Can artery 'banks' transform vascular medicine?
(Morgridge Institute for Research) The Morgridge Institute for Research and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will address both the engineering and biomedical hurdles involved in creating stem cell-derived arteries for transplant as part of a five-year, $8 million project funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

How To Boost Melatonin Naturally
Most people know melatonin as the sleep hormone. And that’s right. It helps your body cycle down every night so you can rest. But melatonin is so much more than that… It’s also one of your body’s most powerful cancer killers. Studies show melatonin boosts the immune system. It protects against the toxic side effects of chemo and radiation. It improves wound healing after surgery. And it even increases cancer survival rates.1 And new research proves that melatonin suppresses the growth of breast cancer tumors. How does melatonin affect breast cancer? Mammograms detect cancer. In a lab at Michig...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - November 10, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Health Women's Health Source Type: news

Meet The Doctor Behind The Most Extreme Face Transplant Ever
Last August, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez performed the most extensive face transplant operation ever.  In the 26-hour operation, which took place at New York University Langone Medical Center, the dentist-turned-plastic-surgeon and his team removed the face and scalp of a young victim of a fatal accident and successfully grafted the tissue onto the head of Patrick Hardison, a firefighter who had been horribly burned in a 2001 fire.  The operation showed in dramatic fashion just how far organ transplantation has come since its start in 1954, when surgeons at Brigham Hospital in Boston took a kidney from one ma...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meet The Doctor Behind The Most Extreme Face Transplant Ever
Last August, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez performed the most extensive face transplant operation ever.  In the 26-hour operation, which took place at New York University Langone Medical Center, the dentist-turned-plastic-surgeon and his team removed the face and scalp of a young victim of a fatal accident and successfully grafted the tissue onto the head of Patrick Hardison, a firefighter who had been horribly burned in a 2001 fire.  The operation showed in dramatic fashion just how far organ transplantation has come since its start in 1954, when surgeons at Brigham Hospital in Boston took a kidney from one ma...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Organovo unveils bioprinted liver transplant patches
Organovo (PINK:ONVO) today announced it is developing 3D bioprinted human liver tissue designed for direct transplantation to patients. The move to human development comes based on “strong results” from preclinical animal model studies, the San Diego, Calif.-based company said. The company expects to pursue a formal preclinical development program. “We’re excited to introduce an implantable bioprinted liver tissue as the first preclinical candidate in our therapeutic tissue portfolio, and see the early results as extremely promising. The scientific and commercial progress we have already m...
Source: Mass Device - October 5, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Regenerative Medicine Organovo Source Type: news

UCLA lung transplant program performs landmark 1000th surgery
TheUCLA Lung Transplant program performed its 1,000th transplant surgery in mid-September, becoming the first program on the West Coast, and one of only seven centers nationwide, to achieve this milestone.The recipient of the donor lungs was Elba De Contreras, 59, from Goleta, California, who suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. The six-hour surgery took place at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, led by Dr. Abbas Ardehali, surgical director of the lung and heart transplant programs.De Contreras, who relied on an oxygen tank prior to her surgery, is recuperating well and said she feels ha...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 4, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

UCLA lung transplant program performs landmark 1,000th surgery
TheUCLA Lung Transplant program performed its 1,000th transplant surgery in mid-September, becoming the first program on the West Coast, and one of only seven centers nationwide, to achieve this milestone.The recipient of the donor lungs was Elba De Contreras, 59, from Goleta, California, who suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. The six-hour surgery took place at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, led by Dr. Abbas Ardehali, surgical director of the lung and heart transplant programs.De Contreras, who relied on an oxygen tank prior to her surgery, is recuperating well and said she feels ha...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 4, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

An Intervention for Self-Management After Lung Transplant An Intervention for Self-Management After Lung Transplant
Could this novel intervention help improve self-management behaviors among lung transplant recipients?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - October 3, 2016 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Katie Prager dies days after her husband
Katie Prager, the wife in the real "Fault in Our Stars" couple, died Thursday after complications from cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. She was 26 years old. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Katie Prager, wife in real 'Fault in Our Stars' couple, dies
Katie Prager, the wife in the real "Fault in Our Stars" couple, died Thursday after complications from cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. She was 26 years old. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Real 'Fault in Our Stars' couple: Katie Prager dies
Katie Prager, the wife in the real "Fault in Our Stars" couple, died Thursday after complications from cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. She was 26 years old. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Fault in our Stars' wife dies 5 days after husband
Katie Prager died after complications from cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. She was 26 years old. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Contraceptive pills not proven to protect against the flu
Conclusion These are interesting scientific findings but they have limited implications. Animal studies are useful for giving an indication of how biological processes may work in humans but we're not identical. Then the scenarios tested here – the progesterone, or the flu injection – can be taken as representative of real-life in humans. For one thing all the mice had surgery to remove their ovaries before being infected. It makes sense that the mice that had been given some additional recovery boost in the form of hormone replacement may have been in a better health state than those left hormone deplete...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medication Source Type: news

Two-year-old twin makes history after receiving hospital ’s 300th heart transplant
The cookies for Dean Andersen’s welcome-home celebration were decorated with “#300,” fitting for the two-year-old who, just six weeks earlier, received the 300th heart transplant performed at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Dean does things in his own time and in his own way,” says his mom, Janet Andersen. “His transplant was no exception.” The Boston Children’s Heart Transplant Program performed its first transplant in 1986, and this May marked the program’s 30th anniversary. Dean’s transplant in June was yet another reason for celebration. “Milestones l...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 13, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories congenital heart defect Dr. Elizabeth Blume heart failure heart transplant Heart transplant program Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Pulmonary atresia Source Type: news

From Chronic Kidney Disease To The Gift Of A New Life
Authors: Julika Wocial (JW) and Michael Moore (MM) MM The need for a donor After being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease I was able to lead a full and productive life for 25 years, although more recently my energy sagged. Looming options were dialysis, the 5-7 year wait for a deceased donor or a living donor. Dr Google said ihatedialysis.com. A living donor was the best option. But how? It must be different for each patient - a direct ask seemed weird, but silence was not an option. Happily I had made no secret of my lousy kidneys thus, 'How you doing?' lead on to the need. JW What it means to consider living donati...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Artificial intelligence could improve diagnostic power of lung function tests
Artificial intelligence could improve the interpretation of lung function tests for the diagnosis of long-term lung diseases, according to the findings of a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 4, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Artificial intelligence could improve diagnostic power of lung function tests
(European Lung Foundation) Artificial intelligence could improve the interpretation of lung function tests for the diagnosis of long-term lung diseases, according to the findings of a new study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Entrepreneur with GSK roots targets lung transplant survival rates with UNC technology
In a tiny lab in Chapel Hill, a 3-year-old startup with UNC-Chapel Hill technology is trying to help lung transplant patients defy the odds. Each year, about 2,000 people receive lung transplants. And the five-year survival rate for those patients is just over half, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Renovion CEO Dan Copeland says a product being developed in Chapel Hill could fight that statistic. “We want t o be the first drug to be FDA approved for lung transplant patients,”… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 1, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lauren K. Ohnesorge Source Type: news

The Laser Probe, The iKnife and The Cutting Edge of Surgery
If the thought of going under the knife fills you with fear, be reassured. No longer is surgery the brutal and hazardous experience faced by our ancestors. Thanks to wonders such as laparoscopy, robotic solutions, and, more recently, the iKnife and the laser probe, surgical intervention is getting safer all the time. Archaeologists believe that people have been carrying out surgery for up to 11,000 years. Cranial surgery, known as trephination, probably dates back to the Neolithic era. It involved drilling a hole in the skull of a living person. Speculation suggests it was done to cure disorders such as convulsions, fr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Saving six: Life before and after transplant
An organ transplant is a life-changing event extending far beyond the operating room, the clinics and the hospital walls. Read about five children, one young adult and their families, whose lives were forever changed by the Pediatric Transplant Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Lydia’s liver transplant, a mom’s gift Dawn Cavanagh gave her daughter life twice — first when she was born and, again, when she gave 13-year-old Lydia a piece of her liver last summer. The donor-approval process, which occurs with Boston Children’s partner Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, required hours o...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 31, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories double lung transplant ECMO heart failure heart transplant Heart transplant program heart-lung transplant Heung Bae Kim Intestine and Multivisceral Transplant Program Khashayar Vakili kidney transplant Kidney Source Type: news

Swiss approve reimbursement for Mallinckrodt treatment
Mallinckrodt PLC said Tuesday that Swiss regulators have approved for reimbursement a treatment for patients who develop certain complications following lung transplants, including the pharmaceutical company's Therakos Cellex photopheresis system. Switzerland's Federal Department of Home Affairs has approved reimbursement of extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) treatment — during which blood cells are treated outside the body and returned to the bloodstream — for patients there with bronchiolitis… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 23, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Diana Barr Source Type: news

In the Loop: Transplant Patient Takes Home Gold
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are over and Mayo Clinic lung transplant patient Curtis Higgons is back home in Jacksonville polishing his medals. But he didn't get them in Rio. He earned them during a competition that ’s also a pretty big deal: The 2016 Transplant Games of America. "They're set up [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - August 22, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Dallas transplant company was losing money, but fixed its business model
If you have a bad business model, you have a bad business model. It doesn ’t matter whether you’re selling cars, lemonade or legal services, or recovering hearts, kidneys, livers and lungs for transplant. That was the situation Patti Niles found herself in when she started her role as president and CEO at Dallas-based Southwest Transplant Alliance almost four years a go. The more organs the alliance recovered, the more money it lost. Niles set out to stop the financial bleeding and to dramatically… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 18, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Bill Hethcock Source Type: news

SynCardia denies competitor ’ s market exit claim
SynCardia Systems isn’t exiting the market quite yet, according to a press release posted today in response to a competitor’s claim. Syncardia makes an artificial heart system designed to replace the functions of both the left and right ventricles and all 4 heart valves. “SynCardia’s machine works quite well. But it’s a very old machine with a big air compressor … I’m not surprised that they’re heading out of the market,” said artificial heart developer Carmat’s chief exec Marcello Conviti, according to an article on Seeking Alpha. The company said that it will &...
Source: Mass Device - August 16, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular SynCardia Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Double Lung Transplant Recipient Beats Cystic Fibrosis
When Tammy Bolerjack was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 18, she found herself frequently in and out of hospitals for treatments to help her breathe. Running 5K races and half-marathons certainly wasn ’t something she envisioned in her future. Little did she know then that eventually a double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic'sFlorida campus would not [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - August 13, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Students seek to reduce deaths from battlefield injuries that block breathing
Undergrad engineers have designed a low-cost, low-tech device to make it easier for combat medics to create an artificial airway and pump air into the lungs of wounded soldiers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 28, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

7 Ways Your Height Affects Your Health
At 6 feet, 8 inches, Dr. Eeric Truumees literally stands out. “People remember who I am,” says the orthopedic surgeon in Austin, Texas. But despite height’s association with social and professional benefits, such as appearing more attractive and earning more money, towering over others has downfalls, too. “The bane of my height has been hitting my head on things,” Truumees finds, “and as I get a little slower and little less flexible, I find I’m doing that more often.” That’s just the start of height’s influence on health. Here are seven medical issues that m...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TransMedics adds $13m to $51m funding round
TransMedics said yesterday that it added $12.5 million to the $51.2 million equity round it closed in May, taking its total raise to more than $63.7 million. Andover, Mass.-based TransMedics developed the Organ Care System, which 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. ...
Source: Mass Device - July 12, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Transmedics Inc. Source Type: news

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