Heart transplant program changes chief after patient deaths
A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Renowned heart transplant program selects new leadership
A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

FDA approves Abbott ’ s HeartMate 3 as a destination therapy
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today it won FDA approval for its HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device, now approved as a destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure. With the approval, the Chicago-based company said that the device can now be used in patients not eligible for a transplant as a life-long implant. “We partner with physicians to holistically develop therapies that benefit patients and achieve better outcomes. The unique design of the HeartMate 3 LVAD—with its Full MagLev technology—takes an established innovation and improves upon it in meaningful ways to help people with...
Source: Mass Device - October 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Abbott Source Type: news

Abbott's HeartMate 3 Heart Pump Now FDA Approved for Advanced Heart Failure Patients Not Eligible for a Heart Transplant
Advanced heart failure patients who will live with their device for the rest of their life now have access to a heart pump backed by the industry's strongest long-term data HeartMate 3 offers significant advancements for patients, including a pump desig... Devices, Cardiology, FDA Abbott, HeartMate 3, Heart Pump, Left Ventricular Assist Device (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - October 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Abbott's HeartMate 3 Heart Pump Now FDA Approved for Advanced Heart Failure Patients Not Eligible for a Heart Transplant
- Advanced heart failure patients who will live with their device for the rest of their life now have access to a heart pump backed by the industry's strongest long-term data (Source: Abbott.com)
Source: Abbott.com - October 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pediatric Heart Transplantation at Adult-Specialty Centers Pediatric Heart Transplantation at Adult-Specialty Centers
Can pediatric heart transplantation be safely performed at transplant centers focused primarily on adult care?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Nine-year-old is in agony after his belly swelled to THREE TIMES the size of a beach ball
Aneet Ur Rehman, of Karachi, Pakistan, suffers from Budd-Chiari syndrome, which blocks the veins that drain the liver. He has been told he will die unless he has an urgent liver transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Use Stem Cells and Gene Editing to Make Mice With Two Mums Scientists Use Stem Cells and Gene Editing to Make Mice With Two Mums
Chinese scientists said on Thursday they had used gene editing and stem cell techniques to produce healthy mice with two mothers which developed well enough to go on to have normal offspring of their own.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - October 15, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Texas-based Children's Health pilots Proteus' ingestible sensor pills for heart transplant patients
The ingesitble sensors will let providers look at adherence habits, activity levels and resting heart rate within a younger patient population.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

In medical first, HIV-positive mother donates liver to her uninfected baby, in South Africa
A liver transplant from an HIV-positive woman to her uninfected baby in South Africa has the potential to widen the country's organ donor pool, experts say. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Less Pre-Kidney Transplant Dialysis With Preemptive Waitlist
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Kidney transplant patients who are preemptively wait-listed have substantially fewer years of pretransplant dialysis than transplant recipients listed after dialysis onset, according to a study published online Aug. 21 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

South Africa:What You Need to Know About SA's Historic Liver Transplant From an HIV-Positive Donor
[Bhekisisa] How could a baby get an organ from a person living with HIV and not automatically contract the virus? The experts weigh in. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Derivation and Validation of the POTTER Calculator Derivation and Validation of the POTTER Calculator
The authors describe the development of an interactive risk calculator for emergency surgery, which may provide a real-time, accurate means of predicting mortality risk.Annals of Surgery (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - October 9, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Tandem Lung-Bone Marrow Transplant Shows Promise
(MedPage Today) -- Protocol being used in patients with primary immunodeficiencies (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - October 9, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Life is a 'tremendous gift', says Katie
Katie and her parents describe what it has been like adjusting to life since she received a rare face transplant. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS calls on 40,000 black people to sign up as blood and organ donors
Davinia Caballero, 33, from Brixton in London, needed a transplant after her kidneys were damaged by sickle cell disease. She said she was 'lucky' her brother was able to donate his kidney. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tina Turner reveals husband gave her kidney for transplant
Tina Turner has revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant with an organ donated by her husband (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Liver Transplant From HIV+ Living Donor to Negative Recipient - Key Ethical Issues
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has a dire shortage of organ donors. This means that doctors struggle to find suitable donor organs for critically ill patients who would die without receiving a transplant. Sometimes they have to make tough calls such as using a blood group incompatible organ to save a patient's life - even if this comes with additional risk. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa:World's First Intentional HIV+ Liver Transplant
[Wits University] Wits doctors transplanted the liver from a mother living with HIV to her critically ill HIV negative child, who had end-stage liver disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:First Liver Transplant From HIV+ Living Donor to Negative Recipient
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has a dire shortage of organ donors. This means that doctors struggle to find suitable donor organs for critically ill patients who would die without receiving a transplant. Sometimes they have to make tough calls such as using a blood group incompatible organ to save a patient's life -- even if this comes with additional risk. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Heart transplant outcome linked to gut bacteria, study finds
Gut bacteria appears to play a key role in whether a body accepts a transplanted heart, according to a study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Littler girl saved by her mother's HIV-infected liver in world first transplant
Doctors at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre successfully transplanted the liver of an HIV-positive mother in South Africa to her dying daughter. The girl seemed to contract HIV, but may beat it yet. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rethinking Performance Benchmarks in Kidney Transplantation Rethinking Performance Benchmarks in Kidney Transplantation
A recent study found a concerning decrease in kidney acceptance rates among transplant centers subject to Systems Improvement Agreements by the CMS. Is it time to rethink the performance benchmarks?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Would you rather die of liver failure or live with HIV?
(University of the Witwatersrand) In 2017, doctors from the Transplant Unit at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre performed what is believed to be the world's first intentional liver transplant from a mother living with HIV to her critically ill HIV negative child, who had end-stage liver disease. Now, more than a year later, the mother and child have fully recovered, however, doctors are unsure the HIV-status of the child. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

V-Wave launches pivotal interatrial shunt trial
V-Wave said today it launched a new trial of its minimally invasive interartrial shunt designed to treat patients with symptomatic heart failure. The new Relieve-HF trial aims to enroll 500 patients in a pivotal study of the device, which is designed for patients with NHYA Class III and ambulatory Class IV symptomatic heart failure, the Israel-based company said. “The interatrial shunt provides a novel therapeutic approach for patients with chronic HF. The shunt is implanted through a catheter inserted in a vein in the leg. Prior clinical experience demonstrated device and implantation procedure safety, and stat...
Source: Mass Device - October 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials V-Wave Source Type: news

Chronic Allograft Injury Common Among Pediatric Liver-transplant Recipients Chronic Allograft Injury Common Among Pediatric Liver-transplant Recipients
A substantial proportion of pediatric liver-transplant patients with normal liver tests have varying degrees of subclinical chronic allograft injury, according to new findings.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - October 2, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Baxter and Mayo Clinic announce collaboration to establish renal care center of excellence in the U.S.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ? Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX), a global innovator in renal care, and Mayo Clinic today announced a new collaboration to develop a renal care center of excellence in the U.S. The center will serve patients across the continuum of renal care ? from chronic kidney disease (CKD) management through transplant ? and drive [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Business News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Business News - October 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Liver transplant, weight-loss surgery combination benefits obese patients in long term
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Obese patients who underwent a life-saving liver transplant and weight-loss surgery at the same time were better able to keep the weight off long term and had fewer metabolic complications than those who lost weight on their own before undergoing a liver transplant, Mayo Clinic research shows. The findings were recently published [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - October 2, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Youngest US face transplant recipient shares story of suicide survival and hope
More than a year after becoming the youngest person in the US to receive a face transplant Katie Stubblefield, 22, said she feels grateful that she received a second chance at life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Youngest US face transplant recipient shares story of suicide survival and hope
At age 21, Katie Stubblefield became the youngest face-transplant recipient in the US. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

WATCH: A speech therapy session with US's youngest face transplant recipient
A year after her surgery, Katie Stubblefield is still adjusting to life with her new face, which includes learning how to talk again. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nightline Source Type: news

Mother-of-two, 36, offers life-saving kidney to a stranger just two hours after meeting him in a bar
Kristin Day, 36, of Pine River, Minnesota, met a stranger in a bar who told her he was on dialysis and in need of a kidney transplant. After just two hours of talking to him, Day offered to donate. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Father-of-three, 48, told he was going to die receives life-saving kidney from his wife's co-worker
Jason Anderson, 48, of Ogden, Utah, was on dialysis for the last four years and told he would die without a kidney transplant until his wife's co-worker, Kingslee Teo, offered to donate. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Primary Liver Transplant May Best Drainage in Infants With Biliary Atresia Primary Liver Transplant May Best Drainage in Infants With Biliary Atresia
Primary liver transplantation is associated with better long-term survival than is biliary-enteric drainage (BED) in infants with biliary atresia, according to a new study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease Score Underestimates Mortality
FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Pediatric End-stage Liver Disease (PELD) score underestimates the actual probability of 90-day pretransplant mortality for children undergoing a primary liver transplant, according to a study published online Sept. 17... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Girl surprised by Drake in hospital talks about her heart transplant
The 11-year-old got Drake's attention by doing the "Kiki challenge" while she waited for a heart transplant – now she's sharing an update on her condition (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Young Drake fan speaks out for 1st time since heart transplant
Sofia Sanchez, 11, talks to "GMA" about how she is doing with her new heart and reminisces on what it was like to meet her favorite artist. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Girl who met Drake speaks out after heart transplant: 'I felt more alive'
Sofia Sanchez was visited in the hospital by Drake after her "Kiki Challenge" video went viral. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

A Change of Heart: Perspectives on Patient Care and Technology
Bryon Moore has had a rich and varied career in EMS. He became an EMT in 1979 and received paramedic training at the fabled UCLA Daniel Freeman School for Paramedicine in 1982. He went on to be a paramedic in several systems before becoming the Northern California Clinical Coordinator for American Medical Response (AMR). Bryon then was attracted to helping develop and bring new resuscitation technology to market, working for a variety of medical device companies and launching new products globally. He’s currently VP of EMS Market Development for Defibtech, a company owned by Nihon Kohden, a leading medical devic...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: EMS Insider Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Youngest child to receive a rare heart-lung transplant returns home
Almost exactly a year ago, Tiffany and Chuck Palmer were told to expect a stillborn baby. Now, their son is eight months, after getting both his heart and lungs replaced. And he is home in Kansas City. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children disadvantaged by liver transplant wait list scores
The scoring system used to determine who has priority for receiving a liver transplant disadvantages children compared to adults, a new study indicates. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Despite changes to US kidney allocation system, inequality persists
(Drexel University) The new system did not minimize pre-transplant dialysis exposure for patients who were not waitlisted preemptively. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Providence Heart Institute taking in patients from OHSU's transplant program
Providence Heart Institute is in the process of transferring certain patients from Oregon Health& Science University ’s heart transplant program, which was suspended recently after four specialists quit. Providence is transitioning all of OHSU’s ventricular assist device, or VAD, patients to Providence, according to an internal announcement from the institute. OHSU heart transplant patients will move their ca re to Providence or another transplant center. All told, just under 400 patients are… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 14, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Providence Heart Institute taking in patients from OHSU's transplant program
Providence Heart Institute is in the process of transferring certain patients from Oregon Health& Science University ’s heart transplant program, which was suspended recently after four specialists quit. Providence is transitioning all of OHSU’s ventricular assist device, or VAD, patients to Providence, according to an internal announcement from the institute. OHSU heart transplant patients will move their ca re to Providence or another transplant center. All told, just under 400 patients are… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 14, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Man becomes world's oldest face transplant recipient
Four months after the procedure, the man has regained the ability to breathe properly and has begun to chew, smell, and speak with his new face (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

His face was severely damaged on a hunt. Now he ’s the world’s oldest face transplant recipient.
In May, Maurice Desjardins was given a face transplant — Canada's first. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eli Rosenberg Source Type: news

Transplant patient walked down aisle by donor’s dad
Lisa Simkin contacted her donor’s family six months after a life-saving lung transplant, and says they “opened their door with loving arms”. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From corneas to tendons, a new 'tissue bank' improves transplant process
A new "tissue bank" located in Dartmouth, N.S., is already making a difference in the number of corneas, heart valves, bones and other tissues available for transplant to the people who need them. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Man, 64, maimed in a hunting accident becomes the world's oldest person to have a face transplant
Maurice Desjardins, from Gatineau in Quebec, Canada, has become the first person in the country to have a face transplant and can now eat, speak and breathe normally again after seven years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs
When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should have been, and there was evidence that fluid was starting to build up around the organ as well. Both were signs that the fetus was working extra hard to pump blood to its fast-growing body and that its heart was starting to fail. Obar’s doctor knew what coul...
Source: TIME: Science - September 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized medicine Source Type: news