Andover 'heart in a box' maker secures $20M in funding

An Andover company focused on a new way of transporting organ transplants has landed $20 million in new investor funding. The TransMedics device, named “heart in a box”, is unique in that rather than transporting disconnected organs at a cold temperatures, the device is able to plug lung, heart and liver organs into a system to keep blood, air and other fluids circulating while the organ is maintained at body temperatures. The time for these “living organs” to be transported can be longer…
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With the development of medical technology, transplantation has prevailed and become an important tool in the treatment of disease. According to the WHO ’s statistics, as of 2015, approximately 120000 cases of solid organ transplantation have been performed globally. Renal transplantation is the most common, followed by liver transplantation, heart transplantation, lung transplantation, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, etc. [1]. And, in re cipients of transplantation, seizures usually occur during the postoperative period [2,3].
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Abstract BACKGROUND Donor hypernatremia has been associated with reduced graft and recipient survival after heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation. However, it is unknown what effect donor hypernatremia has on graft and recipient outcomes after lung transplantation. The aim of this study was to investigate the relation of donor hypernatremia with the duration of postoperative mechanical ventilation, the incidence of severe primary graft dysfunction, and survival following lung transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS We analyzed all consecutive lung transplantations performed in adult patients at our cent...
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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center led the nation in the number of solid organ transplants performed in 2017, with 641 procedures that included kidney, pancreas, lung, heart and intestine transplants, according to statistics from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.UCLA recorded 363 kidney transplants in 2017, making it the year ’s top kidney transplant center.Other medical centers with a high number of solid organ transplants in 2017 were UC San Francisco; Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri; and the University of Wisconsin ’s University Hospital in Ma...
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ConclusionsOur analysis does not confirm previously reported associations between traffic-related air pollution exposure and the risk of transplant failure.
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In this study, senescent cell distribution and quantity in vastus lateralis muscle were examined in young human adults after a single bout of resistance exercise. To determine the effects of dietary protein availability around exercise on senescent cell quantity and macrophage infiltration of skeletal muscle, two isocaloric protein supplements (14% and 44% in calorie) were ingested before and immediately after an acute bout of resistance exercise, in a counter-balanced crossover fashion. An additional parallel trial was conducted to compare the outcome of muscle mass increment under the same dietary conditions after 12 wee...
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ConclusionsOur analysis does not confirm previously reported associations between traffic-related air pollution exposure and the risk of transplant failure.
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