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Nigeria:FMC Umuahia Pioneers Kidney Transplant in South East
[This Day] Umuahia -After years of exposing its medical personnel to acquire the needed skills, the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Umuahia has successfully carried out kidney transplant thereby becoming the first medical facility to achieve such medical feat in the Southeast zone of Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Genomic blood test predicts survival rates after surgery for advanced heart failure
UCLA HealthDr. Mario DengFINDINGSAn experimental blood test developed at UCLA that uses gene activity data from immune cells was 93 percent accurate in predicting survival rates for people with advanced heart failure who had surgery to implant mechanical circulatory support devices.BACKGROUNDMechanical circulatory support devices, such as ventricular assist devices and temporary total artificial hearts, can be surgically implanted in people with advanced heart failure to help the heart ’s pumping function.But people with advanced heart failure often also suffer from multi-organ dysfunction syndrome, which can lead to...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 14, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Woman in critical condition from liver failure can't get transplant due to protocols
The family of an Indigenous rights advocate from Newfoundland is considering legal action against an Ontario organ transplant agency after she was denied access to a liver transplant wait list based on a history of alcohol use disorder. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Indigenous Source Type: news

UK surgeon admits signing initials on patients' livers
A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Liver surgeon Simon Bramhall marked initials on patients
Simon Bramhall admits marking his initials on the livers of two transplant patients. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Invasive Pulmonary Mycoses in Lung Transplant Recipients
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 08:26Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - December 12, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

fMRI, PET could help foresee epileptic seizure issues
Researchers have developed a method to integrate functional MR (fMRI) and PET...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: PET/MRI outclasses MRI alone for pelvic cancer recurrence fMRI helps guide therapy designed to reduce tinnitus Researchers resolve PET/MRI issue for epilepsy patients PET/MRI could help diagnose kidney transplant infection (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 12, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Baby Max spends first year in Southampton hospital
Max Olivares has a rare heart and lung condition, which requires a complex transplant operation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Innovation Award winner: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
The McGowan Institute is developing an artificial lung for children and working on ways to keep organs for transplant longer. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 10, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Innovation Award winner: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
The McGowan Institute is developing an artificial lung for children and working on ways to keep organs for transplant longer. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 10, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Molecular Pathways to Kidney Graft Chimerism Identified Molecular Pathways to Kidney Graft Chimerism Identified
Several molecular pathways in renal grafts are associated with induction of tolerance after kidney transplantation, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - December 7, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Are Good Kidneys Going to Waste?
In the United States, about 5,000 people die each year while waiting for a kidney transplant, the researchers said (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:50 Years Since the First Heart Transplant - What a Piece of Work Is a Man!
[Daily Maverick] The 50th anniversary of the first successful heart transplant encourages J. BROOKS SPECTOR to look back at Dr Chris Barnard's unprecedented medical moment - and to think about what happens next. Shades of the final scenes in the Robin Williams film, Bicentennial Man, perhaps? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NJ boy gets transplant after living without kidneys
Ismael Rodriguez-Reyes, 7, was born with polycystic kidney disease, which caused the kidneys to overgrow and form cysts. After finally getting new organs he hopes to return home to New Jersey. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boy, 7, gets transplant after living without kidneys
Ismael Rodriguez-Reyes, 7, was born with polycystic kidney disease, which caused the kidneys to overgrow and form cysts. After finally getting new organs he hopes to return home to New Jersey. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genes on Y chromosome protect against pulmonary hypertension, study suggests
This study is the first to examine the involvement of sex chromosomes in the disease's development in the absence of sex hormones. In humans, females typically have two copies of the X chromosome, while males typically have one X and one Y chromosome.METHODIn the lab, the researchers engineered mice with different chromosomal makeups and measured their development of pulmonary hypertension in an environment with 10 percent oxygen, which is a well-established setting for inducing the disease.One group of mice was engineered with sex chromosomes that were independent of their gonadal sex, or sex based on their genitalia, so ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 4, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Innovations Are Brightening Liver Transplantation Outcomes Innovations Are Brightening Liver Transplantation Outcomes
Dr William Balistreri recaps the breakthroughs that are increasing options for patients on the liver transplant waitlist.Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Commentary Source Type: news

First U.S. birth by woman with uterus transplant
For the first time in the U.S., a woman has given birth with a transplanted uterus. A baby boy was delivered at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas to a woman who received a uterus from a living donor. It was part of a clinical trial. Eight other babies have been born to women with transplants, all in Sweden. Dr. Tara Narula joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the surgery and who would be eligible. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:How an Historic Heart Transplant Created a Celebrity Scientist 50 Years Ago
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa's Chris Barnard stands out in medical history as the heart surgeon who became a global household name after transplanting the first human heart on 3 December 1967. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:'It Was Because of Dr Barnard That My Father Got a Second Chance'
[News24Wire] Growing up, Candice Govender had found it difficult to believe that a heart could be removed from one person's chest and placed in another's, as Dr Chris Barnard and his team had done when they performed the world's first heart transplant in 1967. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation: 50 years of heart transplantation progress
(Elsevier) This month marks the 50th anniversary of the world's first human heart transplant performed at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town by South African surgeon, Christiaan Barnard. He transplanted the heart of a 25-year-old woman into Louis Washkansky, a 53-year-old diabetes patient who was in severe heart failure. A special issue of The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation presents a chronicle of the major milestones in heart transplantation over the last 50 years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Happy 50th Birthday, Heart Transplant Surgery!
A by-the-numbers look at the revolutionary procedure, then and now. by Jessica Blatt Press, AARP, December 1, 2017|Comments: 0. Heart Transplant Anniversary. Underwood Archives/Getty Images. Heart surgeon and transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard, M.D., illustrates a  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - December 3, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Heart Transplants: 50 years since the first operation, and medicine is beating the disease
FIFTY years ago today a Cape Town surgeon became a global icon when he performed the first life-saving human-to-human heart transplant. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fresh heart
It is 50 years since the first heart transplant took place, ushering in a new era of media attention and medical celebrity. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:Heart Transplantation Continues to Capture the Human Imagination
[News24Wire] Fifty years after Christiaan Barnard completed the world's first successful human heart transplant, heart transplantation continues to capture the human imagination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 2, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Toddler who got kidney transplant after delay is going home
A toddler who received a kidney transplant last week, nearly two months after the operation was controversially delayed, gets to go home (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Press invitation to Europe's largest congress on hepatology
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) The International Liver Congress ™ (ILC) is the annual EASL meeting, and the flagship event in EASL's educational calendar. Every year in April, scientific and medical experts from a broad range of fields including hepatology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, cell biology, transplant surgery, infectious diseases, microbiology and virology, pharmacology, pathology and radiology and imaging come together from around the world to learn about the latest in liver research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lauren ’s life after transplant: Proving the impossible possible
I was born on January 29, 1992 with a birth defect called gastroschisis, which meant that my intestines extended outside my body through a small hole in my abdominal wall. I received a liver, small and large bowel transplant in December of 1992, just before my first birthday. Though I was transplanted in Pennsylvania, I have been cared for by the brilliant team at Boston Children’s Hospital ever since. When I was first recovering in Pennsylvania, my parents were told that I would never be able to swim in the ocean because I would have to have a central line in for the rest of my life. Well, to that person I would lik...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 28, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lauren Ainsworth Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories gastroschisis multivisceral transplant Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

Medeor Therapeutics Raises $57 Million In Series B Financing
Company to Use Proceeds to Advance Late-Stage Cellular Immunotherapy Programs in Kidney Transplant Patients SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 27, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Medeor Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company ... Personalized Medicine, Venture Capital, Personnel Medeor Therapeutics, immunotherapy (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - November 27, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the costs involved with a hair transplant?
In this article, we look at how hair transplants work and how much they tend to cost. We also examine other considerations and options for hair loss. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cosmetic Medicine / Plastic Surgery Source Type: news

Twilight zone: Human head successfully transplanted on a corpse; professor claims the next operation will be on a live human
(Natural News) On the morning of Nov. 17, 2017, Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero made a shocking announcement at a press conference in Vienna. The professor claimed that the world’s first human head transplant was performed on a corpse in China. Led by Chinese orthopedic surgeon Xiaoping Ren, the team at Harbin Medical University managed to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Georgia boy whose transplant was delayed gets new kidney
AJ Burgess was born in Atlanta without kidneys. But his family was told he was not eligible for a transplant since his father Anthony Dickerson, who was a perfect match, had violated his parole. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sarah Hyland opens up real about transplant side effects
The 26-year-old Modern Family actress received a kidney from her father in 2012 to cure a condition called dysplasia, when the organs do not develop properly. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anniversary of first ever heart transplant is next week
Images from 'Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared' by David Cooper show the South African ground-breaking surgeon hard at work in the operating theatre doing open-heart surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Story of the surgeon who did the first heart transplant
Images from 'Christiaan Barnard: The Surgeon Who Dared' by David Cooper show the South African ground-breaking surgeon hard at work in the operating theatre doing open-heart surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Thanksgiving miracle': Baby denied kidney receives transplant
An Atlanta baby receives a kidney transplant after the hospital first denied surgery due to his father's arrest. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes drug could prevent heart transplant complications
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London successfully repurposed a diabetes drug to prevent rejection without the side effects of current immunosuppressive drugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes drug could heart transplant organ rejection
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London successfully repurposed a diabetes drug to prevent rejection without the side effects of current immunosuppressive drugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is the First Bioprinted Heart Just Around the Corner?
A Chicago bioprinting startup that seeks to 3-D print human hearts for transplantation has added to its scientific advisory board of heavy hitters. But its CEO won’t say how close the company is to producing its first viable heart. Biolife4D just announced it has added regenerative biomaterials expert Adam  Feinberg, PhD to lead its scientific advisory team. Feinberg is associate professor of materials science & engineering and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and principal investigator of the regenerative biomaterials and therapeutics group. Feinberg uses materials-based engine...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Cardiovascular Implants Source Type: news

Developing a New Score: How Machine Learning Improves Risk Prediction
Composite risk scores have been used for decades to identify disease risk and health status in the general population. However, current approaches often fail to identify people who would benefit from intervention or recommend unnecessary intervention. Machine learning promises to improve accuracy, ensuring targeted treatment for patients that need it and reducing unnecessary intervention. Framingham Risk Score, the gold standard for predicting the likelihood of heart disease, predicts hospitalizations with about 56% accuracy. It uses factors such as age, gender, smoking, cholesterol levels, and systolic blood pre...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Heather R. Johnson Tags: R & D Source Type: news

Choose DMEK Over DSEK After Glaucoma Surgery Choose DMEK Over DSEK After Glaucoma Surgery
Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty provides better outcomes than Descemet-stripping in patients requiring cornea transplant who have already had glaucoma surgery.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Inside the NICU: Shining light on the healing power of touch
Abigail underwent open-heart surgery and received care in Boston Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Traveling through Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), you feel the warmth of natural light and a soothing sense of calm. One mom, leaning delicately over her son’s bedside, caresses his forehead and gently whispers a lullaby. Only a few steps away, a father rests in a chair with his tiny son on his chest. Lifesaving technology fills the 24-bed NICU and a reassuring team of specialized physicians, nurses and Child Life Specialists monitor, treat and embrace their delicate patients. Nea...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 16, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Our Patients’ Stories neonatal intensive care unit NICU Source Type: news

PET/MRI could help diagnose kidney transplant infection
Researchers in Germany are developing a novel PET/MRI approach to determine...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Shorter PET/MRI scans feasible for pediatric cancer patients Reduced FDG dose levels for PET/MRI show mixed results PET/MRI head scans reveal important incidental findings PET/MRI enhances data on cervical cancer patients Ga-68 DOTATOC PET/MRI proves effective for neuroendocrine tumors (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Study: Process used to select lung transplant patients may need to be changed
(University of Maryland Medical Center) New research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine suggests that the system for choosing transplant recipients in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may underestimate how long a person might survive without a lung transplant and therefore, may mislead clinicians. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Saving lives with a new liver dialysis device
New technology could soon revolutionise the treatment of liver failure: an innovative dialysis device is currently being trialled. It aims to greatly improve the outlook for patients, helping them to recover or supporting them while they wait for a transplant, say the EU-funded researchers taking this innovation forward. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 14, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Doctors bring nearly DEAD heart back to life using revolutionary new “box” that can keep it beating for eight hours
(Natural News) Doctors and surgeons have managed to save a man’s life in England after giving him a transplant using a “dead” heart they were able to bring back to life. Using a revolutionary new piece of technology that’s been called a “heart in a box,” the device can keep the organ preserved and actually... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SPM in Real Life: Fall ‘17
NEW MEMBERS: Fall ‘17 Brief bios/plugs for new members (extracted from the Introduce Yourself Connect Community) After returning to school to become an OR surgical tech, Mary Mack’s heart health declined, and she quickly learned to become a strong advocate for herself. Feeling that no one was into her participatory style, Mary believes a radical change in medical student education is necessary to change the culture of medicine. She is passionate about helping to make that change happen. Her other interests include playing the guitar and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Jim Skinner created the Smart Patient Academy a...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Nanette Mattox Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news

ICU bypass after transplant: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
It's standard practice for transplant patients to spend time in the intensive care unit after surgery. ?In the Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. C. Burcin Taner explains why some of his patients are skipping that step. To listen, click the link below. ICU Bypass After Transplant (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

'Your gift will not be wasted': face transplant patient meets donor's widow
American clinic organised meeting between Calen Ross ’s widow and Andy Sandness, who endured nearly 10 years of severe facial disfigurementIt made for an emotional meeting. More than a year after Andy Sandness had a groundbreaking face transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, he met the widow of the dead man whose face it used to be.Andy Sandness, 32, from Wyoming, had 56 hours of surgery last summer to have the face of Calen “Rudy” Ross transplanted, in the first such operation the clinic had performed. The recent meeting, arranged by the clinic, brought Sandness and the donor’s widow, Lucy Ross...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: US news World news Health Science Society Source Type: news

Tearful meeting for pair forever linked by face transplant
Sixteen months after transplant surgery, man who lived nearly a decade with severely damaged face met the woman who agreed to donate her deceased husband's (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news