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Personalized Medicine: The Way Forward?
This article will look at some of the strategies already available to help healthcare professionals meet individual patient needs, in the multifaceted field of personalized medicine. Personalizing drug therapy for depression Research suggests that around 50 percent of patients with depression do not respond to first-line antidepressants. What can explain this, and how can it be solved? Current treatment is often a case of trial and error. A patient may take one medication after another, often for 12 weeks or more each time, while symptoms remain the same, or worsen. A team from King's College London in the United Kingd...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When Parents Get Cancer, Children Are Often The Forgotten Victims
On the first day of spring 2007, Francesca Giessmann, 43, a marketing executive and holistic health coach from Kirkland, Washington, was rushed to the emergency room with severe stomach pain. After running numerous tests, doctors gave her the diagnosis of stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Shocked and saddened by the news of her cancer, Giessmann's thoughts quickly turned to her son, Leo, who'd turned 3 years old the month prior. "Leo was very young and could not fully understand what was going on," Giessmann said. "Our pediatrician suggested we try to keep everything normal. I spent a great deal of time in be...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delirium Common After Lung Transplant, Tied to Poorer OutcomesDelirium Common After Lung Transplant, Tied to Poorer Outcomes
Delirium is common following lung transplantation and is associated with greater use of medical resources and worse outcomes, new research suggests. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - June 27, 2016 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Pole Vaulter With Cystic Fibrosis Clears Odds For Survival
BOSTON (CBS) — Clearing the bar and the challenges of life and living with cystic fibrosis far longer than anyone thought he would, Jerry Cahill says exercise has made all the difference.  He is in Boston for the premiere of a documentary about his extraordinary life.  This pole vaulter from New York not only has beaten the odds, he’s crushed them. “I’m 60 years old today, yes,” says Cahill smiling. And that’s a remarkable feat.  Jerry was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was a kid. “You build up a bacteria, the mucus gets really thick, and it st...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news

Double the joy, following heart-lung transplant
Nicole, left, and her twin sister Isabella Nearly six months following a heart-lung transplant, Nicole Kouri makes a triumphant return to school, alongside her twin sister Isabella. It was a pact she made with her Dad back in August of 2015, while her friends were lying by the pool, soaking up the final days of summer, and Nicole was lying in a bed at Boston Children’s Hospital. 14-year-old Nicole was born with a ventricular septal defect (VSD) — otherwise known as a hole in the heart — and pulmonary hypertension, a serious condition associated with VSD that makes it difficult for blood to flow properly t...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 27, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories cardiomyopathy double lung transplant Dr. Tajinder Singh Francis Fynn-Thompson heart transplant Heart transplant program hypertension Lung Transplant Program Mary Mullen Pediatric Transpl Source Type: news

Funding to help improve quality and quantity of donor limbs, tissues for transplant
(Case Western Reserve University) A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine faculty member has received $998,500 from the US Department of Defense to develop a new approach to improve the quality and quantity of limbs and tissues obtained from brain dead organ donors. Benefits also could be extended to the more standard transplanted organs (e.g. kidneys, hearts, and lungs). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Heart and Lung Transplant
(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - June 24, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

New Alternative Treatments For Kidney Problems
There’s something you should know about chronic kidney disease. Most doctors will tell you there is no alternative treatments for kidney problems besides costly dialysis or a transplant to deal with impaired renal function. What Is Kidney Failure? Kidney dialysis is a treatment that uses a special machine to filter harmful wastes, salt and excess from your blood. But there is another option. It’s called stem cell biotherapy, and it offers new hope to those with this life-threatening disease. You may think your kidneys are just fine and you have nothing to worry about. But consider this… What Causes Kidn...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - June 16, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

Better Outcomes for Patients will Provide Better Business Outcomes
It will not have escaped your attention that ‘patient centricity’ has become something of a catchphrase in the last couple of years: mission statements and company announcements are full of it. Cynics have yet to be convinced, but some believers in pharma are working to win them over. John McCarthy, VP Global Commercial Excellence at AstraZeneca, thinks he has the tools to make the idea something more concrete. The international team he leads has a daunting remit: to build and deliver capabilities to drive commercial success, transform the healthcare experience and improve the lives of millions of patients. Mea...
Source: EyeForPharma - June 15, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Adam Hill Source Type: news

Treatment 'breakthrough' in man with advanced skin cancer
Conclusion This is described as the first case study in humans to have successfully combined these immune treatments. The results demonstrate that long-term cancer remission was achieved even after the cancer had previously progressed quickly when the person had been given IL-21, CTL and anti-CTLA4 separately. These seem to be extremely encouraging findings for metastatic melanoma, a cancer with notoriously poor prognosis. However, before the findings raise too much hope, it must be emphasised that this case report focuses on just one man. The researchers note he is one of 10 people entered into the trial of ...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Medication Source Type: news

How Getting a Puppy Helped My Terminally Ill Teen
The puppy was 10 weeks old and a little over a pound the day we brought him home. He was a fancy mutt, a combination miniature poodle and Yorkshire terrier (yorkie-poo) that will likely grow no larger than five or six pounds. My 14-year-old daughter was in Manhattan getting radiation for tumors in her lungs the day I picked him up - he was a surprise that would be waiting for her that night. I'd originally told her we would get a dog when radiation treatments were over -- something for her to look forward to after three weeks of daily trips to the hospital (a six-hour round trip from our home in the Hudson Valley). I kep...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Childhood abuse is associated with worse survival following lung transplantation - Kennedy CC, Zubair A, Clark MM, Jowsey-Gregoire S.
CONTEXT: Psychosocial factors can impact lung transplant outcomes. However, it is currently unknown whether abuse survivorship influences lung transplant survival. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the abuse history of adult lung transplant patients and d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

TransMedics closes $51.2m round to support its Organ Care System
TransMedics said today it closed a $51.2 million round of equity financing to support its Organ Care System organ preservation device. The company’s flagship Organ Care System is designed to perfuse donor organs with warm, oxygenated blood and monitor its status until transplantation. “We are thankful and excited to be supported by a world-class syndicate of new and existing life science investors. This financing strongly positions TransMedics to capitalize on the significant market opportunity in front of us,” CEO Dr. Waleed Hassanein said in a press release. The round ...
Source: Mass Device - May 26, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Surgical Transmedics Inc. Source Type: news

UPMC researchers shine light on common heart complication after lung transplantation
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Cardiac arrhythmia is a common complication following lung transplantation, and one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

FDA Approves Opdivo for Hard-to-Treat Hodgkin Lymphoma
By Hope Cristol Patients with hard-to-treat Hodgkin lymphoma now have a new treatment option. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to Opdivo (nivolumab) for classic Hodgkin lymphoma that has returned or progressed after a specific type of stem cell transplant and post-transplant medicine. Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph system, which is part of the immune system. There are two main types of this disease, but “classic” Hodgkin lymphoma accounts for about 95% of all cases in developed countries. The American Cancer Society estimates about 8,500 new cases of Hodgkin lym...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - May 19, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hodgkin Disease Source Type: news

U.S. trial test machine that ‘reconditions’ lungs outside body
(Reuters) – A machine that ‘reconditions’ a donor’s lungs outside the body before being transplanted into a recipient is undergoing tests in the United States in the hope that it can radically improve survival rates for people with chronic respiratory diseases. The XPS, manufactured by Swedish company XVIVO Perfusion , is in clinical trials at 16 U.S. medical centers. Known as “the box,” it ventilates the lungs after removal from the donor and infuses them with a fluid mix of drugs and steroids, effectively drying them out and getting them in better shape for use in a transplant operatio...
Source: Mass Device - May 18, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Respiratory XVIVO Perfusion Source Type: news

Penis transplant: welcome to the frontier of a fascinating science | Celine Gounder
Transplant medicine has overcome problems of infection, rejection and surgical complexity. Now we just need more people to become donorsThe first penile transplant in the US was performed on cancer survivor Thomas Manning at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital last week. This paves the way for the treatment of other cancer patients, wounded veterans, burn victims and all those who’ve suffered genital trauma or needed radical surgery to save their lives. Transplanting a penis is technically much simpler than transplanting a lung or liver, so why did it take this long?Transplant medicine is much older than m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 17, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Celine Gounder Tags: Health Science Society US news World news Medical research Source Type: news

Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Lung TransplantationAntibody-Mediated Rejection in Lung Transplantation
Antibody-mediated rejection may negatively impact lung transplant prognosis, according to a new study. American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Researchers find bioreactor supports whole lung regeneration
Stephen FellerWASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- Researchers at Yale University devised a mechanical system that can support the growth of whole lungs from patient cells to use in transplants. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HeartWare dives on big Q1 sales, earnings misses
Shares prices for HeartWare International (NSDQ:HTWR) plunged this morning after the implantable heart pump maker posted 1st-quarter earnings that badly missed expectations on Wall Street. Framingham, Mass.-based HeartWare reported that losses widened 20.1% to -$17.5 million, or -$1 per share, on a -21.3% revenue slide to $55.1 million. Adjusted to exclude 1-time items, losses per share were -95¢, -16¢ off the forecast on The Street, where analysts were looking for sales of $59.9 million. “In the 1st quarter, our international revenue performance was impacted by competitive dynamics in Germany, as...
Source: Mass Device - May 4, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat HeartWare International Inc. Source Type: news

Double lung transplant recipient gives back to group that fought on his behalf
A man who successfully received a double lung transplant three years ago is giving back to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

New research from Yale and MIT describes bioreactor to support whole lung regeneration
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) An innovative mechanical system that mimics the ventilation and blood flow in the chest cavity, housed in a specialized, sterile bioreactor, can support the growth of engineered whole lungs at human scale. Researchers designed this biomimetic environment to advance toward clinical application of whole lung regeneration for transplant using a patient's own cells, as described in BioResearch Open Access. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Older Lung Donors Raise Mortality Risk Only SlightlyOlder Lung Donors Raise Mortality Risk Only Slightly
Pushing the maximum recommended donor age for lung transplants from 55 to 64 years greatly expands the donor pool, with only a slight increase in recipient mortality. However, more research is needed. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 2, 2016 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Teacher Runs 5K Months After Undergoing Double Lung Transplant
BOSTON (CBS) — For 32-year-old Eamonn Kelly, crossing the finish line during a 5K race this weekend is more than just a dream come true; it’s really a new start at life. “I’m going to set my goal and do it,” he told WBZ. Kelly was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs. The older he got, the more his life began to deteriorate, he said. “Before the transplant, I was on oxygen 24-7,” Kelly says. “I had to carry a tank with me and it made life difficult for me.” Refusing to accept life this way, Kelly underwent a double lung transplant at Massa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen cystic fibrosis Kim Tunnicliffe Paul Burton Transplant Source Type: news

Cancer Screening Tests All Women Should Know About
By Stacy Simon Along with giving Mother's Day gifts and sending greetings this year, encourage the moms in your life to get up to date on cancer screening tests. Screening tests look for cancer before a person has any signs or symptoms. Regular screenings can catch some cancers early, when they’re small, have not spread, and are easier to treat. With cervical and colon cancers, these tests can even prevent cancer from developing in the first place. Sweeten the deal by offering to help your mom schedule her screening, drive her to and from appointments, and keep her company in the waiting room. These are the American ...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - April 29, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Prevention/Early Detection Breast Cancer Cervical Cancer Endometrial Cancer Colon/Rectum Cancer Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Source Type: news

Should Patients in Their 70s Get Lung Transplants?Should Patients in Their 70s Get Lung Transplants?
As the age of lung transplant patients increases, the age of recipients and the stewardship of organs have become controversial. Experts debated these issues at a heart and lung transplant meeting. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 28, 2016 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Left Ventricular Assist Results Lead Transplant MeetingLeft Ventricular Assist Results Lead Transplant Meeting
First-year performance results for the small implantable left ventricular assist device will be presented at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Scientific Sessions. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) 2016 Scientific SessionsInternational Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) 2016 Scientific Sessions
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from ISHLT 2016. Medscape Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

Health Highlights: April 18, 2016
NFL Concussion Settlement Upheld by Appeals Court Pancreas Cell Transplants Reduce Type 1 Diabetes Patients' Risk of Complications: Study Teen Ordered to Undergo Chemotherapy Says New Mass Found in Lungs Large Health Coverage Gains for Minorities Under Affordable Care Act (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - April 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

High-volume lung transplant centers have lower costs and readmissions
High-volume lung transplant centers have lower transplantation costs and their patients are less likely to be readmitted within 30 days of leaving the hospital following surgery, according to a new study of more than 3,000 Medicare patients who received lung transplants. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

High-volume lung transplant centers have lower costs and readmissions
(American Thoracic Society) High-volume lung transplant centers have lower transplantation costs and their patients are less likely to be readmitted within 30 days of leaving the hospital following surgery, according to a new study of more than 3,000 Medicare patients who received lung transplants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Kamada starts Alpha-1 Antitrypsin phase 2 clinical trial to prevent lung transplant rejection
Kamada has started a phase 2 clinical trial with its proprietary drug Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) for preventing rejection in lung transplants, as part of a collaboration with Baxalta. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - April 6, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Hope for transplant patients: Baboons survive more than two years with pig hearts
Researchers at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Maryland say the technique, called immunomodulation, is ready to be used in human trials for the first time (stock image pictured). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Defitelio (defibrotide sodium) for Hepatic Veno-Occlusive Disease Following Hematopoietic Stem-Cell Transplantation
March 30, 2016 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Defitelio (defibrotide sodium) to treat adults and children who develop hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD) with additional kidney or lung abnormalities after they receive a... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - March 30, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Doctors at Stanford Hospital perform rare 'domino' transplant
Stephen FellerSTANFORD, Calif., March 30 (UPI) -- One woman received a heart-lung transplant, and her heart was then given to another woman, in an exceptionally rare surgery performed at Stanford Hospital. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves first treatment for rare disease in patients who receive stem cell transplant from blood or bone marrow
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Defitelio (defibrotide sodium) to treat adults and children who develop hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD) with additional kidney or lung abnormalities after they receive a stem cell transplant from blood or bone marrow called hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). This is the first FDA-approved therapy for treatment of severe hepatic VOD, a rare and life-threatening liver condition. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 30, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

I Am My Mother's Chimera. Chances Are, So Are You.
For years the concept of a "genetic chimera" -- an individual with two genetically distinct cells lines in his/her body -- has sparked the imagination of writers: from Stephen King to Michael Crichton, from CSI to The Office. The idea that an individual could harbor his/her own twin is creepy and intriguing at the same time. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have allowed us to probe much deeper into a person's genome, to the point that today scientists believe that chimerism could be far more common than what we originally thought. Chances are, you could be your own twin. But how surprised would you ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

I Am My Mother's Chimera. Chances Are, So Are You.
For years the concept of a "genetic chimera" -- an individual with two genetically distinct cells lines in his/her body -- has sparked the imagination of writers: from Stephen King to Michael Crichton, from CSI to The Office. The idea that an individual could harbor his/her own twin is creepy and intriguing at the same time. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have allowed us to probe much deeper into a person's genome, to the point that today scientists believe that chimerism could be far more common than what we originally thought. Chances are, you could be your own twin. But how surprised would you b...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Innovative lung transplant procedure takes place at Mater
Development means donor organs previously classed unsuitable now safe for recipients (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Innovative new lung transplant procedure takes place at Mater
Donor organs previously classed as unsuitable now safe for recipients (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CardiacAssist wins 510(k) for TandemLung
CardiacAssist said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its TandemLung oxygenator designed to operate as an artificial lung by infusing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the blood. The Pittsburgh, Penn.-based company said the TandemLung is designed so it can be used along with its TandemHeart blood pump, and combined the devices “represent a leap forward in extracorporeal life support technology for patients in need of critical cardiopulmonary care.” “After our original TandemHeart pump was cleared for use with an oxygenator in 2011, our team immediately began working with experts in the field...
Source: Mass Device - March 15, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Clearance Respiratory CardiacAssist Inc. Source Type: news

New Procedure Allows Kidney Transplants From Any Donor
The procedure, reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, involves a reboot of a patient’s immune system and could also work for lung and liver transplants. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GINA KOLATA Tags: Segev, Dorry Transplants New England Journal of Medicine Kidneys Organ Donation Immune System Source Type: news

TransMedics launches pivotal trial for OCS liver transplant system
TransMedics said today that it launched a pivotal study of its OCS Liver device, which is designed to keep donated human liver warm and perfused until transplantation. Andover, Mass.-based TransMedics said the 1st liver transplantation using OCS Liver was performed at Mass. General Hospital by Dr. James Markmann, a lead investigator for the 300-patient OCS Liver Protect trial and chairman of its steering committee. “It is our hope that the ability to preserve a liver in the manner offered by the OCS technology will save lives by making the livers we use function better and by making more organs available for tra...
Source: Mass Device - February 23, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Clinical Trials Surgical Organ Transplant Transmedics Inc. Source Type: news

Why walking by a main road is as bad for you as smoking
William Phin, six, from Whitley Bay, north of Newcastle, has obliterative bronchiolitis - which may be triggered by pollution. A lung transplant is the only cure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Artificial lung developer ALung raises $12m
Artificial lung-like device developer ALung Technologies said today it closed a $12 million round of financing to support the continued commercialization of its minimally invasive Hemolung Respiratory Assist System. Pittsburgh-based ALung’s Hemolung device is 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. “This new financing reflects continued recognition by the investment community of the potential for our Hemolung technology to revolutionize...
Source: Mass Device - February 22, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Respiratory ALung Technologies Inc. Source Type: news

Anatomy of a transplant: 13 lives, 17 days
Some members of the Pediatric Transplant Center team who performed a record number of transplants in January pose for a picture. It was “lucky 13” for the Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Transplant Center this January. Thirteen lives were saved by organ transplantation. Seven kidneys, three hearts, two livers and one pair of lungs were transplanted during the record-breaking month. So what does it take to perform 13 transplants in 17 days? “It takes a team,” says Dr. Heung Bae Kim, director of the Boston Children’s Pediatric Transplant Center. “We are very fortunate to ha...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 22, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Health & Wellness Our Patients’ Stories double lung transplant Heart Center heart transplant Heart transplant program kidney transplant Liver transplant Lung Transplant Program Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

New Cancer Therapy Could Give Hope To 'Incurable' Patients
A new experimental treatment has achieved what chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants have failed to do: put chronic, relapsing blood cancers into remission. What's more, it uses the body's own natural defense system to attack these cancerous growths.  The treatment involves T cells, a type of immune cell that works as your body's own personal S.W.A.T. team to detect, surround, and destroy foreign invaders like bacteria or viruses. Historically, cancerous cells have grown too fast for T cells to mount an effective defense, and they can also trick T cells into thinking that they’re a healthy part of t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 17, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic in Arizona Opens Lung Transplant Program
PHOENIX —Mayo Clinic in Arizona  has opened  its lung transplant program and has completed two lung transplants,  a milestone that now completes Mayo’s comprehensive solid organ transplant program, with ability to provide heart, kidney, pancreas, liver and now lung transplants. Mayo received approval by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to launch a lung [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Arizona News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Arizona News - February 17, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Ensure a Sickness-Free Year With These 6 Habits
Credit One of the greatest blessings anyone can have is living a healthy life. But the abundance of sicknesses and diseases in the world today makes it almost a difficult task. The outbreak of both curable and incurable diseases which are all expensive to deal with is a real problem. But just like the saying goes, prevention is still better than cure. Our habits like they say will either make or mar us. These six habits below are inexpensive and will help you keep all those diseases at bay. 1. Fill up your Styrofoam cup with water more often than not To have a sickness free year, take less of alcohol and much more water. ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Toddler makes her way off heart and lung transplant list after 13 surgeries
Zoey Jones, of Tennessee, was born with VACTERL syndrome, a rare condition that left her with an esophagus that was not attached to her trachea, a small intestine unattached to her stomach, and heart and lung abnormalities. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news