The National Landscape of Living Kidney Donor Follow-Up The National Landscape of Living Kidney Donor Follow-Up
Are transplant centers currently meeting the mandated living donor follow-up guidelines?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Mother of 3 receives liver transplant from complete stranger after Facebook plea
Jeff Bramstedt from California had never met Melinda Ray but he flew to Colorado to save her life. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

RCMP officer anxiously awaiting life-altering kidney transplant
RCMP Cpl. Shane Burridge says he can't wait to finally get his kidney transplant, so that he can get back to work. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/NL Source Type: news

Rebranding HF: Who Would Be Branded With Failure? Rebranding HF: Who Would Be Branded With Failure?
In this commentary, the author wonders if the"heart failure" label, which connotes defeat and stigma, is hindering effective care.Circulation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - December 26, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

A boy ’s basketball-size tumor is slowly suffocating him. Doctors will attempt a risky removal.
Noel Zayas paraded his son to a never-ending carousel of Cuban doctors, but none of them would touch the boy. Emanuel Zayas’s basketball-size facial tumor was too complex, they told his family. The surgery to remove it too risky. “I knocked on a lot of hospital doors,” Zayas told the Miami Herald. “To see our son […]Related:Why this may be a bad flu season, especially around the holidaysWhat’s the most embarrassing way you’ve ever injured yourself?Someone stole a child’s parcel off his porch. It contained his kidney transplant medication. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Online Resources About Kidney Transplant Too Complex Online Resources About Kidney Transplant Too Complex
Online health education materials about transplant options are far too complex for chronic kidney disease patients to make sense of, U.S. researchers say, and that may prevent this group from deciding on the best treatment.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - December 22, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Texas baby with rare liver disease makes surprise recovery
Leia Garcia, one, was born with a rare liver disease and had a transplant last month. She stunned doctors with her recovery and is expected to go home to celebrate Christmas in Texas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby with rare liver disease stuns doctors with recovery
Leia Garcia, one, was born with a rare liver disease and had a transplant last month. She stunned doctors with her recovery and is expected to go home to celebrate Christmas in Texas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Someone stole a child ’ s parcel off his porch. It contained his kidney transplant medication.
When Austin Taylor turned 4, his father reminisced about the young life doctors said the boy would likely never have. “1,461. It may seem like an odd number to post on Facebook. But this number holds more meaning to our family then you realize. This is the number of days Austin has gone beyond the doctor's life expectancy,” […]Related:ACA enrollment for 2018 nearly matches last year’s, despite Trump administration efforts to undermine itSenate Democrats and more than 300 public-health groups call on Trump officials to reverse HHS language restrictionsThis model lost her leg because o...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 22, 2017 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

5 Shocking Medical Stories From 2017
CBS Local — The field of medicine has made tremendous strides in 2017. Here’s a list of shocking stories from this year that shows just how far science has come and how unbelievable (and a little gross!) it can be. Laymen beware: the following may contain highly technical terminology for procedures (like swallowing balloons) and medical recommendations (like not to swallow coins). New Procedure Has People Swallowing Balloons To Lose Weight Having trouble hitting your goal weight? With the help of her doctor and a few gas-filled balloons, Bronx-resident Suzy Soto found out how to get rid of those last few pounds...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Medicine Science Shocking Stories Source Type: news

Many transplant patients adhering to 6-month sobriety rule improve to point operation not needed: doctor
The six-month sobriety rule is just one of many conditions that patients needing liver transplants must meet to be considered for a transplant, according to guidelines set by Trillium Gift of Life Network, the agency that co-ordinates organ donations in Ontario. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Online resources about kidney transplant too complex for most patients
(Reuters Health) - - Online health education materials about transplant options are far too complex for chronic kidney disease patients to make sense of, U.S. researchers say, and that may prevent this group from deciding on the best treatment. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

UR Medicine Helps Genesee County Family Embrace Heart of Holidays
“Mommy is coming home for Christmas!” You can almost hear squeals of delight from a toddler who couldn ’t possibly understand the harrowing fight for life that her mother has survived. Carrie Thornley Fisher was in heart failure near the end of her second pregnancy. After giving birth to a healthy boy, the 32-year-old spent nearly two months on life-saving mechanical support until she received a heart transplant Sept. 19 at UR Medicine ’s Strong Memorial Hospital, upstate New York’s only comprehensive heart failure service. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - December 21, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Four moving forward, following living donation
Many children wait months — and sometimes years — for a transplant, but thanks to the generosity of living donors, some kids don’t have to wait. Read about the lives and futures of four children saved by living donation. Helping Sloan live up to her name Without Lt. Steve Tenney, 7-month-old Sloan wouldn’t be nursing, beginning to roll over on her own or meeting other milestones. “I did what anyone would have done,” says Tenney, who donated a piece of his liver when Sloan was only 5 months old. “Sloan means ‘warrior,’” her mom, Sarah says. “We didn&rsqu...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 21, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories kidney transplant Kidney Transplant Program Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program living donation living donor pediatric transplant Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

2017 ’ s Year In Health News: Medical Breakthroughs, Opioid Crisis And More
CBS Local — There’s been plenty of progress in the medical world this year, and as a result we now know that more Americans than ever have high blood pressure, but also that coffee everyday is actually good for you. Here’s a look back at the year in health. Opioid Crisis The opioid crisis has dominated much of the health news cycle. President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency earlier this year. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under 50 in the United States. New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure The American Heart Association revised its guidelines for high ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News best of 2017 Samantha Lazarus Bennet Source Type: news

Delilah Saunders 'grateful and outraged' by struggle to get liver transplant
From her hospital bed in Toronto transplant unit, Indigenous rights advocate Delilah Saunders says she's both 'grateful and outraged' by her experiences since being denied a liver transplant for having a history of alcohol use. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Indigenous Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Seizures & Progressive Dystonia Case / Liver Transplant Indications Changing / New Mexico IM Opportunity
Take a look at today's offering from NEJM Group: NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Case Record: A 20-year-old woman was evaluated for seizures and... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Family ties
How a groundbreaking kidney transplant procedure changed the lives of a father and daughter. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Man who doused wife in lye, prompting face transplant, dies
Vermont man who in jealous rage doused wife with industrial-strength lye, burning her so badly she needed face transplant, dies at Pennsylvania hospital; he had pleaded guilty and said, 'I lost it, I just lost it' (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

UCLA researchers create skeletal muscle from stem cells
UCLA scientists have developed a new strategy to efficiently isolate, mature and transplant skeletal muscle cells created from human pluripotent stem cells, which can produce all cell types of the body. The findings are a major step toward  the development of a stem cell replacement therapy for muscle diseases including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects approximately 1 in 5,000 boys in the U.S. and is the most common fatal childhood genetic disease.The study, which was published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, was led by senior author April Pyle, associate professor of microbiology, immunology and molecul...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 18, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Making heart transplants obsolete with small removable pump
(University of Houston) On this 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant, which occurred in December 1967, a University of Houston biomedical engineer is creating a next-generation heart pump for patients suffering with heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What is DIOS?
Discussion Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane receptor (CFTR). It is found in the epithelium of the bronchi, intestine, pancreatic duct and biliary tree. It regulates chloride, bicarbonate and water secretion. The heterozygous state helps prevent against secretory diarrhea, but the homozygous state causes thickened secretions in the hollow tubes of the lungs and digestive tract. There are multiple mutations (> 2000) which have been currently classified into classes depending on their protein production and activity. CF patients generally are l...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 18, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Amnesty International joins call for Delilah Saunders to be put on liver transplant list
Supporters of a Labrador Inuk woman denied access to a liver transplant waitlist because of alcohol abuse rallied at Confederation Building in St. John's Friday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/NL Source Type: news

Markers of Fibrosis and CV Risk in Kidney Transplantation Markers of Fibrosis and CV Risk in Kidney Transplantation
Urinary markers of kidney fibrosis may provide important clues into the cardiovascular risk in kidney transplant recipients.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Bortezomib No Help for Kidney Transplant Rejection (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But researchers hold out hope that it could work in combo therapy (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - December 14, 2017 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Isaac ’s story: A ‘new normal’ with short bowel syndrome
It was the morning after their baby son Isaac had come home from the hospital, and Jennifer and Brian Campbell were performing the same sweet act of bonding as many new parents: giving him a bath in the sink. But as they maneuvered around the room, they suddenly realized something was very wrong. “I fell to the floor and started screaming and crying as formula shot out of his stomach,” remembers Jennifer. “I thought we’d broken him.” The reality, of course, was that the Campbells were simply adjusting to their new “normal” — something any parent of a medically complex child c...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - December 14, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation cerebral palsy Dr. Christopher Duggan Dr. Mark Puder Dr. Tom Jaksic necrotizing enterocolitis short bowel syndrome (SBS). Source Type: news

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