Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick, opera singer who had 2 lung transplants, dies
Renowned soprano Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick, who performed worldwide after two separate lung transplants, has died, her family said. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A match is found: Nova Scotia transplant advocate gets 2 new lungs
A Nova Scotia woman has received a double lung transplant just months after she thought the financial burden of the procedure would force her into palliative care. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

AI predicts lung cancer survival from CT scan data
Harvard researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: AI malware deceives radiologists with fake tumors on CT AI reliably characterizes pulmonary nodules on CT AI spots lung nodules on CT, with low false-positive rate New AI algorithm identifies small lung tumors on CT scans NIH issues huge database of CT scans for AI testing (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 22, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

3D-printed craniofacial models support family consults
Researchers from Saudi Arabia have created 3D-printed models based on the CT...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: 3D printing reduces liver transplant costs, surgery time 3D printing yields custom-fit glasses for kids 3D printing helps separate rare case of conjoined twins 3D printing gives pediatric heart surgery a boost 3D-printed lungs improve patient understanding of surgery (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 22, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Crowdsourced AI learns to target lung tumors for radiation
(Reuters Health) - In many parts of the world there are not enough radiation oncologists to design and deliver radiation treatments for lung cancer patients, but that gap could one day be filled with the help of artificial intelligence, researchers suggest in a new study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Multiple Listing in Lung Transplant Candidates Multiple Listing in Lung Transplant Candidates
Might the practice of multiple listing improve the likelihood of a candidate receiving a lung transplant?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Cystic fibrosis sufferer who had double lung transplant contracted a virus from her donor 
Rima Manomaitis, 29, from Pepperell, Massachusetts, received a double lung transplant in May 2017 to treat her cystic fibrosis, only to learn her donor had a dormant virus that had become active. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medtronic touts economic data for HeartWare HVAD
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today touted more data on the HeartWare left-ventricular assist device it acquired in 2016, saying economic analyses of prior trials showed its cost effectiveness. The Fridley, Minn.-based medical device giant said one analysis, of data from the Lateral thoracotomy study showed that patients implanted with its HVAD pump incurred lower hospitalization and medical supply costs than patients implanted via sternotomy. The average total cost per thoracotomy patient was $204,107, compared with $260,492 for traditional median sternotomy. Lateral also showed an 87% survival rate at two years and a 30% in ...
Source: Mass Device - April 8, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Clinical Trials Featured Medtronic Source Type: news

TransMedics registers for $86m IPO
TransMedics last week registered for an initial public offering worth more than $86 million for the organ transplant transportation system it developed. The Organ Care System is designed to keep donated hearts, lungs and livers in near-living condition until transplantation; the company touts it as the only such system designed for more than one organ. In Europe, the OCS Heart and OCS Lung devices are already on the market. A year ago the Andover, Mass.-based company won pre-market approval from the FDA for its OCS Lung transplant device for standard double-lung transplantation procedures. In an April 5 regulatory filing T...
Source: Mass Device - April 8, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Funding Roundup Transplants Wall Street Beat transmedics Source Type: news

Pembrokeshire girl, 10, dies waiting for lung transplant
Belle Curran won numerous bravery awards as she battled with rare Interstitial Lung Disease. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Common virus linked to faster disease progression in cystic fibrosis
(European Lung Foundation) A new study has found that cystic fibrosis patients who have a common virus may experience faster disease progression than patients who do not have the virus. Signs of faster cystic fibrosis disease progression included earlier times to lung transplant referral and reaching the final stages of the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medtronic touts stroke data for HeartWare LVAD
A retrospective analysis of two studies involved the HeartWare left-ventricular assist device Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) acquired in 2016 showed that managing blood pressure reduced the severity of strokes in patients implanted with the HVAD pump. The analysis, of “destination therapy” patients who are not candidates for a heart transplant, took data from the Endurance and Endurance Supplemental studies. Results were presented this week at the annual meeting of the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation in London, Medtronic said. The 465-patient Endurance Supplemental study compared 308 patients i...
Source: Mass Device - April 5, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Clinical Trials Featured Abbott HeartWare International Inc. Medtronic stjudemedical Thoratec Corp. Source Type: news

Hep C-Infected Lungs, Hearts OK for Transplant
The new transplant policy calls for recipients to receive hepatitis C antivirals starting a few hours after leaving the operating room. This strategy could increase the number of potential organs available to patients by 20% to 25%, the lead researcher said. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lungs, Hearts Infected With Hepatitis C Still OK for Transplant
Title: Lungs, Hearts Infected With Hepatitis C Still OK for TransplantCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/3/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/4/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - April 4, 2019 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

More heart, lung transplants possible with therapy to clear Hep C from donor organs
(Reuters Health) - The presence of hepatitis C in potential organ donors has long prevented hearts and lungs from going to patients who desperately need them, but that prohibition may soon disappear thanks to a technique that attacks the virus before it can gain a foothold in the recipient. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Study: Safe to transplant hepatitis C-infected hearts, lungs
A new study suggests doctors can safely transplant lungs or hearts from hepatitis C-positive donors without infecting the recipients (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

HCV-Infected Hearts, Lungs Safe With Preemptive Antivirals HCV-Infected Hearts, Lungs Safe With Preemptive Antivirals
Excellent survival and graft function was seen in uninfected organ recipients after a short course of antiviral treatment in a pilot trial. The findings could potentially expand the organ donor pool.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 3, 2019 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Lungs, Hearts Infected With Hepatitis C Still OK for Transplant
WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 -- Patients in dire need of an organ transplant can safely receive a new heart or lung from donors who have hepatitis C, a new clinical trial has shown. By swiftly administering powerful antiviral drugs, doctors can prevent... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 3, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

PC945, a novel inhaled azole for treatment of fungal tracheobronchitis post-lung transplantation: a case report
Conference abstracts (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - April 3, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Hepatitis C-infected hearts and lungs safely transplanted
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the team describes a four-week antiviral treatment regimen started within hours of organ transplantation surgery, preventing establishment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in all patients, and, in so doing, expanding the pool of eligible heart and lung donor organs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 3, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Here ’s Everything You Need to Know About Gut Health
It’s hardly news that the gastrointestinal tract is important to human health: It transports food from the mouth to the stomach, converts it into absorbable nutrients and stored energy, and shuttles waste back out of the body. If you don’t properly nourish yourself, you don’t live. It’s that simple. But in recent years, scientists have discovered that the GI system has an even bigger, more complex job than previously appreciated. It’s been linked to numerous aspects of health that have seemingly nothing to do with digestion, from immunity to emotional stress to chronic illnesses, including can...
Source: TIME: Health - March 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan Tags: Uncategorized Research Source Type: news

‘I thought I was going to die’: why patients are no longer pooh-poohing faecal transplants
Bonnie Wortmeyer is one of thousands finding freedom from Clostridium difficile bacteria through faecal microbiota transplantationBonnie Wortmeyer has spent the past few years plagued by ill health. Among the major issues she has had to deal with are a double lung transplant and what she calls her “poo transplant”, which she says changed her life.While recovering from her double lung transplant, Wortmeyer was exposed to numerous courses of antibiotics, which made her susceptible to contracting the Clostridium difficile bacteria. C diff, as it ’s known, is a nasty, life-threatening bacteria which makes lif...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 24, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Melanie Tait Tags: Health Australia news South Australia Medical research Source Type: news

Machines Treating Patients? It ’s Already Happening
Rayfield Byrd knows when it’s time to wake up every morning. The 68-year-old Oakland, Cal., resident hears a voice from the living room offering a cheery good morning. Except Byrd lives alone. A little after 8 a.m. each day, a small yellow robot named Mabu asks Byrd how he’s doing. Byrd has Type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure, and about three years ago, he had surgery to implant a microvalve in his heart to keep his blood flowing properly. To stay healthy, he takes four medications a day and needs to exercise regularly. To make sure his heart is still pumping effectively, his doctor needs to stay on to...
Source: TIME: Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Artificial Intelligence Life Reinvented medicine Source Type: news

'I don't want people to feel hopeless,' says lung-transplant patient pushing for donations to help others
Natalie Jarvis has been inundated with offers of help since speaking out last week about the significant financial costs faced by Atlantic Canadian patients who must move to Toronto for lung transplants, and now she's asking people to help others in similar situations. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

AI Takes Aim at Lung Cancer Screening
WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 -- The term artificial intelligence (AI) might bring to mind robots or self-driving cars. But one group of researchers is using a type of AI to improve lung cancer screening. Screening is important for early diagnosis and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 13, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

They face financial ruin to get a new lung. Some are choosing to die instead
Lung transplants are not performed in Atlantic Canada. Patients from the region are selling their homes and liquidating savings in order to move to Toronto for the life-saving surgery. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Artificial intelligence cuts lung cancer screening false positives
(University of Pittsburgh) Right now, 96 percent of people who screen positive for lung cancer don't actually have a malignant growth. Machine learning can rule out cancer in a third of them, saving time, money and anxiety. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 12, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

COPD, ILD Patients May Not Benefit From Bilateral Lung Transplant Listing
Unrestricted lung transplant listing strategy may increase transplant rates without affecting survival (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - March 4, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Pulmonology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

COPD, ILD Patients May Not Benefit From Bilateral Lung Transplant Listing
MONDAY, March 4, 2019 -- While an unrestricted listing strategy does not seem to impact overall survival among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or interstitial lung disease (ILD) awaiting lung transplant, it may increase... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

3D printing reduces liver transplant costs, surgery time
Presurgical planning on 3D-printed models allowed researchers from China to...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: 3D printing unites radiology, otolaryngology 3D printing helps separate rare case of conjoined twins 3D printing gives pediatric heart surgery a boost 3D-printed lungs improve patient understanding of surgery 3D printing boosts efficiency of rib fracture repair (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 26, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Artificial lung cancer tissue could help find new drug treatments
A 3D hydrogel created by researchers in U of T Engineering Professor Molly Shoichet's lab is helping University of Ottawa researchers to quickly screen hundreds of potential drugs for their ability to fight highly invasive cancers. Cell invasion is a critical hallmark of metastatic cancers, such as certain types of lung and brain cancer. Fighting these cancers requires therapies that can both kill cancer cells as well as prevent cell invasion of healthy tissue. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - February 25, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Artificial lung cancer tissue could help find new drug treatments
(University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science& Engineering) A 3D hydrogel created by researchers at U of T Engineering is helping University of Ottawa researchers to quickly screen hundreds of potential drugs for their ability to fight highly invasive cancers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Aspiring makeup artist, 25, suffering from cystic fibrosis is on her third and FINAL set of lungs
Tiffany Senter (pictured) of Shasta Lake City, California is only 25, but she's been at deaths door twice. Tiffany was born with cystic fibrosis and has had to have two lung transplants. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TexLab AI algorithm predicts ovarian cancer survival
By analyzing tumor characteristics such as structure, shape, and size, an artificial...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: AI may predict lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer AI can predict breast cancer molecular subtypes on MRI Russian AI detects lung cancer on CT in 20 seconds AI can differentiate glioblastoma, brain metastasis AI uses features outside nodules to predict malignancy (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 15, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Transcatheter mitral valve tech dev CardioMech AS raises $3m
Early stage cardiovascular intervention tech developer CardioMech AS said today that it raised $2.5 million in a convertible note financing round. The Oslo-based company said that the round was significantly oversubscribed, and included investments from experienced angel investors. CardioMech is developing a transcatheter alternative to cardiac surgery for the placement of artificial chords for the mitral valve, according to the company’s website. The company’s initial tech will focus on high risk patients suffering from severe symptomatic degenerative mitral regurgitation due to props or flail. “This fin...
Source: Mass Device - February 11, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular CardioMech Source Type: news

Woman, 30, with cystic fibrosis is disappointed after being denied NHS funding for IVF and surrogacy
Sophie Gannon, from Bexley, South London, had a double lung transplant in 2011. Her and her partner, Josh Thomas, were told they do not fit the funding criteria, and are now fundraising money. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AI may predict lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer
The combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and radiomics features on CT...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: AI can predict breast cancer molecular subtypes on MRI Russian AI detects lung cancer on CT in 20 seconds AI can differentiate glioblastoma, brain metastasis AI uses features outside nodules to predict malignancy Surgery plus RT works best for metastatic gastric cancer (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 8, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Leviticus Cardio, Jarvik Heart unveil wireless LVAD
Jarvik Heart and Leviticus Cardio yesterday unveiled a new collaborative wirelessly-powered left ventricular assist device and touted its recent first-in-human use. An article on the new heart and its first implantation was recently published in the Journal for Heart and Lung Transplantation, the companies said. The device, dubbed the Fully Implanted Ventricular Assist Device (FIVAD), is based on Coplanar Energy Transfer technology from Leviticus Cardio as well as a heart pump produced by Jarvik Heart, the companies said. The system includes a fully implanted Jarvik 2000 VAD system which is powered wirelessly using both in...
Source: Mass Device - February 7, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Featured Jarvik Heart Leviticus Cardio Source Type: news

Cystic fibrosis sufferer slams the NHS after being denied funding for IVF and surrogacy
Sophie Gannon, from Bexley, South London, had a double lung transplant in 2011. Her and her partner, Josh Thomas, were told they do not fit the funding criteria, and are now fundraising money. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AI can predict breast cancer molecular subtypes on MRI
Can an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm identify the molecular subtype...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Russian AI detects lung cancer on CT in 20 seconds AI can detect, localize fractures on wrist x-rays AI reveals cause of transient ischemic attack symptoms Breast MRI effective as adjunct to DBT in high-risk women AI uses features outside nodules to predict malignancy (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 6, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Behind the Invention: Wearable Artificial Kidney
If you've ever known someone who has had to be on dialysis, you know that the quality of life for dialysis patients is not great. First of all, there is a pill burden. "My patients need to eat 20 to 30 pills a day," Victor Gura, MD, an internist, nephrologist, and inventor of the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) told MD&M West attendees on Tuesday. "So one was making a joke. He said 'I could put them in a bowl with some dressing and have a salad'. The bottom line is it's a burden and it's also expensive." In addition to the pill burden, dialysis patients are restricted in the...
Source: MDDI - February 5, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: R & D Design Source Type: news

Russian AI detects lung cancer on CT in 20 seconds
Researchers from Russia have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: AI can detect, localize fractures on wrist x-rays AI reveals cause of transient ischemic attack symptoms AI can identify, triage abnormal chest x-rays AI uses features outside nodules to predict malignancy AI reliably characterizes pulmonary nodules on CT (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 4, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

New clues discovered to lung transplant rejection
(Washington University in St. Louis) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered clues to a particularly deadly form of rejection that can follow lung transplantation. Called antibody-mediated rejection, the condition remains impervious to available treatments and difficult to diagnose. The researchers have identified, in mice, a process that may prevent the condition and lead to possible therapies to treat it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HLA Antigen Matching Linked With Skin Cancer Risk After Heart, Lung Transplants HLA Antigen Matching Linked With Skin Cancer Risk After Heart, Lung Transplants
Rates of de novo skin cancer after lung or heart transplantation are higher when donor and recipient HLA antigens are well matched, a large retrospective study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

HLA Mismatch in Transplant Organs Tied to Lower Skin Ca Risk
(MedPage Today) -- Reduced risk observed in heart and lung transplant recipients (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - January 25, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Could Blood Test Predict Lung Transplant Rejection?
(MedPage Today) -- Genomic-derived biomarker shows promise in'proof of concept'study (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - January 24, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Plasma Marker Predicts Allograft Failure in Lung Transplant
THURSDAY, Jan. 24, 2019 -- Donor-derived cell-free DNA (ddcfDNA) is a potential biomarker that can predict allograft failure after lung transplantation, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in EBioMedicine. Sean Agbor-Enoh, M.D., Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 24, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Blood test shows promise for early detection of severe lung-transplant rejection
New tool that uses DNA sequencing could improve transplant outcomes and save lives. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - January 23, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

New Blood Test Determines Likelihood of Lung Transplant Rejection
A simple blood test could help detect whether a newly transplanted lung is being rejected by a patient, even when there aren’t any apparent signs of rejection. The donor-derived cell-free DNA test was developed by the National Institutes of Health/National Heart Blood and Lung Institute. A study about the performance of the blood test was published in EbioMedicine, a publication of The Lancet. The test relies on DNA sequencing and represents a great example of personalized medicine, as it will allow doctors to tailor transplant treatments to those individuals who are at highest risk for rejection. "T...
Source: MDDI - January 22, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MDDI Staff Tags: IVD Source Type: news