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Sickle Cell Disease vs. the California Stem Cell Agency: Disease-a-week Challenge #19
Imagine: inside the veins of an African-American child, red blood cells: round and soft, doing their job, keeping the person alive. What would happen if those cells hardened and changed shape, curving into the letter "C", like a wheat-cutting sickle? First, the capillaries would clog, in what Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) doctors call a "crisis". Excruciating agony, like broken glass in the veins, a crisis may last an hour or a day, and the pain is just the beginning. "By twenty years of age, about 15% of children with SCD suffer major strokes...by 40 years of age, almost half have central nervous sys...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 29, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients
But some antibiotics seem to reduce the risk, researchers find Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Air Pollution, Antibiotics, Lung Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Air pollution, traffic linked to deaths, organ rejection in lung transplant patients
For the first time, research shows that lung transplant patients in Europe who live on or near busy roads with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die or to experience chronic organ rejection, than those living in less polluted areas. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 29, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients
Title: Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/29/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/29/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - September 29, 2015 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients
But some antibiotics seem to reduce the risk, researchers find (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 29, 2015 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Family Medicine, Pulmonology, Organ Transplants, Preventive Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Terminally ill gymnast Sonny Lang has the 'heart and lungs of an 80-year-old'
Sonny Lang, 22, from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, has cystic fibrosis, but has been told her body is too weak for another heart and lung transplant, so her prognosis is terminal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lung 'filtering' technique can reduce transplant rejection
A new technique to recondition poorly functioning lungs and remove donor white blood cells has been used by researchers in an attempt to increase the number of lungs available for transplant, and at the same time reduce the risk of acute rejection. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 14, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Lung 'filtering' technique can reduce transplant rejection
(University of Manchester) University of Manchester researchers have used a new technique to recondition poorly functioning lungs and remove donor white blood cells in an attempt to increase the number of lungs available for transplant, and at the same time reduce the risk of acute rejection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Case report: use of ECMO in colchicine poisoning
Colchicum autumnale (Autumn crocus) 3.5 out of 5 stars Extracorporeal life support in the treatment of colchicine poisoning. Boisramé-Helms J et al. Clin Toxicol 2015;53:827-829. Abstract Colchicine toxicity occurs roughly in 3 phases. During the initial 24 hours, severe gastrointestinal symptoms — nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea — can cause hypotension and shock if fluid losses are not adequately replaced. During the second phase, severe toxicity can manifest with pancytopenia, sepsis, rhabdomyolysis, and renal failure. In addition, within days after ingestion, patients can develop cardiogenic shock...
Source: The Poison Review - September 11, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical autumn crocus colchicine poisoning colchicum autumnale ECLS ECMO extracorporeal life support extracorporeal membrane oxygenation Source Type: news

Bobby Donovan’s double lung transplant journey
Twenty-two-year-old Bobby Donovan was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at 4 months old. He was relatively healthy for someone with CF. However, in November of 2008 his health began to deteriorate. Every three months or so, he was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital for two to four weeks at a time. In April of 2014, with his lungs not expected to last the year, Bobby received the double lung transplant, which not only saved, but transformed his life. One year following surgery, he shares his remarkable story. Learn more about the Boston Children’s Lung Transplant Program. The post ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 10, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & conditions Our patients’ stories cystic fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Center double lung transplant Lung Transplant Program lungs Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

A Medical Mockery – 10 healthcare adverts that show just how far we’ve come!
The post A Medical Mockery – 10 healthcare adverts that show just how far we’ve come! appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. You don’t have to look far to hear about brilliant and exciting strides being made in medical science. 3D printing is being used to create artificial limbs and organs; diabetics can now control their condition with the artificial pancreas; news has broken in 2015 about revolutionary new treatments which provide hope for patients with skin cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. These outstanding breakthroughs are in fact part of a much bigger picture – our attitudes towards...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 9, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Latest News covance medical adverts Source Type: news

Case report: veno-venous ECMO as a bridge to lung transplantation in paraquat poisoning
3 out of 5 stars Successful extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy as a bridge to sequential bilateral lung transplantation for a patient after severe paraquat poisoning. Tang X et al.  Clin Toxicol 2015 Aug 28 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract Conceptually, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) seems a perfect technique for treating some of the sickest toxicology patients,  buying time until failing vital functions can recover. With severe cardiotoxins — for example, calcium channel blockers, beta blockers or bupropion — veno-arterial ECMO can provide complete cardiopulmonary bypass, replacin...
Source: The Poison Review - September 9, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical ECMO extracorporeal membrane oxygenation lung transplantation paraquat poisoning Source Type: news

UCSF Heart and Lung Transplant Patients Gather for Celebration
Transplant recipients David Brown and Michele DesMarais served as emcees at the celebration. Heart and lung transplant recipients are living longer than ever before, thanks to rapid advances in technology, medications and surgical procedures. That progress was cause for celebration on Aug. 22 at UCSF's Mission Bay campus, where about 400 heart and lung transplant patients and their family members gathered for a special event in their honor. (Source: UCSF Medical Center)
Source: UCSF Medical Center - September 9, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: webservices at ucsfhealth.org Source Type: news

Genome Pioneer: We Have The Dangerous Power To Control Evolution
J. Craig Venter is the pioneering cartographer of the human genome, the sequence of which he and other scientists mapped in 2000. The WorldPost recently spoke with this modern Prometheus about the promises and perils of being able to read, write and edit the human genome. You have said that humankind is entering a “new phase of evolution” -- from natural selection to intelligent direction. Why is this so, and what does it mean? Biological evolution has taken three and a half or four billion years to get us where we are. Social evolution has been much faster. Now that we can read and write the genetic c...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 8, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

UCSF study shows voriconazole increases risk for skin cancer in lung transplant recipients
A study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has showed that voriconazole, a prescription drug commonly used to treat fungal infections in lung transplant patients, significantly increases the risk of skin can… (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - September 7, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scientists Use DNA 'Velcro' To Print Human Tissue In The Lab
We need more organs. At any given moment, more than 123,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant. Each year, 6,500 of them die for want of a donor. Moreover, between 15 and 50 percent of patients lucky enough to receive a transplant from a donor -- depending on the organ -- suffer from acute organ rejection within five years. For that reason, scientists across the country are racing to develop a way to grow organs in the lab. The dream is to eventually use a patient's own cells to construct new kidneys, livers, hearts and lungs that would be impervious to rejection by their ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 4, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Scientists Use DNA 'Velcro' To Print Human Tissue In The Lab
We need more organs. At any given moment, more than 123,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant. Each year, 6,500 of them die for want of a donor. Moreover, between 15 and 50 percent of patients lucky enough to receive a transplant from a donor -- depending on the organ -- suffer from acute organ rejection within five years. For that reason, scientists across the country are racing to develop a way to grow organs in the lab. The dream is to eventually use a patient's own cells to construct new kidneys, livers, hearts and lungs that would be impervious to rejection by their ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Use DNA 'Velcro' To Print Human Tissue In The Lab
We need more organs. At any given moment, more than 123,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant. Each year, 6,500 of them die for want of a donor. Moreover, between 15 and 50 percent of patients lucky enough to receive a transplant from a donor -- depending on the organ -- suffer from acute organ rejection within five years. For that reason, scientists across the country are racing to develop a way to grow organs in the lab. The dream is to eventually use a patient's own cells to construct new kidneys, livers, hearts and lungs that would be impervious to rejection by their ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 4, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Potential skin cancer danger for lung transplant recipients with antifungal drug
Researchers suggest that a common drug prescribed to treat fungal infections could put lung transplant recipients at a higher risk of skin cancer. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Melanoma / Skin Cancer Source Type: news

Drug for fungal infections in lung transplant recipients increases risk for cancer, death
(University of California - San Francisco) Voriconazole, a prescription drug commonly used to treat fungal infections in lung transplant recipients, significantly increases the risk for skin cancer and even death, according to a new study by UCSF researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 3, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Research Using Fetal Tissue
Hello HuffPo! Some of you may know me from junkscience.com or healthnewsdigest.com. My main focus here will be on science, or what passes for science these days. Many people of good will are not aware that our government spends more than $400 billion per year on R & D. Regrettably, a substantial amount of that ends of being little more than a form of academic welfare, for research that has almost no chance of ever leading to anything practical, and in many cases does not even add to so-called "basic knowledge." By way of example (and I will have many more), let's take a look at a current hot topic: Research u...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Man's Life Saved When He Gets Heart Still Beating In A Box
Lee Hall got the gift of life -- and it was still beating when it arrived. The 26-year-old Cornwall, U.K. resident was diagnosed with heart failure at age 14. At age 20, he had a mechanical pump installed to keep the blood flowing around his body. But Hall got some bad news in May. Doctors said his heart pump cables were infected, and he'd need a new heart within two days or he would die, according to South West News Service. But Hall got a lucky break when he learned he had a heart donor. The dead patient's heart was revived for Hall, using a method called a "heart in a box" that keeps the organ beating outside ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 31, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Family From Ireland Hopes Boston Doctors Can Save Boy’s Life
BOSTON (CBS) — Cian McDonnell-Lynch is just four years old. He’s been given until Christmas to live. His family, saying they refuse to give up, has traveled to Boston Children’s Hospital in the hopes that one of the world’s premiere hospitals can help keep him alive. Cian has been fighting an often deadly bone marrow disorder called Dyskeratosis Congenita since birth. “It’s a very rare disease,” his mother, Lisa McDonnell, told WBZ-TV Tuesday. “It affects one in a million. And Cian is actually at the more severe end of the syndrome.” Cian McDonnell-Lynch and h...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Cian McDonnell-Lynch Hope For Cian liam martin Source Type: news

Why President Carter's Melanoma Announcement Was Groundbreaking
Former President Jimmy Carter announced in a press conference Thursday that cancer has spread to his brain, and that he will be receiving radiation over the next few months to treat it.  With candor that's typical for Carter, but remarkable compared to how other American presidents have announced illnesses, the former president described that he first sought treatment for a bad cold in May. Instead, doctors found a mass on his liver that turned out to be melanoma. Surgeons removed the cancer, as well as about one-tenth of his liver, in an operation August 3, but discovered that the cancer had spread to his brain. Thes...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medtech approvals: FDA releases June 2015 PMAs
The FDA today released its list of the pre-market approvals it granted for medical devices in June 2015: Summary of PMA Originals & Supplements Approved Originals: 5 Supplements: 80 Summary of PMA Originals Under Review Total Under Review: 53 Total Active: 22 Total On Hold: 31 Summary of PMA Supplements Under Review Total Under Review: 575 Total Active: 418 Total On Hold: 157 Summary of All PMA Submissions Originals: 4 Supplements: 72 Summary of PMA Supplement PMA Approval/Denial Decision Times Number of Approvals: 80 Number of Denials: 0 Average Days Fr Receipt to Decision (Total Time): 115.2 FDA Time: 9...
Source: Mass Device - August 20, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

Interior life: UCLA doctors use the body's own microorganisms to fight disease
This may strike many people as distasteful, but human stool now is used as a medical therapy against at least one dangerous infection. It is happening at UCLA and at a small number of other major medical centers, where processed stool from healthy donors is being introduced into the gastrointestinal tracts of patients with Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. The infection is most commonly acquired in the hospital, causing diarrhea, intestinal pain and cramps, fever and potentially worse — 14,000 people die from C. diff in the U.S. each year. While the cure may sound worse than the disease, the therapy, known as fecal ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 6, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Fountain honors donors who, at the time of death, gave life to others
Two years ago, Rachel Greenberg of Marina del Rey went out to run a few errands. While she was gone, her husband Glenn suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. He was immediately taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where physicians explained he had suffered the worst kind of brain bleed. They operated, but after four days it was clear that the hemorrhage had caused too much damage, and he would not survive. Glenn was kept on a ventilator until family members from the East Coast could arrive. During this vigil, Rachel learned that when Glenn had renewed his driver’s license a few months earlier, he had signed up to...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 22, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Transplant man marks 30 years
A London man celebrates 30 years since his heart-lung transplant - thought to be the longest anyone has survived after the procedure. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Real 'Fault in Our Stars' couple reunited after lung transplant
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fred Hutch researcher gets $12.9M for 'bubble boy,' sickle-cell anemia work
Dr. Rainer Storb wants to make transplants safer and more widely available for patients who already suffer from immune diseases, such as "bubble-boy" disease. Now, Storb will have $12.9 million to work on that research, thanks to a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. “Current approaches at cell and gene therapy for lethal noncancerous diseases of the blood and immune systems have inherent toxicities that may affect patients for the rest of their lives,” Storb said in a… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - July 8, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Emily Parkhurst Source Type: news

Sneak Peek At Stem Cell Breakthrough
Today I want to tell you about an advance in anti-aging that will affect us all. It’s a powerful way to heal your body and rejuvenate damaged tissue. I’m talking about stem cells. Stem cells are perhaps the ultimate natural healer. In fact, they are so important to the future of anti-aging medicine, I’ve given them one of the biggest platforms at my upcoming anti-aging conference on October 8 and 9. That means the next generation of anti-aging therapy is taking shape right now in South Florida. In the next couple of months, work will be finished on my new Palm Beach Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine&helli...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - July 6, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging stem cells Source Type: news

Gene therapy breakthrough for cystic fibrosis
ConclusionThis RCT showed that a new non-viral-based gene therapy for cystic fibrosis was able to produce “modest” benefits in lung function compared to a placebo. The treatments were given once a month for a year. The study had many strengths, including its double-blind randomised design, recruiting adequate numbers to demonstrate real differences between groups, and using pre-specified outcomes and sub-analysis. This means we can be confident in the reliability of the findings presented. Although the findings of this study are encouraging, there are always limitations. These include: This study was relativel...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Heart/lungs Source Type: news

UCLA patient is first to receive successful heart transplant after using experimental 50cc Total Artificial Heart
A petite 44-year-old woman has received a successful heart transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, thanks to an experimental Total Artificial Heart designed for smaller patients.  The UCLA patient is the first person in California to receive the smaller Total Artificial Heart, and the first patient in the world with the device to be bridged to a successful heart transplant — that is, to go from needing a transplant to receiving one. The 50cc SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is a smaller investigational version of the larger 70cc SynCardia heart, which was approved for use in people awaiting a ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 1, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Why Larry Kramer's Galvinizing Message About LGBT Activism Is The Same As It's Always Been
“I still have that anger and I would still like to galvanize everyone, but it doesn’t appear that we’re galvanize-able as a population,” AIDS activist, author and playwright Larry Kramer said, discussing why LGBT activism is so necessary at a time in which he fears complacency has set in. That anger is on full display in the new documentary about his life and work as an activist and writer, “Larry Kramer in Love and Anger,” which debuts on HBO tonight at 9 p.m. “[It’s] too bad,” he continued, in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress, referring to the the vital work ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UCLA's first lung transplant patient marks 25th anniversary of landmark surgery
Twenty-five years ago, an Orange County woman received the first lung transplant ever performed at UCLA Medical Center.  Today, she is still going strong and dotes on her five grandchildren.  As a result of primary pulmonary hypertension, Julie Hancock, then 26 years old, received a single lung transplant at UCLA on June 12, 1990. Since then, UCLA has performed 887 lung transplants. And UCLA has become one of the largest lung transplant centers in the world with some of the best outcomes.             Courtesy of Julie Hancock Dan and Julie Hancock “What I remember was ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 23, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Cystic fibrosis sufferer and lung transplant survivor Emily Hoyle to climb world's highest volcano
A lung transplant transformed the life of cystic fibrosis sufferer, Emma Hoyle, and she is joining a group of transplant recipients who are attempting a 6000m climb Cotopaxi, the highest volcano in the world (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - June 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: cystic fibrosis Emma Hoyle Harefield Hospital Andre Simon Climbing for my donor lung transplant Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic and United Therapeutics collaborate on lung restoration center
(Mayo Clinic) Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: UTHR) today announced a collaboration to build and operate a lung restoration center on the Mayo campus. The goal is to significantly increase the volume of lungs for transplantation by preserving and restoring selected marginal donor lungs, making them viable for transplantation. The restored lungs will be made available to patients at Mayo Clinic and other transplant centers throughout the United States. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lung transplant survival rates good for Canadians with cystic fibrosis
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - June 15, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic and United Therapeutics Collaborate on Lung Restoration Center
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., and SILVER SPRING, Md. — Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: UTHR) today announced a collaboration to build and operate a lung restoration center on the Mayo campus. The goal is to significantly increase the volume of lungs for transplantation by preserving and restoring selected marginal donor lungs, making them [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - June 15, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

How To Mend A Broken Heart
(Photo: © Kyle Bean) The need to mend broken hearts has never been greater. But what if we could simply manufacture a new one? Alex O’Brien studies the legacy of Texan surgeons and artificial hearts.Haskell Karp was 37 when he suffered his first heart attack, and over the next ten years he suffered a variety of related problems. By 1969 even the slightest effort, like combing his hair or brushing his teeth, would bring on chest pain or extreme shortness of breath. There are four grades of heart failure under the classification determined in 1928 by the New York Heart Association; Karp’s was classified a...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 8, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Andover 'heart in a box' maker secures $20M in funding
An Andover company focused on a new way of transporting organ transplants has landed $20 million in new investor funding. The TransMedics device, named “heart in a box”, is unique in that rather than transporting disconnected organs at a cold temperatures, the device is able to plug lung, heart and liver organs into a system to keep blood, air and other fluids circulating while the organ is maintained at body temperatures. The time for these “living organs” to be transported can be longer… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 5, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

A Family's Heart-Warming Meeting With Recipient of Son's Organ Donation
A 26-year-old student was saved with a lung transplant after battling cystic fibrosis. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lung Transplantation for Cystic FibrosisLung Transplantation for Cystic Fibrosis
Find out more about when to consider lung transplantation and more for patients with cystic fibrosis. Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Critical Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Expansion at Phila. hospital to create 100+ new jobs
Temple University Health System said Monday it is embarking on a major expansion of the Temple Lung Center, which will create more than 100 new full-time faculty and non-faculty positions at its North Philadelphia campus. The expansion calls for the creation of a new department of thoracic medicine and surgery at Temple that will combine the lung center’s activities into four integrated sections: thoracic surgery; lung transplant; pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine; and a center for inflammation… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 18, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Shorter stature appears to lead to higher mortality rates, longer waiting times for lung transplantation
Lung transplant candidates who are about 5’3” or shorter have longer waiting times than taller candidates and are more likely to die within a year while waiting for a lung transplant, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study suggests need for renal protective care in pediatric lung transplant patients
Caucasian and Hispanic children who undergo lung transplantation appear to be at greater risk for developing chronic kidney disease, or CKD, than other children, according to a small retrospective study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Losing weight can reduce risk of death, ventilator use in lung transplant patients
Obesity is a complicating factor for many surgical patients. In a recent study, researchers have shown that losing weight can have a positive impact on outcomes for lung transplant patients. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Study Finds Losing Weight Can Reduce Risk of Death and Ventilator Use in Lung Transplant Patients
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Obesity is a complicating factor for many surgical patients. In a recent study published in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that losing weight can have a positive impact on outcomes for lung transplant patients. In the manuscript, “Weight loss prior to lung transplantation is associated [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Rochester News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Rochester News - May 14, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

A cool way to say thanks
To express their gratitude for their help, Jim Weingarten and his family decided to call in a shaved-ice truck to give staffers from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center a cool treat Wednesday. Just two days before, Weingarten, 64, of Diamond Bar was in the hospital, recovering from a double lung transplant that saved his life. Weingarten was suffering from an incurable lung disease, called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which turns the lungs into scar tissue. For four years, he was tethered to an oxygen tank to help him breathe and has been on the transplant list for the past year. On M...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 30, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Bone marrow cell transplants used to treat fractures, lung injury, and renal obstruction
(Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair) Mesenchymal stem cells have been transplanted to successfully treat several diseases and conditions. MSCs, which have the ability to self-renew and differentiate into specialized cell types, can be isolated from a variety of sources and have the ability to reduce inflammation and modulate immune responses. Three studies are discussed: MSCs promote fracture healing in rats; MSCs are therapeutic in treating mice with intrapulmonary acute lung injury; MSCs attenuate fibrosis in rat models of ureteral obstruction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 29, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news