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NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or Cardiology - Oxford, UK

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:16:19 +0100

Job Reference: 918-RX2446Employer:NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)Department:  Clinical DirectorateLocation:   OxfordSalary: £30,605 to £48,123 paApplications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiology or Anaesthetics. This post is funded by NHSBT, and will be based in the Oxford Blood Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. It is a fixed term post for 2 years or 3 years part time.This post will see you work alongside teams carrying out a programme of clinical research to assess alternatives and adjuncts to transfusion to prevent and treat bleeding in people who are at risk of serious or life-threatening bleeding.This work will build on the work of an established research group, who plan to perform four complex (network meta-analysis) systematic reviews on use...

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NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or Orthopaedics - Oxford, UK

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:08:43 +0100

NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or OrthopaedicsJob Reference:918-RX2435Employer:NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)Department:   Clinical DirectorateLocation:    OxfordSalary: £30,605 to £48,123 paApplications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Fellow in Orthopaedics or Anaesthetics. This post is funded by NHSBT, and will be based in the Oxford Blood Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. It is a fixed term post for 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time.This post will see you work alongside teams carrying out a programme of clinical research to assess alternatives and adjuncts to transfusion to prevent and treat bleeding in people who are at risk of serious or life-threatening bleeding.This work will build on the work of an established research group, who...



With Medicine Running Out, Venezuelans With Transplants Live in Fear With Medicine Running Out, Venezuelans With Transplants Live in Fear

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:31:24 +0100

Yasmira Castano felt she had a fresh chance at life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. The young Venezuelan was able to finish high school and went on to work as a manicurist.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)



Paragonix Tech wins CE Mark for heart transport devices

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:42:41 +0100

Paragonix Technologies said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its SherpaPak and SherpaPerfusion cardiac transport systems. The SherpaPak system consists of a single-use, disposable device designed for the hypothermic static preservation and transportation of the donor hearts, while the SherpaPerfusion system is a single-use, disposable device designed for hypothermic oxygenated perfusion preservation and transport of donor hearts. “Having followed the extensive research and product development activities at Paragonix Technologies over the past few years, I am impressed by the intuitive designs of both SherpaPak and SherpaPerfusion Cardiac Transport Systems. They directly address all relevant issues of improving donor heart preservation at hypothermia. We look fo...



Kidney Foundation gets dozens of calls in response to family's plea for organ donors

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:46:06 +0100

The head of the Kidney Foundation in Calgary says the family that put up billboards seeking donors is helping everyone waiting for a transplant. (Source: CBC | Health)



With medicine running out, Venezuelans with transplants live in fear

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:51:39 +0100

CARACAS (Reuters) - Yasmira Castano felt she had a fresh chance at life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. The young Venezuelan was able to finish high school and went on to work as a manicurist. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Plans for $22.5M nursing home, pediatric heart transplant program denied by state

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:36:02 +0100

Arnold Palmer Medical Center's $1.5 million plan gets turned down. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Citizenship Status and Kidney Transplantation Citizenship Status and Kidney Transplantation

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:15:15 +0100

Is there a difference in kidney transplant outcomes between non-resident immigrants and US citizens?American Journal of Kidney Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Cary-based kidney transplant drug company scores $60M

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:55:02 +0100

Cary-based Veloxis Pharmaceuticals has secured $60 million in debt financing from funds managed by Athyrium Capital Management. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Why Pig Organs Could Be the Future of Transplants

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:15:10 +0100

Making human tissue in a lab has always been more sci-fi than sci-fact, but powerful genetic technologies may change that soon. For the most part, the only way to replace diseased or failing hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers is with donor organs. Even then, many people struggle to find a good biological match with a donor, and 8,000 die each year in the U.S. while waiting for an organ. In one promising solution to the shortage, researchers have been putting a new DNA editing tool called CRISPR through rigorous tests in organ regeneration. Last August, a group of scientists led by George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, generated more than a dozen pigs that were bred without certain viruses that had made many of their organs unusable for human transplant. Pig genomes...

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Local Woman Waits For a Heart On Valentine ’ s Day

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:14:57 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) — A Boston woman is waiting for a new heart this Valentine’s Day. But while her heart may be broken, she is living as though it is full. Cindy Washington was 19 and a freshman at Northeastern University pursuing a pre-law degree when she became overwhelmingly tired. “I started to lose my breath and to sweat a lot,” Cindy recalls. After many trips to the ER, doctors finally figured out her heart was enlarged, weak and failing. In fact, Cindy’s heart was so sick she went into cardiac arrest twice, both times revived by her mom. “She had to bring me to the floor and pump and revive me again the second time,” Cindy explains. “Both times my mom had to revive me.” Cindy was placed on the heart transplant list but by 2016 things were looking dire. Her only hope ...



Charlotte Carney has a heart that won't beat properly

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:20:11 +0100

Charlotte Carney, 21, from Winnington, Cheshire is running out of time because of a disorder, that makes her heart beat poorly. There is no cure - except a heart transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



21-year-old woman has a heart that won't beat properly

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:15:30 +0100

Charlotte Carney, 21, from Winnington, Cheshire is running out of time because of a disorder, that makes her heart beat poorly. There is no cure - except a heart transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Cystic fibrosis sufferer's first breath with new lungs

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:03:26 +0100

Jennifer Jones, 40, had a lung transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in October after a battle with cystic fibrosis had reduced her lung function to 10 percent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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A new tool for improving uterine transplant surgery

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Future Science Group) Future Science Group (FSG) today announced the publication of an article in Future Science OA demonstrating the first use of multispectral imaging in gynecology, in a uterine transplant setting. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Can we improve prognostic indications in acetaminophen-induced hepatic failure?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:13:15 +0100

The objective was to compare the markers of hypoglycemia (glucose < 50 mg/dL,) coagulopathy, and lactic acidosis (lactate above hospital’s “normal” range) in predicting a composite endpoint of death or liver transplantation. The authors identified 334 unique cases. 19 of these were listed for transplant, and 13 actually received liver transplant. (2 transplanted patients subsequently died.) Although 96 patients (29%) met the King’s College Criteria, it is not clear how many of these who were not transplanted died. There were 40 deaths in all. After some statistical manipulation  which was not at all nearly described, the authors conclude that: The combination of hypoglycemia, coagulopathy, and lactic acidosis performed better than the King’s College crite...



People on Liver Transplant Waitlist May Be No Worse Off if They Have Used Marijuana People on Liver Transplant Waitlist May Be No Worse Off if They Have Used Marijuana

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:11:35 +0100

Candidates on the liver transplant (LT) waitlist who have used marijuana have no worse outcomes than their counterparts on the list who have not used it, a single-center study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Cincinnati Children ’s advances effort to grow organs for transplant

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:05:44 +0100

Scientists at Cincinnati Children ’s Hospital recently advanced efforts to grow human organs in a lab, which could lead to life-saving transplants for people who are seriously ill.  Researchers at the Avondale-based hospital’s Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine have developed a new way to bioengineer human gut tissue a nd liver tissue, according to Cincinnati Children’s. The scientists devised a way to ensure genetic stability so organs are free from the risk of tumor growth as well… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



OHSU ditches 'archaic' transplant policy

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:53:56 +0100

Oregon Health& Science University reversed course and announced Wednesday that it had ditched its “archaic" transplant policy that had prevented an undocumented woman from getting evaluated for a liver transplant. “Upon learning of the policy, OHSU leaders acted immediately and terminated the policy,” the university said in a written statement posted on its website. “We deeply regret th e pain this has caused the family.” The transplant team informed the family of the change, and OHSU’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

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Living-donor Liver Transplantation May Benefit Children Living-donor Liver Transplantation May Benefit Children

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:52:18 +0100

Living-donor liver transplantation appears to have significant benefits in pediatric transplant patients, according to a retrospective study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)



Undocumented Woman Cleared For Liver Transplant After Oregon Hospital Rolls Back ‘Archaic’ Policy

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:58:27 +0100

An Oregon hospital has eliminated an “archaic” policy that would have barred an undocumented Portland resident from getting a lifesaving liver transplant. Silvia Lesama-Santos, a mother of four who is covered by her husband’s insurance and has lived in Portland for 30 years, was originally denied care at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) hospital because of her immigration status, the Oregonian reports. The Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took up Lesama-Santos’ case, putting out a statement on Tuesday calling for the hospital to roll back any policy that limits access to organ transplants based on immigration status. “Everyone deserves to have access to life-saving medical care,” the statement reads. “It is i...



A hospital refused a new kidney to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:40:42 +0100

Hospital officials in Oregon have ended a policy that prevented an undocumented woman from getting a liver transplant because of her immigration status after outcry, according to local news reports. Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, a mother of four who has lived in the country for at least 30 years, was denied the transplant in a letter Tuesday from […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:40:42 +0100

Hospital officials in Oregon have ended a policy that prevented an undocumented woman from getting a liver transplant because of her immigration status after outcry, according to local news reports. Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, a mother of four who has lived in the country for at least 30 years, was denied the transplant in a letter Tuesday from […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicine

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:30:18 +0100

Patrick Soon-Shiong, a respected transplant surgeon from the University of California at Los Angeles turned entrepreneur and philanthropist, first became famous for inventing an important cancer drug. His idea involved packaging a tumor-poisoning substance inside the protein albumin, which is one of the main “foods” for cancer growth. The medication, Abraxane, is now used for a wide range […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’Why car horns, planes and sirens might be bad for your heart (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



From the heart: The tale of a three-time transplant recipient

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:59:03 +0100

Playing youth hockey and Little League in the spring of 1988, I started to become easily fatigued. I became very weak and could no longer run around. By May, a visit to my pediatrician resulted in a trip to the Boston Children’s Hospital Cardiology Clinic on Fegan 6 and the first of many cardiac catheterizations I would receive in my life. The results of that first procedure were shared in my corner room across from the nurses’ station on 6 East (the cardiac step-down at the time): I would need a heart transplant for cardiomyopathy. It was Friday the 13th. I was 10 years old. Tim, before he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy The first of two heart transplants In July 1988, I had the seventh heart transplant ever performed at Boston Children’s. Dr. Mayer was my surgeon. Incredibly,...



Bill Frist named to the board of Brentwood company

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:26:13 +0100

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist has been named to the board of directors for Brentwood-based MyNexus. First, founder of NashvilleHealth and co-founder of Aspire Health, has deep ties to Nashville’s health care industry as the son and brother of two of the founders of HCA Healthcare Inc. He is also a nationally acclaimed heart- and lung-transplant surgeon and an adjunct professor of cardiac surge ry at Vanderbilt University. “There are very few people in the world that have an understanding of the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



Photos capture Adalynn Grace just before she dies of CHD

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:11:21 +0100

Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Photos capture 2 year old just before she dies of CHD

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:40:05 +0100

Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Here's how UPMC's expanded kidney-transplant chain works (Video)

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:09:13 +0100

A kidney-transplant chain last week linked three hospitals in the UPMC chain across Pennsylvania, resulting in live kidneys donated by people in Harrisburg and Erie transplanted into patients in Erie and Pittsburgh. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)



Photos capture Adalynn Grace's final moments

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:31:31 +0100

Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Heartbreaking photos capture two-year-old's final moments

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:08:26 +0100

Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Woman's nagging cough turned out to be an enlarged heart

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:57:57 +0100

Peg Ollinger, 57, of Wisconsin, learned she had an enlarged heart in 2016 after having a persistent cough that was misdiagnosed as pneumonia twice. She lost 60 pound for a transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Donor kidneys revitilized for transplant

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:49:48 +0100

A team at Toronto General has successfully used a special machine to keep a donor kidney preserved and healthy so that it can be transplanted into a patient. This is a big deal because there's a shortage of donor kidneys and anything that keeps more of them viable for longer makes more transplants possible. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Donor kidneys revitalized for transplant at Toronto General Hospital

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:49:48 +0100

A team at Toronto General Hospital is using an "ex-vivo" machine to preserve and rejuvenate kidneys by mimicking the conditions inside the body prior to transplant. Its use could make more kidney transplants possible. About five per cent of patients die while on the waiting list in Ontario every year. (Source: CBC | Health)



Detecting and treating dnDSA early preserves allograft function

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Children's National Health System) Monitoring and treating de novo donor-specific antibodies before they could cause graft damage helped to decrease dnDSA in a majority of pediatric kidney transplant recipients at Children National Health System and prevented graft failure in the first few years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



A first birthday made possible by cardiac tumor surgery

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:37:51 +0100

Today is Oliver Cameron’s first birthday and he and his parents have a lot to celebrate. After a year of uncertainty, they will be enjoying a quiet dinner with family at their home in Wantage, a town in Oxfordshire, England. “Having him home and healthy is the best present ever,” says his mom, Lydia. She and her husband, Tim, are looking forward to some quiet time alone with Oliver and their family after spending much of the last year fighting for his life. Oliver was born with a large, non-cancerous tumor, called a cardiac fibroma, inside his heart. It was so rare that only a handful of doctors in the U.K. had ever seen one, and none were able treat it. The tumor caused Oliver’s heart to beat dangerously fast, and his parents often had to rush him to the hospital for emergency tre...



Study: Hospital Patients Still More Likely To Die On Weekends

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 15:17:51 +0100

By Michael Nedelman, CNN (CNN) — Doctors call it the “weekend effect.” Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours — whether it’s due to a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs. New research on cardiac arrest in the hospital now asks: Has the “weekend effect” changed in recent years, as treatment has gotten better? “We know that survival trends have improved in past decade or so,” said Dr. Uchenna Ofoma, assistant professor of medicine at Temple University and a critical care physician at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. “The question now becomes … what happens to the disparities? Has it remained the same? Is it narrowing?” Ten years after a 2008 study showed lower survival ...



Man gets surgery after 'In Need of Kidney' shirt goes viral

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:29:48 +0100

New Jersey father of 5 whose T-shirt saying 'In Need of Kidney' went viral receives lifesaving transplant from stranger; donor calls decision 'no-brainer' (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Father finds kidney donor after printing plea on a t-shirt

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:18:12 +0100

Rob Leibowitz, 60, from New Jersey, suffered from chronic kidney disease and wore a t-shirt that said 'In Need of Kidney' to find his donor. He underwent a successful transplant surgery last week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Brave toddler meets 24 strangers who saved her life

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:51:00 +0100

It took a team of UCLA medical professionals and the generosity of 71 strangers to save 2-year-old Skye Savren-McCormick ’s life.The toddler from Ventura, California, required frequent blood and platelet transfusions, often on a daily basis, while undergoing  three grueling bone-marrow transplants, surgery to remove her swollen spleen and seven rounds of chemotherapy for leukemia and lymphoma. She received 77 units of blood and platelets during a 10-month stay at UCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital.  Recently Skye ’s family got to meet and thank two dozen of the 71 strangers whose blood and platelet donations sustained their toddler’s life during her fight with two rare types of cancer. The introduction took place at a special luncheon organized by the UCLA Blood and Platelet Cen...



Surgery to remove blood clot saves London ’s kidneys

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:16:27 +0100

Todd and Lindsey Taylor had barely settled in at home in Syracuse, New York with their new baby, London, when their world turned upside down. London, who had seemed perfectly healthy at birth, woke up nine days later vomiting and struggling to breathe. They rushed her to their local children’s hospital. “The doctors did an ultrasound and found a large blood clot in her aorta that was blocking the flow of blood to her kidneys,” says Todd. “They said she was in near fatal condition when we arrived, but they put her on dialysis and were able to stabilize her.” Desperate for options The doctors in Syracuse started London on a medication to keep the blood clot from getting bigger, but it didn’t reduce the clot’s size. Left with no other options, her team in Syracuse began looking ...



Liver transplant saves life of Sydney girl Erika Vidaic

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:26:38 +0100

A mother has spoken of the terrifying moment her baby daughter's condition deteriorated when she suffered a rare liver disease. Here, she reveals how a transplant saved her daughter's life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Tanzania:Relief for Dodoma Patients As Kidney Transplant Services in the Offing

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:02:07 +0100

[Daily News] THE government has revealed that the Dodomabased state-of-the-art Benjamin Mkapa Hospital will officially start offering kidney transplant services and other specialist surgeries by June, this year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Cardiac, Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Liver Transplantation Cardiac, Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Liver Transplantation

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:39:05 +0100

This article provides recommendations for the diagnosis and management of cardiac and pulmonary vascular disease in liver transplant candidates.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)



Face transplant

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

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British surgeon fined, avoids jail after burning initials onto livers of patients

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:49:33 +0100

A British surgeon who burned his initials onto patients' livers during transplant operations has been fined the equivalent of $17,100 Cdn and ordered to perform community service. (Source: CBC | Health)



'Arrogant' UK surgeon burned initials onto patients' livers

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:46:39 +0100

A British surgeon who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations has been fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) and ordered to perform community service (Source: ABC News: Health)



'UK should follow Wales' lead on organ donation'

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:12:49 +0100

Liver transplant patient Ellie Lacey urges other UK nations to move to presumed consent organ donation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Study: Implantable robot helps spur tissue regeneration

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:24:46 +0100

An implantable, programmable robot induced cell growth and lengthened part of the esophagus in an animal model by more than 75%, according to researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital. The team reported in Science Robotics today that the robot triggered tissue growth without interfering with organ function. The system could help regrow parts of the esophagus that are missing in people with long-gap esophageal atresia, the researchers noted. “This project demonstrates proof-of-concept that miniature robots can induce organ growth inside a living being for repair or replacement, while avoiding the sedation and paralysis currently required for the most difficult cases of esophageal atresia,” co-investigator Dr. Russell Jennings, surgical director of the Esophageal and Air...



Kidney Injury Common After Non - Kidney Transplants in Children

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 01:00:00 +0100

High risk of AKI in first year after non - kidney solid organ transplant; in turn, increases CKD risk (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)



South Africa:Hillcrest Teen Gets Second Chance At Life

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:18:30 +0100

[News24Wire] A Hillcrest teen, who underwent a double lung and heart transplant, says he hopes to do all the things he dreamed of. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Racial Disparities Worsen for Live Donor Kidney Transplants (CME/CE)

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Fewer blacks, Hispanics get transplant now than two decades ago (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)



Zambia:'UTH Can Now Do Organ Transplants'

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:11:31 +0100

[Times of Zambia] THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka has urged the public to embrace organ transplants because the institution has acquired equipment for operations especially for kidney transplant. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Racial Disparities in Transplantation Persist Racial Disparities in Transplantation Persist

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:40:14 +0100

Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians are even less likely to receive a live-donor kidney transplant now than they were decades ago despite significant efforts to reduce racial disparities in transplantation.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Invasive Aspergillosis in Heart Transplant Recipients

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:08:05 +0100

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:08News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)



New year. New lungs.

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:00:50 +0100

I’ve had asthma and chronic lung disease since I was very young. I had to use everything — from my head to my toes — to help me breathe. I remember being able to hear myself wheezing, to feel my lungs rattling. I had marks all over my face from my oxygen mask. I thought I would never be clear of mucus and never be able to walk without being out of breath. All I ever wanted was to breathe. I spent so much energy trying to breathe that I didn’t have much left for eating, so I was really skinny. I spent a lot of time in a wheelchair. When I was able to walk, it would be for short distances and my shoulders would slouch downward. People would stare and point at me. I wanted to tell them, “It’s not my fault! I’m sick.” It was so frustrating. It was helpful to keep a journal wit...



Educational video may increase public willingness to become face transplant donors

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Wolters Kluwer Health) After watching a brief educational video, members of the public are more likely to say they would be willing to donate a facial transplant to a severely disfigured patient, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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UAMS Shifts Two to Transplant Team (UAMS Movers & Shakers)

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Dr. Sushma Bhusal and Dr. Aparna Sharma have joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock as transplant nephrologists, caring for kidney and pancreas transplant patients before and after surgery. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)



Delilah Saunders back in hospital after being discharged amid transplant controversy

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:04:19 +0100

An Inuk activist from Labrador is back in hospital with pancreatitis after doctors told her she would not need a liver transplant amid questions about her eligibility under an Ontario transplant program's alcohol-use policy. (Source: CBC | Health)



The National Landscape of Living Kidney Donor Follow-Up The National Landscape of Living Kidney Donor Follow-Up

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 05:14:42 +0100

Are transplant centers currently meeting the mandated living donor follow-up guidelines?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Mother of 3 receives liver transplant from complete stranger after Facebook plea

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 22:06:11 +0100

Jeff Bramstedt from California had never met Melinda Ray but he flew to Colorado to save her life. (Source: ABC News: Health)



RCMP officer anxiously awaiting life-altering kidney transplant

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:30:00 +0100

RCMP Cpl. Shane Burridge says he can't wait to finally get his kidney transplant, so that he can get back to work. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Rebranding HF: Who Would Be Branded With Failure? Rebranding HF: Who Would Be Branded With Failure?

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 05:45:17 +0100

In this commentary, the author wonders if the"heart failure" label, which connotes defeat and stigma, is hindering effective care.Circulation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)



A boy ’s basketball-size tumor is slowly suffocating him. Doctors will attempt a risky removal.

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 20:30:39 +0100

Noel Zayas paraded his son to a never-ending carousel of Cuban doctors, but none of them would touch the boy. Emanuel Zayas’s basketball-size facial tumor was too complex, they told his family. The surgery to remove it too risky. “I knocked on a lot of hospital doors,” Zayas told the Miami Herald. “To see our son […]Related:Why this may be a bad flu season, especially around the holidaysWhat’s the most embarrassing way you’ve ever injured yourself?Someone stole a child’s parcel off his porch. It contained his kidney transplant medication. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



Online Resources About Kidney Transplant Too Complex Online Resources About Kidney Transplant Too Complex

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 23:22:08 +0100

Online health education materials about transplant options are far too complex for chronic kidney disease patients to make sense of, U.S. researchers say, and that may prevent this group from deciding on the best treatment.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)



Texas baby with rare liver disease makes surprise recovery

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 19:05:50 +0100

Leia Garcia, one, was born with a rare liver disease and had a transplant last month. She stunned doctors with her recovery and is expected to go home to celebrate Christmas in Texas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Baby with rare liver disease stuns doctors with recovery

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:08:58 +0100

Leia Garcia, one, was born with a rare liver disease and had a transplant last month. She stunned doctors with her recovery and is expected to go home to celebrate Christmas in Texas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Someone stole a child ’ s parcel off his porch. It contained his kidney transplant medication.

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 14:37:59 +0100

When Austin Taylor turned 4, his father reminisced about the young life doctors said the boy would likely never have. “1,461. It may seem like an odd number to post on Facebook. But this number holds more meaning to our family then you realize. This is the number of days Austin has gone beyond the doctor's life expectancy,” […]Related:ACA enrollment for 2018 nearly matches last year’s, despite Trump administration efforts to undermine itSenate Democrats and more than 300 public-health groups call on Trump officials to reverse HHS language restrictionsThis model lost her leg because of toxic shock syndrome. Here’s what she wants you to know. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:00:28 +0100

Under revised guidelines, the sickest patients may qualify to receive organs from regions outside their own. (Source: NYT Health)



Transplant patient's Christmas plea: talk to your family about organ donation

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:01:46 +0100

With hundreds waiting for heart transplants, experts and patients urge public to register as organ donors – and make their wishes clear to family membersFamilies are being urged to talk about becoming an organ donor in the hope that more people on the waiting list for a heart transplant will be given the chance of life.Since last Christmas Day, 31 people have died on the heart transplant waiting list, according to NHS Blood and Transplant. To try to tackle the shortage of organs, the government hasrecently announced a consultation into an “opt-out” scheme. Everybody would be assumed to be willing to donate their organs unless they had signed up to a register to say no.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



5 Shocking Medical Stories From 2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:09:36 +0100

CBS Local — The field of medicine has made tremendous strides in 2017. Here’s a list of shocking stories from this year that shows just how far science has come and how unbelievable (and a little gross!) it can be. Laymen beware: the following may contain highly technical terminology for procedures (like swallowing balloons) and medical recommendations (like not to swallow coins). New Procedure Has People Swallowing Balloons To Lose Weight Having trouble hitting your goal weight? With the help of her doctor and a few gas-filled balloons, Bronx-resident Suzy Soto found out how to get rid of those last few pounds. Scientists Say Your Brain Still Works After Death, And You Know When You’re Dead This one will have your mind racing. Researchers are studying patients whose hear...



Many transplant patients adhering to 6-month sobriety rule improve to point operation not needed: doctor

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:42:05 +0100

The six-month sobriety rule is just one of many conditions that patients needing liver transplants must meet to be considered for a transplant, according to guidelines set by Trillium Gift of Life Network, the agency that co-ordinates organ donations in Ontario. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Online resources about kidney transplant too complex for most patients

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 19:30:59 +0100

(Reuters Health) - - Online health education materials about transplant options are far too complex for chronic kidney disease patients to make sense of, U.S. researchers say, and that may prevent this group from deciding on the best treatment. (Source: Reuters: Health)



UR Medicine Helps Genesee County Family Embrace Heart of Holidays

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 18:29:29 +0100

“Mommy is coming home for Christmas!” You can almost hear squeals of delight from a toddler who couldn ’t possibly understand the harrowing fight for life that her mother has survived. Carrie Thornley Fisher was in heart failure near the end of her second pregnancy. After giving birth to a healthy boy, the 32-year-old spent nearly two months on life-saving mechanical support until she received a heart transplant Sept. 19 at UR Medicine ’s Strong Memorial Hospital, upstate New York’s only comprehensive heart failure service. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)



Four moving forward, following living donation

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:42:38 +0100

Many children wait months — and sometimes years — for a transplant, but thanks to the generosity of living donors, some kids don’t have to wait. Read about the lives and futures of four children saved by living donation. Helping Sloan live up to her name Without Lt. Steve Tenney, 7-month-old Sloan wouldn’t be nursing, beginning to roll over on her own or meeting other milestones. “I did what anyone would have done,” says Tenney, who donated a piece of his liver when Sloan was only 5 months old. “Sloan means ‘warrior,’” her mom, Sarah says. “We didn’t think she’d need to be a warrior at such a young age — but she showed us she is.” Read more about Sloan’s liver transplant. Godzilla-loving Gavin Monsters make 3-year-old Gavin smile. “He builds LEGO homes...



2017 ’ s Year In Health News: Medical Breakthroughs, Opioid Crisis And More

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:33:28 +0100

CBS Local — There’s been plenty of progress in the medical world this year, and as a result we now know that more Americans than ever have high blood pressure, but also that coffee everyday is actually good for you. Here’s a look back at the year in health. Opioid Crisis The opioid crisis has dominated much of the health news cycle. President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency earlier this year. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under 50 in the United States. New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure The American Heart Association revised its guidelines for high blood pressure. The new threshold is 130 over 80, replacing 140 over 90. This means that nearly half of adults in the US have hypertension. Labratory Breakthroughs A game...



Delilah Saunders 'grateful and outraged' by struggle to get liver transplant

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0100

From her hospital bed in Toronto transplant unit, Indigenous rights advocate Delilah Saunders says she's both 'grateful and outraged' by her experiences since being denied a liver transplant for having a history of alcohol use. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Your NEJM Group Today: Seizures & Progressive Dystonia Case / Liver Transplant Indications Changing / New Mexico IM Opportunity

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 03:38:17 +0100

Take a look at today's offering from NEJM Group: NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Case Record: A 20-year-old woman was evaluated for seizures and... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)



Family ties

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:39:21 +0100

How a groundbreaking kidney transplant procedure changed the lives of a father and daughter. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Man who doused wife in lye, prompting face transplant, dies

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 01:03:30 +0100

Vermont man who in jealous rage doused wife with industrial-strength lye, burning her so badly she needed face transplant, dies at Pennsylvania hospital; he had pleaded guilty and said, 'I lost it, I just lost it' (Source: ABC News: Health)



UCLA researchers create skeletal muscle from stem cells

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:02:00 +0100

UCLA scientists have developed a new strategy to efficiently isolate, mature and transplant skeletal muscle cells created from human pluripotent stem cells, which can produce all cell types of the body. The findings are a major step toward  the development of a stem cell replacement therapy for muscle diseases including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects approximately 1 in 5,000 boys in the U.S. and is the most common fatal childhood genetic disease.The study, which was published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, was led by senior author April Pyle, associate professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics and member of the  Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA.Using the natural human development process as a guide,  ...



Making heart transplants obsolete with small removable pump

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Houston) On this 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant, which occurred in December 1967, a University of Houston biomedical engineer is creating a next-generation heart pump for patients suffering with heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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What is DIOS?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:56:47 +0100

Discussion Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane receptor (CFTR). It is found in the epithelium of the bronchi, intestine, pancreatic duct and biliary tree. It regulates chloride, bicarbonate and water secretion. The heterozygous state helps prevent against secretory diarrhea, but the homozygous state causes thickened secretions in the hollow tubes of the lungs and digestive tract. There are multiple mutations (> 2000) which have been currently classified into classes depending on their protein production and activity. CF patients generally are living longer with improved morbidity because of new treatments including lung transplantation but they also are at higher risk of having gastrointestinal problems over th...



Amnesty International joins call for Delilah Saunders to be put on liver transplant list

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:14:32 +0100

Supporters of a Labrador Inuk woman denied access to a liver transplant waitlist because of alcohol abuse rallied at Confederation Building in St. John's Friday. (Source: CBC | Health)



Markers of Fibrosis and CV Risk in Kidney Transplantation Markers of Fibrosis and CV Risk in Kidney Transplantation

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:14:36 +0100

Urinary markers of kidney fibrosis may provide important clues into the cardiovascular risk in kidney transplant recipients.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Bortezomib No Help for Kidney Transplant Rejection (CME/CE)

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:00:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- But researchers hold out hope that it could work in combo therapy (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)



Isaac ’s story: A ‘new normal’ with short bowel syndrome

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:00:32 +0100

It was the morning after their baby son Isaac had come home from the hospital, and Jennifer and Brian Campbell were performing the same sweet act of bonding as many new parents: giving him a bath in the sink. But as they maneuvered around the room, they suddenly realized something was very wrong. “I fell to the floor and started screaming and crying as formula shot out of his stomach,” remembers Jennifer. “I thought we’d broken him.” The reality, of course, was that the Campbells were simply adjusting to their new “normal” — something any parent of a medically complex child can understand. Isaac wasn’t a newborn. He had finally been discharged from the hospital after nine months. And his parents hadn’t hurt him. They’d just accidentally pulled out his gastrostomy (G-t...

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Nigeria:FMC Umuahia Pioneers Kidney Transplant in South East

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:35:19 +0100

[This Day] Umuahia -After years of exposing its medical personnel to acquire the needed skills, the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia has successfully carried out kidney transplant thereby becoming the first medical facility to achieve such medical feat in the Southeast zone of Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Genomic blood test predicts survival rates after surgery for advanced heart failure

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:58:47 +0100

UCLA HealthDr. Mario DengFINDINGSAn experimental blood test developed at UCLA that uses gene activity data from immune cells was 93 percent accurate in predicting survival rates for people with advanced heart failure who had surgery to implant mechanical circulatory support devices.BACKGROUNDMechanical circulatory support devices, such as ventricular assist devices and temporary total artificial hearts, can be surgically implanted in people with advanced heart failure to help the heart ’s pumping function.But people with advanced heart failure often also suffer from multi-organ dysfunction syndrome, which can lead to death after a device is implanted and is associated with atypical white blood cell activity. When patients and doctors are considering a mechanical assist device, current cl...



Woman in critical condition from liver failure can't get transplant due to protocols

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:21:15 +0100

The family of an Indigenous rights advocate from Newfoundland is considering legal action against an Ontario organ transplant agency after she was denied access to a liver transplant wait list based on a history of alcohol use disorder. (Source: CBC | Health)



UK surgeon admits signing initials on patients' livers

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:16:29 +0100

A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations (Source: ABC News: Health)



Liver surgeon Simon Bramhall marked initials on patients

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:39:23 +0100

Simon Bramhall admits marking his initials on the livers of two transplant patients. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Invasive Pulmonary Mycoses in Lung Transplant Recipients

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:26:23 +0100

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 08:26Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)



fMRI, PET could help foresee epileptic seizure issues

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0100

Researchers have developed a method to integrate functional MR (fMRI) and PET...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: PET/MRI outclasses MRI alone for pelvic cancer recurrence fMRI helps guide therapy designed to reduce tinnitus Researchers resolve PET/MRI issue for epilepsy patients PET/MRI could help diagnose kidney transplant infection (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)



Baby Max spends first year in Southampton hospital

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:16:59 +0100

Max Olivares has a rare heart and lung condition, which requires a complex transplant operation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Innovation Award winner: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:15:41 +0100

The McGowan Institute is developing an artificial lung for children and working on ways to keep organs for transplant longer. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Molecular Pathways to Kidney Graft Chimerism Identified Molecular Pathways to Kidney Graft Chimerism Identified

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:12:15 +0100

Several molecular pathways in renal grafts are associated with induction of tolerance after kidney transplantation, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)



Are Good Kidneys Going to Waste?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:15:12 +0100

In the United States, about 5,000 people die each year while waiting for a kidney transplant, the researchers said (Source: WebMD Health)



South Africa:50 Years Since the First Heart Transplant - What a Piece of Work Is a Man!

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:14:55 +0100

[Daily Maverick] The 50th anniversary of the first successful heart transplant encourages J. BROOKS SPECTOR to look back at Dr Chris Barnard's unprecedented medical moment - and to think about what happens next. Shades of the final scenes in the Robin Williams film, Bicentennial Man, perhaps? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



NJ boy gets transplant after living without kidneys

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:17:09 +0100

Ismael Rodriguez-Reyes, 7, was born with polycystic kidney disease, which caused the kidneys to overgrow and form cysts. After finally getting new organs he hopes to return home to New Jersey. (Source: the Mail online | Health)