Adherence to Immunosuppressive Medication Leads to Better Outcomes in Young Liver Transplant Recipients
A study of children who received liver transplants found that adherence to taking immunosuppressive medication can predict organ rejection later. (Source: NIDDK News)
Source: NIDDK News - June 23, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Obamacare May Have Boosted Kidney Transplant Outcomes
FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 -- Medicaid patients with kidney disease are more likely to be placed on a kidney transplant waiting list before they need dialysis if they live in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 22, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion Ups Preemptive Listing for Kidney Transplant
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 -- The proportion of new preemptive listings for kidney transplantation with Medicaid coverage increased in states with Medicaid expansion in the post-expansion era, according to a study published online June 21 in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Potential to replace race as a risk factor for kidney-transplant failure
(Children's National Health System) Marva Moxey-Mims, M.D., FASN, says APOLLO study researchers hope that clarifying the role of the APOL1 gene in kidney-transplant failure could lead to fewer discarded kidneys, which could boost the number of available kidneys for patients awaiting transplants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Doctors Think a Woman ’s Tattoo May Have Been Causing Her Severe Leg Pain
Doctors in Scotland believe a woman’s large tattoo on her leg may have been the cause of her unexplained inflammation and severe leg pain. The authors of a report on the woman’s case, published in BMJ Case Reports, say it is a reminder to physicians that they should be mindful of their patients’ tattoos if they encounter unusual and unexplained symptoms. The 31-year-old woman was suffering a condition called inflammatory myopathy, which affected her left leg and caused pain severe enough to disrupt her sleep. The woman had a double lung transplant in 2009, and was taking drugs to suppress her immune syst...
Source: TIME: Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime tattoos Source Type: news

Tattoo health warning for people with weakened immune systems
A woman with cystic fibrosis and lung transplants suffered chronic pain for three years after she had a tattoo on her thighGetting a tattoo if you have a weakened immune system could put you at risk of complications, doctors have warned. The caution comes after a woman with cystic fibrosis and lung transplants developed thigh and knee pain after having body art inked on her leg.Doctors say those taking immunosuppressant drugs should take precautions if considering body art. These medicines are often given after an organ transplant or to treat autoimmune conditions such as Crohn ’s disease, lupus or rheumatoid arthrit...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Tattoos Medical research Immunology Biochemistry and molecular biology Health Cystic fibrosis Diabetes Source Type: news

Man recovering from SIXTH liver transplant in lifelong battle
Steven Featley, 23, from Stoke Ash in Suffolk, had his sixth liver transplant last year as part of a lifelong battle with rare condition biliary atresia, which he has had since he was six weeks old. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Paragonix Technologies aims to boost survival of donated lungs
Image courtesy of Paragonix Technologies Many lungs being transported for transplant arrive in such bad shape that they cannot be used. Paragonix Technologies, Inc. aims to change that with SherpaLung, a specialized cooler that keeps lungs properly inflated and at the right temperature to survive an airplane trip. Paragonix Technologies just landed support from the Lung Transplant Foundation to continue developing and commercialize SherpaLung, the latest in its series of specialized organ transport carriers. Braintree, MA-based Paragonix launched similar devices for hearts and kidneys within the past several months, a...
Source: Mass Device - June 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Business/Financial News News Well Transplants Lung Transplant Foundation Paragonix Technologies Source Type: news

Heart Transplant Program Restart; Exercise BP Excursions; Precision NOAC?
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Man, 23, recovering from SIXTH liver transplant in lifelong battle against rare condition
Steven Featley, 23, from Stoke Ash in Suffolk, had his sixth liver transplant last year as part of a lifelong battle with rare condition biliary atresia, which he has had since he was six weeks old. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: New lungs give dad a chance to enjoy fatherhood
Over time, cystic fibrosis robbed Nicholas Hemmerle of his ability to enjoy active time with his daughter. But after a double lung transplant, he's breathing easier and ready to have fun again.? The last thing Nicholas Hemmerle remembers before going into surgery at?Mayo Clinic?for a double?lung transplant?is a nurse putting a blanket on him and [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - June 17, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Texas hospital's heart transplant program resumes after 2-week suspension
Baylor St. Luke's performed nine heart transplants in 2018 and, according to the hospital CEO, they've had three deaths so far (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baylor St. Luke ’s reactivates heart-transplant program following review
Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center announced June 15 that it has reactivated its heart-transplant surgery program and is accepting donor hearts for transplants again. The hospital voluntarily suspended the surgery program on June 1. The two-week suspension did not affect other heart-failure procedures, such as he art-pump implants, or any other transplant programs across the hospital.  According to a message posted on the hospital’s website, the following steps have been taken since June 1: A… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Texas heart transplant program resumed after suspension
A Houston hospital has resumed its renowned heart transplant program two weeks after suspending all medical procedures following the deaths of several patients this year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Jamestown Post-Journal Sportswriter Scores a New Heart
Jamestown sportswriter Cody Crandall felt like he hit a grand slam when UR Medicine transplant cardiologists shared news that a matching heart was available for him. The 24-year-old former baseball standout at Jamestown High School waited more than six months for a new heart at UR Medicine ’s Strong Memorial Hospital, and just hearing the words felt like a victory. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - June 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Sun Defenses Up in Transplant Patients After Skin Cancer Study
Increased odds of using multiple sun protection measures among organ transplant recipients (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 13, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Oncology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Infographic: Liver transplant saves lives
Learn more about transplants. Other health tip infographics:?mayohealthhighlights.startribune.com? (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - June 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Renowned heart transplant program on hold after recent patient deaths
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston has temporarily put its renowned heart transplant program on hold. It comes following an investigation showing a number of recent patient deaths. CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Aseguahi Needs N8 Million for Kidney Transplant
[Guardian] Life has never been the same for Omonjeva Helen Aseguahi since she was diagnosed with kidney disease. Aseguahi, an officer of the Young Christian Workers Movement (YCW), Isolo Deanery of the Catholic Church, Lagos, has since last year been down but battling to keep hope alive. Her only hope of getting a new lease of life is a kidney transplant, costing over N8 million. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Widow seeks "truth" amid patient deaths at renowned heart transplant program
Out of nine heart transplants performed at the hospital in 2018, three have ended in death (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Houston heart transplant program suspended amid patient deaths
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston has temporarily closed its world-renowned heart transplant program following an investigation by the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica. Their report revealed the departure of several top doctors and an unusual number of patient deaths in recent years. Two more heart transplant patients died in May. Mark Strassmann reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘Artificial’ kidney that could mean thousands won’t need dialysis or a transplant
The implant is expected to begin trials later this year and if successful, it could be available within a few years, saving patients from dialysis or needing a transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UCLA Kidney Transplant Program leads the nation in numbers — and vision
All kidneys are pink. The human beings in which they ’re housed can have various skin colors, attend various places of worship, have various political affiliations and live in various parts of the country. But their kidneys? They are all, quite simply, pink.No one knows this better than transplant professionals, including kidney transplant doctors, who have transformed the field of organ donation over the past few decades — not to mention the nation’s acceptance of it. In 2017, physicians in the United States performed almost 20,000 kidney transplants, according to data from the U.S. Department of He...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 11, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Kidney transplant opens door to next adventure
Lanell Johnson's path to a kidney transplant wasn't easy. But now that she's received a new kidney and is enjoying a return to good health, Lanell and her husband are eager to move forward. Lanell Johnson takes pride in what she calls her battle scars ? the result of her long journey to a successful?kidney [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - June 10, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Face transplantation -- An established option to improve quality of life in patients with severe facial trauma
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Thirteen years after the first successful face transplant, US trauma surgeons should be aware of the current role of facial transplantation for patients with severe facial disfigurement -- including evidence that the final appearance and functioning are superior to that provided by conventional reconstructive surgery. That's the message of a special update on 'Face Transplantation Today' in the June issue of The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, edited by Mutaz B. Habal, M.D., and published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cochrane Kidney and Transplant seeks Systematic Reviewer – Sydney, Australia
Specifications: Full-timeSalary: Base salary $82K, plus superannuationLocation: Sydney, AustraliaApplication closing date: 21 June 2018We are seeking a full-time Systematic Reviewer to contribute toCochrane Kidney and Transplant based at the Centre for Kidney Research, The Children ’s Hospital at Westmead. The Systematic Reviewer will provide technical knowledge and expertise to the research team to support the development of Cochrane systematic reviews that will inform international clinical practice guidelines on all aspects of kidney disease. This includes conducting lite rature searches, appraising literature and...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Post-Transplant Tx Reduces Wait for Kidney in Hep C & #43; Patients
WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 -- Post-transplant hepatitis C treatment increases access to transplant and reduces waitlist time among hepatitis C-positive patients awaiting kidney transplantation, according to a study published online May 14 in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Turning Surgeons Into Innovators Without Taking Them Out of the OR
Academic hospitals have all the makings for rich medical device development. They have physicians to identify surgical needs, researchers to test theories, bioengineers to design and create devices and patients to participate in clinical trials. However, disconnect between engineering and surgical departments makes innovation a challenge. So does surgeons' all-consuming job Number One—treating patients. Surgical Innovations, part of the University of California, San Francisco's Department of Surgery and Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, aims to open communication between clinical academic surgeons and bioeng...
Source: MDDI - June 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Heather R. Johnson Tags: R & D Source Type: news

Cochrane Kidney and Transplant seeks Information Specialist – Sydney, Australia
Specifications: Part-time (0.4 FTE)Salary: Base salary $82K p.a. prorate with superannuationLocation: Sydney, AustraliaApplication closing date: 18 June 2018We are seeking an Information Specialist (part-time) to contribute toCochrane Kidney and Transplant, based at the Centre for Kidney Research, The Children ’s Hospital at Westmead. The Information Specialist has an integral role in the production of Cochrane Kidney and Transplant reviews. You will contribute to the maintenance and development of a Specialised Register of randomised controlled trials (RCT) within the scope of Cochrane Kidney and Trans plant, provid...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

The last gift: what it ’ s like to work with organ donors
If a heart, liver, or other vital organ becomes available to someone on a transfer list in the North East, it’s likely that Michelle Pearson and Rachel Pritchard will take care of it. Death is often a taboo subject, and there aren’t many people with a keener understanding of it than specialist nurses in organ donation. UNISON members Michelle and Rachel work for Northern Organ Donation Services. If an organ becomes available for transfer in the North East, it’s their job to respond. There are two specialist nurses in organ donation (SN-ODs) like them on call in the region at any time, with embedded roles ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 6, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Lucy Shaddock Tags: Magazine blood and transplant health healthcare nurses Source Type: news

Womb transplants to give three British women hope of getting pregnant
Three women are to become the first in the UK to received a groundbreaking new womb transplant surgery which doctors believe could allow thousands of women to become mothers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Racial Gaps Persist in ALD Patients Eligible for Transplant
(MedPage Today) -- Disparities found regarding liver transplant, mortality (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 3, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Baylor St. Luke ’s suspends heart-transplant program, reviewing recent deaths
Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center is voluntarily suspending its heart-transplant surgeries for 14 days, the hospital announced June 1.  For the next two weeks, the hospital will not accept donor hearts for transplant. However, the suspension does not affect other heart-failure procedures, such as heart-pump imp lants, or any other transplant programs across the hospital, according to a statement posted on the hospital’s website.  “The hospital will use the time to complete a medical review… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 2, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Baylor St. Luke ’s suspends heart-transplant program, reviewing recent deaths
Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center is voluntarily suspending its heart-transplant surgeries for 14 days, the hospital announced June 1.  For the next two weeks, the hospital will not accept donor hearts for transplant. However, the suspension does not affect other heart-failure procedures, such as heart-pump imp lants, or any other transplant programs across the hospital, according to a statement posted on the hospital’s website.  “The hospital will use the time to complete a medical review… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 2, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Alcohol Abstinence Before Liver Transplant Shorter Now for Some Patients Alcohol Abstinence Before Liver Transplant Shorter Now for Some Patients
Increasingly, liver transplant centers are doing away with the long-standing practice of delaying liver transplant in patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis (SAH) until they abstain from alcohol for six months, according to a new survey of U.S. transplant centers.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - June 1, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Baxter touts Theranova HDx dialysis tech study data
Baxter (NYSE:BAX) today released new data from studies exploring expanded hemodialysis with its Theranova dialyzer, touting the device’s ability to clear large middle molecules at a higher rate than standard hemodialysis and equal or faster removal rates compared to high-volume hemodiafiltration. Results from a number of studies and poster presentations on the Theranova dialyzer were presented at the 55th Congress of the European Renal Association and European Dialysis and Transplant Association meeting this month, Baxter said. The Deerfield, Ill.-based company’s Theranova dialyzer is designed to exte...
Source: Mass Device - May 31, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Clinical Trials Dialysis Baxter Source Type: news

Baxter updates Sharesource dialysis monitoring platform
Baxter (NYSE:BAX) today announced the launch of two updates for its Sharesource remote patient monitoring platform designed to monitor home peritoneal dialysis patients including the addition of a new modeling software tool and improvements to the clinical portal. The Deerfield, Ill.-based company announced the updates at the 55th Congress of the European Renal Association and European Dialysis and Transplant Association meeting this week. Baxter said that the first of its updates introduced the new Sharesource Adequest kinetic modeling software tool designed for direct integration into the platform to allow for impro...
Source: Mass Device - May 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blog Source Type: news

Teenager 19 survived liver transplant and meningitis got diagnosed with CANCER and is recovering
Sophie Houghton-Hinks, 19, from Poole was fortunate to receive a life-saving liver transplant only to then contract meningitis that left her brain scarred, following by cancer which spread all over her body. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Her search for new lungs begins with changed heart
Claire Wineland vowed she wouldn't have a lung transplant, but her decline from cystic fibrosis made her reconsider. Now she's fighting for a chance at survival. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Imatinib-induced Fulminant Liver Failure in CML Imatinib-induced Fulminant Liver Failure in CML
Acute liver failure can be a fatal adverse effect of chronic myeloid leukemia treatment with imatinib. Is liver transplant a viable option for these patients?Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

More patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis receiving liver transplants
(Digestive Disease Week) Increasingly, liver transplant centers are changing a long-standing practice of delaying potentially life-saving liver transplantation for patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis until after they stopped drinking alcohol for six months, according to a new study scheduled for presentation at Digestive Disease Week ® (DDW) 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Patients Suffer as a Renowned Heart Transplant Program Loses Its Luster Patients Suffer as a Renowned Heart Transplant Program Loses Its Luster
The hospital and its legendary surgeon Denton Cooley performed some of the world ’ s first heart transplants back in the 1960s. In recent years, though, it has had some of the worst heart transplant outcomes in the country.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Anti-PD-1 Agents Rapidly Adopted in Clinical Practice Following Approval Anti-PD-1 Agents Rapidly Adopted in Clinical Practice Following Approval
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 21, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Clues found to early lung transplant failure
(Washington University in St. Louis) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Northwestern University have uncovered cells that flow into and harm the lung soon after transplant. The resulting dysfunction is the leading cause of early death after lung transplantation and contributes to organ rejection that can lead to death months or years later. The discovery, in mice, may lead to drug therapies that target the destructive cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Filmed for the first time: the amazing transplant of a 'warm, beating donor heart'  
The amazing moment a British transplant patient becomes one of the first to receive a ‘warm and beating’ donor heart has been captured for the first time by television cameras. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Robert Jarvik: An Innovator with Heart
Robert Jarvik, MD, remembers Dec. 2, 1982, as vividly as if it were last week. He was 36 at the time and a device he designed, the Jarvik 7 artificial heart, was about to be implanted into a human patient for the first time. That patient, a retired dentist named Barney Clark, had been at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City for about a week, and his medical team, lead by William DeVries, MD, planned to put off the surgery just a little while longer in hopes of getting Clark as strong as possible for the operation. But Clark wasn't getting stronger. Robert Jarvik, MD, will receive the MDEA Lifetime Ac...
Source: MDDI - May 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: MD & M East (New York) Cardiovascular Design Source Type: news

New algorithm more accurately predicts life expectancy after heart failure
(UCLA Samueli School of Engineering) A new algorithm developed by UCLA researchers more accurately predicts which people will survive heart failure, and for how long, whether or not they receive a heart transplant. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Team Up to Manage IBS: Gastro Endo News Report
(MedPage Today) -- Also, deciding who gets liver transplant takes emotional toll (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Ancora Takes on FMR and Heart Failure with AccuCinch
Ancora Heart is making a play for the functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) treatment market – which is currently populated by medtech juggernauts Abbott Laboratories and Edwards Lifesciences. The Santa Clara, CA-based company came closer to its goal to participate in the market after it received FDA approval to expand the enrollment for an early feasibility study of the AccuCinch. Ancora Heart said it can now enroll a second group of patients and expand to 15 heart centers across the U.S. “The AccuCinch System is a left ventricular repair technology and it really is a new category and class of therapy,” ...
Source: MDDI - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Implants Source Type: news

Kidney Transplant Ups Survival in GPA (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) --'Dramatic'decreases in cardiovascular and all-cause death (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news