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Study: Lungs From Heavy Smokers OK for Transplant
But recipients need to know the source of the potential transplant, researchers say (Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer)
Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer - January 29, 2013 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Flu patients use artificial lungs to heal
TORONTO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Toronto General Hospital physicians say they used Extra Corporeal Lung Support -- artificial lungs -- to aid the recovery of five influenza patients. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shared decision making sheets to facilitate conversations about treatment options
Source: Right Care Area: News The BMJ Group has developed a number of shared decision making sheets, designed to facilitate a conversation between patients and healthcare professionals about the reasons for choosing one treatment option over and above another treatment option. The information sheets are both prompts for use in consultations by health professionals with their patients, and aide-memoires for patients with instructions for accessing the corresponding web-based patient decision aid.    Shared decision making sheets on the following are currently available:   - AAA repair - ...
Source: NeLM - Cardiovascular Medicine - January 22, 2013 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Artificial Lung Technology Treatment Normally Used For Lung Transplant Patients Saves Lives Of Critically Ill Flu Patients
In recent weeks the intensive critical care units at University Health Network's Toronto General Hospital have used Extra Corporeal Lung Support (ECLS) to support five influenza (flu) patients in their recovery from severe respiratory problems. ECLS systems are normally used at the hospital as a bridge to lung transplantation but increasingly, the hospital is using ECLS on patients where the usual breathing machines (ventilators) cannot support the patient whose lungs need time to rest and heal... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

European CHMP to discuss licensing application for defibrotide to treat and prevent hepatic veno-occlusive disease
Source: GlobeNewswire Area: News Gentium S.p.A has announced that its Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) for defibrotide to treat and prevent hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD) in adults and children undergoing haematopoietic stem cell transplantation therapy, will be on the agenda for discussion at the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use meetings scheduled to be held on February 18-21, 2013.   Certain high-dose conditioning regimens used as part of stem cell transplantation can damage the lining cells of hepatic blood vessels and result in VOD, a blockage of the sm...
Source: NeLM - News - January 18, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Critically ill flu patients saved with artificial lung technology treatment
In recent weeks, the intensive critical care units at University Health Network's Toronto General Hospital have used Extra Corporeal Lung Support to support five influenza patients in their recovery from severe respiratory problems. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 17, 2013 Category: Science Source Type: news

Simple healing recipes for cleansing your liver and blood
After the heart and lungs, the liver is perhaps your most vital organ. When it shuts down, you die. Extreme liver conditions may result in the eventual need for dangerous liver transplants. A sluggish liver can manifest a malaise of symptoms that lead to misdiagnoses... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Critically ill flu patients saved with artificial lung technology treatment
(University Health Network) In recent weeks, the intensive critical care units at University Health Network's Toronto General Hospital have used Extra Corporeal Lung Support to support five influenza patients in their recovery from severe respiratory problems. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 17, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Functional Status After Lung Transplantation in Older AdultsFunctional Status After Lung Transplantation in Older Adults
What has changed since the institution of the lung allocation score (LAS) system in 2005 -- for older recipients? American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

New Guidelines Issued For Care Of Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Patients
Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is a rapidly growing technology used to treat advanced heart failure. Thousands of patients worldwide have now undergone implantation of long- term MCS devices (MCSDs) that can enable them to return home and resume a normal lifestyle. The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) convened an international panel of experts in all aspects of MCS care, which has developed practice guidelines to provide a common framework for the care and treatment of MCS patients... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart Disease Source Type: news

ISHLT issues new guidelines for care of mechanical circulatory support device patients
(Elsevier Health Sciences) The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation convened an international panel of experts in all aspects of mechanical circulatory support care (MCS), a rapidly growing technology to treat advanced heart failure. They developed practice guidelines to provide a common framework for the care and treatment of MCS patients. The Executive Summary of these guidelines is published in the February issue of The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and is freely available. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 10, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

The New Old Age Blog: Who Should Receive Organ Transplants?
A graying population and revised policies determining who gets priority for donated organs have led to a rising proportion of older adults receiving transplants. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By PAULA SPAN Tags: University of Michigan eldercare Elderly Transplants Ohio Cleveland Clinic Lungs Medical Issues Age, Chronological organ transplants Organ Donation Source Type: news

Young mother spends her first healthy Christmas with children as double-lung transplant gives her a second chance at life
Thanks to a successful lung transplant operation, Natalie Kerr, 31, from Bolton, was able to enjoy Christmas 2012 with her young children. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicine: the appliance of science
A cure for HIV? A new approach to obesity? Tailor-made therapies for cancer? Medical science surges aheadMore than once last year, researchers described leaps in medical science that were so breathtaking, and held so much potential for patients, that they immediately joined the list of fields to watch in the year ahead. In most cases, the work was, and is, at an early stage and its future success far from certain. Such is the nature of science. Most of today's breakthroughs will be tomorrow's failures. But some may go down in history for transforming how medicine is done.Often, medical science surges ahead when different a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 1, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Tags: The Guardian Genetics Biology Medical research Microbiology Society Features Cancer Aids and HIV Chemistry Biochemistry and molecular biology Science Source Type: news

Thoracic Organ Transplantation: Laboratory Methods
Although great progress has been achieved in thoracic organ transplantation through the development of effective immunosuppression, there is still significant risk of rejection during the early post-transplant period, creating a need for routine monitoring for both acute antibody and cellular mediated rejection. The currently available multiplexed, microbead assays utilizing solubilized HLA antigens afford the capability of sensitive detection and identification of HLA and non-HLA specific antibodies. These assays are being used to assess the relative strength of donor specific antibodies; to permit performance of virtual ...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Immunology - January 1, 2013 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Revised Article-Total Artificial Heart
A total artificial heart is a device that replaces the two lower chambers of the heart. (Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Topics)
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Topics - July 6, 2012 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Clinical Advisory: Randomized, Multi-Center, Phase III Study of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation Comparing Regimen Intensity in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (BMT CTN 0901)
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 eligible for the study. (Source: PubMed New and Noteworthy)
Source: PubMed New and Noteworthy - June 18, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

New Clinical Advisory: Randomized, Multi-Center, Phase III Study of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation Comparing Regimen Intensity in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (BMT CTN 0901)
‚ÄčThe 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 eligible for the study. (Source: PubMed New and Noteworthy)
Source: PubMed New and Noteworthy - June 18, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Summaries: International Kidney Cancer Symposium
Conclusion: there is no increased risk of doing the lymph node dissection early on.   Dr. Eggener-CON   Basics Lymph node dissections rarely done, even for large tumors, because there is no proven therapeutic or staging benefit for low risk patients.  A Mayo study revealed no data showing therapeutic benefit in high risk patients.  For clinically node negative high risk patients, there is staging value but no proven therapeutic benefit. Rate of positive nodes is associated with stage and grade; the higher the stage and grade, the more likely there will be positive nod...
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - November 29, 2011 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Revised Article-Lung Transplant
A lung transplant is surgery to remove a person's diseased lung and replace it with a healthy lung from a deceased donor. (Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Topics)
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Topics - May 25, 2011 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Revised Article-Total Artificial Heart
A total artificial heart (TAH) is a device that replaces the two lower chambers of the heart. (Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Topics)
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Topics - June 23, 2010 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novartis kidney cancer drug clears key hurdle
Everolimus (RAD001) significantly extends progression-free survival in advanced kidney cancer patients after failure of other targeted therapy  Outstanding interim results cause independent data monitoring committee to immediately share findings; patients on placebo to be offered everolimus  Everolimus (RAD001) tablet, taken once daily, demonstrated highly effective anti-tumor activity through continuous targeted inhibition of mTOR  Results of RECORD-1 trial address unmet medical need in renal cell cancer with worldwide regulatory filings planned for second half of 2008  Complete results to ...
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - February 28, 2008 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news