Unique use of heart-lung machine saves heart attack victim at UCLA emergency room
James Manzi is lucky to be alive. When the 79-year-old Brentwood, Calif., resident arrived at  Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's emergency room in full cardiac arrest, the medical team tried everything to stabilize him, including shocking his heart 29 times with a defibrillator in an attempt to restore a normal rhythm.   Often, patients whose heart attacks are as severe as Manzi's don't survive. Only one out of every 10 people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital lives through the ordeal.   As the team worked, UCLA emergency medicine physician Dr. Eric Savitsky monitored Manzi's diminishing r...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 25, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Unique use of heart-lung machine saves heart attack victim at UCLA emergency room
James Manzi is lucky to be alive. When the 79-year-old Brentwood, Calif., resident arrived at  Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's emergency room in full cardiac arrest, the medical team tried everything to stabilize him, including shocking his heart 29 times with a defibrillator in an attempt to restore a normal rhythm.   Often, patients whose heart attacks are as severe as Manzi's don't survive. Only one out of every 10 people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital lives through the ordeal.   As the team worked, UCLA emergency medicine physician Dr. Eric Savitsky monitored Manzi's diminishing respo...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 25, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

FDA Panel Favors Device to Boost Lung Transplant Success
(MedPage Today) -- An FDA advisory committee gave a unanimous thumbs up on Thursday to a device to improve the quality of donor lungs using warm perfusion after explant. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 21, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Unveils Full...
The 34th Annual Meeting is shaping up to be a breathtaking event.(PRWeb March 21, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/03/prweb11659592.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - March 21, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

'I'd rather have a smoker's lungs than die on the transplant list,' says mother-of-two desperate for new organs
Robyn Davidson suffers from cystic fibrosis and has been warned by her doctors she needs a transplant in order to survive. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

I'd gladly take a smoker's lungs and risk cancer - to end the hell of life on the waiting list
Cystic Fibrosis sufferer Poppy Roberts, 23, from Monmouth would rather risk with smoker's lungs after waiting for two years for a transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Reveals...
Nobel Prize Winner Named Keynote Speaker(PRWeb March 14, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/03/prweb11647465.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - March 14, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Statins side effects are minimal, study argues
ConclusionThis meta-analysis pooled results from 29 studies and has shown a very small increased risk of newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus. This is the same as the decreased risk of any cause of death in people taking statins, compared to placebo, to prevent a heart attack or stroke.The researchers point out some limitations to the meta-analysis: Each study did not report on all of the side effects, meaning that for each category of side effect, the number of participants differed. The side effect categories were only included if at least 500 people had reported suffering from it. This means there may be numerous other si...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medication Source Type: news

Research on 3D scaffolds sets new bar in lung regeneration
In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. Innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration, including pioneering discoveries by University of Vermont Professor of Medicine Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues, hold promise for this population, which includes an estimated 12.7 million people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the U.S. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

AUDIO: Charity calls for lung donor change
A charity has called for a national allocation system to boost the number of successful UK lung transplants. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Call for lung 'allocation' system
It is a “scandal” that one in three cystic fibrosis sufferers who are waiting for donated lungs die while on the transplant list, a charity has warned. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - March 10, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call for lung ‘allocation’ system
It is a “scandal” that one in three cystic fibrosis sufferers who are waiting for donated lungs die while on the transplant list, a charity has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 10, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Improved management of a chronic graft-vs.-host disease complication
A simple questionnaire that rates breathing difficulties on a scale of 0 to 3 predicts survival in chronic graft-vs.-host disease, according to a study published in the March issue of Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.And although a poor score means a higher risk of death, asking a simple question that can spot lung involvement early means that patients can begin treatments to reduce or manage symptoms, said senior author Stephanie Lee, M.D., M.P.H. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

VIDEO: Lung transplant rethink urged
The way the transplant system operates for patients who need new lungs is a "scandal" and needs to change, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National lung transplant list urged
Lung disease experts are calling for a new national system to identify lungs for transplant which could double the number of procedures across the UK. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using smoker's lungs in more transplants 'will save lives despite increased cancer risk for patients'
Doctors argue more patients with terminal illnesses, should be given choice of having ‘reconditioned’ lungs from a smoker, which can give them years of extra life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research on 3D scaffolds sets new bar in lung regeneration
For the estimated 12.7 million people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, the third leading cause of death in the US, innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration hold promise. In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. New research focuses on lung tissue bioengineering, which involves the use of a scaffold -- or framework -- of lungs from human cadavers to engineer new lungs for patients with end-stage disease. The studies have examined multiple perspectives on the ...
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 8, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Research on 3-D scaffolds sets new bar in lung regeneration
For the estimated 12.7 million people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, the third leading cause of death in the U.S., innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration hold promise. In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. New research focuses on lung tissue bioengineering, which involves the use of a scaffold -- or framework -- of lungs from human cadavers to engineer new lungs for patients with end-stage disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 7, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Lung transplantation: A treatment option in end-stage lung disease
In the past five years, the number of lung transplantations carried out has increased by about 20%. In the end stage of various lung diseases, transplantation is the last remaining option for treatment, and it can both prolong life and improve its quality. Marc Hartert and colleagues have studied how patients do after a lung transplant, and their review appears in the current edition of the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.What they found is that deaths in the 90 days after an operation for lung transplantation have gone down over the past 25 years from 19.4% to 10%. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Smokers' Lungs Pass Muster in Transplants (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Donor lungs from smokers led to transplant outcomes similar to those involving lungs of nonsmokers, British transplant specialists reported. (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - March 6, 2014 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Smokers' Lungs OK'd for Transplant (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Donor lungs from smokers led to transplant outcomes similar to those involving lungs of nonsmokers, British transplant specialists reported. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 5, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Lung transplantation: A treatment option in end-stage lung disease
In the past five years, the number of lung transplantations carried out has increased by about 20 percent. In the end stage of various lung diseases, transplantation is the last remaining option for treatment, and it can both prolong life and improve its quality. Researchers have studied how patients do after a lung transplant, and their review has recently been published. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 5, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Lung transplantation: A treatment option in end-stage lung disease
(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) In the past five years, the number of lung transplantations carried out has increased by about 20 percent. In the end stage of various lung diseases, transplantation is the last remaining option for treatment, and it can both prolong life and improve its quality. Marc Hartert and colleagues have studied how patients do after a lung transplant, and their review appears in the current edition of the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 5, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Addressing the high failure rate of lung transplants
Organ transplant patients routinely receive drugs that stop their immune systems from attacking newly implanted hearts, livers, kidneys or lungs, which the body sees as foreign.But new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that broadly dampening the immune response, long considered crucial to transplant success, may encourage lung transplant rejection. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Researchers Grow Human Lung In A Lab
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) have successfully grown a human lung in a laboratory. This is the first time such an accomplishment has been achieved.According to a report published by CNN, the lungs were grown using tissue from the lungs of two children who had died from trauma, most likely a car accident. Although these lungs had been too damaged to use in a transplant, they still had some healthy tissue. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - February 19, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

FDA sets a date to review XVIVO's lung perfusion system
The FDA sets a date to consider Humanitarian Device Exemption for XVIVO's perfusion system for preserving donor lungs. Sweden-based XVIVO Perfusion landed a date with the FDA to review Humanitarian Device Exemption for its XVIVO Perfusion System for preserving donor lungs. XVIVO will meet on March 20 with the FDA's Gastroenterology & Urology Devices Panel to review data on the device, which provides continuous perfusion of otherwise unacceptable lung tissue, allowing clinicians to reevaluate the organs for transplantation. News Well, Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE), Regulatory/Clearance, Food & Dr...
Source: Mass Device - February 14, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Arezu Sarvestani Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) XVIVO Perfusion Source Type: news

From surgery to laboratory and back again
(University of York) A University of York scientist's experience in seeing his partner in hospital recovering from a double lung transplant prompted him to design and synthesise new chemical agents that could revolutionise post-operative patient care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 11, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The GIF(T) of life: Amazing footage reveals how a human lung is kept alive and BREATHING for a transplant
Surgeons in Phoenix used the Organ Care System to maintain a transplant lung. It is designed to keep organs in a state where they can function outside the body. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers shed new light on double-lung transplants
In the largest retrospective study to date using data from the United Network for Organ Sharing database for adult double-lung transplants, researchers have shown that there is no statistically significant difference between rejection and mortality rates among double-lung transplant recipients when their transplanted organs came from donors whose blood type was identical or compatible to their own. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 27, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Do diet drinks really make you fatter?
Conclusion This large US-representative cross-sectional study indicates that overweight and obese people drink more diet drinks than healthy-weight people, but still consume the same amount of calories as those drinking sugar-sweetened drinks. The extra calories were made up by eating more food. This suggests that people who are overweight or obese may be switching to diet drinks to reduce their calorie intake when trying to control or reduce their weight. However, they consumed significantly more calories from food, which brought their total energy intake in line with those drinking sugar-sweetened drinks – effect...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Neurology Obesity Source Type: news

Predicting Mortality in Hemodialysis PatientsPredicting Mortality in Hemodialysis Patients
Could lung ultrasonography help clinicians predict mortality in their hemodialysis patients, and how does it compare with other approaches? Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Boy who challenged lung transplant age rule receives organs
12-year-old Javier Acosta, boy who once sued to get added to adult transplant list, received adult lungs in Oct. 2013 and has since recovered, according to his family (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2013 a record year for organ transplants - kidney association
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

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