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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

Lung transplant recipient thanks hospital caregivers in a ‘cool’ way
Just two days after he was discharged from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Jim Weingarten, 64, and his extended family plan to say a unique thank you to the hospital staff who saved his life: They will bring a shaved ice truck to the hospital. The frozen treats will be free to about 100 hospital employees who helped care for Weingarten before, during and after his double lung transplant. All others will be able to purchase shaved ice, and 25 percent of the sales will be directed to Donate Life, a nonprofit that encourages people to donate organs and tissue. Weingarten, a resident of Diamond Bar, has ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 28, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Researchers solve mystery of deadly transplant infection
After the death of a patient, a thoracic surgeon has determined the possible cause of a rare infection, likely saving lives of future lung transplant patients. Lungs are one of the most difficult organs to transplant because unlike other organs, lungs are exposed to the external atmospheric elements during normal respiration, leading to possible infection and damage. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Northwestern medicine researchers solve mystery of deadly transplant infection
(Northwestern Memorial Hospital) After the death of a patient, a Northwestern Medicine thoracic surgeon determines possible cause of rare infection, likely saving lives of future lung transplant patients (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week
Canada is a world leader in the field of organ transplantation. In fact, the first successful single and double lung transplants were performed in Canada back in the 1980s (Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada)
Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada - April 24, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Health Canada Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Patients Live Longer After Aggressive Cancer Surgery
Aggressive pleurectomy/decortication surgery, while often recommended, will cause a significant decrease in pulmonary function with early-stage mesothelioma patients whose symptoms were previously minimal. More symptomatic patients with advanced disease will experience an improved quality of life and a preservation of their current pulmonary status after the same surgery. Those findings were reported in a study from the Department of Surgery, Division of Oncology at the University of Chicago Medical Center, raising questions about aggressive surgery for the early stages of mesothelioma. "Some of the results might be a...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 23, 2015 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Treatment & Doctors Source Type: news

Single vs Bilateral Lung Transplant in IPF and COPDSingle vs Bilateral Lung Transplant in IPF and COPD
A new analysis looks at the benefits of using a single- vs double-lung transplant in patients with IPF or COPD. Medscape Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Childhood syndrome combining lung disease, arthritis identified
Using the latest genome sequencing techniques, a research team has identified a new autoimmune syndrome characterized by a combination of severe lung disease and arthritis. The hereditary disorder, which appears in early childhood, had never been diagnosed as a single syndrome. The new research revealed that it is caused by mutations in a single gene that disrupt how proteins are shuttled around within cells. Patients with the newly discovered syndrome have a poor prognosis, and at present can only be treated with anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant drugs. Many have lung disease so severe that they must receive lung tr...
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

LVADs: Thoratec study a Roadmap to lower-risk patients?
Results from Thoratec's Roadmap study of its HeartMate II implantable heart pump in less-sick heart failure patients shows significant benefit over optimal medical therapy alone. HeartWare International Inc., International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation, Thoratec Corp.News Well, Clinical Trials, Cardiac Assist Devicesread more (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - April 20, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Physicians Present New Research on Heart Transplant Care and Long-term Outcomes
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Heart transplant experts from Mayo Clinic presented findings from three recent clinical studies involving heart transplant patients. The presentations took place during the 2015 International Society of Heart & Lung Transplant (ISHLT) in Nice, France, April 15–18. Mayo Clinic physicians presented oral and poster presentations on 16 studies at ISHLT this year. [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 20, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Breethe Aims To Bring First Wearable 'Out-Of-Hospital' Artificial Lung System To Market
University of Maryland (UM) Ventures and Breethe, Inc. announced today that Breethe, an early-stage, Baltimore-based medical device company, has obtained exclusive rights to University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) intellectual property (IP) for the development of a wearable, portable blood pump oxygenator that will function as an artificial lung system for patients suffering from respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary collapse. (Source: Medical Design Online News)
Source: Medical Design Online News - April 15, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

After lung transplantation: Go back to work and feel better
Returning to everyday life and resuming work in one's regular occupation are common goals of transplant patients, yet not all who undergo lung transplantation can go back to work. In a new article, researchers report the findings of the first study ever performed in Germany on the percentage of lung-transplant patients who resume employment after transplantation and the reasons that keep the others from going back to work. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 14, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Avoid voriconazole in transplant patients at risk for skin cancer
SAN FRANCISCO – Voriconazole increased the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 73% in a review of 455 lung transplant patients at the University of California, San Francisco. The increase was for any exposure to the drug after transplant (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.73; P = .03). The... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - April 6, 2015 Category: Dermatology Tags: FPN Conferences IMN Conferences SAN Conference News SN Conferences SN News FPN News FPN Dermatology FPN Oncology HOSP News Source Type: news

Renowned Heart-Lung Transplant Expert Robert Higgins to Become Johns Hopkins’ New Surgeon-in-Chief - 4/6/15
Renowned cardiothoracic and heart-lung transplant surgeon Robert S.D. Higgins, M.D., M.S.H.A., will become the new surgeon-in-chief of Johns Hopkins Medicine. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News - April 6, 2015 Category: Research Source Type: news

Renowned Heart-Lung Transplant Expert Robert Higgins to Become Johns Hopkins ’ New Surgeon-in-Chief - 4/6/15
Renowned cardiothoracic and heart-lung transplant surgeon Robert S.D. Higgins, M.D., M.S.H.A., will become the new surgeon-in-chief of Johns Hopkins Medicine. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News - April 6, 2015 Category: Research Source Type: news

Idaho mom goes the distance to help teen with scoliosis
“You want a hospital with the best technology and the best nurses and doctors in the country. You expect that, and you expect it to be clean. Boston Children’s has all of that,” says Lisa Findlay, a mom from Hayden, Idaho. “What made the difference was how much everyone loves these kids. Everyone who walked into Aaron’s room, from the surgeons to nurses’ aides to janitors and child life specialists, was on a mission to help Aaron.” From the time he was born, Aaron encountered one medical challenge after another. He was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a serious con...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 2, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Orthopedics Our patients’ stories Source Type: news

Lung transplant breathes new life into father’s world
At 77, John Bunton rode a ski lift up a mountain near Ogden, Utah, and spent an hour hiking around at 11,000 feet, admiring the craggy scenery and breathing in deeply the crisp mountain air. In June, he plans to walk his daughter down the aisle. (Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center News)
Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center News - April 1, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Lung Transplant Patients in the UK Fare Better Than Publicly Insured Americans - 3/24/15
Publicly insured Americans who undergo lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis fare markedly worse in the long run than both publicly insured patients in the United Kingdom and privately insured Americans, according to the results of a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and U.K. colleagues working in that nation’s government-funded National Health Service. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News)
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine News - March 24, 2015 Category: Research Source Type: news

VIDEO: Once-yearly skin cancer screening might not be enough after organ transplants
SAN FRANCISCO – Older white men are most at risk to die from skin cancer after organ transplants, especially if they’ve had a heart or lung transplant, according to a review of more than a half million U.S. organ transplants from 1987-2013. It’s long been known that skin cancer is far more likely... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - March 22, 2015 Category: Dermatology Tags: ONCR Video FPN News FPN Dermatology IMN News IMN Dermatology SAN Clinical News SAN News SAN SCN: Melanoma Source Type: news

Infant leaves UCLA’s Mattel hospital for home with a transplanted heart
Staff at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA witnessed a happy ending today instead of what could have easily been a tragic one when they bid farewell to five-week-old Drayvn Johnson, who went home with his mother, Nicole Eggleston, and two older brothers after becoming the hospital’s second youngest heart transplant recipient. He was only 23 days old when he received his new heart, which was the size of a strawberry. “All of our heart transplant patients are special, but I think this one was special because we knew there was a risk we might not find a donor in time,” said Dr. Juan Alejos, professo...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 11, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Outcomes of lung transplantations since implementation of need-based allocation system
Since implementation of a medical need-based allocation system of donor lungs in 2005, double-lung transplantation has been associated with better graft survival than single-lung transplantation in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF); at 5 years, there has been no survival difference between single- and double-lung transplant recipients in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

How 3D Printing Could End The Deadly Shortage Of Donor Organs
Three-dimensional printing has been used to make everything from pizza to prostheses, and now researchers are working on using the emerging technology to fabricate hearts, kidneys, and other vital human organs. That would be very big news, as the number of people who desperately need an organ transplant far outstrips the number of donor organs available. On average, about 21 Americans die every day because a needed organ was unavailable. What exactly is the promise of 3D printing organs and tissues, or "bioprinting?" How does the technology work, and when might it start saving lives? For answers to these a...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

How 3D Printing Could End The Deadly Shortage Of Donor Organs
Three-dimensional printing has been used to make everything from pizza to prostheses, and now researchers are working on using the emerging technology to fabricate hearts, kidneys, and other vital human organs. That would be very big news, as the number of people who desperately need an organ transplant far outstrips the number of donor organs available. On average, about 21 Americans die every day because a needed organ was unavailable. What exactly is the promise of 3D printing organs and tissues, or "bioprinting?" How does the technology work, and when might it start saving lives? For answers to these a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news