Dr. J. Wesley Alexander, father of UC transplant program, dies at 84
Dr. J. Wesley Alexander, a UC Health surgeon who started the organ transplant program at the University of Cincinnati in 1967 and directed it for more than 30 years, died July 7 at age 84. Alexander performed the first kidney transplant at the UC Medical Center on Dec. 11, 1967, when it was known as Cincinnati General Hospital.  He joined Dr. David Melvin in performing the first adult heart transplant in Cincinnati on Dec. 17, 1985. Alexander also performed UC’s first combined k idney-pancreas… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Dr. J. Wesley Alexander, father of UC transplant program, dies at 84
Dr. J. Wesley Alexander, a UC Health surgeon who started the organ transplant program at the University of Cincinnati in 1967 and directed it for more than 30 years, died July 7 at age 84. Alexander performed the first kidney transplant at the UC Medical Center on Dec. 11, 1967, when it was known as Cincinnati General Hospital.  He joined Dr. David Melvin in performing the first adult heart transplant in Cincinnati on Dec. 17, 1985. Alexander also performed UC’s first combined k idney-pancreas… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 10, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Could this system make more kidneys, livers usable for transplant?
An Italian startup has teamed with critical-care immunotherapy company CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO) on an integrated ex-vivo system to perfuse, cleanse, recondition and preserve harvested kidneys and livers — including those that are usually discarded. Aferetica srl (Mirandola, Italy) designed its PerLife system is to improve organ function and viability while reducing the risk of primary graft failure and organ rejection. PerLife incorporates CytoSorbents’ PerSorb sorbent cartridge, which uses adsorptive porous polymer technology to reduce a broad range of toxins that c...
Source: Mass Device - July 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Transplants Aferetica srl CytoSorbents Corp. Source Type: news

HCV-Infected Kidney Transplant More Efficient in HCV-Infected
TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 -- For patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with end-stage renal disease, transplant of an HCV-infected kidney followed by treatment is more cost-effective than transplant of an HCV-uninfected kidney, according to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys May Be Safe New Option for Transplant
Title: Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys May Be Safe New Option for TransplantCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/9/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/10/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - July 10, 2018 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

the healing edge: Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments
An unusual transplant may revive tissues thought to be hopelessly damaged, including the heart and brain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GINA KOLATA Tags: Transplants Babies and Infants Heart Mitochondria Surgery and Surgeons Tissue (Human) Deaths (Fatalities) Boston Children's Hospital Source Type: news

New robot takes on repetitive hair-restoration tasks
Restoration Robotics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIR) has launched a robotic intelligent system that offers precise, minimally invasive, repeatable hair harvesting and implantation uses in one platform. The Artas iX robotic hair restoration system has a 3-camera stereoscopic vision system with 44-micron resolution and a 7-axis robot. It has a compact, motorized, battery-powered, portable and adjustable procedure chair for increased patient comfort and clinical versatility that can be used ergonomically in multiple aesthetic procedures. Restoration Robotics (San Jose, Calif.) designed the new system to deliver h...
Source: Mass Device - July 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Implants Robotics Restoration Robotics Inc. Source Type: news

Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys May Be Safe New Option for Transplant
MONDAY, July 9, 2018 -- If they're already infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), patients in need of a kidney transplant might safely receive an organ from an HCV-infected donor, a new study maintains. Using hepatitis C-infected kidneys for this... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 9, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Toddler is diagnosed with ovarian cancer at just 15 months old
Harlow, from California, has undergone grueling chemotherapy, surgery and a stem cell transplant. She was diagnosed with the disease, which usually affects women over 50, in April 2016. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brave toddler has a 50-50 chance of survival after being diagnosed with aggressive ovarian cancer
Harlow, from California, has undergone grueling chemotherapy, surgery and a stem cell transplant. She was diagnosed with the disease, which usually affects women over 50, in April 2016. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cleveland Clinic receives $2.8 million grant to improve heart transplant outcomes
(Cleveland Clinic) The National Institutes of Health has awarded Cleveland Clinic researcher Eileen Hsich, M.D., $2.8 million over four years to evaluate disparities in survival among heart failure patients before and after heart transplantation and to create tools that would optimize outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Using hepatitis C-infected donor kidneys could reduce time on dialysis for transplant patients with HCV
(University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center) Transplanting hepatitis C-infected dialysis patients with HCV-positive donor organs and then treating the infection later is more effective, cheaper and shortens organ wait time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Common Medications Can Cause Drug-Induced Lupus
BOSTON (CBS) – A busy mom of two young kids, Faryn Savasta of Westborough is constantly on the go. But chasing after her kids would have been impossible a few years ago. “All of a sudden I woke up one day and I felt like I couldn’t move,” she said. “My legs felt like giant rocks and I couldn’t move them.” At the time, Faryn was a newlywed and looking forward to starting a family. Instead she was depending on her husband for basic needs. “Bring me to the bathroom, help me get in and out of bed. It was shocking,” she recalled. Faryn Savasta of Westborough. (WBZ-TV) A...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Local TV Lupus Source Type: news

Patients on transplant waitlists face uncertainty after hospital suspends program
A Denver hospital announced Tuesday it is halting its transplant program temporarily, which will leave 232 patients ineligible for an organ transplant if a match pops up during that time -- unless they transfer to a new program. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients on transplant waitlists face uncertainty
A Denver hospital announced Tuesday it is halting its transplant program temporarily, which will leave 232 patients ineligible for an organ transplant if a match pops up during that time -- unless they transfer to a new program. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

850 Million People Worldwide Have Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney diseases affect 10 percent of men and nearly 12 percent of women around the world. Up to 10.5 million people need dialysis or a kidney transplant, but many don't get these treatments due to cost or lack of resources, the International Society of Nephrology says. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of HCV Antiviral Treatment on Liver Transplant Need Impact of HCV Antiviral Treatment on Liver Transplant Need
How has the epidemiology of liver transplantation changed as a result of the introduction of new direct-acting antiviral therapies for HCV?Liver International (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - July 5, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Denver hospital suspends organ-transplant program
One of just four transplant programs in the Rocky Mountain region is putting a temporary stop to all transplant procedures in order to upgrade and rebuild the program. Porter Adventist Hospital officials did not give a time-frame for re-starting their 30-year-old program in announcing Tuesday that all kidney, pancreas and liver transplants will halt during a reassessment of the initiative. But CEO Todd Folkenberg said the Denver facility, which is part of the Ce ntura Health system, will partner… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 4, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

Denver hospital suspends organ-transplant program
One of just four transplant programs in the Rocky Mountain region is putting a temporary stop to all transplant procedures in order to upgrade and rebuild the program. Porter Adventist Hospital officials did not give a time-frame for re-starting their 30-year-old program in announcing Tuesday that all kidney, pancreas and liver transplants will halt during a reassessment of the initiative. But CEO Todd Folkenberg said the Denver facility, which is part of the Ce ntura Health system, will partner… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 4, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

6 people take part in Cleveland Clinic's first 3-way kidney transplant
The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio has performed its first-ever three-way kidney transplant using three couples, each with one healthy donor and one in need of a new kidney. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UMN kidney transplant team receives national award for difficult transplant match
(University of Minnesota Medical School) The National Kidney Registry has awarded its 2018 'Excellence in Teamwork' Award to the University of Minnesota Medical Center for demonstrating excellence in teamwork for a complex kidney swap. The hospital is one of ten member centers to receive this award. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Highlights: June 26, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Houston Hospital's Heart Transplant Program to Lose Medicaid Funding Medicaid funding for a Houston hospital's renowned heart transplant program... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Kidney drug preserves insulin production in type 1 diabetes patients
A drug used to help kidney transplant patients avoid rejection preserved insulin production in newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes patients in a recent study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sex and Heart Drugs; CMS Rejects Transplant Program; Heart Monitor for Cancer Survivors
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - June 25, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Stealthy NuPulseCV lands $4.5m for intravascular ventricular assist system
Stealthy NuPulseCV last week reported a funding round worth nearly $4.5 million for the intravascular ventricular assist system it’s developing. Raleigh, N.C.-based NuPulseCV said the equity offering, which began June 11, hopes ultimately to raise $25 million. Thirteen unnamed investors participated, according to a regulatory filing. The device is designed to be a less-invasive alternative to left ventricular-assist devices, heart pumps that require an open surgical procedure to implant. Inserted through the left subclavian artery, the pump and electrodes are connected to a six-pound external drive. NuPulseCV is runn...
Source: Mass Device - June 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Funding Roundup Wall Street Beat NuPulseCV Source Type: news

Baylor St. Luke ’s heart transplant program to lose Medicare approval
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services informed Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center on June 22 that the hospital’s heart transplant program would no longer be eligible for Medicare funding as of Aug. 17. The latest news comes just a week after the hospital reactivated the program following a voluntary two-week suspension. According to a letter from CMS post ed by ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle, the hospital was informed in January of the plans to terminate Medicare approval. The hospital… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 25, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Health Highlights: June 25, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Houston Hospital's Heart Transplant Program to Lose Medicaid Funding Medicaid funding for a Houston hospital's renowned heart transplant program... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 25, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Houston Hospital's Heart Transplant Program to Lose Medicaid Funding
Title: Houston Hospital's Heart Transplant Program to Lose Medicaid FundingCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/25/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/25/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - June 25, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Obamacare May Have Boosted Kidney Transplant Outcomes
Title: Obamacare May Have Boosted Kidney Transplant OutcomesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/22/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/25/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - June 25, 2018 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Houston heart transplant hospital could lose Medicaid funds
A Houston hospital that suspended its renowned heart transplant program for two weeks amid scrutiny following the deaths of two patients could lose federal Medicaid funding (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Adherence to Immunosuppressive Medication Leads to Better Outcomes in Young Liver Transplant Recipients
A study of children who received liver transplants found that adherence to taking immunosuppressive medication can predict organ rejection later. (Source: NIDDK News)
Source: NIDDK News - June 23, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Obamacare May Have Boosted Kidney Transplant Outcomes
FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 -- Medicaid patients with kidney disease are more likely to be placed on a kidney transplant waiting list before they need dialysis if they live in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 22, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion Ups Preemptive Listing for Kidney Transplant
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 -- The proportion of new preemptive listings for kidney transplantation with Medicaid coverage increased in states with Medicaid expansion in the post-expansion era, according to a study published online June 21 in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Potential to replace race as a risk factor for kidney-transplant failure
(Children's National Health System) Marva Moxey-Mims, M.D., FASN, says APOLLO study researchers hope that clarifying the role of the APOL1 gene in kidney-transplant failure could lead to fewer discarded kidneys, which could boost the number of available kidneys for patients awaiting transplants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Doctors Think a Woman ’s Tattoo May Have Been Causing Her Severe Leg Pain
Doctors in Scotland believe a woman’s large tattoo on her leg may have been the cause of her unexplained inflammation and severe leg pain. The authors of a report on the woman’s case, published in BMJ Case Reports, say it is a reminder to physicians that they should be mindful of their patients’ tattoos if they encounter unusual and unexplained symptoms. The 31-year-old woman was suffering a condition called inflammatory myopathy, which affected her left leg and caused pain severe enough to disrupt her sleep. The woman had a double lung transplant in 2009, and was taking drugs to suppress her immune syst...
Source: TIME: Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime tattoos Source Type: news

Tattoo health warning for people with weakened immune systems
A woman with cystic fibrosis and lung transplants suffered chronic pain for three years after she had a tattoo on her thighGetting a tattoo if you have a weakened immune system could put you at risk of complications, doctors have warned. The caution comes after a woman with cystic fibrosis and lung transplants developed thigh and knee pain after having body art inked on her leg.Doctors say those taking immunosuppressant drugs should take precautions if considering body art. These medicines are often given after an organ transplant or to treat autoimmune conditions such as Crohn ’s disease, lupus or rheumatoid arthrit...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 18, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Tattoos Medical research Immunology Biochemistry and molecular biology Health Cystic fibrosis Diabetes Source Type: news

Man recovering from SIXTH liver transplant in lifelong battle
Steven Featley, 23, from Stoke Ash in Suffolk, had his sixth liver transplant last year as part of a lifelong battle with rare condition biliary atresia, which he has had since he was six weeks old. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Paragonix Technologies aims to boost survival of donated lungs
Image courtesy of Paragonix Technologies Many lungs being transported for transplant arrive in such bad shape that they cannot be used. Paragonix Technologies, Inc. aims to change that with SherpaLung, a specialized cooler that keeps lungs properly inflated and at the right temperature to survive an airplane trip. Paragonix Technologies just landed support from the Lung Transplant Foundation to continue developing and commercialize SherpaLung, the latest in its series of specialized organ transport carriers. Braintree, MA-based Paragonix launched similar devices for hearts and kidneys within the past several months, a...
Source: Mass Device - June 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Business/Financial News News Well Transplants Lung Transplant Foundation Paragonix Technologies Source Type: news

Heart Transplant Program Restart; Exercise BP Excursions; Precision NOAC?
(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Man, 23, recovering from SIXTH liver transplant in lifelong battle against rare condition
Steven Featley, 23, from Stoke Ash in Suffolk, had his sixth liver transplant last year as part of a lifelong battle with rare condition biliary atresia, which he has had since he was six weeks old. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: New lungs give dad a chance to enjoy fatherhood
Over time, cystic fibrosis robbed Nicholas Hemmerle of his ability to enjoy active time with his daughter. But after a double lung transplant, he's breathing easier and ready to have fun again.? The last thing Nicholas Hemmerle remembers before going into surgery at?Mayo Clinic?for a double?lung transplant?is a nurse putting a blanket on him and [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - June 17, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Texas hospital's heart transplant program resumes after 2-week suspension
Baylor St. Luke's performed nine heart transplants in 2018 and, according to the hospital CEO, they've had three deaths so far (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baylor St. Luke ’s reactivates heart-transplant program following review
Baylor St. Luke ’s Medical Center announced June 15 that it has reactivated its heart-transplant surgery program and is accepting donor hearts for transplants again. The hospital voluntarily suspended the surgery program on June 1. The two-week suspension did not affect other heart-failure procedures, such as he art-pump implants, or any other transplant programs across the hospital.  According to a message posted on the hospital’s website, the following steps have been taken since June 1: A… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Texas heart transplant program resumed after suspension
A Houston hospital has resumed its renowned heart transplant program two weeks after suspending all medical procedures following the deaths of several patients this year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Jamestown Post-Journal Sportswriter Scores a New Heart
Jamestown sportswriter Cody Crandall felt like he hit a grand slam when UR Medicine transplant cardiologists shared news that a matching heart was available for him. The 24-year-old former baseball standout at Jamestown High School waited more than six months for a new heart at UR Medicine ’s Strong Memorial Hospital, and just hearing the words felt like a victory. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - June 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Sun Defenses Up in Transplant Patients After Skin Cancer Study
Increased odds of using multiple sun protection measures among organ transplant recipients (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 13, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Oncology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Infographic: Liver transplant saves lives
Learn more about transplants. Other health tip infographics:?mayohealthhighlights.startribune.com? (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - June 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Renowned heart transplant program on hold after recent patient deaths
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston has temporarily put its renowned heart transplant program on hold. It comes following an investigation showing a number of recent patient deaths. CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Aseguahi Needs N8 Million for Kidney Transplant
[Guardian] Life has never been the same for Omonjeva Helen Aseguahi since she was diagnosed with kidney disease. Aseguahi, an officer of the Young Christian Workers Movement (YCW), Isolo Deanery of the Catholic Church, Lagos, has since last year been down but battling to keep hope alive. Her only hope of getting a new lease of life is a kidney transplant, costing over N8 million. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Widow seeks "truth" amid patient deaths at renowned heart transplant program
Out of nine heart transplants performed at the hospital in 2018, three have ended in death (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news