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Human Trafficking for Organs: Ending abuse of the Poorest
By Maged SrourROME, Apr 30 2018 (IPS)Organ transplantation is one of the most incredible medical achievements of the past century. Since the first successful transplants, which took place in the 1950s, organ transplantation has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Dr. Francis Delmonico, is a transplant surgeon with a long career, serving also as an Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO). Credit: Harvard Health Policy ReviewGlobally about 125,000 people undergo organ transplantation each year. This number is small in the face of demand for organs widely outstripping supply and consequently c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maged Srour Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

You never know the life you save....become an organ donor!
The week of April 23-27 has been designated as National Pediatric Transplant Week.  This week is to bring attention to the great need for organ donations and to honor  donors and their families whose incredibly selfless gift has given someone the gift of life.While most of us will never experience the need for a transplant, there are many of us who know someone who has a debilitating condition such as kidney dialysis that are in need of a transplant.Right now there are almost 2,000 children on the national transplant list.  Those needing hearts, lungs, eyes, tissue, liver, kidney, or some other body part are...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 20, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Volunteer Opportunities Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Organ donations from overdose deaths could alleviate crisis
We are facing an organ donation crisis, with patients on the waiting list at high risk of early death. How safe is the use of organs from overdose deaths? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Organs from Drug Overdoses May Help Transplant Shortage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors. The findings could encourage more use of organs from overdose victims. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000. That was before overdoses were making headlines or most transplant centers considered accepting such organs. In 2016, there were 3,533 transplants using overdose-related donated organs, up from just 149 such transplants in 20...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Organs from Drug Overdoses May Help Transplant Shortage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors. The findings could encourage more use of organs from overdose victims. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000. That was before overdoses were making headlines or most transplant centers considered accepting such organs. In 2016, there were 3,533 transplants using overdose-related donated organs, up from just 149 such transplants in 20...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Organ donation by Humboldt Broncos player inspires others
Many social media users say the donation of Humboldt Broncos defenceman Logan Boulet's organs has inspired them to become donors themselves. Health officials in two provinces say online registrations have surged in the days following the horrific crash. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Grief Symptoms Similar in Donor vs Non-Donor Decision Families
MONDAY, April 2, 2018 -- Perceptions of the organ donation experience vary between relatives who decide to donate their relative's organs and those who do not, but the decision does not appear to be associated with subsequent grief symptoms,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Why two brains are better than one
A radical technique that makes mature cells act like stem cells is growing a mini brain from tissue I donated. One day it could produce whole organs for transplantLast week, I was told my other brain is fully grown. It doesn ’t look like much. A blob of pale flesh about the size of a small pea, it floats in a bath of blood-red nutrient. It would fit into the cranium of a foetus barely a month old.Still, it ’s a “brain” after a fashion and it’s made from me. From a piece of my arm, to be precise.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Philip Ball Tags: Stem cells Science Biology Embryos Medical research Neuroscience Organ donation Health Society Source Type: news

Breakthrough as scientists grow sheep embryos containing human cells
Advance brings us closer to growing transplant organs inside animals or being able to genetically tailor compatible organs, say researchersGrowing human organs inside other animals has taken another step away from science-fiction, with researchers announcing they have grown sheep embryos containing human cells.Scientists say growing human organs inside animals could not only increase supply, but also offer the possibility of genetically tailoring the organs to be compatible with the immune system of the patient receiving them, by using the patient ’s own cells in the procedure, removing the possibility of rejection.C...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis in Austin Tags: Genetics Organ donation Embryos Biology Health Science Society Medical research Source Type: news

Every Adult in This Country Is Now an Organ Donor Unless They Opt Out
(THE HAGUE, Netherlands) — Senators in the Netherlands approved a new law Tuesday that makes all Dutch adults potential organ donors unless they opt out. The law narrowly passed in the upper house of the Dutch parliament. The lower house last year passed the legislation with a one-vote majority. The law’s drafter, Pia Dijkstra, said that under the new system — which is similar to donation laws in Belgium and Spain — every person over 18 who is not yet registered as a donor will receive a letter asking if they want to donate their organs after death. “They will be able to reply: yes, no, my nex...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APH health healthytime onetime World Source Type: news

Kidney Donors Could Face Long-Term Health Risks
More than 19,000 kidney donations were performed in the United States in 2016, the latest figures available, according to U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation. About 1 in 5 donations of all organs is from a living donor. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients
Under revised guidelines, the sickest patients may qualify to receive organs from regions outside their own. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TED ALCORN Tags: Transplants Liver Organ Donation United Network for Organ Sharing Source Type: news

Transplant patient's Christmas plea: talk to your family about organ donation
With hundreds waiting for heart transplants, experts and patients urge public to register as organ donors – and make their wishes clear to family membersFamilies are being urged to talk about becoming an organ donor in the hope that more people on the waiting list for a heart transplant will be given the chance of life.Since last Christmas Day, 31 people have died on the heart transplant waiting list, according to NHS Blood and Transplant. To try to tackle the shortage of organs, the government hasrecently announced a consultation into an “opt-out” scheme. Everybody would be assumed to be willing to donat...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Organ donation Health Society Heart disease Science Source Type: news

Health secretary wants people to talk about their organs
The government wants people to have their say on a new opt-out system for organ donation in England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Jeremy Hunt launches opt-out organ donation plans in England
System would presume consent but experts criticise plans, saying there is no yet evidence that opt-out policies increase donationThe health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is to launch plans for an opt-out system of organ donation, asking people to overcome their “fatal reluctance” to discuss the issue with family and friends.Under the plans, everybody in England would be presumed to be happy to donate their organs on their death, unless they have signed up to a register stating that they do not want that to happen. In practice, however, it is unlikely that organs would be taken against the wishes of the family.Continu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Organ donation Health Society Science Source Type: news

Limiting'Cold Time' Could Make More Organs Available for Transplant
Up to 12 hours seems to be OK, study suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Organ Donation, Organ Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘ Collision Of 2 Crises ’ : Organ Donations Up Due To Opioid Overdose Deaths
BURLINGTON (CBS) – Doctors at Lahey Hospital told Matt Higgins a new liver was his only option for survival as chronic liver disease ravaged the Seabrook, New Hampshire man’s body. “My energy levels, I was down to nothing. I could barely walk a 100 yards without having to stop. I was jaundiced, completely yellow,” Higgins told WBZ-TV. When the call came that a liver transplant was available from a 24-year-old donor who had died from an opioid overdose, Higgins said, he did not hesitate. He immediately accepted it. “Being as sick as I was, of course I said yes. I’ll take anything that&rsq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis Louisa Moller opioid crisis Organ Donation Source Type: news

Hundreds of organ donations missed due to ignorance
460 potential organ transplants missed every year, says NHSBT Related items fromOnMedica Three people die every day due to organ donor shortage Hundreds of families overrule deceased ’ wishes to donate organs Deemed consent for organ donation increases transplants in Wales Two out of three people back ‘soft’ opt-out organ donation Organ donation numbers reach record high (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Should we transplant pig organs into humans? | Chas Newkey-Burden and Susan Watts
With a breakthrough in gene editing, the prospect of breeding animals to harvest their organs looms. Chas Newkey-Burden and Susan Watts go head to headPigs are intelligent creatures with social instincts and emotional depth. We are so closely related to them that their hearts can replace our own. But what sort of person would kill a relative for spare parts?Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 15, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Chas Newkey-Burden and Susan Watts Tags: Medical research Genetics Science Animal welfare Animals World news Biology Organ donation Health Source Type: news

Ontario mom mourning her daughter shocked to find she could overrule her wish to donate organs
An Ontario mother who lost her daughter in a car accident over a week ago is seeking changes to this province's organ donation rules. She says she was asked if she wished to reverse her daughter's registration as a donor while in hospital. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Gene editing brings pig organ transplant closer
Conclusion This promising research shows that it can be possible to use gene editing techniques to eliminate retroviruses from pigs, removing one of the potential barriers to using genetically modified pigs as organ donors for humans. There are a few points to note. As the researchers say, though they have shown that pig retroviruses can be passed onto human cells in the laboratory, we don't know what the effects would be in real life. We don't know whether pig retroviruses would be transferred to humans and whether they could cause cancers or immunodeficiency illnesses, for example. The research is at an early stage. The ...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Source Type: news

Gene editing to remove viruses brings transplant organs from pigs a step closer
Study shows gene editing can remove porcine endogenous retroviruses from DNA, potentially making it safe to grow human transplant organs in pigsGrowing human transplant organs in pigs has become a more realistic prospect after scientists used advanced gene editing to remove threatening viruses from the animals ’ DNA.Porcine endogenous retroviruses (Pervs) are permanently embedded in the pig genome but research has shown they can infect human cells, posing a potential hazard.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Genetics Science Organ donation Health Society Biology Source Type: news

Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans
Geneticists have created piglets free of retroviruses, an important step toward creating a new supply of organs for transplant patients. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GINA KOLATA Tags: Genetic Engineering Pigs Transplants Organ Donation Cloning Science (Journal) Church, Frank Source Type: news

Organs needed
With Scotland set to join Wales in having an "opt-out" system for organ donation, why are England and Northern Ireland not following suit? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya: New Law for Organ Donation to Ease Transplant Pain
[Nation] Anyone wanting to donate their body or organs upon death is free to do so. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Skating On Thin Ice
Treatment TermsChildren's health Sub-Title Life-Threatening Condition Discovered After Fall During Hockey Game Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Colby Heath was a growing teenage boy, so his penchant for sleep didn't concern his mother. Nor did his occasional nosebleeds. Yet, as Colby's family now knows, those were clues that something was horribly wrong. Hero Imageskating_on_thin_ice_3.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Playing Hockey was Risk Factor for Congenital Liver Abnormality Content“He went from being a seemingly healthy kid who plays hockey to a kid who needs aliver transplant...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - June 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: klh85 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Pediatric Liver Transplant for Teen Hockey Player
Treatment TermsChildren's healthLiver transplant CategoriesAdvanced treatments Sub-Title Rare Liver Condition Discovered After Fall During Hockey Game Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Colby Heath was a growing teenage boy, so his penchant for sleep didn't concern his mother. Nor did his occasional nosebleeds. Yet, as Colby's family now knows, those were clues that something was horribly wrong. Hero Imageskating_on_thin_ice_3.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks CTA HeaderLiver Transplants at Duke CTA LinkLearn more Section Features Call To Action Header Playing Hockey was Risk Factor for Congenit...
Source: dukehealth.org: Health Tips - June 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Authors: klh85 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Effect of media presentations on willingness to commit to organ donation - Harel I, Kogut T, Pinchas M, Slovic P.
We examine how presentations of organ donation cases in the media may affect people's willingness to sign organ donation commitment cards, donate the organs of a deceased relative, support the transition to an "opt-out" policy, or donate a kidney while ali... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Media, Marketing, and Internet Issues Source Type: news

A life taken. A life given. A life shared.
Kaitlyn and Hannah When she read the article in the Cape Cod Times about the 11-year-old girl who underwent a life-saving liver transplant, Melissa Dunphe knew. “Too many pieces fit for it not to be.” She knew that the child, who was at the same hospital on the same floor on the same day, had to be the one who received her five-year-old daughter Kaitlyn’s liver. Five years earlier, at eight months old, Kaitlyn was in a car accident that left her without the use of her limbs and unable to breathe on her own. During her short life, her parents made moments matter. “She was a very happy child,” h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 19, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Donate life Donate life month Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program National Donate Life Month organ donation organ donor Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

Organ donation numbers reach record high
34% increase in donations in 2016-17 in Scotland Related items fromOnMedica Hundreds of families overrule deceased ’ wishes to donate organs Give us UK wide opt-out system for organ donation, say doctors ’ leaders Scotland launches organ donor consultation Two out of three people back ‘soft’ opt-out organ donation Deemed consent for organ donation increases transplants in Wales (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

My blue-eyed boy: The decision to donate life
Hot, humid air arrived that last week in June 2014. Our family was looking forward to a summer of entertaining, barbecuing and sharing our newly built patio with friends. Spending time as a family hiking, traveling or just hanging out at home was important to us. Aidan was ready to head off to a three-day goalie lacrosse camp. It was something he had begged to do all winter long. Aidan loved life and he lived it with passion. Aidan or AJ, depending on who you asked, had his future completely planned. He played basketball, swam and skied. As a Boy Scout, he had spent many days camping and hiking throughout New England and h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Krista Skinner Tags: Parenting Donate life month National Donate Life Month organ donation Source Type: news

Cryogenic preservation: from single cells to whole organs – Science Weekly podcast
Hannah Devlin looks at recent advances in the field ofcryopreservation and asks how close we are to applying these technologies to whole organsSubscribe& Review oniTunes,Soundcloud,Audioboom,Mixcloud&Acast, and join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterLast year, around 3,500 organs were transplanted into patients in the UK alone. That said, a large number of organs were also discarded because the moment a donor dies, doctors have only eight or so hours to find a patient on the organ register who is a match and can be almost immediately ready for surgery. One recent estimate suggested that as many as 60% of the hear...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Hannah Devlin and produced by Max Sanderson Tags: Science Organ donation Health Society Source Type: news

eGenesis Announces $38 Million Series A Financing, Led by Biomatics Capital and ARCH Venture Partners, to Solve Shortage of Organs for Donation
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--eGenesis, a biotechnology company focused on utilizing genome editing technology to make xenotransplantation a routine and lifesaving medical procedure, today announced that it raised a $38 million ... Regenerative Medicine, Venture Capital eGenesis, xenotransplantation, organ transplant (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Here ’s how you heat up cold hearts—for transplantation
[Photo courtesy University of Minnesota]A University of Minnesota–led research team has successfully warmed large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels that were previously preserved at low temperatures. The discovery of this rewarming process is pivotal for organs and tissues that are left in storage for transplantation for extended periods. “This is the first time that anyone has been able to scale up to a larger biological system and demonstrate successful, fast, and uniform warming hundreds of degrees Celsius per minute of preserved tissue without damaging the tissue,” said John Bischof, a Unive...
Source: Mass Device - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Biotech Transplants Cryogenics MedTech organ donation University of Minnesota Source Type: news

Dad Writes Heartbreaking Tribute To Wife Who Is Carrying Baby Without Brain To Term
An Oklahoma father paid tribute to his pregnant wife’s selflessness in a beautiful viral post. On Feb. 17, Royce Young posted a photo of his wife, Keri, on Facebook. The photo shows Keri, who is seven months pregnant with their second child, sleeping peacefully on their couch. In the long caption, Royce explained why his wife is so inspiring to him and shared the tearjerking details of this pregnancy. Keri is pregnant with a baby girl, whom she and her husband have decided to name Eva. Tragically, the couple learned at their 19-week ultrasound that their daughter did not have a brain. Royce described that moment...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emory performs first HIV-positive kidney transplant from HIV-positive deceased donor
Emory Transplant Center performed its first HIV-positive kidney transplant from an HIV-positive deceased donor. The transplant was the first of its kind in Georgia. It was possible because of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which took effect in 2015 and authorizes clinical research and revision of rules about organ donation and transportation as a result of that research. Previously, the use of HIV- positive organs was a federal crime. Emory University and eight other centers are conducting… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 15, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Ellie Hensley Source Type: news

Time trends in organ donation after neurologic determination of death: a cohort study - Kramer AH, Baht R, Doig CJ.
BACKGROUND: The cause of brain injury may influence the number of organs that can be procured and transplanted with donation following neurologic determination of death. We investigated whether the distribution of causes responsible for neurologic death ha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

First human-pig 'chimera' created in milestone study
Prospect of growing human organs for transplantation raised by creation of first ever embryos combining two large, distantly related speciesScientists have created a human-pig hybrid in a milestone study that raises the prospect of being able to grow human organs inside animals for use in transplants.It marks the first time that embryos combining two large, distantly-related species have been produced. The creation of this so-called chimera – named after the cross-species beast of Greek mythology – has been hailed as a significant first step towards generating human hearts, livers and kidneys from scratch.Conti...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Genetics Science Embryos Biology Health Organ donation Medical research Animal experimentation Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Organ Donation & Cognition / Inappropriate Opioid Use Discussion / Colorado Pediatric Hospitalist Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Audio Interview: Scarce Organs and the Cognitively Impaired: Dr. … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 25, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

High-donor-volume hospitals recover more transplantable organs per donor
(American College of Surgeons) Hospitals that manage the highest volume of deceased organ donors are 52 percent more likely to recover an above-average number of transplantable organs per donor compared with low-volume hospitals, according to results from a new study conducted across three US donation regions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Organ Transplants Hit A Record High For A Very Depressing Reason
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Philadelphia organ procurement group shatters national records
The Gift of Life Donor Program in 2016 became the first organ procurement organization in the United States to coordinate donations from more than 500 organ donors in a single year. Last year Gift of Life, which is based in Philadelphia, coordinated the donation of life-saving organs from 540 donors, which resulted in 1,412 organs transplanted — marking the ninth consecutive year Gift of Life was the leading organ procurement organization in the country. The old record of 4 83 was set by Gift of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 5, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: John George Source Type: news

Scotland launches organ donor consultation
Doctors welcome ‘soft’ opt-out option Related items fromOnMedica Hundreds of families overrule deceased ’ wishes to donate organs Three people die every day due to organ donor shortage Wales introduces ‘deemed consent’ for organ donation Give us UK wide opt-out system for organ donation, say doctors ’ leaders Opt-out organ donation well-meant but ‘misguided’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How the family veto creates a grey zone around Canada's organ donation policy
Even if someone in Canada consents to donating their organs, their relatives can override those wishes — a practice made possible, two legal experts say, due to a disconnect between the law and policy. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/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

Shortage Of Organs For Transplantation -- Is More Research on Human-Animal Chimeras the Right Approach?
This piece was originally published on Bionews and co-authored with Giulia Cavaliere. You can read the original piece here. It is time to discuss, once again, the lifting of a moratorium on research. We are not talking about the CRISPR genome-editing moratorium, but about the 20 August announcement by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lift the moratorium on research involving chimeric human/non-human embryos. The use of federal funds for this kind of research had been previously banned by the NIH in September 2015. Although it does not state it explicitly, the NIH announcement seems to have been triggered by ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Could Identifying Cardiac Arrest Patients With No Chance of Survival Help Reduce Organ Shortage? Could Identifying Cardiac Arrest Patients With No Chance of Survival Help Reduce Organ Shortage?
Three objective criteria can identify patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) who have no chance of survival but might still provide organs for donation, according to a retrospective study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Three people die every day due to organ donor shortage
Organ Donation Week starting today hopes to encourage more people to join organ donor register Related items fromOnMedica Hundreds of families overrule deceased ’ wishes to donate organs Fears as fewer people receive organ transplants Wales introduces ‘deemed consent’ for organ donation Doctors urge people to discuss organ donation Give us UK wide opt-out system for organ donation, say doctors ’ leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 4, 2016 Category: UK Health 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