Specialist in organ transplantation appointed inaugural Paul I. Terasaki Chair in Surgery
UCLADr. Jerzy Kupiec-WeglinskiDr. Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski has been appointed the inaugural Paul I. Terasaki Chair in Surgery at UCLA. Kupiec-Weglinski is a professor of surgery, pathology and laboratory medicine. He is the  vice chairman of basic science research in the department of surgery and director of the Dumont-UCLA Transplantation Research Laboratories in the division of liver and pancreas transplantation.His career in experimental organ transplantation spans more than  35 years. After graduating from medical school in Warsaw and obtaining his Ph.D. in the Polish Academy of Sciences, Kupiec-Wegli...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 19, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 18, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Medtronic owes spine doc inventor $24m for patent infringement Medtronic must fork over nearly $24 million to the physician inventor behind a group of patents covering a technique for treating spine defects. Dr. Mark Barry sued...
Source: Mass Device - May 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Source Type: news

FDA panel recommends approval for TransMedics lung transplant device
An FDA advisory panel yesterday recommended that the federal safety watchdog approve a device made by TransMedics to keep donated lungs perfused during transport to transplantation procedures. The FDA’s Gastroenterology & Urology Devices panel voted 11-2 that the OCS Lung system is safe; 8-5 that it’s effective; and 9-4 that its benefits outweigh the risks, an FDA spokeswoman told MassDevice.com via email. TransMedics did not respond to a request for comment. A previously scheduled advisory panel hearing for another TransMedics device, the OCS Heart system, was cancelled by the...
Source: Mass Device - May 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Gastroenterology & Urology Devices panel Organ Transplant Transmedics Inc. Source Type: news

Cancer Screen Adherence Low for Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
But assessment by primary care provider linked to reversal of that trend (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - May 16, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Chance meeting ends in life-saving kidney transplant for vet
On any given day, about 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. About 5,000 people a year die waiting. Edgar Roberts will receive his transplant Tuesday after meeting his donor, John Branson, by complete chance at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Georgia. In our series, A More Perfect Union, we meet these two strangers who changed each other's lives forever. Mark Strassmann reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Link found between donor, infection in heart, lung transplant recipients
(Mayo Clinic) Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified a possible cause for a rare infection in heart and lung transplant recipients: the donor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Poststroke Human Brain Tissue Contains Multipotent Stem Cells Poststroke Human Brain Tissue Contains Multipotent Stem Cells
Brain tissue from elderly stroke patients contains multipotent stem cells that might contribute to neural repair, researchers from Japan report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 15, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

New surgery technique paves way to restore failing organs
Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco have found a technique to transplant cells into organs to treat disease and restore failing organs. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New pill spares women trauma of liver transplant
In the UK, 20,000 people – 90 per cent of them women – suffer from primary biliary cholangitis, also known as primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA limits duration and usage of Samsca (tolvaptan) due to possible liver injury leading to organ transplant or death
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that the drug Samsca (tolvaptan) should not be used for longer than 30 days and should not be used in patients with underlying liver disease because it can cause liver injury, potentially requiring liver transplant, or death. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - May 12, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Cancer Rates Higher in Kids With Kidney Transplant Cancer Rates Higher in Kids With Kidney Transplant
Cancer rates after pediatric kidney transplantation are six times higher than those in the general population, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 11, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

A 2nd Life for Risky Kidney Transplants?
Doctors say they cleared hepatitis C in organ recipients, perhaps shortening transplant waits Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hepatitis C, Kidney Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Watch: Hamilton hospital live streams kidney transplant
Hamilton hospital St. Joe's is live streaming a kidney transplant this afternoon, with doctors taking questions from the public. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news

Live-streamed kidney transplant 'went off without a hitch,' doctor says
Hamilton hospital St. Joe's live streamed a kidney transplant Wednesday afternoon, with doctors taking questions from the public. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Hamilton Source Type: news

Poor Care Contributed to Migrant Deaths in US Jails - Report Poor Care Contributed to Migrant Deaths in US Jails - Report
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 9, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

SightLife Surgical names chief commercial officer
SightLife Surgical has named Paul Bernard "Bernie" Haffey as its chief commercial officer. SightLife Surgical is the for-profit arm of nonprofit global health organization SightLife, which focuses on recovering, processing and distributing human corneas for transplant. “Given our ambitions to accelerate discoveries that will benefit the cornea world – from surgeons to patients – Bernie’s background launching emerging medical technology companies, as well as his proven history of creating… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 9, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Liver Transplant Outcomes Improve Over Time (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patient, graft survival higher following introduction of new HCV drugs (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - May 9, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Voriconazole Exposure May Affect SCC After Lung Transplant
Prolonged exposure to voriconazole may be linked to development, recurrence, progression of skin SCC (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - May 9, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Dermatology, Infections, Oncology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Integrating APOL1 Gene Variants Into Renal Transplantation Integrating APOL1 Gene Variants Into Renal Transplantation
What do we currently know about kidney transplantation and apolipoprotein 1 -- and how should this knowledge be integrated into clinical practice?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 8, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Long-term Risk of Kidney Failure in Living Kidney Donors Low Long-term Risk of Kidney Failure in Living Kidney Donors Low
A team of U.S. researchers has developed a prediction model to help gauge the risk of kidney failure in living kidney donors.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 3, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Cure May Open Door to More Kidney Transplants Hepatitis C Cure May Open Door to More Kidney Transplants
Kidneys infected with hepatitis C have been successfully transplanted into 10 patients and then cleansed of the virus.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 3, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Carmat gains on French approval to resume artificial heart trial
Carmat (EPA:ALCAR) shares are up today after the company said French regulators approved the resumption of a clinical trial for its artificial heart. France’s national device & drug agency, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, said late yesterday that “Carmat has provided the elements allowing for the resumption of the trial, meeting satisfactory conditions of safety and risk control.” The ANSM suspended the the trial in December 2016 after a 5th patient died; in February Carmat said the patient’s death was not related to a problem wi...
Source: Mass Device - May 3, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Wall Street Beat Artificial Organs Carmat Inc. Source Type: news

Novel treatment offers kidney failure patients with rare disorder new hope
A novel treatment offers kidney failure and kidney transplant patients with a rare disorder new hope. The treatment allows targeted elimination of plasma cell clones producing abnormal proteins that deposits in the kidneys and leads to kidney failure, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 3, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pediatric Organ Transplant Ups Risk of NHL and Other Cancers Pediatric Organ Transplant Ups Risk of NHL and Other Cancers
possibly due to Epstein-Barr viral (EBV) transmission in the donor organ.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 2, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Multiclass HCV Resistance to DAA Failure Multiclass HCV Resistance to DAA Failure
This study aimed to define the pattern of clinically relevant resistance-associated substitutions associated with real-life DAA virological failures.Liver International (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 2, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

HCV-Positive Kidneys OK for Transplant
(MedPage Today) -- Pilot study shows HCV cures, good graft function (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - May 1, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Risk of heart transplant rejection reduced by desensitising patient antibodies
The risk of heart transplant rejection can be reduced by desensitising patient antibodies, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 1, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Milestones made possible #becauseofadonor
There are more than 80 children currently waiting for life-saving organ transplants at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Transplant Center team is grateful for the donors who give these kids a second chance. Meet Maggie. The 20-year-old received her first double-lung transplant at 4 years old and her second at 7 years old. #becauseofadonor, Maggie is able to go to college. Meet Tom. At 15 years old, he received a liver transplant. #becauseofadonor, Tom, now 22, is able to run the Boston Marathon. Meet Aaron. The 10-year-old received his heart transplant at just 1 year old. #becauseofadonor, ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Donate life double lung transplant heart transplant Heart transplant program Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program Lung Transplant Program National Donate Life Month organ donation Pediatric Transplant Cente Source Type: news

Risk of heart transplant rejection reduced by desensitising patient antibodies
(European Society of Cardiology) The risk of heart transplant rejection can be reduced by desensitising patient antibodies, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2017 and the 4th World Congress on Acute Heart Failure.1 The breakthrough comes on the 50th anniversary of heart transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

A transplant and a cure: Penn team eradicates hepatitis C in 10 patients following lifesaving transplants from infected donors
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Ten patients at Penn Medicine have been cured of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) following lifesaving kidney transplants from deceased donors who were infected with the disease. The findings point to new strategies for increasing the supply of organs for the nation's more than 97,000 patients who are awaiting kidney transplants - often for as many as five or more years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 30, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

WATCH: Baby boy finds 'perfect' liver match in godmother
Their emotional meeting after the transplant operation that saved Finn O'Sullivan's life. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle Source Type: news

Organ Trafficking'Booming' in Lebanon as Syrians Sell Kidneys Organ Trafficking'Booming' in Lebanon as Syrians Sell Kidneys
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 28, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Baptist Health Implants State's First Total Artificial Heart
Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock on Wednesday announced that it implanted the state’s first Syncardia Total Artificial Heart in a 21-year-old Jonesboro man on April 18. Dr. John Ransom, surgical director of the Baptist Health Heart Transplant Institute, told Arkansas Business that there was no other option for recipient Chadarius Johnson and his recovery has been going well. He’d been waiting since January for a life-saving transplant. Both of his ventricles were removed and replaced with mechanical versions. The doctor also said this procedure is a “last option.” Patients who have the d...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - April 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

WATCH: Bride gets kidney transplant days before wedding
Anu Philip, 28, of Heartland, Texas, underwent surgery on March 19 and walked down the aisle on March 25. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fecal Transplant Safe for Hepatic Encephalopathy Fecal Transplant Safe for Hepatic Encephalopathy
For the first time, a clinical trial has shown that fecal transplantation can ease the decline in brain function that can result from liver failure; and the effectiveness surprised researchers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - April 27, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Transcriptomic regulatory analysis of the dendritic cell response to post-lung transplant invasive aspergillosis
Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - April 27, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Teen DENIED life-saving double lung transplant after testing positive for marijuana
(Natural News) Just next door in the state of Colorado, its use is commonly recommended to patients to help relieve pain and provide relief from disease. But in Utah, cannabis consumption is apparently not only frowned upon, but it could end up actually barring a patient’s access to life-saving medical treatments. This is exactly what... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Consumer Health Tips: Liver transplantation
Liver transplant Liver transplantation usually is reserved for people who have significant complications due to end-stage chronic liver disease. In rare cases, sudden failure of a previously normal liver can occur. Learn more about the functions of the liver, the waiting list for available organs, and how to begin the process of signing up to [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 26, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

NASH: The Next Untapped Pharma Market Gives Investors Many Options NASH: The Next Untapped Pharma Market Gives Investors Many Options
Large drugmakers with piles of cash are on the hunt for promising medicines being developed by small companies to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a progressive fatty liver disease poised to become the leading cause of liver transplants by 2020.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

No Consistent Pattern of HBV Reactivation With Direct-acting Antivirals for HCV No Consistent Pattern of HBV Reactivation With Direct-acting Antivirals for HCV
The largest case review to date of hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation associated with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection found no consistent pattern in terms of which patients are likely to develop this adverse event.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Man initially denied lung transplant for pot use dies
Riley Hancey received a double lung transplant last month, after first being denied the life-saving procedure last year when he tested positive for marijuana (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hyperglycemia in Cystic Fibrosis: Is It Diabetes, or Isn't It? Hyperglycemia in Cystic Fibrosis: Is It Diabetes, or Isn't It?
Reporting on the Diabetes UK Professional Conference, Medscape explores the conundrum of hyperglycemia in patients with cystic fibrosis.Medscape Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 24, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Article Source Type: news

Children with kidney transplants have greater cancer risk
Children having a kidney transplant may be at risk of skin cancer as adults due to the immune-suppressing drugs given during the procedure, according to scientists from the University of Sydney. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Common is α -1-Antitrypsin Deficiency?
Discussion α-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency (A1AT) is a common single-gene mutation disease that is homozygous recessive. The normal allele is called M and the most common abnormal allele is Z. There are other alleles though. The gene codes for one of the primary protease inhibitors in the serum, thus those who are homozygous for the Z gene are sometimes referred to as “PIZZ” or “PIZ.” α-1-Antitrypsin is found in all body tissues but is especially important in the serum and lung. As noted it is one of the primary neutrophil protease inhibitors in the serum, and acts to neutralize these enzymes...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 24, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Persistence propels patient through double-lung transplant
Steve Shank knows what it's like to face an uphill climb. Despite being legally blind and affected by albinism, he has been an avid bicyclist for years, competing in 100-mile rides on the rolling hills of Iowa. The arduous contests challenged Steve physically and mentally, giving the Iowa City native an ability to endure difficult [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 23, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Testing urine for particular proteins could be key to preventing kidney transplant failure
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) Testing for molecular markers in the urine of kidney transplant patients could reveal whether the transplant is failing and why, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

California First to Address Dialysis Staffing Problems California First to Address Dialysis Staffing Problems
If passed, a controversial bill in the California State Senate would be the first US law to set minimum staffing levels in dialysis clinics. Will it improve patient care and outcomes?Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 21, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Nephrology Article Source Type: news

Treatment of HCV allows for sustained removal from the liver transplant waiting list
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A new European study presented today demonstrated that patients with chronic HCV and severe liver damage, taken off the liver transplant list as a result of successful DAA therapy, had a favorable outcome over a year later. The study, presented at The International Liver Congress ™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, showed that 26.7 percent of patients could be removed from the waiting list due to clinical improvement. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news