Back in the game after stem cell transplant
By Irene Sege Some 100 days after receiving a stem cell transplant to cure his severe aplastic anemia, Behaylu Barry still couldn’t invite friends into his home. He wouldn’t be returning to school until January because his immune system needs the time to get strong enough to fight the pathogens present in indoor spaces. But 13-year-old Behaylu was doing so well that his doctor cleared him to play soccer – outdoors, of course — for the first time since February, when he was diagnosed with the life-threatening blood disorder shortly before he was to join the competitive soccer team that had just selec...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 8, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Aplastic anemia Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Transplant center Stem cell Stem Cell Transplant Program Source Type: news

Heart and Lung Transplant
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - September 8, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Body language: UCLA's surgical residents sharpen their skills in special lab
Under the glare of operating-room lights, six UCLA neurosurgery residents embarked on a rare adventure into the human body. As they started cutting into three bodies, Dr. Warwick Peacock, professor of surgery, encouraged them onward. “That should be the linea alba,” he said in his gentle South African accent. “There are some adhesions. Always stick your finger in to make sure you’re not cutting into the bowel. It spoils the day.” Incisions made, the residents approached the spine from the front, sawing through the sternum, moving beyond the lungs and following the rib head to the pedicle, then...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 4, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Consumer Information on: XPS System with STEEN Solution Perfusate - H120003
The XVIVO Perfusion System (XPS) with STEEN Solution Perfusate preserves donated lungs that do not initially meet the standard criteria for lung transplantation but may be transplantable if there is more time to observe and evaluate the organ?s function. (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - September 4, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Butter Flavoring Maker Wins Case Of Alleged Lung Injuries From Microwave Popcorn
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa on Aug. 20 issued an official judgment enforcing a jury verdict in favor of popcorn manufacturers and determined that they were not liable for injuries that a couple claimed were caused by exposure to diacetyl and pentanedione, which are chemicals used to make artificial butter flavoring in popcorn (David Stults, et al. v. American Pop Corn Company, et al., No. 11-4077, N.D. Iowa). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - August 27, 2014 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Extracorporeal support can significantly increase number of organs for transplant
Using heart-lung support technology, one Transplant Center was able to increase the number of kidneys, livers and pancreases available for transplant by about 20 percent. As of Aug. 6, 2014, 123,191 people nationwide were waiting for a solid organ transplant in the United States. The Institute of Medicine has named donation after circulatory determination of death as the number one research priority to improve organ donation. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 22, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Extracorporeal support can significantly increase number of organs for transplant
(University of Michigan Health System) Using heart-lung support technology, the University of Michigan's Transplant Center was able to increase the number of kidneys, livers and pancreases available for transplant by about 20 percent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 21, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

My body has to hold out long enough to see my twin walk down the aisle: Girl awaiting a life-saving transplant vows to be maid of honour at her sister's wedding
Stacie Pridden, 23, from Swindon was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2002 and is currently awaiting a heart and double lung transplant (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Immune cell discovery could help to halt cancer spread
The critical importance of highly specialized immune cells, called natural killer cells, in killing melanoma cells that have spread to the lungs has been highlighted by new research. These natural killer cells could be harnessed to hunt down and kill cancers that have spread in the body, scientists report. The team also found natural killer cells were critical to the body's rejection of donor bone marrow transplants and in the runaway immune response during toxic shock syndrome. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 14, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Immune cell discovery could help to halt cancer spread
(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) Melbourne researchers have revealed the critical importance of highly specialized immune cells, called natural killer cells, in killing melanoma cells that have spread to the lungs. These natural killer cells could be harnessed to hunt down and kill cancers that have spread in the body.The team, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, also found natural killer cells were critical to the body's rejection of donor bone marrow transplants and in the runaway immune response during toxic shock syndrome. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Approval of Donor Lung Preservation Device May Boost Transplants
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Source: MDDI - August 13, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Arundhati Parmar Tags: News Implantable Devices Source Type: news

Young Cancer Patient's Tenacity Inspires Family, Friends and Strangers
Jimmy E. is a remarkable man. Inspired by the doctors who helped him overcome a rare form of childhood cancer, he forged a career as a skilled surgical nurse in southern California, driven by an urge to serve others. But more than 30 years after beating cancer, Jimmy developed a persistent fever, pneumonia and fluid around his lungs. This time, the diagnosis was a more insidious disease — malignant pleural mesothelioma. Jimmy, who recently turned 38, is far too young for a disease that typically strikes the elderly. As he struggles to rise above each setback, now it's Jimmy inspiring others around him, including fami...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 13, 2014 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Stories from Survivors Source Type: news

XVIVO Perfusion wins FDA approval for donor lung transport system
Sweden-based XVIVO Perfusion lands FDA Humanitarian Use Device approval for its flagship XPS system for preserving donor lungs. The FDA granted Humanitarian Use Device approval for Sweden-based XVIVO Perfusion for its XPS tissue transport system for preserving donor lungs. XVIVO PerfusionNews Well, Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Organ Transplant, Pre-Market Approval (PMA)read more (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - August 13, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Arezu Sarvestani Source Type: news

Press Release: FDA approves donor lung preservation device that may result in more lung transplants
XVIVO PerfusionNews Well, Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE), Press Release, Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Organ Transplant, Pre-Market Approval (PMA)read more (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - August 13, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Source Type: news

Donor-Lung Preservation Device Approved
Technology may lead to more transplants, FDA says (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 13, 2014 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Pharmacy, Pulmonology, FDA Approvals, Source Type: news

Business Briefing: Lung Transplant Device Receives Federal Approval
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the Xvivo Perfusion System could lead to more successful transplants of lungs for people with cystic fibrosis and other deadly respiratory diseases. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tags: Cystic Fibrosis Respiratory System Food and Drug Administration Source Type: news

Donor-Lung Preservation Device Approved
Technology may lead to more transplants, FDA says (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US FDA approves lung preservation machine
The approval of the XVIVO Perfusion System could lead to more successful transplants of lungs for people with cystic fibrosis and other deadly respiratory diseases. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Donor-Lung Preservation Device Approved
Technology may lead to more transplants, FDA says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Lung Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves donor lung preservation device that may result in more lung transplants
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the XVIVO Perfusion System (XPS) with STEEN Solution, a device for preserving donated lungs that do not initially meet the standard criteria for lung transplantation but may be transplantable if there is more time to observe and evaluate the organ’s function to determine whether the lung is viable for transplantation. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 12, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Self-Resolving sp. Colonization in a Lung Transplant Patient
Cladophialophora spp. are dematiaceous moulds that are responsible for causing a variety of human infections in both immunocompetent and immunocompromised individuals. Infections caused by Cladophialophora spp. most commonly involve the skin and soft tissue and the central nervous system (CNS). Cladophialophora sp. infections involving the skin and soft tissues are often referred to as chromoblastomycosis, a slowly developing condition that rarely disseminates and can be treated with surgical excision and/or antifungal chemotherapy. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - August 8, 2014 Category: Microbiology Authors: T. Wills, L. Mundra, H.L. Dou Dou, M. Roberts, N. Rolfe, J. Sinnott Tags: Case Report Source Type: news

NIH Gives $12.9 Million to Establish First Lung Transplant Network...
Grant is first of its kind funded solely for the purpose of studying lung transplantation.(PRWeb July 31, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Lungtransplant/News/prweb12056378.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - July 31, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New Device Costing Just £10 Detects Deadly Lung Disease
A scientist from the University of Exeter has developed a simple, cheap and highly accurate device for diagnosing a frequently fatal lung disease which attacks immune deficient individuals such as cancer patients and bone marrow transplant recipients. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - July 25, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

New device detects deadly lung disease
(University of Exeter) A scientist from the University of Exeter has developed a simple, cheap and highly accurate device for diagnosing a frequently fatal lung disease which attacks immune deficient individuals such as cancer patients and bone marrow transplant recipients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 23, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Fungicides for crops: Worrying link to fungal drug resistance in UK, warns scientists
Aspergillus -- a common fungus that attacks the lungs and is found in soil and other organic matter -- has become resistant to life-saving drugs in parts of rural Yorkshire, researchers report. Although the link has been made before in the Netherlands, it’s the first time its been made in the UK between drug resistance in Aspergillus and fungicides used on crops. Experts warn their findings, now published, are significant and raise serious implications for transplant patients, those with leukemia and people who suffer from severe asthma. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 15, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Fiance of cystic fibrosis patient who died urges people to join donor register
EXCLUSIVE: Josh Nelli, from Kesgrave in Suffolk, is today urging people to sign the Organ Donation Register after his partner of five years Kerry Thorpe died waiting for a double lung transplant at the age of 23. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transplant patients star in calendar sharing pre-op selfies
Pre-operation 'selfies' of the brave patients show some of them on the verge of death, waiting desperately for new lungs in their hospital beds across the country. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Toddler whose lungs collapsed during life-saving cancer treatment amazes doctors with miracle recovery
Two-year-old J’ssiah Brown, from Croydon, had to be put into an induced coma following a bone marrow transplant when his lungs collapsed and his liver failed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Designer T Cells Fight Viruses After Transplants
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bone marrow transplants save thousands of lives but patients are vulnerable to severe viral infections in the months afterward, until their new immune system kicks in. Now scientists are developing protection for that risky period — injections of cells specially designed to fend off up to five different viruses at once. MoreNo Streams for You? What Supreme Court's Aereo Ruling Means NBC NewsJessica N. Turner: Moms, Put on That Swimsuit Huffington PostKnow a Debbie Downer? Stop Trying to Cheer Her Up NBC NewsViva! Pope Francis Flaunts Argentina Soccer Jersey NBC NewsUruguay eliminates Italy; Di...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - June 25, 2014 Category: Science Authors: hannahgoldberg2014 Tags: Uncategorized medicine Research Science Source Type: news

HIV Did Not Stop Me From Having a Biological Child
On Monday, April 15, 2013, at 8:00 a.m., my life changed forever. My wife, Kasiah, and I welcomed our first child, a healthy girl named Finley Elizabeth Banks, into this world. She was perfect. But the journey to have a healthy, HIV-free biological child began many years before Finley’s birth. MoreFederal Appeals Court Strikes Down Utah's Gay Marriage Ban NBC NewsJessica N. Turner: Moms, Put on That Swimsuit Huffington PostShould the Cops Get to Look at Your Cellphone? NBC NewsParty's Over? GOP's Insurgents Take More Punches NBC NewsUruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again? Sports IllustratedIn 1981, when I wa...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - June 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: clairehoworth Tags: Uncategorized AIDS research Family & Parenting Fatherhood HIV medicine Science Source Type: news

"He's the Bravest Kid I've Ever Seen" - Boo's Kidney Transplant
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYIqUR69QoU This little boy you’re about to meet was hit so hard with influenza it damaged his lungs to the point he was put on life support. The ordeal ended up severely damaging his kidneys and doctors feared he was too sick for a transplant. Then he went to Mayo Clinic where a transplant team [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - June 25, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

U.S. Group Changes Lung Transplant Policy for KidsU.S. Group Changes Lung Transplant Policy for Kids
A U.S. group that sets policy for organ transplants voted on Monday to adopt a permanent rule to allow some children access to adult lungs. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

New pacemaker offers heart failure hope
ConclusionThis laboratory research describes the complex design and animal testing of an ACPG that aims to restore the natural synchronisation of the heart rate with the breathing pattern. Naturally in the body, our heart rate alters slightly as we breathe in and out (RSA). In people with heart failure (a disease process with many causes, where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands), RSA is described as being "lost", and previous research has suggested this to be a prognostic indicator for poor outcome.This research described the development of an ACPG and its testing in rats. ...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medical practice Source Type: news

Age policy changed for lung transplants
A year ago, Sarah Murnaghan, an 11-year-old Pennsylvania girl, was fighting for her life while her family waged a campaign to change a national policy on lung transplants for child recipients. Their battle has now led to permanent policy change. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kids can now receive adult lungs
A year ago, Sarah Murnaghan, an 11-year-old Pennsylvania girl, was fighting for her life while her family waged a campaign to change a national policy on lung transplants for child recipients. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. group changes lung transplant policy for kids
NEWTOWN SQUARE Pa. (Reuters) - A U.S. group that sets policy for organ transplants voted on Monday to adopt a permanent rule to allow some children access to adult lungs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Steven Hsiao, World Leader in Sensory Physiology Research, Dies - 6/19/14
Steven S. Hsiao, an internationally renowned researcher whose innovative experiments on how the brain perceives the shape, size and texture of three-dimensional objects could lead to the development of artificial limbs that can feel, died at The Johns Hopkins Hospital on June 16 of lung cancer. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News - June 19, 2014 Category: Research Source Type: news

06.05.14 -- Researchers Create Miniaturized, Artificial 3D Human Lung
06/05/14 Med Device Online Newsletter (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - June 4, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

06.05.14 -- Researchers Create Miniaturized, Artificial 3D Human Lung
06/05/14 Med Device Online Newsletter (Source: Medical Design Online Newsletters)
Source: Medical Design Online Newsletters - June 4, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Stem cell therapy may help recondition lungs previously rejected for transplant
This study could have implications for increasing the supply of suitable donor lungs. Nearly 1,650 people in the U.S. are awaiting lung transplants. Unfortunately, both domestically and abroad, the demand for donor lungs far outpaces the supply. The limited availability of donor lungs can lead to long delays before transplant, leaving patients to face a mortality rate of up to 40 percent while they wait. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 30, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Clinical Advisory Issued by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
The National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has suspended enrollment for the clinical study BMT CTN 0901 conducted by the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) after preliminary data appeared to show benefit for one approach to the intensity of conditioning for allogeneic stem cell transplantations in patients […] (Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog)
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - May 29, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: mjharvey Tags: Clinical Alerts Source Type: news

Lasers used to regenerate damaged teeth
Conclusion This laboratory study has shown that low-power laser therapy can direct dental stem cells to grow into one type of dental tissue, dentin. A strength of the study is that it used the dental pulp from molar teeth in rats, which are similar to humans, rather than their incisors, which are open-rooted and continue to grow for life to replace loss from gnawing.  Limitations highlighted by the authors include: the small sample size as a result of the limited availability of these particular rodents technical difficulties of growing minute rodent teeth widespread growth of dental tissue, which the author...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Genetics/stem cells Source Type: news

Artificial Lung The Size Of A Sugar Cube
What medications can be used to treat lung cancer, and how effective are they? Until now, drug companies have had to rely on animal testing to find out. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - May 29, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Artificial lung the size of a sugar cube may replace animal testing
What medications can be used to treat lung cancer, and how effective are they? Until now, drug companies have had to rely on animal testing to find out. But in the future, a new 3-D model lung is set to achieve more precise results and ultimately minimize -- or even completely replace -- animal testing. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 28, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Artificial lung the size of a sugar cube
(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) What medications can be used to treat lung cancer, and how effective are they? Until now, drug companies have had to rely on animal testing to find out. But in the future, a new 3-D model lung is set to achieve more precise results and ultimately minimize -- or even completely replace -- animal testing. From June 23-26, researchers will be presenting their new model at the BIO International Convention in San Diego, Calif. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - May 28, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Self-confessed former 'bad boy' donates kidney to cystic fibrosis sufferer
Wesley Joyce decided to 'change his life' after the plight of 34-year-old Sally-Anne Grainger, from Worcestershire, who went into renal failure after having to take strong medication following a double lung transplant in 2009. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The transplant that let a dying dad walk his daughter down the aisle
Graham Wagstaff, 68, from Shropshire, was battling lung disease due to a congential condition and was on oxygen 24/7. But after his lung transplant, he was able to fly to California for daughter Helen's wedding. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Risk from Butter-Flavored Popcorn
Did you know you can get a condition called "popcorn lung" from breathing the artificial butter flavoring from microwave popcorn? The artificial butter flavoring is a naturally-occurring chemical called diacetyl. ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Chemistry)
Source: About.com Chemistry - May 21, 2014 Category: Chemistry Source Type: news

Five lung transplants performed at hospital in 24 hours
Five successful lung transplants were performed at one American hospital in just over 24 hours. Put in perspective, five is the average number of lung transplants performed each day throughout the entire country. The patients, all doing well, are a teacher, a judge, an executive director, a grandmother and an extraordinary young woman who beat very long odds to undergo a second lung transplant in three years. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 17, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news