Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant
Findings were so dismal that clinical trial was stopped early (Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer)
Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer - August 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Hemovent expands Series A
Hemovent said today it received an undisclosed amount of funding as part of an oversubscribed Series A expansion round. The funds came from all existing investors, the Aachen, Germany-based company said, as well as newly invested 1st Capital Partner. Hemovent said that the funding comes shortly after it completed the 1st series of in vivo trials of its artificial lung technology platform which it is developing for a range of indications including extracorporeal CO2 removal and extracorporeal life support. “The fact that all Hemovent investors participated in this new round, and that 1st Capital Partner is an exp...
Source: Mass Device - July 20, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Respiratory Hemovent Source Type: news

Stacie Pridden: My new lungs don't work any more
Stacie Pridden, 26, from Swindon, waited three years for a rare heart and double lung transplant. Here, she details her journey - and pleads for more governmental support. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mauna Kea touts Cellvizio pancreatic cyst diagnosis data
Mauna Kea (ENT:MKEA) today touted the results from a recently published study of its Cellvizio system which supported the use of the device in diagnosing pancreatic cysts. The Cellvizio device is designed for use in a variety of surgical procedures, providing real time visualization at the microscopic level, Mauna Kea said. Results from the study were published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, the French company said. In the study, researchers evaluated in vivo and ex vivo confocal endomicroscopy of pancreatic cystic lesions, Mauna Kea reported. The researchers concluded that in vivo nCLE patterns were reprod...
Source: Mass Device - July 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Imaging Mauna Kea Technologies Source Type: news

NIH awards $8.6 million for bold bid to transform lung transplantation
(University of Virginia Health System) Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have received more than $8.6 million in federal grants to support efforts that could dramatically increase the number of lungs available for transplant - and then save the lives of the people who receive them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lilly Wyburn with leukaemia faces double lung transplant
Lilly Wyburn, from Parkes in New South Wales, has endured rounds of gruelling treatments since being diagnosed with  leukaemia at the age of one. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: June 30, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]From ConforMIS touting its knee replacement study to Consulting Radiologists’s new breast cancer detection tool, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Study: Low-dose CT scanning improves Ankylosing Spondylitis assessment A new study has shown that low-dose computed tomography (LD-CT) is more sensitive than X-rays for monitoring disease progression in people who have Ankylosing Spondylitis, according to a June 15 press release. LD-CT has previously been proven to be sensitive and reliable when assessing bone growth in different pat...
Source: Mass Device - June 30, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Big Data Business/Financial News Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Diagnostics Implants Oncology Research & Development Respiratory Cefaly conformis Consulting Radiologists Hemovent Image Stream Medical Me Source Type: news

Clinical Trial Saves Baby ’s Lungs
Treatment TermsChildren's health CategoriesClinical trialsFamily health TagsPatient story Sub-Title Baby Collier Proves He ’s a Survivor Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Collier Hart sat smiling in his crib repeatedly saying, “Wa wa.” Given a sippy cup of water, he threw back his head and drained it. He put his hands together, fingertips touching, and made the sign for “more.” None of this is unusual for a 2-year-old, but it is for Collier. He spent the first 15 months of his life at Duke Children’s Hospital af ter being born with severely underdeveloped lungs. Hero Imageco...
Source: dukehealth.org: Health Tips - June 23, 2017 Category: Primary Care Authors: klh85 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Real Stories Of Americans Who Will Be Affected By The Proposed Changes To The ACA — And What YOU Can Do To Fight
With the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 20 million Americans are at risk of losing their health care coverage. A survey, conducted by Brunswick Partners, found that “75 percent of Americans agree that the proposed changes to Medicaid in the AHCA are a bad idea. And that we should not allow 14 million Americans to become uninsured even if there is a potential to reduce Medicaid spending. These results are significant because they find majorities of Americans identifying as conservatives (55 percent), moderates (82 percent) and liberals (90 percent) are opposed to the AHCA’s Medicaid pro...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Papers of note in Science Translational Medicine 9 (394)
This week’s articles describe how broccoli can combat type 2 diabetes, how monocytes contribute to the failure of organ transplant grafts, and how to more durably treat RET- or KRAS-driven lung cancer. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - June 20, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ferrarelli, L. K. Tags: STKE Editors ' Choice Source Type: news

Optellum unveils lung cancer analysis software
Artificial intelligence software developer Optellum said it will showcase a...Read more on AuntMinnie.com (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 16, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Hidden immune cells cause lung transplant failure
(Northwestern University) Scientists have discovered that a subset of immune cells called nonclassical monocytes, previously unknown to reside in the lungs, play a key role in driving primary graft dysfunction (PGD), the leading cause of death after lung transplantation. The study demonstrates targeting these cells could lead to novel treatments for PGD, a complication that currently impacts more than half of transplant patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Using Viruses to Boost Mesothelioma Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy through clinical trials is becoming a promising treatment option for some mesothelioma patients. Checkpoint inhibitor drugs, such as Keytruda, already have U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as first-line treatments for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), edging immunotherapy drugs closer to becoming a viable second-line therapy for other thoracic cancers, including pleural mesothelioma. However, overall response to immune therapies remains relatively low. Researchers across the country are striving to enhance responsiveness to immunotherapy drugs. Leading that trend is viroimmunotherapy, or t...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 6, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Biomedicines checkpoint blockade Checkpoint inhibitor drugs clinical trials for mesothelioma Dr. Alexander Dash Dr. Manish Patel FDA approval Keytruda immune response cancer immunotherapy response mesothelioma intratumoral injections k Source Type: news

The Perioperative Lung Transplant Virome The Perioperative Lung Transplant Virome
Explore the role torque teno viruses may play in primary graft dysfunction after lung transplantation.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Man who was denied life-saving lung transplant over marijuana use dies
(Natural News) Riley Hancey, the Park City, Utah man initially denied of a lung transplant at the University of Utah over marijuana use, passed away at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The cause of death was due in part to complications of double lung transplant he received from the latter. Riley was surrounded by... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mauna Kea touts data from Cellvizio lung transplant study
This study provides further evidence of the broad potential of the Cellvizio platform to improve diagnostic and treatment outcomes. We thank Dr. Keller and his colleagues for conducting this unique study sponsored by Mauna Kea Technologies and demonstrating that with proper training, the procedure is effective and reproducible. We are optimistic that Cellvizio will increasingly be used in a variety of applications that can benefit from its unique ability to provide real-time diagnostic information at the cellular level. Moreover, image interpretation automation with artificial intelligence will contribute to the performanc...
Source: Mass Device - May 25, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Imaging Mauna Kea Technologies Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 25, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Artificial pancreas: These companies are racing to make one Medical device companies are close to achieving the holy grail of diabetes treatment: a combined glucose sensor, control algorithm and insulin infusion device that eff...
Source: Mass Device - May 25, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 18, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Medtronic owes spine doc inventor $24m for patent infringement Medtronic must fork over nearly $24 million to the physician inventor behind a group of patents covering a technique for treating spine defects. Dr. Mark Barry sued...
Source: Mass Device - May 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Source Type: news

FDA panel recommends approval for TransMedics lung transplant device
An FDA advisory panel yesterday recommended that the federal safety watchdog approve a device made by TransMedics to keep donated lungs perfused during transport to transplantation procedures. The FDA’s Gastroenterology & Urology Devices panel voted 11-2 that the OCS Lung system is safe; 8-5 that it’s effective; and 9-4 that its benefits outweigh the risks, an FDA spokeswoman told MassDevice.com via email. TransMedics did not respond to a request for comment. A previously scheduled advisory panel hearing for another TransMedics device, the OCS Heart system, was cancelled by the...
Source: Mass Device - May 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Gastroenterology & Urology Devices panel Organ Transplant Transmedics Inc. Source Type: news

Link found between donor, infection in heart, lung transplant recipients
(Mayo Clinic) Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified a possible cause for a rare infection in heart and lung transplant recipients: the donor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study suggests link between imbalanced gut microbiome and systemic sclerosis
This study is the first to examine gastrointestinal bacterial composition in two independent groups of people with systemic sclerosis. Systemic sclerosis, also known as scleroderma, is an autoimmune disease affecting the body ’s connective tissue. It is characterized by a hardening and scarring of skin and can progress to inflammation and scarring in the organs such as kidneys, heart, lungs and gastrointestinal tract. Previous UCLA-led research  detailed a link between the disease and the imbalance in the gut microbiome and suggested that this imbalance contributed to scleroderma’s symptoms.METHODThe ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 12, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

'Deep patient' may point the way to better care
SAN JOSE, CA - With so much research focused on disease diagnosis using artificial...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Deep learning for lung cancer advances goals AI will bring doctors and machines together in radiology NVIDIA hails Mayo Clinic AI initiative AI start-up eyes deep learning to aid imaging in China Part 2: How will AI affect radiology? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 12, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Voriconazole Exposure May Affect SCC After Lung Transplant
Prolonged exposure to voriconazole may be linked to development, recurrence, progression of skin SCC (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - May 9, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Dermatology, Infections, Oncology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Milestones made possible #becauseofadonor
There are more than 80 children currently waiting for life-saving organ transplants at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Transplant Center team is grateful for the donors who give these kids a second chance. Meet Maggie. The 20-year-old received her first double-lung transplant at 4 years old and her second at 7 years old. #becauseofadonor, Maggie is able to go to college. Meet Tom. At 15 years old, he received a liver transplant. #becauseofadonor, Tom, now 22, is able to run the Boston Marathon. Meet Aaron. The 10-year-old received his heart transplant at just 1 year old. #becauseofadonor, ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Donate life double lung transplant heart transplant Heart transplant program Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program Lung Transplant Program National Donate Life Month organ donation Pediatric Transplant Cente Source Type: news

Nasco Healthcare Releases New 2017-2018 Healthcare Catalog
Fort Atkinson, WI - The 2017-2018 Healthcare catalog, featuring Life/form® and Simulaids highly specialized skills trainers, manikins, and simulators for Nursing and Medical, EMS, Fire, and Rescue, is now available from Nasco Healthcare in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Saugerties, New York. The 252-page catalog includes Nasco Healthcare’s Life/form® and Simulaids lines, as well as many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The catalog’s major emphasis is to provide more effective training tools for educators to train their students, who are facing an increasingly demanding ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nasco Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Lamb fetuses can now grow in artificial wombs. Will humans be next?
When babies are born, they draw their first breaths. Those gulps of oxygen trigger the lungs to stop developing.When babies are born prematurely, the same thing happens. But a preemie's lungs are critically underdeveloped. Scientific advancements have made it possible for babies born as early... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - April 28, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Roy Source Type: news

Transcriptomic regulatory analysis of the dendritic cell response to post-lung transplant invasive aspergillosis
Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - April 27, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

WATCH: Artificial 'biobag' womb for extremely premature newborns in testing
Infants born extremely prematurely face a host of health issues from underdeveloped lungs that can cause chronic lung damage to fragile blood vessels that can cause bleeding in the brain. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Teen DENIED life-saving double lung transplant after testing positive for marijuana
(Natural News) Just next door in the state of Colorado, its use is commonly recommended to patients to help relieve pain and provide relief from disease. But in Utah, cannabis consumption is apparently not only frowned upon, but it could end up actually barring a patient’s access to life-saving medical treatments. This is exactly what... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to potentially help premature babies
(Reuters) – Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival. In pre-clinical studies with lambs, the researchers were able to mimic the womb environment and the functions of the placenta, giving premature offspring a crucial opportunity to develop their lungs and other organs. Around 30,000 babies in the United States alone are born critically early – at between 23 and 26 weeks of gestation, the researchers told reporters in a telephone briefi...
Source: Mass Device - April 26, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Research & Development Source Type: news

Artificial Intelligence May Help Combat TB in Remote Regions
Title: Artificial Intelligence May Help Combat TB in Remote RegionsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/25/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/26/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - April 26, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Artificial Intelligence May Help Combat TB in Remote Regions
Machine diagnoses of deadly lung disease prove highly accurate in tests, study finds (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - April 25, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Pulmonology, Radiology, Research, News, Source Type: news

Artificial Intelligence May Help Combat TB in Remote Regions
Machine diagnoses of deadly lung disease prove highly accurate in tests, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Tuberculosis, X-Rays (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Man initially denied lung transplant for pot use dies
Riley Hancey received a double lung transplant last month, after first being denied the life-saving procedure last year when he tested positive for marijuana (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Common is α -1-Antitrypsin Deficiency?
Discussion α-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency (A1AT) is a common single-gene mutation disease that is homozygous recessive. The normal allele is called M and the most common abnormal allele is Z. There are other alleles though. The gene codes for one of the primary protease inhibitors in the serum, thus those who are homozygous for the Z gene are sometimes referred to as “PIZZ” or “PIZ.” α-1-Antitrypsin is found in all body tissues but is especially important in the serum and lung. As noted it is one of the primary neutrophil protease inhibitors in the serum, and acts to neutralize these enzymes...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 24, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Persistence propels patient through double-lung transplant
Steve Shank knows what it's like to face an uphill climb. Despite being legally blind and affected by albinism, he has been an avid bicyclist for years, competing in 100-mile rides on the rolling hills of Iowa. The arduous contests challenged Steve physically and mentally, giving the Iowa City native an ability to endure difficult [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 23, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak
Conclusion The researchers used data from a large ongoing cohort study to look for links between consumption of sugary and artificially sweetened drinks and risk of stroke or dementia. This cohort study benefits from the large overall sample size, long period of data collection, careful and valid diagnostic assessments, and adjustments for a number of confounders. However, care must be taken when interpreting these results – particularly if latching on to the maximal tripled risk figures reported in the media. There are several points to consider: Small numbers The new number of strokes and dementia in this study was...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Heart/lungs Neurology Source Type: news

He lost his sight to cancer, but not his vision of a full life
When Tim Conners collected his wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2012 at the age of 18, he was blind from childhood leukemia that had spread to his optic nerve and craving inspiration to transcend his disability. A football player and wrestler who’d never been an outdoorsman, he asked to meet Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on seven continents. Tim’s wish came true. He had 2½ terrifying but transformative days of outdoor adventures in Colorado with Erik, who lost his sight to a degenerative eye disorder at 13. Now Tim is training to cl...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Irene Sege Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center stem cell transplant Source Type: news

Teen denied lung transplant after smoking pot, family says
19-year-old needed double lung transplant ​, but his family says because he tested positive for chief intoxicant in marijuana​ he was denied spot on list (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smithfield Makes Move On Market For Pig-Human Transplants
Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has established a separate bioscience unit to expand its role in supplying pig parts for medical uses, with the ultimate goal of selling pig organs for transplantation into humans. Routine pig-human organ transplants are years away, but recent scientific advances are breaking down barriers that frustrated prior attempts to use pigs as a ready supply of replacement parts for sick or injured people, making it an attractive new market. “Our bread and butter has always been the bacon, sausage, fresh pork - very much a food-focused operation,” Courtney Stant...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smithfield Makes Move On Market For Pig-Human Transplants
Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has established a separate bioscience unit to expand its role in supplying pig parts for medical uses, with the ultimate goal of selling pig organs for transplantation into humans. Routine pig-human organ transplants are years away, but recent scientific advances are breaking down barriers that frustrated prior attempts to use pigs as a ready supply of replacement parts for sick or injured people, making it an attractive new market. “Our bread and butter has always been the bacon, sausage, fresh pork - very much a food-focused operation,” Courtney Stant...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 12, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

ALung closes $36m Series C
Artificial lung-like device developer ALung Technologies said today it closed a $36 million Series C financing round, with funds slated to support a US pivotal trial of its Hemolung respiratory assist system as it pursues FDA approval. The Pittsburgh, Penn.-based company is developing the Hemolung device, an extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal system that works by removing carbon dioxide and delivering oxygen directly to a patient’s blood via a small catheter inserted into the jugular or femoral vein. The funding round was led by Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) and UPMC and joined by Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD), The Acc...
Source: Mass Device - April 11, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Respiratory Abiomed Inc. ALung Technologies Inc. Royal Philips Source Type: news

Local biotech firm raises $36M in round led by Philips, UPMC
ALung Technologies Inc., a Pittsburgh-based developer of an artificial lung device, has closed on $36 million in a Series C financing round led by Philips and UPMC, its largest capital raise to date. The money will support a U.S.-based pivotal trial for Food and Drug Administration approval of ALung’s Hemolung Respiratory Assist System. Both UPMC, which invested through its innovation and commercialization arm UPMC Enterprises, and Philips will offer resources and expertise to support ALung ’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 11, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Patty Tascarella Source Type: news

Local biotech firm raises $36M in round led by Philips, UPMC
ALung Technologies Inc., a Pittsburgh-based developer of an artificial lung device, has closed on $36 million in a Series C financing round led by Philips and UPMC, its largest capital raise to date. The money will support a U.S.-based pivotal trial for Food and Drug Administration approval of ALung’s Hemolung Respiratory Assist System. Both UPMC, which invested through its innovation and commercialization arm UPMC Enterprises, and Philips will offer resources and expertise to support ALung ’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 11, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Patty Tascarella Source Type: news

Donor-Derived DNA Predicts Lung Transplant Rejection Donor-Derived DNA Predicts Lung Transplant Rejection
Before any clinical signs of graft failure are evident in patients who undergo lung transplant, experimental research suggests that donor-derived cell-free DNA could help predict a poor outcome.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

The Boston Marathon: Brave and beyond
Brave. It’s the word inscribed on the simple band Mary Tremper wears on her left wrist. The band is a reminder from her son Shane that she possesses the strength and courage to bravely face the future. When Mary, a Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles runner, found the band in the hospital gift shop she knew it was from Shane. And as Mary has shared her son’s story with her teammates and listened to theirs, they have redefined brave, together. A few of their stories, including the Tremper’s, follow. Brave: Remembering Shane Shane in the Boston Children’s NICU. “I run for Shane. ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 10, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Liver transplant NICU RSV Source Type: news

'When I met Chloe she was dead': one girl, four hearts and an NHS miracle
Chloe Narbonne ’s heart failed when she was 11, starting a near-hopeless fight for survival. A year on from groundbreaking surgery, she is alive and this is her storyRevealed: girl of 13 is first child in Britain to receive artificial heart“By the time I met Chloe she was dead,” André Simon says matter-of-factly. “I told her parents clearly that she didn’t really have a chance to survive. What I was proposing gave her a theoretical chance.” He pauses. “But I also said that the operation might just prolong her agony and su ffering – I didn’t even know if she would...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Denis Campbell Health policy editor Tags: Organ donation Health Medical research Society Children NHS Science Source Type: news

Revealed: girl of 13 is first child in Britain to receive artificial heart
Daring operation saved Chloe Narbonne after a failed transplant meant the device was the only way to keep her aliveChloe ’s story: one girl, four hearts and an NHS miracleA 13-year-old girl from Worcester is the first child in Britain to have received an artificial heart, the Guardian can reveal, after doctors decided it was the only way to save her life.Chloe Narbonne had the device installed in a complex nine-hour operation that involved 30 NHS staff at the Royal Brompton, a specialist heart and lung hospital in London. The artificial heart kept the then 12-year-old girl alive until a human heart became available a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Denis Campbell Health policy editor Tags: Organ donation NHS Health Society Children Science UK news Medical research Source Type: news

The Time is Now to Move Far Beyond the Pill
There has been a lot of talk about ‘beyond the pill'strategies for many years, as companies create services and solutions that are complementary to their drugs. More recently, with the many changes affecting healthcare, pharma companies are adjusting their business models and looking at strategies to improve patient outcomes and diversify revenue sources that go far beyond the pill.Wellness programs and chronic disease management are common approaches, offering opportunities for companies to increase customer engagement leading to improved outcomes. For example, Biogen has used Fitbits to monitor the walking activity...
Source: EyeForPharma - April 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dr Andree Bates Source Type: news