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Health and Human Services calls for lung transplant policy review after petition from girl's family
Adult transplant rules rank those 12 and up in order of need, pushing younger kids like Sarah Murnaghan, 10, to bottom of list (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rules keep girl from transplant
10-year-old denied lung transplant because of her age - CNN's Susan Candiotti Reports (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parents of girl needing lungs ask feds to intervene
The parents of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl waiting for a lung transplant say they have formally asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to change rules that keep children under 12 from being prioritized for donated adult organs. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transplant seeker's parents want fed action
The parents of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl waiting for a lung transplant say they have formally asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to change rules that keep children under 12 from being prioritized for donated adult ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transplant policy means girl, 10, may die before lungs are available
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., June 3 (UPI) -- A young Pennsylvania girl most likely will die before the federal policy prohibiting her lung transplant can be changed, her family said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug boosts bone density in cystic fibrosis
Current treatments not enough to stave off osteoporosis and fracturesRelated items from OnMedicaAntibiotic fails to improve lung function in children with CFMacrolide antibiotics improve symptoms in bronchiectasisBetter use should be made of current cystic fibrosis treatments Lung transplantation leads to good outcome for cystic fibrosis Cystic fibrosis bug spreads from patient to patient (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 3, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Family: Girl with failing lungs 'left to die'
The family of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who's been waiting more than a year for a lung transplant says the girl has essentially been "left to die." (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Girl's family wants transplant policy change
The family of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who's been waiting more than a year for a lung transplant says the girl has essentially been "left to die." (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. lung transplant policy to be reviewed
U.S. officials will review the nation's lung transplant policy for children, but any change could take up to two years, not enough time to save the life of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who's already been waiting 18 months for new lungs. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feds step in as girl fights for lungs, life
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked the nation's transplant system Friday to review its lung allocation policy as a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl in need of a lung fights for her life. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feds step in; girl fights for lungs
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked the nation's transplant system Friday to review its lung allocation policy as a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl in need of a lung fights for her life. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dying girl's plight sparks organ fight
The plight of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who could die within weeks without a lung transplant has sparked a fight for new rules governing organ donations. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dying girl's plight sparks fight over organ transplants
The plight of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who could die within weeks without a lung transplant has sparked a fight for new rules governing organ donations. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overcoming Drew’s blood disorder, together
When Jen’s son Drew was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a blood disorder, their entire lives changed. In this blog, Jen describes how she and Drew coped with the disease, treatment and recovery, as well as the care they both received at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. (Click the link to see the center’s new website.) By Jen D’Auteuil Jen and her son Drew When my son Drew was diagnosed with aplastic anemia (AA) at 10 years old, our lives turned upside down. His bone marrow had stopped producing the cells that he needed for iron and oxygen transfers, for blood clo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 29, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Cancer Diseases & conditions Our patients’ stories anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) Aplastic anemia blood disorders Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center our patients' stories Source Type: news

Molecule limits heart attack damage in mice
Conclusion This laboratory-based research in mice, which used a simulation designed to mimic the effects of a heart attack, appears to show that the molecule MitoSNO can prevent some of the heart tissue damage of a heart attack and the consequences of the return of blood to the heart (reperfusion). It is important to remember this was a small, early study in mice. Further studies in rodents would be needed to confirm these initial findings as true and accurate. Furthermore, this study was carried out in mice and the results may not be the same for people. Research in humans would be needed to understand fully the human bio...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medication Source Type: news

New Role For ECMO In Treating Patients With Cardiac Arrest And Profound Shock
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a procedure traditionally used during cardiac surgeries and in the ICU that functions as an artificial replacement for a patient's heart and lungs, has also been used to resuscitate cardiac arrest victims in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. Now, a novel study of this technique in the U.S. has been completed by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, indicating a potential role for this intervention to save patients who are unable to be resuscitated through conventional measures... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart Disease Source Type: news

Pumpless Paracorporeal Assist Device Helps Infants With Severe Respiratory Failure Survive Until Lung Transplantation
Adults with end-stage respiratory failure and pulmonary hypertension requiring ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) have been "bridged" toward lung transplantation with novel lung assist devices such as the Novalung. This and related devices work based on pumpless application of oxygenators. A presentation by David M. Hoganson, MD, and colleagues from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis at the Congenital Heart Disease Session of the 93rd AATS Annual Meeting described the first time application of this technology to newborns and small children... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Lung Transplant: Jump to Top of List May Carry Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- An acute increase in lung allocation score (LAS) of more than 5 units in the month before lung transplant is a strong and independent predictor of post-transplant death, according to a new study. (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - May 7, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine 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 2, 2013 Category: Chemistry Source Type: news

Preemptive treatment with voriconazole in lung transplant recipients
Neoh CF, Snell GI, Levvey B, Kotsimbos T, Morrissey CO, Slavin MA, Stewart K, Kong DC (Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles - April 15, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

'Lab-grown' rat kidney successfully transplanted
Conclusion This early stage research has developed a new way of growing a bioengineered rat kidney in the laboratory that can produce urine when implanted into a living rat. The researchers have also shown that at least the first stage of this process (removing the cells from a donor kidney) can be achieved with a human kidney. Due to limited availability of donor kidneys for people with kidney disease, researchers and doctors would like to be able to grow human kidneys in the laboratory. This research could be an early step towards developing a potential method for ‘growing’ kidneys in the laboratory that co...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Source Type: news

Kidney grown in lab successfully transplanted into animal
Functioning kidney built from newborn rat cells is a major step towards personalised transplant organs for peopleScientists have grown a kidney in a laboratory and shown that it works when implanted into a living animal. The work is an important step towards the longer-term goal of growing personalised replacement organs that could be transplanted into people with kidney failure.More than 51,000 people are treated every year in the UK for end-stage kidney failure and 90% of those are on the waiting list for organs are waiting for kidneys. A shortage of organs means that every year fewer than 3,000 transplants are carried o...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 14, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Alok Jha Tags: Tissue engineering World news Health guardian.co.uk Medical research Society UK news Science Source Type: news

Double lung transplant survivor talks about how organ donation saved her life
A year and a half ago Kerry Maletroit was so ill that she was unable to move or breathe for herself. But thanks to a double lung transplant, the Jersey born 30-year-old is fighting fit, saying she has never felt better. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cyclists to raise funds for UCLA Blood and Platelet Center; young patient kicks off race
WHAT:Some 1,000 cyclists will raise funds for the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center while enjoying a fresh-air tour of more than 65 scenic, cultural and historic landmarks in Los Angeles during the 16th annual Volkswagen City of Angels Fun Ride. Riders, who can choose from a 51-mile advanced race or a 31-mile recreational route, will be escorted by Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officers, with rolling closures of city streets for traffic-free cycling.     Proceeds support UCLA's mobile blood-donation program, which collects 22,000 units of blood a year, supplying half the transfusions for patients at UCLA ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 10, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Medtronic’s Affinity Fusion Artificial Lungs for Bypass Surgeries
Medtronic received FDA clearance for its Affinity Fusion blood oxygenation/CO2 removal system for open heart surgeries. The new system was designed with particular engineering attention paid to reducing bubble formation and so preventing air embolisms.The Affinity Fusion was approved in Europe in September of last year and has already been used successfully in the U.S. at the Cleveland Clinic.Read More (Source: Medgadget Anesthesiology)
Source: Medgadget Anesthesiology - April 2, 2013 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Editors Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiac Surgery Source Type: news

Wearable artificial lung being developed to be a ‘PAAL’
With the support of a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health grant, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are developing an artificial lung to serve as a bridge to transplant or recovery in patients with acute and chronic lung failure. read more (Source: Articles from MedicalDesign.com)
Source: Articles from MedicalDesign.com - March 26, 2013 Category: Medical Equipment Tags: News Source Type: news

Man who received nation's first 'breathing lung' transplant at UCLA thankful for gift of life
  Fernando Padilla could barely breathe or walk more than a few steps. An incurable disease, pulmonary fibrosis, was causing his lungs to turn to hardened scar tissue, and he was permanently tethered to an oxygen tank. His only hope was a double lung transplant.   In November 2012, he got an early-morning call that a pair of donor lungs was available.   Upon arriving at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, he was told of a new study testing an experimental device — a portable organ-preservation system that keeps donor lungs functioning and "breathing" in a near-physiologic state outside the bod...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 20, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Wearable artificial lung to be developed at Pitt through $3.4 million grant
(University of Pittsburgh) With the support of a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health grant, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh will develop an artificial lung to serve as a bridge to transplant or recovery in patients with acute and chronic lung failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 19, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Copper Detoxification Used As Crafty Defense Mechanism By The Fungus Cryptococcus neoformans
A potentially lethal fungal infection appears to gain virulence by being able to anticipate and disarm a hostile immune attack in the lungs, according to findings by researchers at Duke Medicine. Defense mechanisms used by the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans enable it to lead to fatal meningitis, which is one of the opportunistic infections often associated with death in HIV/AIDS patients, organ transplant recipients, diabetics and other immunosuppressed patients. In describing the complex process of how C... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Informing relatives of heart or lung transplantation patients
The results of this qualitative study showed a gap between the information and support that relatives to newly listed heart or lung transplant patients need and receive. The professional teams and society in general must better understand the experiences, resources and challenges that the relatives face. More about this study Topics: Cardiovascular Nursing (Source: ESC News and Press)
Source: ESC News and Press - March 15, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

UPMC Performs First "Breathing Lung" Transplant On East Coast Using OCS Lung
UPMC surgeons have performed a "breathing lung" transplant using a portable machine that provides a constant supply of blood and nutrients to the donor organs, which doctors say has the potential to keep them healthier and viable for longer than ever before. The double-lung transplant was performed March 4 at UPMC Presbyterian, using the Organ Care System, also known as the OCS lung, by TransMedics Inc. This is the first time the device has been used on the East Coast. The patient, a 53-year-old man from Moundsville, W.Va., had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension... (Source: Health News fr...
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Respiratory / Asthma Source Type: news

Lung Transplant Hazard May Rise with Obese Recipients, Smoking Donors
Study found more 'primary graft dysfunction,' which is tied to higher death risk Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lung Transplantation, Obesity (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Bloodless’ Lung Transplants for Jehovah’s Witnesses
Hospitals are working to further innovate “bloodless” operations, both to treat those who shun transfusions and to advance techniques for all patients. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By KEVIN SACK Tags: Blood Donation Doctors Tomczak, Rebecca S. Transplants Lungs Jehovah's Witnesses Medicine and Health Wal-Mart Stores Inc WMT NYSE Religion and Belief Source Type: news

Today's Alternative Medicine Accidental Humor
Reiki Master Julie Motz, responding to The Operator, Michael Spector's excellent New Yorker piece on Dr. Oz: I never went near the heart-lung machine, but stood with my hands on the patient’s head for most of the surgery. In heart-transplant surgeries, I would go to the ice chest to (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 23, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Lipson Source Type: news

Pioneering Stem Cell-Based Transplant Technology Is Being Developed And Tested On New Organs And Tissues
Surgeon Paolo Macchiarini has made his name by successfully transplanting bioengineered stem cell-based trachea, composed of both artificial and biological material. He now plans to use the technique to recreate more complex tissues, such as the oesophagus and diaphragm or organs such as the heart and lungs. He has also made an experimental attempt to regenerate brain in mice and rats. This is part of the news he presented during his seminar at the scientific AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

The neuropathology of liver, heart, and heart-lung transplantation
Martinez AJ, Puglia J (Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles - February 18, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Stem cell-based bioartificial tissues and organs
(Karolinska Institutet) Surgeon Paolo Macchiarini has made his name by successfully transplanting bioengineered stem cell-based trachea, composed of both artificial and biological material. He now plans to use the technique to recreate more complex tissues, such as the esophagus and diaphragm or organs such as the heart and lungs. He has also made an experimental attempt to regenerate brain in mice and rats. This is part of the news he will be presenting during his seminar at the scientific AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 18, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

No Early Cancer Risk With Donor Lungs From Heavy Smokers
LOS ANGELES (IMNG) - Use of lungs from donors who smoked heavily does not worsen lung transplantation outcomes including risk for lung cancer death, at least in the medium term.At a median follow-up of... (Source: OncologySTAT Latest News)
Source: OncologySTAT Latest News - February 15, 2013 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Sherpa Pak Transplant Heart Transport System Gets U.S. Green Light
Paragonix Technologies out of Cambridge, Massachusetts received clearance in the U.S. for the Sherpa Pak Cardiac Transport System. The Sherpa combines oxygenated perfusion of organs and safe organ storage. The device is indicated for hypothermic transportation of hearts in a cold environment for up to four hours in preparation for a transplant. From the announcement:Currently, the availability of cardiac transplantation is governed by the “ischemic time”, that being, the elapsed time from heart donation to recipient implantation. According to The International Society Of Heart and Lung Transplantation...
Source: Medgadget Anesthesiology - February 13, 2013 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Gene Ostrovsky Tags: Anesthesiology Cardiac Surgery Source Type: news

Infectious complications of lung transplantation. Impact of cystic fibrosis
Flume PA, Egan TM, Paradowski LJ, Detterbeck FC, Thompson JT, Yankaskas JR (Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles - February 11, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Infection after lung transplantation
Paradis IL, Williams P (Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles - February 11, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

An unusual presentation of invasive aspergillosis after lung transplantation
Cattelan AM, Loy M, Tognon S, Rea F, Sasset L, Cadrobbi P (Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - articles - February 1, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Lungs transplants from heavy smokers are 'safe and effective' and could save thousands of lives
It may sound counterintuitive, but lung transplants from people who smoke 20 cigarettes a day can be safe to use, according to scientists from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lungs from heavy smokers may be okay for transplants
Short and medium-term survival rates were the same for people who received non-smoker and smoker lungs (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to build a bionic man | Corrinne Burns
Rex the bionic man shows how close technology is to catching up with – and exceeding – the abilities of the human bodyHe cuts a dashing figure, this gentleman: nearly seven feet tall, and possessed of a pair of striking brown eyes. With a fondness for Ralph Lauren, middle-class rap and sharing a drink with friends, Rex is, in many ways, an unexceptional chap.Except that he is, in fact, a real-world bionic man. Housed within a frame of state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs is a functional heart-lung system, complete with artificial blood pumping through a network of pulsating modified-polymer arteries. He has a bion...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 30, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Corrinne Burns Tags: Tissue engineering Robots guardian.co.uk Technology Editorial Science Source Type: news

Smokers’ Lungs May Be Safe for Transplant (CME/CE)
LOS ANGELES (MedPage Today) -- Transplanting a lung from a heavy smoker doesn't appear to hurt the recipient's outcomes over the mid-term, a national registry suggested. (Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage)
Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage - January 30, 2013 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Heavy smokers can be successful lung donors
You might think that heavy smokers make for bad lung donors. But a new a study finds donors who smoked more than a pack of cigarettes a day for more than 20 years were strong candidates for double lung transplant donors. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - January 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Lungs From Heavy Smokers OK for Transplant
But recipients need to know the source of the potential transplant, researchers say (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - January 29, 2013 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Oncology, Pulmonology, Research, Organ Transplants, News, Source Type: news

Study: Lungs from Heavy Smokers OK for Transplant
But recipients need to know the source of the potential transplant, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lung Transplantation, Organ Donation, Smoking (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Lungs From Heavy Smokers OK for Transplant
Title: Study: Lungs From Heavy Smokers OK for TransplantCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/29/2013 10:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - January 29, 2013 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news