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

World Antibiotic Awareness Week
Professor Dame Sally Davies, England's Chief Medical Officer, recently warned that the world could face a  " post-antibiotic apocalypse.” She urged that, unless action is taken to halt the practices that have allowed antibiotic resistance to spread and ways are found to develop new types of antibiotics, we could return to the days when simple wounds, infections or routine operations, are life-threatening. To mark   World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 12th-18th November 2018,  we are highlighting Cochrane  evidence which supports decision-making in the appropriate use of antibiotics.&nb...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit 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

Tearful meeting for pair forever linked by face transplant
The first meeting between a face transplant and the widow of the donor begins with tearful embrace (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Mayo's first face transplant patient meets donor's family
"Thank you so much." It is a heartfelt message Andy Sandness has been eager to deliver personally ever since becoming Mayo Clinic's first face transplant recipient in 2016. His opportunity finally arrived recently, when he met the widow of his donor, Lilly Ross. She was every bit as eager to see and hear for herself [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 10, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Cells to Society: Native American Heritage/ Endowment / Research News
This study evaluates treatment outcomes from a clinical cohort with task-sharing between a clinical nurse practitioner and a medical officer. The researchers examined opportunities to increase treatment rates for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa.     Read more   Climate Change ...
Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - November 9, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

' Old' Lungs May Be Good Transplant Options
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lung Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

' Old' Lungs May Be Good Transplant Options
THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 -- Lungs from older donors are a viable option for lung transplants and should be considered more often, a new study suggests. Survival rates for younger recipients of lung transplants from donors older than 60 are similar to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 9, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Sudan:Embassies Banned From Carrying Procedure Related to Kidney Transplantation to Sudanese
[SNA] Khartoum -The Advisory Council for kidney diseases and surgery, chaired by the Federal Health Minister, Bahar Iddris Abu Garda, has issued a decision preventing all the Sudanese embassies abroad, including the Sudan's Embassy in Cairo, from carrying out any procedure that related to the kidney's transplant operations, considering that to be part of duties of the Sudan's Advisory Board for Nephrology and Polyclinic Medicine and the National Medical Council. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Police save lives every day, just not this way — a liver for Sloan
Sloane and Lt. Tenney A police officer’s job is all about action and reaction. “We see something, react to it and, typically, it’s over quickly,” says Lt. Steve Tenney of the Keene, New Hampshire, Police Department. But on the morning of Sept. 8, while Steve lay in a hospital bed at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, action/reaction wasn’t part of the equation. This time, there was time to think. Even so, the decision to donate a piece of his liver to save Sloan — a baby he’d never even met — was made without hesitation. “I did what anyone...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 8, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories biliary atresia Dr. Christine Lee Dr. Heung-Bae Kim Dr. Khashavar Vakili Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program living donor Source Type: news

Novel nuclear medicine test can identify kidney transplant infection
(Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging) German scientists have developed a novel nuclear medicine test that can determine whether a kidney transplant patient has developed infection in the transplanted tissue. The study, which utilizes positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI), is presented in the December issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What Causes White Nails?
Discussion The nail matrix covers the area of the nail plate, and extends proximally in a crescent moon shape with the edges of the crescent extending proximally and inferiorly toward the underlying bone. The nail matrix is a multilayered epithelium that physiologically produces keratinization and gives rise to the nail plate. The distal matrix forms the lower 2/3s of the nail plate and the proximal matrix forms the upper 1/3 of the nail plate. the thickness of the nail plate is proportion to the matrix’s thickness. The nail plate’s free edge contour follows the shape of the nail’s lunula. Melanocytes occ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 6, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Toddler's family, hospital to meet over denied kidney transplant
Emory Healthcare in Atlanta is moving toward a resolution with a family whose child is in need of a kidney transplant. The hospital drew the ire of activists when it delayed the operation after the father, the organ donor, was arrested several days before the surgery. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In 2014, a Woman ’ s Severed Head Was Found. Who Is She? In 2014, a Woman ’ s Severed Head Was Found. Who Is She?
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - November 3, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Cancer treatment response may be affected by gut bacteria
Conclusion This early-stage study gives us some insights into factors that might influence people's responses to a specific type of cancer treatment (immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies). The findings are of interest, but don't have any immediate implications for cancer treatment. We don't know what the conditions that required antibiotic treatment were and whether these could have affected the response to immunotherapy. We don't know whether the antibiotics themselves influenced how well the immunotherapy worked, or whether it was their effect on gut bacteria. We also don't know whether having high levels of part...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

Living with NASH: An Unexpected Diagnosis
As our waistlines thicken and our activity levels decrease, another chronic illness threatens to disturb our comfortable lifestyles. And, because it ’s relatively unknown, diagnosis comes as a shock to patients, who usually associate liver disease with heavy consumption of alcohol.Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is an advanced form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), where fat accumulates in the liver. It is most commonly associated with obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and/or genetic polymorphisms, and is aggravated by inflammation and fibrosis.  First identified in the 1980s, its ...
Source: EyeForPharma - November 3, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mariel Metcalfe Source Type: news

WATCH: Georgia toddler's kidney transplant in limbo
AJ Burgess desperately needs a kidney transplant and his father was deemed the perfect match. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

In Warehouse of Horrors, Body Broker Stacked Human Heads In Warehouse of Horrors, Body Broker Stacked Human Heads
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - November 1, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Bucks County blood substitute maker investing $50M to expand processing plant
The first organ transplant surgery using HbO2 Therapeutics Hemopure product was recently performed in Holland. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 1, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Digging For Gold
This article appeared in the most recent edition of our specialist publication,Trends in Medical Affairs.Click here to download a copy.   Related Content: Pragmatic Trials: The Real-World Data RevolutionNavigating The New LandscapeWhen Real-World Evidence met Patient-CentricityBig Data, Huge OpportunityPrimary Event: Medical Affairs Europe 2018Pr écis: As Medical gets more involved in real-world evidence, what challenges does it face in proving the value of a medicine?Premium`: Freemium`: Channels: CommercialTags: medical affairsChannelimage:  (Source: EyeForPharma)
Source: EyeForPharma - November 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lucy Fulford Source Type: news

Digging For Gold
This article appeared in the most recent edition of our specialist publication,Trends in Medical Affairs.Click here to download a copy.   Related Content: Pragmatic Trials: The Real-World Data RevolutionNavigating The New LandscapeWhen Real-World Evidence met Patient-CentricityBig Data, Huge OpportunityPrimary Event: Medical Affairs Europe 2018Pr écis: As Medical gets more involved in real-world evidence, what challenges does it face in proving the value of a medicine?Premium`: Freemium`: Channels: Patients and MedicalTags: medical affairsChannelimage:  (Source: EyeForPharma)
Source: EyeForPharma - November 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lucy Fulford Source Type: news

Indian man had a moustache transplant to hide cleft lip
The 21-year-old, known as Suresh, from Goa, had surgery to fix his cleft lip, but was left with a scar and a gap. The clip shows surgeon implanting hair from the back and the sides of the head. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Pediatric Guidelines for Cord Blood Banking New Pediatric Guidelines for Cord Blood Banking
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) favors public cord blood banks and emphasizes the importance of parental education in its new policy statement on cord blood banking for potential future transplantation.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - October 31, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Brigham and Women's taps patientMpower for kidney transplant patient app
Dublin, Ireland-based patientMpower has inked a deal with Brigham and Women ’s Hospital in Boston to deploy its personal health record and care management app to 30 kidney transplant patients. The announcement was timed with Kidney Week, the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news