Paragonix touts performance of donor-heart transport technology
  (Image courtesy of Paragonix Technologies) Paragonix Technologies (Braintree, Mass.) said today that its SherpaPak donor-heart transport system has been used successfully at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and other transplant centers around the U.S. and Europe. The SheraPak combines cooling technology with safe, consistent methods for cold ischemic storage and transport of donor organs, according to the company, which is also developing and commercializing SherpaLung to transport donated lungs to recipients. Real-time reporting of preservation temperature allows for continuous monitoring of transport ...
Source: Mass Device - September 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Transplants internationalsocietyofheartandlungtransplantation Massachusetts General Hospital Paragonix Technologies Source Type: news

Research to address the shortage of donor livers: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
Right now, just in the United States, between 10 and 15 thousand people are waiting for a liver transplant. In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute,?Dr. Scott Nyberg,?director of the liver program at the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine,?discusses research efforts that could make more transplants possible. To listen, click the link below. Research [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Doctors explore lifting barriers to living organ donation
People who receive a kidney ​ or part of a liver transplant from a living donor cut years off their time on the wait list and those organs tend to survive longer (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors explore lifting barriers to living organ donation
Terra Goudge's liver cancer was too advanced for the transplant list. Few hospitals allow living donors. She and her friend had to travel from LA to Pennsylvania to find doctors who would do it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lung transplant waiting list rise prompts donation plea
Ageing donors and the challenge of matching organs mean lungs are in short supply. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of people waiting for a lung transplant rises by 46 per cent in five years
There are now 354 people in the UK needing a lung transplant – up from 242 in 2013 – despite the overall number of people needing organ transplants falling by 17 per cent during the same period. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Voriconazole May Boost Risk of Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Transplant Patients Voriconazole May Boost Risk of Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Transplant Patients
Recipients of lung transplants (LT) or hematopoietic cell transplants (HCT) who are taking the antifungal voriconazole may be at increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - September 7, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes award winner: Craig Smith, Second Chance Fundraising
Craig Smith  is a 2018 Health Care Heroes award winner in the volunteer category. Here's his story: Dressing up as a giant heart wasn’t what Craig Smith first envisioned when he decided he wanted to give back to the community that supported him after he had a heart transplant. In his early 20s, Smith was d iagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a degenerative heart disorder. In 2015, he underwent a successful heart transplant procedure at Allegheny General Hospital. While living in Johnstown, Smith… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Richard Cerilli Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes award winner: Craig Smith, Second Chance Fundraising
Craig Smith  is a 2018 Health Care Heroes award winner in the volunteer category. Here's his story: Dressing up as a giant heart wasn’t what Craig Smith first envisioned when he decided he wanted to give back to the community that supported him after he had a heart transplant. In his early 20s, Smith was d iagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a degenerative heart disorder. In 2015, he underwent a successful heart transplant procedure at Allegheny General Hospital. While living in Johnstown, Smith… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 7, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Richard Cerilli Source Type: news

AHA:'Gronk Girl' Tackles Her Second Heart Transplant in 5 Years
FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Now that she's on her third heart, Lauren Meizo knows a good deal about how to live for months in a hospital room, about how her internal organs work together, about how to be patient and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Increase Observed in Hearts From Drug-Intoxicated Donors
THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 -- Heart transplants using drug-intoxicated donors have significantly increased, but their use does not seem to adversely impact post-transplant survival, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Parents are less likely to consent to their child's organs being donated after their death
Eight-month-old  Harry Clarke, who suffers from a rare heart condition, will die without receiving an organ transplant, his mother Kerrie Short says. (pictured at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital) (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New study introduces approach that can roughly double success rates of kidney transplants
(Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) A new study in the INFORMS journal Management Science shows how to improve the success rate of an innovative kidney matching process called kidney exchange. The enhancement centers on a new concept called 'failure-aware' matching that takes pre-transplant compatibility failures into account probabilistically. Depending somewhat on the exact setting, the method can roughly double the number of transplants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Claire Wineland, inspirational speaker and social media star, dies one week after lung transplant
Cystic fibrosis did not define Claire Wineland. She did. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kidney Transplant Graft Outcomes in 379,257 Recipients Kidney Transplant Graft Outcomes in 379,257 Recipients
A large study spanning three continents examines the country-level variances in kidney transplant outcomes. What have we learned?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

NHS threat to pioneering £75,000 heart transplant method which has saved more than 60 lives
NHS England ’s decision not to provide the extra cash has forced Papworth Hospital in Cambridge to take £1.5 million from its charity fund so it can keep providing the treatment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OHSU extends the suspension of its heart transplant program
Oregon Health& Science University announced that it will inactivate its heart transplant program beyond the initial two-week suspension, due to a staffing shortage. Three heart failure transplant cardiologists tendered their resignations effective Sept. 30. Another heart failure transplant cardiologist left several months ago. “OHSU profoundly regrets the distress our patients are experiencing as a result of this action. We are deploying every resource at our disposal to ensure they have immediate… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 31, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

OHSU extends the suspension of its heart transplant program
Oregon Health& Science University announced that it will inactivate its heart transplant program beyond the initial two-week suspension, due to a staffing shortage. Three heart failure transplant cardiologists tendered their resignations effective Sept. 30. Another heart failure transplant cardiologist left several months ago. “OHSU profoundly regrets the distress our patients are experiencing as a result of this action. We are deploying every resource at our disposal to ensure they have immediate… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 31, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Bladder cancer survivor seeks a kidney - with a 5,000 sq ft Time Square billboard  
Marc Weiner, 53, needs a kidney transplant. Rather than spend the next five to eight years on a waiting list with 100,000 sick New Yorkers, he got creative and took out a Time Square ad for a donor. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Providence may take on OHSU's advanced heart failure patients short term
The move comes after OHSU suspended its heart transplant program when several cardiologists resigned. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 31, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Providence may take on OHSU's advanced heart failure patients short term
The move comes after OHSU suspended its heart transplant program when several cardiologists resigned. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 31, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Chicago police chief welcomes son who gave him a kidney to the force after life-saving transplant
Daniel Johnson, 26, was given a big hug from his father Superintendent Eddie Johnson, 58, as he walked across the stage on Tuesday after being sworn in as a rookie officer for the Chicago PD. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

11-year-old girl is breathing on her own after heart transplant surgery
Sofia Sanchez is breathing on her own after receiving a heart transplant. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Last heart transplant doctor leaves Oregon hospital
The only remaining doctor in Oregon's only heart transplant program has resigned, leaving the state with no medical facilities that can perform the delicate and life-saving procedure (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

A lung transplant gave her hope for a longer life; now her family prays for 'another miracle'
Claire Wineland, who has cystic fibrosis, needed a double-lung transplant to save her life. But she had a stroke and is now in a medically induced coma. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: 11-year-old who met Drake has successful heart transplant
Sofia Sanchez, who met Drake in her hospital room after he saw her viral Kiki Challenge video, is recovering at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago after a successful nine-hour heart transplant. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

WATCH: Girl who met Drake gets 2nd wish: A new heart
Sofia Sanchez, 11, who met Drake at the Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago after doing the Kiki challenge, is preparing to undergo a heart transplant. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Preemptive DAAs for HCV+ Donor Livers Found Cost Effective
(MedPage Today) -- Direct-acting antiviral therapy in seronegative liver recipients could shorten transplant waiting lists (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - August 24, 2018 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Parents close GoFundMe for son's liver transplant after discovering it will cost $1.1 MILLION  
Charlie Proctor, five, from Church, Lancashire, in the UK was diagnosed in February 2016 with hepatoblastoma, a rare tumor that begins in the liver usually during early childhood (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tanzania:Muhimbili Hospital Now Makes Great Strides in Kidney Transplant
[Daily News] THE Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) has recorded tremendous success in kidney transplant as local surgeons are able to perform medical operations with minimal guidance from foreign ones. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

FDA warns of high stroke, mortality risk with SynCardia TAH-t C2 controller
The FDA on Friday released a letter warning of a higher mortality risk and stroke rate than expected for patients receiving treatment from SynCardia Systems’ Temporary Total Artificial Heart Companion 2 Driver System. Data indicating the higher mortality and stroke rate came from a post-approval study conducted by the company itself, the FDA said. The study indicated that patients treated with the previous generation driver of the device, the Circulatory Support System Console, experienced a lower rate of stroke and mortality compared with the C2. The TAH-t system is designed to function as a bridge to a heart transp...
Source: Mass Device - August 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Food & Drug Administration (FDA) SynCardia Source Type: news

Be Aware of These Nine Questionable Clinics Be Aware of These Nine Questionable Clinics
Integrative medicine, bogus cancer treatment, antiaging, low T, and more -- what do you need to know about the proliferation of these clinics in medicine?Medscape Public Health (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - August 20, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Public Health & Prevention Article Source Type: news

WATCH: Man prepares for remarkable hand transplant surgery: Part 3
In the summer of 2015, a doctor amputed Jonathan Koch's left hand and the fingers on his partially functioning right hand. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: 2020 Source Type: news

WATCH: Man has successful hand transplant after almost 18-hour surgery: Part 4
"I asked Dr. Azari, 'Did you do it?'" Jonathan Koch said. "And he said, 'Yes.' And then I started to sing the Rocky theme." (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: 2020 Source Type: news

Anti-cancer drug offers potential alternative to transplant for patients with liver failure, study finds
Patients suffering sudden liver failure could in the future benefit from a new treatment that could reduce the need for transplants, research published today shows. The study by scientists at University of Edinburgh MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow, and the University of Bristol, is published in Science Translational Medicine. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - August 16, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research, Health; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news

Here ’s Another Reason Kidney Transplants Fail
Researchers have found strong evidence that if a kidney transplant doesn’t work, it may be due to the “wear and tear” on the organ before it’s donated. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘You Have a New Identity.’ Patients Share What It’s Like to Recover From a Face Transplant
After having more than 20 surgeries over four years, Katie Stubblefield finally has a new face. In May of last year, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic helped the then 21-year-old become the world’s 40th face transplant recipient, and the youngest in U.S. history. Today, Stubblefield, whose story was first told in National Geographic’s September cover story, is recovering well — and adjusting to the novel life, identity and reality that come with her new appearance. “I’m starting over in a lot of ways,” Stubblefield says through her parents, Robb and Alesia. (Her speech is still recovering ...
Source: TIME: Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Teacher, 44, donates a kidney to his sixth-grade student after own son beat kidney failure
Kaden Koebcke, 12, from Powder Springs, Georgia, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant after being on a dialysis for many years when he received a match from an unlikely donor: his teacher. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Chicago startup wants to eliminate mistakes in the operating room
It would be a nightmare for anyone to go into surgery for an organ transplant, and after, realize they ’ve been given the wrong one. Though events like this are very rare—making up only .03 percent of all operations every year in the U.S. — Richard Vazquez, who practiced general surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 38 years, said they should never happen. That’s why in 2015 he foun ded Chicago-based software startup SafeStart Medical, which uses smart mobile devices and a cloud-based… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - August 15, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Katherine Davis Source Type: news

A Chicago startup wants to eliminate mistakes in the operating room
It would be a nightmare for anyone to go into surgery for an organ transplant, and after, realize they ’ve been given the wrong one. Though events like this are very rare—making up only .03 percent of all operations every year in the U.S. — Richard Vazquez, who practiced general surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 38 years, said they should never happen. That’s why in 2015 he foun ded Chicago-based software startup SafeStart Medical, which uses smart mobile devices and a cloud-based… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 15, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Katherine Davis Source Type: news

Suicide survivor becomes youngest face transplant recipient in U.S.
At age 21, Katie Stubblefield became one of 40 people in the world to receive a face transplant (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicide Survivor Gets ‘ Ultimate Second Chance ’ After Historic Face Transplant
CLEVELAND (CBS Local) – A young woman who attempted suicide has been given a new lease on life, one year after becoming the youngest person to undergo a face transplant in the U.S. Katie Stubblefield was 18 when she shot herself with a rifle in her Mississippi home. The gunshot destroyed the teen’s face and required extensive surgery to save her life. After three years of reconstructive surgery and rehab, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic performed a total face transplant on the 21-year-old in 2017 – making her the youngest recipient in the country. “There was an older trauma surgeon who bas...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Face Transplant Local TV Medicine Suicide talkers Source Type: news

Five-month-old receives heart-lung transplant an is youngest in 10 years to undergo the surgery
Jack Palmer, of Kansas City, Missouri, became the 20th infant under a year old to undergo a heart-lung transplant after he was born in January with a congenital heart defect. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicide survivor becomes youngest person ever to receive a face transplant at 21
Katie Stubblefield tried to take her own life in March 2014 with a rifle. On May 4, 2017, she became the youngest person ever to receive a face transplant, in an operation at Cleveland Clinic. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Historic face transplant gives suicide survivor a 'second chance'
As Katie Stubblefield brushed her fingers across her face, she could feel the wound. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Timing of HCV Therapy in Liver Transplant-Eligible Patients Timing of HCV Therapy in Liver Transplant-Eligible Patients
The authors developed a decision tree model to compare the cost-effectiveness of three strategies for timing of DAA treatment for HCV in liver transplant candidates.Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys Safely Transplanted Into Uninfected Recipients Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys Safely Transplanted Into Uninfected Recipients
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Pediatric LT and Transition to Adult Healthcare Service Pediatric LT and Transition to Adult Healthcare Service
This study examined the outcome of liver transplant recipients after their transition from pediatric to adult healthcare services. How common was non-adherence, and what were the contributing factors?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

UBC study: Kidney transplant chains more effective in saving lives
(University of British Columbia - Sauder School of Business) New research from the UBC Sauder School of the Business has found that transplant societies which prioritize kidney transplant chains over kidney exchanges can increase the total number of transplants, thereby saving more lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news