiomed AbioCor had an internally implanted battery, continually recharged from an external console or from a basic patient-carried external battery pack. As a result, there were no tubes or wires piercing the skin, so the chances of developing an infection were lower.

AbioCor was implanted in 15 human patients – five of those done by Frazier at the Texas Heart Institute. But still, the longest living patient went less than a year and a half before the device broke. Most patients went five to nine months. The device – which was the size of a honeydew melon – was, like its predecessors, still too big and too difficult to implant. The last AbioCor implant was in 2009. Again, it seemed like medicine was back to square one.

Yet maybe that’s no bad thing. All these versions of artificial heart devices, whether they are meant to support the heart or replace it completely, are trying to copy the functions of the heart, mimicking the natural blood flow. The SynCardia, the AbioCor, the Jarvik, even the early Cooley-Liotta heart, would fill with blood and then forcefully eject it into the body. The result is what’s called a pulsatile pump, the flow of blood going into the body like a native heart, at the average of 80 spurts a minute needed to sustain life. That’s the cause of the gentle movement you feel when you put your fingers to your wrist or your chest – your pulse, which corresponds with the beating of your heart.

Today, Frazier, Cohn and the Texas Heart Institute are working on a new wave of artificial hearts with one crucial difference: they don’t beat.  

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The Archimedes’ screw was an ancient apparatus used to raise water against gravity. As its name suggests, this third-century device is widely considered to have been invented by the Ancient Greek polymath Archimedes. Essentially, it is a screw in a hollow pipe; by placing the lower end in water and turning it, water is raised to the top. The device was used mostly for draining water out of mines or other areas of low-lying water. In 1976, during voluntary medical mission work in Egypt, cardiologist Dr Richard K Wampler saw two men using one such device to pump water up a river bank. He was inspired. Perhaps, he thought, this principle could be applied to pumping blood.

The result was the Hemopump, a device as big as a pencil eraser. When the screw inside the pump spun, blood was pumped from the heart to the rest of the body. At the time there were no motors small enough to fit inside an implantable device, so Wampler had the motor outside sit on the patient’s leg and had a spinning cable threaded up the patient’s leg artery to the pump. Naturally, the first doctor to implant this device – initially in a cow and then in a patient – was one Bud Frazier, in April 1988.

The Hemopump was the world’s first ‘continuous flow’ pump. Rapidly spinning turbines create a flow like water running through a garden hose, meaning the blood flow is continuous from moment to moment. Because of this, there is no ejection of the blood in spurts. There is no ‘heartbeat’. The patient’s own heart is still beating but the continuous flow from the device masks their pulse, meaning it is often undetectable at the wrist or neck.

It was a temporary device and could only be used while the patient was lying flat in bed. The Hemopump was not meant as a replacement for the heart; its primary function is actually to ease the heart’s burden and give it a rest. Like a wheelchair for the heart, it was intended for recuperation. Yet the Hemopump still had its problems. Because a tube had to be inserted through the femoral artery, and then moved up until the tip of the tube had passed over the aortic valve, it couldn’t be used in 20 per cent of patients because the tube was too large. In addition, at the time there were no motors powerful enough to turn the turbines as fast as they needed to go, and in early studies the cable would break too. Eventually, financial backing dried up, and by the early 1990s the Hemopump had fallen out of use. 

It lives on in spirit, however. Abiomed’s newest heart prototype, Impella, uses similar technology boosted by leaps in modern engineering. It has a motor so small it sits inside the device at the end of the catheter, rather than outside of the body. The Impella is the smallest heart pump in use today – it’s not much bigger than a pencil – and as of March 2015 has been approved by the FDA for clinical use, supporting the heart for up to six hours in cardiac surgeries. Meanwhile, at the Texas Heart Institute, Frazier and Cohn – inspired by Wampler – have been working on their own Archimedes’ screw. The HeartMate II, like the Hemopump, doesn’t replace the heart but rather works like a pair of crutches for it. About the size and weight of a small avocado, the HeartMate II is suitable for a wider range of patients than the SynCardia and has, on paper, a significantly longer lifespan – up to ten years. The key is the screw technology: the spinning propeller creates less friction than pulsatile artificial heart devices, reducing wear and tear. Since its FDA approval in January 2010, close to 20,000 people – including former US Vice President Dick Cheney – have received a HeartMate II, 20 of whom have been living with the device for more than eight years. All with an almost undetectable pulse.          

Animal trials for the next iteration are already underway. The HeartMate III is down to the size of a yo-yo, and the spinning part uses magnetic levitation technology – similar to the kind used in some super-fast Maglev trains in China, Germany and Japan. “Without any flexible membranes or valves, or mechanical bearings, there wouldn’t be problems with mechanical wear,” says Cohn.

On 20 January 2015, in an operation that took more than eight hours, I watched a small calf named Chicle (meaning ‘gum’ in Spanish, because she kept chewing all night) have her heart replaced by two HeartMate III devices. Chicle, along with the 75 or so calves before her, is a subject of the experiments Frazier and Cohn are performing at the Texas Heart Institute. The purpose is to see whether the body tolerates completely pulseless circulation; “to try to understand what Mother Nature will tolerate, and what she won’t,” says Cohn.

The next day I accompanied Chicle’s operating surgeon, Cohn, to see how she was doing. She was calm and still chewing, seemingly happy, and alive with no pulse.

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Before the Heartmate III has even been tested on humans, the next generation of pulseless artificial hearts is already on its way. Called BiVACOR (a rotary ‘Biventricular Assist Device’), it also uses magnetic levitation technology. The key difference, says Cohn, is that unlike previous devices, this one is meant as a total replacement heart – one that could, at least on paper, last forever.

In early tests the BiVACOR proved extremely power efficient compared to previous artificial heart devices. Because it requires less power to run, it has the potential to run for longer periods on internal batteries, says Cohn. The current version will run on around 10 watts and have internal batteries that can power it for 2–3 hours in the event of a disconnect from the battery pack worn in a vest outside the body. The ultimate goal is to have a wireless system and to power the device through the skin using inductive coupling, the magnetic field principle used to charge electric toothbrushes. Cohn imagines a coil under the skin and one outside of the skin: no wires required, just an oscillating magnetic field doing the charging. This would also mean there wouldn’t be any breaks in the skin, thus – like the pioneering AbioCor before – reducing the risk of infection. 

BiVACOR was the brainchild of Daniel Timms, an Australian engineer who first sketched out his idea some 15 years ago. A chance meeting at a Singapore conference brought him to the attention of the Texas Heart Institute researchers. When Frazier and Cohn saw his idea in September 2011, they called it the most highly evolved and brilliant plan for a total artificial heart they’d heard to date. They helped raise around US$ 2.5 million of private funding in just one week for Timms, who formed a for-profit company (also called BiVACOR) and moved his entire team to the Texas Heart Institute labs for development and testing.

Cohn says he is often chastised for his unbridled confidence in BiVACOR and his claims that it could “last forever”. He shows me a box filled with nearly a hundred 3D-printed prototypes for the BiVACOR rotor, each with a subtle difference in shape. The team is running constant experiments, he says, using 40 per cent glycerin solution to imitate blood. They have already developed rotors that work extremely well but believe they can improve the design further. Thus far, they are on course to start animal studies in late 2016 and, if successful, could start human studies as early as 2019.

I try to imagine a world full of people with no pulse. How, in such a future, would we determine if a person were alive or dead? “That is very easy,” says Cohn, bringing my existential philosophizing to a halt. “When we pinch our thumb and it goes from pink to white and immediately back to pink, this means blood is flowing through the body. You can also tell if someone is still alive if they are still breathing.”

He admits that once more of these devices are implanted into patients we will need a standard method of determining such a person’s vitals. Cohn imagines them wearing bracelets or even having tattoos to alert people to their pulseless state.

I wonder how people will take to hearts that literally don’t beat. Perhaps it will be the same as when patients were offered the first heart transplants: resistance, followed by acceptance due to overwhelming need.

“Any new procedure is going to have critics,” says Frazier’s mentor, the indefatigable Denton Cooley. “On the day that Christiaan Barnard did the first heart transplant, the critics were almost as strong, or stronger, than the proponents of [artificial] heart transplantation,” he says. “A lot of mystery goes with the heart, and its function. But most of the critics, I thought, were ignorant, uninformed or just superstitious.”

Cooley performed the first US heart transplant in May 1968. And at 94 years old he still treasures the memory of the day he implanted the first artificial heart into Haskell Karp and the “satisfaction that came from seeing that heart supporting that man’s life”.

“I had always thought that the heart has only one function, and that is to pump blood,” he says. “It’s a very simple organ in that regard.” 

This story first appeared on Mosaic.

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Why I’m Not Too Broken Up About Being From a “Broken” Home

I’m not a big fan of the term “broken home.” It reeks of melodrama. “The poor child! She comes from a broken home! How ghastly!” I’ve also never really understood the phrase, “Staying together for the kids.” When I hear about couples doggedly and unhappily sticking it out for this reason, or a parent being torn apart about what a divorce will “do to the children,” I generally just want to shake everyone involved and shout, “What do you think living in a home with a tense, unhappy, loveless marriage is going to do to them??” Kids are pretty astute. They know when something’s up. They know when mom and dad are secretly seething at each other over the dinner table, and (spoiler alert) they can definitely hear you when you fight behind closed doors.

I guess I’m just saying don’t martyr yourself in an unhappy marriage for the sake of your children. If you decide to end it, and do so while ensuring your kids know you both love them and will always be there for them, odds are your kids are going to be a-okay. Yeah, they might shed a few tears initially and they’ll definitely be an adjustment period, but they’ll hardly be ruined for life (unless you totally screw it up by being petty and immature and putting them in the middle, in which case you’re probably totally screwing them up anyway).

Would it have been nice if my parents had gotten along and stayed together and we had all been one big, happy family? Of course. But that would also by definition mean that my parents would have been two entirely different people than who they actually were. And as an adult who can look back and remember their dysfunctional, miserable dynamic, I would never wish it on either of them for my sake.

Maybe that’s a key to growing up: the realization that your parents are people outside of just being your parents. They have whole entire emotional inner lives that we are pretty selfishly unaware of as kids (and that’s the way it should be). If my parents had waited to split when us kids had all left the nest, I’d like to think I’d tow the line of, “You let yourself be miserable for 20 years for us? Jeeze guys, we would have understood!”

Bottom line, your kids love you, and if they grow up to be empathetic people capable of complex thought, they’ll understand. And to be totally honest, there were plenty of times when my parents did put us in the middle and did make us little mediators and did do a lot of the things that all those fancy divorce books now say not to do, but guess what? As an adult, I still understand! They were hurting. They had never ended a marriage before. They were just trying their best. And I still love them (and you can be sure I still call home to tell them when their favorite movies are on TV or when I’m wondering if Raid is poisonous to cats).

So divorce if that’s what you need to do. The kids will be fine as long as you continue to be loving parents who they know they can always depend on. And if you’re not that, then yeah, expect them to have issues — whether you stay married or not.

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Boy’s Video About Being From A ‘Broken Home’ Has A Sweet, Unexpected Twist

Sure, Azka Corbuzier is growing up in what some might call a broken home — but thanks to the love and support of his parents, the 9 year old feels anything but broken.

In a sweet YouTube video that’s racked up more than 490,000 views, the Indonesian boy maps out his parents’ short-lived love story and says that his family has actually become stronger since the split.

“Everything went fine until I am 6 years old. We have a great family,” a caption reads as stick figure illustrations flash by. “Mom and dad start to argue on a lot of things… so they decide to divorce.”

He adds: “They told me about it and tell me not to worry and I don’t have to choose between them. They never fight anymore and we still go to malls and abroad together.”

In an interview with the BBC, Azka’s dad Deddy Corbuzier, a well-known illusionist and TV host in Indonesia, said he was surprised by the video — just as he was by his son’s initial reaction to the split. The first question Azka asked was, “Who should I go with?”

“We told him he will stay at the same house, and he said, ‘OK then — no problem’,” Deddy said, explaining that they renamed their home “Azka’s house” and that his ex-wife lives nearby and stops by nearly every day.

As Azka sums it up in his video, “It’s not a broken home when you still have the same love from your parents.”

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The need to mend broken hearts has never been greater. But what if we could simply manufacture a new one? Alex O’Brien studies the legacy of Texan surgeons and artificial hearts.

Haskell Karp was 37 when he suffered his first heart attack, and over the next ten years he suffered a variety of related problems. By 1969 even the slightest effort, like combing his hair or brushing his teeth, would bring on chest pain or extreme shortness of breath. There are four grades of heart failure under the classification determined in 1928 by the New York Heart Association; Karp’s was classified as grade IV, the most severe.

The surgeon who treated him at St Luke’s Hospital, Texas, in 1969 was an energetic man called Denton Cooley. “The man had a big dilated heart and I hoped we could reduce the size of that heart, so it could regain some of its own function,” says Cooley. But Karp did not respond well to the treatment; half of his heart was beyond repair. Cooley had expected this. He’d discussed it with Karp before the surgery: “I don’t think your heart’s going to be strong enough to tolerate this operation,” he’d told him. But Cooley had made a suggestion: if Karp’s heart were to be too weak at the end of the operation, how about taking a replacement ­– an experimental artificial heart they’d been developing in the lab.

The mechanical heart was a temporary ‘bridge’, intended to provide additional time for patients waiting for a donor heart to become available. It had an implantable part, larger than a human heart, connected to an exterior console the size of an upright piano powering it. The contraption drove compressed air through two hoses made of silicone and fabric (which entered the patient’s body below the ribcage) and into the chambers of the artificial heart: one side a left pump, the other a right, each with a balloon inside. When the chamber filled with blood, the balloon filled with air and pushed the blood out, keeping Karp alive.

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The need to mend broken hearts has never been greater. In the USA alone, around 610,000 people die of heart disease each year. A significant number of those deaths could potentially have been prevented with a heart transplant but, unfortunately, there are simply too few hearts available.

Until fairly recently, doctors were limited in how much they could do when a heart breaks. The first notable milestone took place in 1912, when the French surgeon Théodore Tuffier used his fingers to dilate a patient’s aortic valve (which helps control the flow of blood out of one side of the heart). But it was the first ‘blue baby’ operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, in November 1944 that symbolized to some the real dawn of heart surgery. Following a diagnosis by his colleague Helen Taussig, Alfred Blalock joined a baby girl’s aorta (the main artery leaving the heart) to her pulmonary artery (leading to the lungs), giving the blood a second chance at oxygenation and relieving the lack of oxygenated blood that gave the infant her distinct blue cast.

Yet the possibility of doing more to fix the inside of the heart remained impossible for years; opening it meant the death of the patient within minutes. What was needed was something that would stop the blood flow into the heart’s chambers, so it could be operated on, but that would keep the blood flowing around the body so the vital organs were not deprived of oxygen. That would take until 1953, when the first successful open heart surgery using a heart–lung machine took place at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Even so, the only solution for many people with heart problems was – and still is – a transplant with a healthy, natural heart. In 1967 the South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first human heart transplant in Cape Town. It seemed like a starting gun had gone off; soon doctors all around the world were transplanting hearts.

The problem was that every single recipient died within a year of the operation. The patients’ immune systems were rejecting the foreign tissue. To overcome this, patients were given drugs to suppress their immune system. But, in a way, these early immunosuppressants were too effective: they weakened the immune system so much that the patients would eventually die of an infection. It seemed like medicine was back to square one.

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The origins of the world’s first artificial heart lie with Michael E DeBakey, Denton Cooley’s former mentor. A titan of American heart surgery, DeBakey was known as ‘the Texas Tornado’. “He was mean as hell,” says Oscar Howard ‘Bud’ Frazier, one of the many surgeons trained under the Tornado. He ran his hospital like a marine training camp, with most residents working up to 72 hours on a regular basis. Once he fired seven chiefs of department at the same time because they failed to meet his standards. But DeBakey’s exacting standards helped establish Baylor Medical School, and his funding campaigns helped kick-start research into various devices – including the artificial heart. “We would never have these devices without him,” says Frazier.

Indeed, DeBakey is widely credited for starting the field of artificial heart surgery with a 1964 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The 1969 device used on Karp was the product of this, but at the time it had only been tested on calves, and none of the animals had survived for more than a few hours. It had never been tested in human patients. Until Haskell Karp.

The thing is, Cooley didn’t actually tell DeBakey what he was going to do. When Karp went under the knife, DeBakey was at the NHLBI in Washington DC, appealing for additional funding. Unbeknownst to him, two of his protégés had been making tweaks to the artificial heart for months. In his book 100,000 Hearts: A surgeon’s memoir, Cooley tells how he was brought the device in December 1968 by Dr Domingo Liotta, a research fellow in DeBakey’s lab. Frustrated under DeBakey’s leadership, Liotta (according to Cooley) thought his life’s work was being cast aside as DeBakey began to have doubts about the feasibility of a totally artificial heart and became more interested in developing pumps for a ‘partial’ device that would bolster the patient’s own organ.

And so the story, according to DeBakey, goes that in 1969 Denton Cooley took the device and implanted it without permission so that he could be the first to implant an artificial heart. Cooley and Liotta had altered the design of the valves and renamed the device ‘the Cooley-Liotta heart’, intending it as an emergency bridge while patients were waiting for a heart transplant.

The professional fallout was bad. DeBakey first heard about the operation from the press, who – knowing he was in Washington – had gone knocking on the door of his hotel room for comment. DeBakey called Cooley a thief. He considered it a betrayal, a childish act to claim a medical first. The feud lasted for 40 years and made the cover of Time magazine in 1970.

Time and again, Cooley has defended his behaviour. He says he was only ever driven to try the desperate move to save a life. Which he did, for a time. Haskell Karp lived longer than any of the cows DeBakey had operated on – long enough to find a donor heart. After 64 hours with the artificial heart, Cooley transplanted in a natural donor heart. But Karp died 36 hours later of pneumonia and kidney failure. Karp’s wife later sued Cooley, claiming he’d never told them that the artificial heart was experimental. Cooley successfully defended his action in court.

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Seventy-four years old with a full head of white, floppy hair, Bud Frazier is still visibly affected by the moment he literally held the life of a young man in his hands.

It was 1965, and Frazier was in medical school. The patient was about 18 years old and had a problem with one of his heart valves. He was sent over from Italy, where no heart surgery was performed at the time. Italian patients were mainly sent to the USA, most of them treated by either DeBakey or Cooley.

During the surgery, led by DeBakey, the young man’s heart stopped and Frazier was asked to take it in his hand and massage it to keep the blood circulating. At one point the young man even regained consciousness and looked Frazier right in the eye. The problem was that the man’s heart did not start beating by itself. After a while, DeBakey told Frazier to stop: “We can’t save him,” he said. The chief resident agreed. They both told Frazier to stop. He didn’t want to. Stopping would kill the man. But it was no use; the heart wasn’t responding. Eventually, Frazier had to stop.

That was almost 60 years ago, but he can still hear the cry of the mother whose son he could not save. The death inspired an all-consuming thought in Frazier: “My god, if I can do that with my hand, we must be able to develop something we can pull off a shelf that does the same thing.”

After medical school Frazier served in the Vietnam War. He returned to Texas and Baylor Medical School in 1971, keen to work on heart pumps. But after the artificial heart incident, DeBakey had fired Liotta and got rid of everyone else in the lab. The whole pump program was dead, but it restarted at the nearby Texas Heart Institute with one Denton Cooley at the head.

By then Cooley was doing more heart surgery than anyone else in the world. Frazier made the difficult decision to leave DeBakey’s lab and finish his residency across the road. DeBakey didn’t talk to him for ten years.

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By the mid-1960s, as open-heart surgery began to take place around the world, Texas Heart Institute doctors were doing more than at all of the other hospitals in the USA combined. Houston had wealthy oilmen who wanted to do something meaningful with their money, and the hospitals were more than willing to receive their philanthropy.

Today, Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, one of the world’s largest medical complexes. It’s located three miles south of Houston’s Midtown and resembles a financial district, with its many skyscrapers stretching into the clear blue sky and glistening in the Houston sun. It is home to 21 hospitals, 13 support organizations, eight academic and research institutions, three medical schools, two universities, a dental school and over 100,000 workers – more than at Apple or Google – in an area nearly the size of Gibraltar. And in 2014, more heart surgeries were performed here than anywhere else on the globe, many of them by Bud Frazier.

“It’s a tough business, the heart transplant business,” says Frazier. As he puts it, “you just guarantee them a premature death”, though less premature than would otherwise be the case. Half of transplant patients die within ten years, and only about 10 per cent live 20 years. Outside his office hangs the picture of a man who lived for 33 years. He was an exception.

The heart is basically a bag of muscle divided into four interior chambers. The two upper chambers are called atria, and the two lower ones are the ventricles. On the right side, deoxygenated (oxygen-poor) blood from the body and head flows into the right atrium, which pumps it down to the right ventricle. This chamber then pumps the blood out to the lungs. Meanwhile, on the left-hand side, oxygenated (oxygen-rich) blood from the lungs enters the left atrium, which pumps down into the left ventricle, and from there it passes to the body and head. Central to this system are four valves between each chamber, maintaining a one-way flow of blood by closing and preventing backflow when the heart’s chambers contract, pumping blood.

There are plenty of causes for heart failure. That’s why, like ‘cancer’, it is used as an umbrella term that is the outcome of a whole host of conditions: high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, valve damage and heart muscle weakness (cardiomyopathy), which itself may have various underlying causes. When the heart gets sick, the cells within it gradually weaken and tire, resulting in the heart getting stretched out like lace in bad underwear. It gets bigger and bigger. With the increase in size, its ability to pump decreases. Heart failure occurs when the heart is no longer able to pump blood effectively because, in essence, that’s all it is: a pump, albeit a pretty important one.

After the Cooley-Liotta heart made headlines, a host of scientists started work on their own artificial hearts. Perhaps the most influential device was kick-started by Willem Kolff, the physician-inventor who produced the first kidney dialysis machine. Kolff invited a fellow medical engineer, one Robert Jarvik, to work with him at the University of Utah, and the result was the Jarvik-7. Made up of two pumps, two air hoses and four valves, the Jarvik-7 was more than twice as big as a normal human heart and could only be implanted in the biggest patients – mainly adult men. The external console for the Jarvik-7 was a little smaller than the piano-sized console for the Liotta-Cooley heart. It had wheels, was as big and heavy (although not as tall) as a standard household refrigerator, and was normally connected to sources of compressed air, vacuum and electricity.

In 1982, Jarvik and Kolff won approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to use it in human patients and implanted it that same year. Their first patient was a 61-year-old dentist called Barney Clark, who lived on the Jarvik-7 for 112 days. A second patient was implanted in 1984 and died after 620 days. History records a total of five patients implanted with the Jarvik-7 for permanent use, all of whom died within 18 months of the surgery from infections or strokes.

In the years following its creation, the Jarvik artificial heart went through trials more financial than medical. In 1990 its manufacturer Symbion, Inc. (initially owned by Kolff and Jarvik) was closed and use of the Jarvik stopped after it could no longer keep up with FDA reporting requirements. Academia and business – in the form of the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, and MedForte Research Foundation, a noncommercial research organization in Salt Lake City, Utah – combined to save the Jarvik technology by purchasing the patent. The device has been tweaked and renamed many times; at the time of writing, it was the world’s only FDA-approved total-replacement artificial heart device used as a bridge-to-transplant for patients.

The surgeon who holds the record for the most artificial heart surgeries, as well as the record for the most heart transplants (more than 1,100 at last count), is Bud Frazier. And the device he has implanted the most is a direct descendent of the Jarvik-7, the SynCardia. It replaces both of the patient’s own ventricles. The SynCardia is sewn to the patient’s remaining atria (the top half of the heart) and has two hoses that pierce the skin, connecting to all of the sensors, motors and electronics that power it. They are housed in a driver the size of a lunchbox, carried as a backpack outside the body – although at 13 pounds, it’s not lunchbox-light. And actually, it’s not a whole lot different from the Cooley-Liotta device from the 1960s or the Jarvik from 1982. “Yeah, it’s got some cool alarms and the mechanism, but it’s still pistons going up and down with motors driving air in and out,” says Frazier’s colleague Dr William (Billy) Cohn.

The current version of the SynCardia is heavy and cumbersome, and the hoses piercing the skin mean the risk for infection remains high. “It’s primitive,” says Cohn. “It’s a bath toy…it really looks like a bath toy.” But, he adds, “it’s brilliantly designed, because it’s so simple”, which perhaps explains why the design has remained relatively unchanged for more than 25 years. And it’s efficient enough to enable patients to return to active lifestyles – because the device can be carried in a backpack, some patients can even play tennis or ride bikes.

The main issue for Frazier and Cohn is that it has a limited lifespan. The current SynCardia model costs around US$ 100,000 and has to be replaced every three months because the internal components, which according to Cohn beat around 120,000 times a day, simply wear out. And so, like its Jarvik and Cooley-Liotta predecessors, it’s only really useful as a ‘bridge’ to keep patients alive until they can get a heart transplant.

Moreover – as Frazier tells me, Cohn nodding in the background – patients who have already had one transplant don’t do well on devices, because their whole heart fails. The only thing that will help is another totally new heart. “We have a patient now who has a pneumatic heart,” says Frazier. “He’s a young man. I did him when he was in his 20s and he rejected the heart when he was 30. We put [the SynCardia] in, and he’s had it in about three years. But it’s going to fail. We can already tell it’s failing, but we can’t transplant him either, because he’s got too many antibodies [which would reject a new heart] and we can’t get a donor [anyway].” 

“It’s not working right,” he sighs. “It’s better than dying,” says Cohn.

The SynCardia is not a long-term solution to heart failure. Neither are many of the alternatives. In the early 2000s, the Massachusetts-based company Abiomed unveiled a new heart that (unlike the SynCardia) was designed to be permanent – a total replacement heart for end-stage heart failure patients who were not candidates for transplant and couldn’t be helped by any other available treatment.

The Abiomed AbioCor had an internally implanted battery, continually recharged from an external console or from a basic patient-carried external battery pack. As a result, there were no tubes or wires piercing the skin, so the chances of developing an infection were lower.

AbioCor was implanted in 15 human patients – five of those done by Frazier at the Texas Heart Institute. But still, the longest living patient went less than a year and a half before the device broke. Most patients went five to nine months. The device – which was the size of a honeydew melon – was, like its predecessors, still too big and too difficult to implant. The last AbioCor implant was in 2009. Again, it seemed like medicine was back to square one.

Yet maybe that’s no bad thing. All these versions of artificial heart devices, whether they are meant to support the heart or replace it completely, are trying to copy the functions of the heart, mimicking the natural blood flow. The SynCardia, the AbioCor, the Jarvik, even the early Cooley-Liotta heart, would fill with blood and then forcefully eject it into the body. The result is what’s called a pulsatile pump, the flow of blood going into the body like a native heart, at the average of 80 spurts a minute needed to sustain life. That’s the cause of the gentle movement you feel when you put your fingers to your wrist or your chest – your pulse, which corresponds with the beating of your heart.

Today, Frazier, Cohn and the Texas Heart Institute are working on a new wave of artificial hearts with one crucial difference: they don’t beat.  

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The Archimedes’ screw was an ancient apparatus used to raise water against gravity. As its name suggests, this third-century device is widely considered to have been invented by the Ancient Greek polymath Archimedes. Essentially, it is a screw in a hollow pipe; by placing the lower end in water and turning it, water is raised to the top. The device was used mostly for draining water out of mines or other areas of low-lying water. In 1976, during voluntary medical mission work in Egypt, cardiologist Dr Richard K Wampler saw two men using one such device to pump water up a river bank. He was inspired. Perhaps, he thought, this principle could be applied to pumping blood.

The result was the Hemopump, a device as big as a pencil eraser. When the screw inside the pump spun, blood was pumped from the heart to the rest of the body. At the time there were no motors small enough to fit inside an implantable device, so Wampler had the motor outside sit on the patient’s leg and had a spinning cable threaded up the patient’s leg artery to the pump. Naturally, the first doctor to implant this device – initially in a cow and then in a patient – was one Bud Frazier, in April 1988.

The Hemopump was the world’s first ‘continuous flow’ pump. Rapidly spinning turbines create a flow like water running through a garden hose, meaning the blood flow is continuous from moment to moment. Because of this, there is no ejection of the blood in spurts. There is no ‘heartbeat’. The patient’s own heart is still beating but the continuous flow from the device masks their pulse, meaning it is often undetectable at the wrist or neck.

It was a temporary device and could only be used while the patient was lying flat in bed. The Hemopump was not meant as a replacement for the heart; its primary function is actually to ease the heart’s burden and give it a rest. Like a wheelchair for the heart, it was intended for recuperation. Yet the Hemopump still had its problems. Because a tube had to be inserted through the femoral artery, and then moved up until the tip of the tube had passed over the aortic valve, it couldn’t be used in 20 per cent of patients because the tube was too large. In addition, at the time there were no motors powerful enough to turn the turbines as fast as they needed to go, and in early studies the cable would break too. Eventually, financial backing dried up, and by the early 1990s the Hemopump had fallen out of use. 

It lives on in spirit, however. Abiomed’s newest heart prototype, Impella, uses similar technology boosted by leaps in modern engineering. It has a motor so small it sits inside the device at the end of the catheter, rather than outside of the body. The Impella is the smallest heart pump in use today – it’s not much bigger than a pencil – and as of March 2015 has been approved by the FDA for clinical use, supporting the heart for up to six hours in cardiac surgeries. Meanwhile, at the Texas Heart Institute, Frazier and Cohn – inspired by Wampler – have been working on their own Archimedes’ screw. The HeartMate II, like the Hemopump, doesn’t replace the heart but rather works like a pair of crutches for it. About the size and weight of a small avocado, the HeartMate II is suitable for a wider range of patients than the SynCardia and has, on paper, a significantly longer lifespan – up to ten years. The key is the screw technology: the spinning propeller creates less friction than pulsatile artificial heart devices, reducing wear and tear. Since its FDA approval in January 2010, close to 20,000 people – including former US Vice President Dick Cheney – have received a HeartMate II, 20 of whom have been living with the device for more than eight years. All with an almost undetectable pulse.          

Animal trials for the next iteration are already underway. The HeartMate III is down to the size of a yo-yo, and the spinning part uses magnetic levitation technology – similar to the kind used in some super-fast Maglev trains in China, Germany and Japan. “Without any flexible membranes or valves, or mechanical bearings, there wouldn’t be problems with mechanical wear,” says Cohn.

On 20 January 2015, in an operation that took more than eight hours, I watched a small calf named Chicle (meaning ‘gum’ in Spanish, because she kept chewing all night) have her heart replaced by two HeartMate III devices. Chicle, along with the 75 or so calves before her, is a subject of the experiments Frazier and Cohn are performing at the Texas Heart Institute. The purpose is to see whether the body tolerates completely pulseless circulation; “to try to understand what Mother Nature will tolerate, and what she won’t,” says Cohn.

The next day I accompanied Chicle’s operating surgeon, Cohn, to see how she was doing. She was calm and still chewing, seemingly happy, and alive with no pulse.

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Before the Heartmate III has even been tested on humans, the next generation of pulseless artificial hearts is already on its way. Called BiVACOR (a rotary ‘Biventricular Assist Device’), it also uses magnetic levitation technology. The key difference, says Cohn, is that unlike previous devices, this one is meant as a total replacement heart – one that could, at least on paper, last forever.

In early tests the BiVACOR proved extremely power efficient compared to previous artificial heart devices. Because it requires less power to run, it has the potential to run for longer periods on internal batteries, says Cohn. The current version will run on around 10 watts and have internal batteries that can power it for 2–3 hours in the event of a disconnect from the battery pack worn in a vest outside the body. The ultimate goal is to have a wireless system and to power the device through the skin using inductive coupling, the magnetic field principle used to charge electric toothbrushes. Cohn imagines a coil under the skin and one outside of the skin: no wires required, just an oscillating magnetic field doing the charging. This would also mean there wouldn’t be any breaks in the skin, thus – like the pioneering AbioCor before – reducing the risk of infection. 

BiVACOR was the brainchild of Daniel Timms, an Australian engineer who first sketched out his idea some 15 years ago. A chance meeting at a Singapore conference brought him to the attention of the Texas Heart Institute researchers. When Frazier and Cohn saw his idea in September 2011, they called it the most highly evolved and brilliant plan for a total artificial heart they’d heard to date. They helped raise around US$ 2.5 million of private funding in just one week for Timms, who formed a for-profit company (also called BiVACOR) and moved his entire team to the Texas Heart Institute labs for development and testing.

Cohn says he is often chastised for his unbridled confidence in BiVACOR and his claims that it could “last forever”. He shows me a box filled with nearly a hundred 3D-printed prototypes for the BiVACOR rotor, each with a subtle difference in shape. The team is running constant experiments, he says, using 40 per cent glycerin solution to imitate blood. They have already developed rotors that work extremely well but believe they can improve the design further. Thus far, they are on course to start animal studies in late 2016 and, if successful, could start human studies as early as 2019.

I try to imagine a world full of people with no pulse. How, in such a future, would we determine if a person were alive or dead? “That is very easy,” says Cohn, bringing my existential philosophizing to a halt. “When we pinch our thumb and it goes from pink to white and immediately back to pink, this means blood is flowing through the body. You can also tell if someone is still alive if they are still breathing.”

He admits that once more of these devices are implanted into patients we will need a standard method of determining such a person’s vitals. Cohn imagines them wearing bracelets or even having tattoos to alert people to their pulseless state.

I wonder how people will take to hearts that literally don’t beat. Perhaps it will be the same as when patients were offered the first heart transplants: resistance, followed by acceptance due to overwhelming need.

“Any new procedure is going to have critics,” says Frazier’s mentor, the indefatigable Denton Cooley. “On the day that Christiaan Barnard did the first heart transplant, the critics were almost as strong, or stronger, than the proponents of [artificial] heart transplantation,” he says. “A lot of mystery goes with the heart, and its function. But most of the critics, I thought, were ignorant, uninformed or just superstitious.”

Cooley performed the first US heart transplant in May 1968. And at 94 years old he still treasures the memory of the day he implanted the first artificial heart into Haskell Karp and the “satisfaction that came from seeing that heart supporting that man’s life”.

“I had always thought that the heart has only one function, and that is to pump blood,” he says. “It’s a very simple organ in that regard.” 

This story first appeared on Mosaic.

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And just when he thinks he’s found it… a rival steps in.

Check it out in the clip above.

“Artoo in Love,” which made its debut over the weekend at the Sonoma Film Festival, was written and directed by Evan Atherton, an Autodesk engineer who works on “experimenting with new technologies as they relate to digital design.”

People have definitely been having real emotional reactions to it,” Atherton told Mashable. “I think that stems from what always made Artoo special: He was more than just a machine. So seeing that play out, and seeing Artoo really sad, tugs on some childhood heartstrings.”

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Striking while the iron’s hot, Jamla MC Rapsody follows up a stellar appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly with a visual for her own track, “The Man.”

The song originally appeared on last year’s Beauty and The Beast EP, and discusses the story of a boy who’s forced to become a man when his father leaves. That tale is rather intricate and emotional.

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30 Days of Online Dating: I Should Have Broken the Rules

This is a modern dating experiment. One girl. Five dating sites. Hundreds of chats. Thirty days. Thirty dates. Eighteen guys. (?) boyfriend. To start at the beginning, click here — or jump right in at date eleven below.

Date 11/30: Match Nathan*

My second date with Match Nathan. Our first was a meh dinner/drinks session, but thanks to my pesky rules, I had no choice but to say yes to tonight – dinner at Baco Mercat followed by a one-man show at Mark Taper Forum.

A pre-date Gchat from me to one of my closest friends:

Match Nathan is picking me up in an hour. I’m worried I’m going to seem unexcited/jerkish — especially given how nice he is. I can feel myself doing the thing where I get bratty and over someone, so I’m sort of thinking I might make myself a little pre-date cocktail to tone down my inner a-hole haha.

F. I’m out of vodka. 60 minutes to make a liquor run, consume said liquor, and get myself gussied up for this date. Absolutely necessarily in that order.

Match Nathan had both texted and emailed his excitement earlier that day. Multiple times. I replied to the first two, but found I was short on deep breaths for the rest of them. It’s not totally his fault — my anxiety is at an all-time high trying to juggle the whole scheduling multiple dates a day thing, and slogging my way through 18,000 cheese-laden conversations with virtual strangers every hour. And I’m PMS-ing.

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Be nice. Just be nice. Just be f*cking nice.

He’s late. Not only is he late, but he fails to give any updates until this text message:

MN: Downstairs in 1 min…

Is that an order? I slowly lace up my shoes, freshen up my lipgloss, grab my bag, and head toward the door. He calls. I give my phone the death stare down before answering. “Hi, I’ll be right out.” I exit the building to find him frantically plodding toward me. “We’re going to be late. I couldn’t figure out what was taking you so long.

This is not going to go well.

On our previous date, when discussing downtown, I explained that as much as I love certain aspects of that part of the city, I find it confusing to navigate. So the first thing he asks me to do on this date…is navigate. That better be some extra dry humor. The second thing he asks me to do on this date is to use my “fancy phone” to let Baco Mercat know we’re running late.

This was a terrible idea.

The third thing he asks me to do on this date is to explain why I didn’t reply to his “funny GIF.” Because it wasn’t “funny”? I focus all my attention on the scenery. Self-meditation is a thing, right?

At the restaurant, MN takes it upon himself to order for me — without taking it upon himself to ask me what I’d like first. I take it upon myself to call our server back over and revise said order, adding another Tito’s soda to the tab while I’m at it. Dinner is a rushed affair, aside from a five minute disagreement between MN and our server over the correct pronunciation of ‘feta.’ I watch in fascination, unable to eat, all the while wishing I had made this cocktail a double.

Post-dins, we scurry over to Mark Taper, get our hands on a couple drinks and a container of gummy bears at the cart outside — er, I get one hand on mine, as MN yanks the other toward the theater’s doors. As we reach the entrance, we run smack into a very dear friend of his. Of course. Hi, sir. Lovely to meet you. No, this is not what you think. No need to remember my name. Can we go inside now, please.

With barely a word, I run to the ladies’ room. All attempts at breathing into a paper towel are futile. It was worth a shot. MN is hopping impatiently — but an enamored impatience! — on his toes upon my return.

We walk toward the front. He does have lovely seats.

MN: Oh nice — we have the whole row to ourselves.

Um. For what, exactly? And if we have so much room, why are you leaning your very broad self halfway into my seat?

MN: Make sure you turn your phone off.

Thank you. Am I a child?

The show — Humor Abuse — is delightful. My left obliques get a stellar workout, thanks to my aggressive lean-out. (Sorry, Sheryl Sandberg.) Regardless, I have never been so happy to see a curtain close in my life. Thank God. Now let’s get out of this freezing cold, into your car, and back to Beverly Hills.

MN: I want to go check out this fountain over here.

I can sort of understand how he is unable to read the emotions undoubtedly plastered across my face — but this shiver is not subtle. There’s not so much of a want as there is a need where your jacket is concerned, but that’s cool — don’t even offer. Let’s check out this stupid fountain that looks like every other stupid fountain that was ever invented. And then let’s get lost on the way back to your car because you decide to “try a new way.” And you should probably yell at the parking attendant while you’re at it, too. Because this is all his fault.

Now, there are a lot of ways this night could end.

What? No. No. There is only one way this night can end. As soon as possible and with me alone in my own bed.

What’s that? That’s not how it ends?

MN: Want to go grab a drink?

I take full responsibility for this part. I didn’t know what to do. I panicked. I had already revealed that my tomorrow was empty. What’s my excuse? I’m having a terrible time, despite the fact that you’re a nice guy who planned what should have been a delightful evening? I can’t say that. So instead, I say yes. Yes, I would love to continue on this four and a half hour (so far) nightmare of a ride.

He points us toward The Varnish, taking the scenic route down Skid Row, because he’s sure a girl like me hasn’t seen a thing like that.

This is so romantic.

I love The Varnish. It is so hard for me to have a terrible time at the The Varnish. Let’s just say, my plan to stick to one drink goes right out the window when I realize he’s settling in for the long haul. I kick back three immediately. Maybe if I get alcohol poisoning, I can finally go home?

At one point, he asks me to tell him about some of my most awkward dates.

I decide it best not to lead with the one we’re currently on.

When we finally leave, I do a veritable sprint to the car. He catches up, jogging over to my side of the vehicle. I think he’s opening my door; he thinks he’s going in for a kiss.

It’s not a stellar combination.

MN: I’m sorry. I —

Me: No, it’s totally fine. I uh —

I turn, open the door, and strap myself in.

There is complete silence and zero eye contact for the entire drive home.

But he really is such a nice guy?

*Not his real name
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Ancient Wisdom For The Broken Hearted

As founder of Never Liked It Anyway, a site dedicated to breakups and moving on, I’m always on the hunt for new ways to help heal heartache. Our approach is to sell all your breakup baggage and use the money to buy something awesome, just for you. But like most problems, there are a million other solutions. This week, I sat down with Poonam Bhatia; an Ayurvedic expert and the founder of the delicious range of Ayurvedic products MaaDisha. We talked all about this ancient healing system and its approach to healing heartache.

First things first, what is Aruveyda? Simply put, it’s a traditional medical system used widely in India. It focuses on healing the mind, body, and soul from the inside out through diet, lifestyle, and attainment of a peaceful mind. The practice is an impressive 5000+ years old and literally means “Knowledge of Life.” Let’s get a little more specific.

The Ayurvedic tradition believes the human body consists of three “doshas,” or life energies, made up of different universal elements. They are: Vata (space and air), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). These doshas control how our bodies work, and can negatively affect our health and wellbeing if they fall out of balance. To keep our doshas in check requires maintaining a good diet, hydration, exercise, as well as yoga and meditation.

After a breakup, the doshas are all out of whack. But Aruveyda can help to get the balance back. The first step in an Aruveydic approach is to fully face what has happened. This is not about running away from the problem and filling your days with alcoholic distractions and rebound lovers! It’s about staring your breakup in the face. Yoga and meditation are tools to help you confront what has happened; and also help bring perspective, release your emotional baggage and re-energize your mind.

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With meditation and yoga as an essential foundation in accepting what has happened, Bhatia had some other suggestions that help you continue the healing process. She insists that you must find time to love and reconnect with yourself. The logic being, you must first heal and love yourself before you can love another. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

1. Do something for yourself every day.
This could be as simple as taking a bath, watching a good movie or whipping up a meal that your ex didn’t particularly like! It’s all about you — and what you love — and reconnecting with that.

2. Soak Up The Love.

It’s easy to want to shrivel up in your loneliness, but it’s the worst thing to do! Allow yourself to be enveloped by the love and support of your family and friends.

3. Laugh A LOT!
Rent a funny movie, go see your favorite comedian, or just make a lunch date with your most hilarious friend. It may be a cliche, but remembering what it feels like to laugh will instantly put you in a better mood.

4. Detox Your Mind and Body.
Now’s a chance to turn over a new, healthy leaf. Focus on eating whole, real healthy foods and drinking lots of water. Clearing your body of toxins also helps to detoxify your mind. If you really want a challenge, take your detox out of the pantry and go through your makeup, household cleaners and hair products, tossing anything toxic! The bonus of this is getting to replace the toxic stuff with natural, soothing stuff. My personal favorite is MaaDisha’s Hair Mask2.

So there you have it, some ancient wisdom to help you move on from a breakup. Remember, Ayurveda is all about facing the problem and confronting your heartache. Then, you can create space for the real healing process to begin; with meditation and yoga as strong tools to help you on your way. And dont forget, you’re not alone. People have been suffering from and getting over heartaches for thousands of years!
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St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Genre: Alternative

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Genre: Romance

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We Are Not a Broken Family

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I have been heading a single-parent family for nearly six years now. I am a teacher, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat in meetings and conferences while others lamented the fact that we have to deal with “broken families.” I think it’s a hurtful phrase and one that I’ve had to work hard to overcome. My family is not broken. While maintaining our family’s privacy, I will just say divorce was not a decision that was taken lightly.

My ex-husband and I have made many compromises and more importantly, made peace with each other, in order to be the best co-parents possible for our kids. Yes, there are differences in our parenting styles, but we discuss all major decisions and are in general agreement on the important things. We face the same issues we would have been dealing with if we were still married.

Just because a children’s parents are divorced, it doesn’t have necessarily mean the family is broken. Broken to me means deficient in a way that is beyond repair. We may not have two parents living together in the same house, but I still consider my ex and his family my family and I always will.

We are bound together for the rest of our lives by our two children, and I want to make the best of it. I am happy that it’s not awkward or painful to sit together at recitals or meet up to go trick-or-treating. We will not have to sit in separate rows when our children graduate or get married.

Although it’s a sad statement about our society that the divorce rate is so high, the most practical way to help children is to give them a sense of family no matter what its makeup. I support the institution of marriage. When it works, it’s a beautiful partnership. But there are other types of families that work too.

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The Broken Key Trilogy, no. 1

Brian S. Pratt

Genre: Fantasy

Publish Date: March 29, 2009

Publisher: Brian S. Pratt

Seller: Smashwords


Longing for adventure is one thing, but when it becomes reality… Four comrades set out to recover the segments of a key which they believe will unlock the King's Hoard, rumored to hold great wealth. Written in the style of an RPG game, with spells, scrolls, potions, Guilds, and dungeon exploration fraught with traps and other dangers.

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Broken World, no. 1

T C Southwell

Genre: Epic

Publish Date: December 19, 2010

Publisher: T C Southwell

Seller: Smashwords


Mujar do not use their powers for good or evil, they simply exist, immortal and apparently purposeless. The mounted warriors are known as the Black Riders, but no one knows where they come from or why they seem bent on exterminating every man, woman and child. Talsy uses her father’s knowledge to trap the Mujar with gold, which has an odd effect on them. Her father intends to throw him in a Pit, from which he will be unable to escape. Talsy does not believe the Mujar deserves such a fate, so she frees him and begs him to take her with him on his journey. He agrees, and they set off across Shamarese, continuing his quest to find an old hermit’s lost son. There is far more at stake than Talsy realises, however, and she has innocently stumbled upon the last free Mujar, who has the power to decide the fate of her race…

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Battling the Holiday Hype With a Broken Heart

They say breaking up is hard to do. Imagine how hard it is during the holidays.

Sadly it seems breakups are all the rage around the time the carolers start singing and the dreidel gets spinning, according to a unique Facebook study. Data-journalist David McCandless found after observing 10,000 Facebook statuses, which included the words “breakup” and “broken up,” that the biggest breakup time of the year is two weeks before Christmas.

Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, dealing with heartbreak on top of the stress that comes along with the festivities in December can be paralyzing. The world seems full of joy and you’re a mess dreading the “most wonderful time of the year.” Your reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you have to roll through the holidays broken-hearted, you need an arsenal of tools and an action plan to get you through it. Here are 10 steps.

1. Find Family and Friends
Being with family and friends is a crucial step no matter what time of year a breakup goes down, but it couldn’t be more important during the holidays. This is the universal time of year where it’s assumed you’re going to be with loved ones anyway, so go to them now. You need to be around those who love you. Let them take care of you and feed you lots of comfort food.

2. Be Selective with RSVPs.
I’m actually telling you not to say “yes” to every holiday party you get invited to. Here’s why. If you get asked to a party where it’s all couples and you’re minus your plus one, attending said party would make you feel worse than you already do. This is the feeling we’re trying to avoid. If the gathering will have lots of people regardless of relationship status, get dressed and go. As my graduate school professor once said, “You never know.”

3. Eat, Pray, Love it.
Elizabeth Gilbert was definitely onto something. During the holidays and through New Years, everyone usually has plans. You maybe had a vacation set with your significant other, but that is now null and void. So lick your wounds for a minute and then pick a new place to go. Buy the plane ticket and change your surroundings. Money an issue? You’ve been saving for a rainy day? Well the storm is here. It’s raining and the clouds are above. Buy the tickets. You won’t miss the money.

4. Work While Others Are Off.
You’re going through a breakup and you’ve got some extra time on your hands. While everyone else is taking days off during the last few weeks of the year, be the person who doesn’t mind putting in those holiday hours at work. Not only will you look like a hero in your boss’s eyes, you’ll be staying busy, which is one of the healthiest things you can do after a breakup.

5. Remember Others Have It Worse.
Since navigating your way through this time of year with a broken heart can be excruciating, I suggest taking the pain off of yourself by volunteering. Helping those less fortunate at a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen is a selfless act and seeing the joy on strangers’ faces will make you feel better and it will help put things in perspective.

6. Out With the Old.
I don’t just mean your former significant other. Spring-cleaning and organizing are amazing activities to do by yourself because you never have to leave your home, which in turn helps in avoiding the holiday madness too. Think of it as devoting a lot of time to freshening up your life. And it’s cathartic.

7. Binge Watch TV.
Here’s another stay-at-home activity you can do without having to take your sweats off or even shower. Watching TV shows in bulk is a great time sapper and it will contribute to the cause of getting you past New Years in one piece. Invite a friend over for dinner, start up Netflix, and chill out for hours.

8. Do December on the DL.
There is no rule saying you have to socialize during the holidays. If you’re going through a breakup, you may just feel like being alone during this time. The love of your life is gone and everyone around you seems happy. Don’t force yourself to be a social butterfly, rather, cocoon and get yourself mentally prepared for the new year.

9. Retail Therapy.
This is the time of giving. While you may have already bought your former significant other’s gift — which you must return immediately — go out and buy presents for everyone else. The very act of giving gifts will help heal your broken heart. Although, don’t go to the mall to do your shopping. A mall outing during Christmas when you miss your ex is torture.

10. Tune It Out.
Yes, I am suggesting that you pretend it is not the holiday season and think of these days like they’re nothing special. Ignorance is bliss. Choose not to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Choose not to listen to holiday music on the radio. Choose to skip the tree lighting ceremony or Hanukkah menorah lighting if you feel like your light is out. With a broken heart, choose how you walk through these next few weeks and you will win in the end.

And remember, January is just around the corner.
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Broken – Kelly Elliott

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Broken

Kelly Elliott

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: November 18, 2013

Publisher: Kelly Elliott

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home, no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other. When a tragic accident takes Mike away from Layton, and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focuses all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of. He makes a vow to himself to never let love in again. The last thing Layton needed or wanted was more heartache. Whitley Reynolds grew up in a privileged home in upstate New York. When she landed the star football player in high school no one was surprised, not even Whitley. She dreamed of a life with Roger living in New York City and happily followed him there.  The first time Roger hit her for arguing with him about a dinner party, she forgave him. The more it happened, the further Whitley withdrew from her friends and family. One fateful day things go to far. Whitley makes a promise to herself and finds the courage to do the one thing she thought she’d never be able to do. Fleeing with her best friend Courtney, Whitley was determined to put her past behind her and start a new life in the small town of Llano, Texas, where no one would ever find out about her past. Will they both ever learn to trust and love again, or will their pasts come back to haunt them, keeping them both alone and… Broken.

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