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2013 a ‘record’ year for organ transplants, kidney association says
Number of lung transplants at the Mater doubles to 32     (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - December 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unique treatment method offers hope to child with severe pulmonary hypertension
When Danny Martinez came to Boston from Florida he was very sick. At the time the young boy was suffering from severe pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heart. Because Danny’s pulmonary hypertension was so serious doctors in his home state were unsure of how to save him. Along with his parents they arranged it so he could be transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital where he could receive care from the Pulmonary Hypertension Program. As one of the leading pulmonary hypertension programs in the world, Danny’s new team incl...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 25, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tripp Underwood Tags: All posts Source Type: news

The Observer science quiz 2013: answers to parts 2 and 3
How did you get on with our annual brainteaser? Check your answers to parts 2 and 3 hereIN THE NEWS21. California; 22. Canada; 23. Lung cancer; 24. Francis Crick; 25. Lake Vostok; 26. 6m tonnes; 27. Henrietta Lack; 28. 100m years; 29. Primate; 30. Mangalyaan; 31. 30 years; 32. 1799; 33. Ununpentium; 34. A full hand transplant; 35. Pakistan; 36. Olinguito; 37. 12bn miles (19bn kilometres); 38. They said they had cured a child of HIV; 39. Arctic Sunrise; 40. Paris.ASTEROIDS, METEORS AND COMETS41. 17,200 miles; 42. 2046; 43. Chelyabinsk; 44. 500; 45. 0.05%; 46. Swift-Tuttle; 47. Chinese; 48. C/2012 S1; 49. It had 6 tails...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 22, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Josh Davis Tags: Editorial The Observer Science Source Type: news

Best friends dying of a lung disease receive life-saving transplants on same DAY
Kirstie Tancock, 24, and Katie Gammon, 15, from Devon, both suffer from cystic fibrosis. Katie was so ill she'd been transferred to a hospice. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study results inform discussions regarding US policy on lung transplantation in children
A new analysis has found no evidence that children aged 6 to 11 years seeking a deceased donor lung transplant are disadvantaged in the current US lung allocation system. The findings, which are published in the American Journal of Transplantation, help inform ongoing discussions regarding potential changes to the nation's lung allocation policy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Study results inform discussions regarding US policy on lung transplantation in children
(Wiley) A new analysis has found no evidence that children aged six to 11 years seeking a deceased donor lung transplant are disadvantaged in the current US lung allocation system. The findings, which are published in the American Journal of Transplantation, help inform ongoing discussions regarding potential changes to the nation's lung allocation policy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 12, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Transforming human ES or IPS cells into functional lung epithelial cells
For the first time, scientists have succeeded in transforming human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells. The advance, reported by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers, has significant potential for modeling lung disease, screening drugs, studying human lung development, and, ultimately, generating lung tissue for transplantation. The study was published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Respiratory / Asthma Source Type: news

Converting stem cells into lung cells
Researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center claim they are one step closer to generating lung tissue for transplant using a patient's own cells. The study, published in Nature Biotechnology, states that scientists have successfully transformed human stem cells into functioning lung and airway cells. They claim this has great potential for modelling lung disease, screening drugs and, ultimately, generating lung tissue for transplantation. Study leader Dr. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stem Cell Research Source Type: news

Human stem cells converted to functional lung cells
(Columbia University Medical Center) For the first time, scientists have succeeded in transforming human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells. The advance, reported by Columbia University Medical Center researchers, has significant potential for modeling lung disease, screening drugs, studying human lung development, and, ultimately, generating lung tissue for transplantation. The study was published today in the journal Nature Biotechnology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lung transplant patient meets family of man who saved her life
Lyndsey McLaughlin (right), 28, from New York, met Diana Rodriguez (left) after receiving her son, Adrian's lungs during life-saving transplant surgery. He was just 18 when he slipped in front of a train and died. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New ISHLT nomenclature & diagnostic criteria: Antibody-mediated rejection in heart transplantation
(Elsevier Health Sciences) Antibody-mediated rejection of the transplanted heart is a recognized clinical complication and a major limitation to survival of patients who have undergone heart transplantation. Experts have now developed a new working formulation for the pathologic diagnosis, grading, and reporting of cardiac antibody-mediated rejection. Their consensus statement is published in the Dec. issue of The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and is freely available online. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 18, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Pair of lungs that live on after donor's death give hope to transplant patients
Researchers at the University of North Carolina managed to recover lungs from people who died suddenly at home. It could mean 22,000 more transplants a year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hope for transplant patients as study finds key to organ scarring
Patients with damaged organs could be helped by new treatments after scientists have discovered how tissues scar. Researchers say that the finding could pave the way for new drugs and eventually reduce the number of patients on organ transplant waiting lists. Fibrotic diseases occur in many tissues within the body - including the liver, lung or kidneys - and have a range of causes including viruses or toxins. Experts say that the main source of scar tissue is found in specialised cells called Myofibroblasts... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Functional Status Predicts Death After Lung TransplantFunctional Status Predicts Death After Lung Transplant
The risk for mortality is much lower for lung transplant patients discharged from the medical intensive care unit with a better functional status. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

Testing for Hepatitis C - The Importance for People With Cancer
I know it's kind of off the topic, but you may have been hearing the news about testing for hepatitis C. The news isn't really new - what's new is that the public is finally being informed. For years physicians have known that hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer - and the leading cause of liver transplants....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Lung Cancer)
Source: About.com Lung Cancer - November 1, 2013 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

FDA approves Opsumit to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Opsumit (macitentan), a new drug to treat adults with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a chronic, progressive and debilitating disease that can lead to death or the need for lung transplantation. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - October 18, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Kidney Disease Risk in Pediatric Lung, Intestine Transplant PatientsKidney Disease Risk in Pediatric Lung, Intestine Transplant Patients
Pediatric lung and intestinal transplant patients are at increased risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) compared with other solid-organ transplant recipients, new findings show. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Ella’s legacy: Turning tragedy into an international advocacy network for PVNH
By Yolaine Dupont Ella She was born in Vancouver, British-Columbia at 39 weeks, weighing 5 lbs. and 7 oz. With a nearly flawless APGAR score, her father’s mouth and nose, along with my eyes and full set of dark hair. Just as I imagined she would be, Ella was picture perfect. Still, I had an uneasy feeling. Ella was frail, and her breathing seemed off. I mentioned it to her doctor and nurse, only to be quickly reassured that all was okay. After five days, I took her home. But that upsetting feeling would not go away. The old expression “Mom knows best” turned out to be true. By Ella’s second mon...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 15, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Diseases & conditions Our patients’ stories Research cytomegalovirus our patients' stories PVNH Source Type: news

Kidney failure can complicate long-term outcomes in children receiving solid-organ transplants
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Children who undergo transplants of solid organs have a high risk of developing advanced kidney disease, according to a new national study. Among these children, the highest risk is in those receiving lung or intestinal transplants, followed by heart and then liver transplants. The researchers say their findings reinforce the importance of continued screening of kidney function in pediatric transplant recipients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 14, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lung Transplantation for Obstructive Lung DiseasesLung Transplantation for Obstructive Lung Diseases
Find out about issues that arise when lung transplantation is utilized for treatment of both common and uncommon obstructive lung disorders. Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Genes Predict Lung Fibrosis Outcomes
(MedPage Today) -- Genetic markers in peripheral blood cells predicted death and lung transplantation in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a study showed. (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - October 10, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

High Rates of Viral Infection Seen in Lung Transplant PatientsHigh Rates of Viral Infection Seen in Lung Transplant Patients
A third of lung transplant patients who come to the emergency room have a respiratory viral infection, according to a new Swiss study. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Number of lung transplants up threefold
Dramatically improved figures credited to appointment of dedicated surgeon at Mater hospital     (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - October 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biomarkers help predict outcome in deadly lung disease
A Yale-led study has identified a gene expression profile that can predict outcomes and lead to better treatment for one of the most lethal lung diseases, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The study appears in Science Translational Medicine. IPF causes progressive scarring of the lungs, leading to cough, shortness of breath, and potentially death. In most cases, the cause cannot be identified, and there is no cure other than a lung transplant. While some patients experience a progressive course that leads to death within one to two years, others experience a relative stable disease... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Respiratory / Asthma Source Type: news

Lung Transplantation for Interstitial Lung DiseasesLung Transplantation for Interstitial Lung Diseases
Select patients with interstitial lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension may benefit from lung transplantation, even though the number of transplants performed is limited by the supply of donor organs. Which patients should be on the waiting list? Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Artificial lung to remove carbon dioxide from smokestacks and other highlights from the American Chemical Society
The amazingly efficient lungs of birds and the swim bladders of fish have become the inspiration for a new filtering system to remove carbon dioxide from electric power station smokestacks before the main greenhouse gas can billow into the atmosphere and contribute to global climate change. A report on the new technology, more efficient than some alternatives, is on the agenda today at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Water - Air Quality / Agriculture Source Type: news

Outcome of TiNi Stent Treatments in Symptomatic Central Airway Stenoses Caused by Aspergillus fumigatus Infections After Lung Transplantation
Xie BX, Zhu YM, Chen C, Zhao DP, Yang CL, Ding JA, Jiang GN (Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles - September 6, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Cystic fibrosis sufferer Natalie McCusker gains top exam results despite needing lung transplant
Natalie McCusker, from Greater Manchester, got four As and a B in her AS-levels while waiting for urgent treatment for cystic fibrosis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pulmonary hypertension reversed by blocking molecular pathway in rats
Pulmonary hypertension, a deadly form of high blood pressure that develops in the lungs, may be caused by an inflammation-producing molecular pathway that damages the inner lining of blood vessels, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The results, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggest that using medications to block this pathway could lead to the first-known cure for the disease, apart from lung transplantation... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hypertension Source Type: news

Sarah Murnaghan home after lung transplants
Once again, the Murnaghan family is complete. After six months in the hospital fighting for her life -- during which her parents fought to change national policy on organ donation to save their now 11-year-old daughter's life -- Sarah Murnaghan returned home to Newtown Square, Pa., on Tuesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pennsylvania girl who sued for lung transplants goes home
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa (Reuters) - The Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double lung transplant after a court battle over U.S. organ donation policies waved slowly and mouthed "Hi" to well wishers on Tuesday, her first day home from the hospital. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Video: 11-year-old adult lung transplant recipient goes home
Sarah Murnaghan, the Pennsylvania girl whose family sued to get her an adult lung transplant, left the The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Tuesday. It was an emotional homecoming for the 11-year-old, who hadn't seen her home in six months. Jericka Duncan reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Video: Family who sued for daughter's adult lung transplant speaks
Sarah Murnaghan, the 11-year-old Pennsylvania girl who won a court battle to receive an adult lung transplant, was well enough to return home from the hospital Tuesday. Sarah's parents gave an update on her condition in a press conference outside of their house. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sarah Murnaghan, girl who successfully sued for adult lung transplants, goes home
11-year-old was dying of end-stage cystic fibrosis before receiving two adult lung transplants in June (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Video: Girl who got double lung transplant going home
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Philadelphia girl who took on national transplant rules, is off oxygen and has been discharged from the hospital. KYW-TV's Jenn Bernstein reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 27, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transplant gives Sarah chance to live dreams
Sarah Murnaghan fully understands all she's been through: her lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis that led to her deteriorating lungs, the campaign her parents waged that temporarily changed national policy surrounding organ transplants, and the fact that she came so close to death in the days leading up to her two double lung transplants. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pennsylvania girl who sued for lung transplants to leave hospital
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An 11-year-old Pennsylvania girl, whose parents filed a lawsuit challenging national transplant policies so she could receive two lung transplants, will be released from the hospital this week, a spokeswoman for her family said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Girl who underwent 2 adult lung transplants to leave hospital
Family spokesperson says next step of Sarah Murnaghan's recovery will focus on muscle-strength so she no longer has to use breathing tube (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Mommy, I knew I was dying'
Sarah Murnaghan's lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis led to her deteriorating lungs, and a temporary national policy change on organ transplants. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Let me get on with it': Teenager, 18, refuses heart and double lung transplant so he can enjoy the time he has left outside hospital
Liam Gawthorpe, 18, from West Yorkshire, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and pulmonary hypertension at three-months-old. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should adult organs be used in pediatric patients?
Sarah Murnaghan, an 11-year-old with end-stage cystic fibrosis who was at the top of the pediatric organ donor list, took her medical battle to the courtroom to be placed at the top of the adult list so she could receive organs more quickly. After a judge ruled in her favor, she twice underwent a double lung transplant in June; she is now fighting pneumonia in her right lung. "Sound Medicine" host.... (Source: Sound Medicine)
Source: Sound Medicine - August 25, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sound Medicine Source Type: news

Children Shouldn't Automatically Receive Organ TransplantsChildren Shouldn't Automatically Receive Organ Transplants
Should a child receive lungs even if she is not the best transplant candidate? Art Caplan, PhD, says that children shouldn't automatically jump to the front of the line. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Pulmonary Rehabilitation with a Harmonica (video)
From Mayo Clinic YouTube channel: Two-time lung transplant recipient shares the power of music in his harmonica class with a Heart and Lung Transplant Support Group. He teaches his peers how music can both mentally and physically impact a patient's healing process. Posted at Clinical Cases and Images. Stay updated and subscribe, follow us on Twitter and connect on Facebook. (Source: Clinical Cases and Images)
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - August 13, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Tags: Mayo Clinic Pulmonology Source Type: news

Kirstie Tancock Pole dancing teacher has SECOND double lung transplant
Kirstie Tancock from Honiton, Devon was told she had weeks to live without a new transplant. Doctors miraculously found a suitable donor within hours of searching. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Books Party: books received this week | @GrrlScientist
This week, I tell you about four wonderful books; one each about the human placenta, the science of champagne, New World warblers and JK Rowling's new murder mysteryBelow the jump, I mention the books that I received recently in the mail as gifts or as review copies, or that I purchased somewhere. These are the books that I may review in more depth later, either here or in print somewhere in the world. When I get new books, I like to share them with people. Unfortunately, you are all so far away, so I cannot host a book party in my crib where you can look then over, so I'll do the next best thing. I'll host a book party on...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 9, 2013 Category: Science Authors: GrrlScientist Tags: Birdwatching theguardian.com Blogposts Pregnancy Books Science Source Type: news

Bigger Lungs Improve Odds of Transplant Survival, Study Finds
New formula used in calculations (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 3, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Pulmonology, Organ Transplants, News, Source Type: news

Video: Pa. girl recovering from lung transplants
Ten year old double lung transplant patient recovering well, most kindergarteners up to date on vaccines and there may be a new app for people with food allergies in today's medical headlines (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acute Fibrinous and Organizing Pneumonia After Lung TransplantAcute Fibrinous and Organizing Pneumonia After Lung Transplant
Get the details of the first case of acute fibrinous and organizing pneumonia triggered by viral infection. Will more cases likely crop up? BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Bigger the lung, better the transplant success
Scientists have discovered the transplantation of bigger lungs is associated with higher survival rates in transplant patients, according to a study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. The research - from Johns Hopkins Medicine alongside other medical centers in the US - could improve the options available to people waiting for transplant operations. It reveals that although there has been concern in the past about matching the size of donor lungs to the size of the recipient, oversized donor lungs may be best... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news