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Parents worry their four-year-old needs a transplant
Laura and Liam Keenan, both 29, from Leeds, watched their 14-month-old son Harry battle through a liver transplant operation in late August after being diagnosed with a rare disorder. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3D-printed organ dev BioLife4D registers for $50m IPO
Biological 3D printing developer BioLife4D has filed for a $50 million initial public offering as it looks to commercialize its cardiac tissue regeneration and organ replacement processes. The Chicago-based company said yesterday it is developing technologies with an end goal of creating a 3D bioprinted viable human heart suitable for transplant. Funds from the offering are slated to support working capital and fund initiatives which include expanding personnel, acquiring additional laboratory space and licensing related technologies. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide – killing one in four ...
Source: Mass Device - September 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Regenerative Medicine Research & Development biolife4d Source Type: news

UCLA receives $8.4 million NIH grant to help liver transplant recipients stay healthier
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) UCLA has received an $8.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research ways to help donated livers last longer and improve outcomes for transplant recipients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Early Fecal Transplant Improves Survival After Severe C diff Infection Early Fecal Transplant Improves Survival After Severe C diff Infection
Patients with severe Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) who receive early fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) have improved survival, researchers from France report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - September 7, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

UCLA receives $8.4 million NIH grant to help liver transplant recipients stay healthier longer
UCLA has received an $8.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research ways to help donated livers last longer and improve outcomes for transplant recipients.The five-year grant is the fourth in a series from the NIH to the Dumont –UCLA Transplant Center to develop medications to prevent the body from rejecting a transplanted liver and help patients live longer, healthier lives. The grants have totaled more than $13 million.The initiative is headed by Dr. Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski, the Paul I. Terasaki Chair in Surgery and vice chair of research at the Department of Surgery at the David Gef...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 6, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Nigeria: Rose Needs N11 Million for Kidney Transplant
[Guardian] Life has not been the same for Mrs. Rose Oghenekevwe, a 40-year-old mother of three, after been diagnosed with an end stage renal disease, secondary to long-standing hypertension and retroviral diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 6, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Texas woman saved by lung transplant meets donor's mother
Mother-of-two Selwa Mitchell, 39, from Dallas, had an emotional meeting with Kimber Spinks, who donated the lungs of her daughter Kendall who died in a car accident aged just 18. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dialysis clinic steps up to ensure vital care in Harvey's aftermath
At one Fresenius Kidney Care center in Houston, the clinic director noticed that one patient waiting for a kidney transplant had a much more immediate need last week, as the city struggled with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The woman needed a ride home from dialysis. Ambulances were tied up rescuing flood victims, and there was a midnight curfew. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Norway, Risk of SCC After Organ Transplant Has Fallen
Standardized incidence ratio peaked in patients who underwent transplantation in 1983 - 1987 period (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 1, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Oncology, Pathology, Pulmonology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

NaviGate touts 1st 52mm transcatheter tricuspid valve procedure
NaviGate Cardiac Structures touted this week that its Gate catheter-guided tricuspid atrioventricular valved stent was implanted six weeks ago into a patient’s transplanted heart. The patient’s transplanted heart was failing due to severe tricuspid valve insufficiency. The successful implantation at the Policlinico of the University of Padua, Italy, is the first European-based patient treated with the company’s tricuspid replacement heart valve. Three hours after the procedure, the patient was showing improved renal function, NaviGate reported. Two months after the intervention, the 67-year-old male patie...
Source: Mass Device - September 1, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular NaviGate Cardiac Structures Inc Source Type: news

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Epidemic Increasing Greatly Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Epidemic Increasing Greatly
The burden of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasing greatly, and the need for liver transplants is likely to outstrip the supply of donors, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - August 31, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

NHS no longer uses post-it notes for heart transplants
The pioneering system is 300 times faster, NHS Blood and Transplant experts claim, and has removed around 40 lengthy steps from the organ matching process. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 28, 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. Resonetics acquires Aduro Laser Resonetics announced that it has acquired Aduro Laser. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We are very excited to partner with Grayson Beck and Demian Backs, who have cre...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Abbott wins FDA nod for HeartMate 3 pump
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today that the FDA approved its HeartMate 3 implantable pump for heart failure patients awaiting a transplant. The approval is the latest for the HeartMate line of left ventricular assist devices first developed by Thoratec, which was later acquired by St. Jude Medical before a $25 billion merger brought it to Abbott earlier this year. Abbott said HeartMate 3 features full magnetic levitation for the pump’s impeller, aiming to cause less trauma to blood cells as they pass through the pump. Although it is smaller than its predecessor, Abbott claimed it has the industry’s largest ...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Abbott Source Type: news

Kidney patient stunned to discover partner was the perfect match for transplant
KIDNEY patient Jack Mason was stunned to discover that his partner was the perfect 100,000-to-one match for a transplant. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: Man has successful hand transplant after almost 18-hour surgery
"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 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: 2020 Source Type: news

WATCH: Man prepares for remarkable hand transplant surgery
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 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: 2020 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 26, 2017 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 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: 2020 Source Type: news

Ex-miner with a double lung transplant
Nine years of working in coal mines destroyed Will Goddard's lungs, but with the help of a specialist clinic in Rotherham he was able to get a double lung transplant. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Heart Failure Patients Don ’ t Recognize the Risks of Their Illness Many Heart Failure Patients Don ’ t Recognize the Risks of Their Illness
Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Eleven-Year-Old Boy Receives Kidney for Christmas at Duke
Treatment TermsPediatric Kidney Transplant Author Hallie Potocki Overview After battling kidney disease his entire young life, 11-year-old Kaleek Beatty got the best present he could ask for, just five days before Christmas 2016. Duke Children's Hospital called to say they had found a kidney for him. Hero Imagekaleekbeatty_blog.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Born with Kidney Disease ContentAsk a typical 11-year-old, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and you’re likely to hear “sports superstar” or “rock musician.” Ask Kaleek Beatty, though, and his u...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mf205 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Team led by UCLA, UCSF receives $8 million to study virus that often strikes after kidney transplants
UCLA, UC San Francisco and City of Hope have received a five-year, $8 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study how a common virus called cytomegalovirus may provoke the immune system to reject transplanted kidneys.The 14-member interdisciplinary team is co-led by Elaine Reed, who holds the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Endowed Chair in Diagnostic Medicine at UCLA and is director of the UCLA Immunogenetics Center.  “Nearly 70 percent of people around the world carry antibodies to the cytomegalovirus infection, yet healthy people rarely display symptoms,” said Ree...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 24, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Fewer antibiotic prescriptions are being filled, a new analysis finds
The use of antibiotics among Americans with commercial health insurance has decreased during the past several years, according to a new analysis that nevertheless shows lingering variations for different ages and in different parts of the country. The study released on Thursday provides the latest evidence of how doctors and patients have begun to heed warnings […]Related:NIH unit deletes references to climate ‘change’Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse? Here’s what you need to know.A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy’s life. But he died on his first day of school. (Sourc...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many heart failure patients don ’t recognize the risks of their illness
(Reuters Health) - Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New Use of Blood Cleaning Device Saves High-Risk Patients With Liver Failure
Severe acute liver failure (ALF), a rare but life-threatening illness, is associated with high death rates if patients don’t receive timely treatment or a liver transplant. Unlike the heart or the kidneys, there is no established mechanical device to replace the liver’s function. Now, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought. (Source: University of Maryland...
Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine News Headlines - August 23, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Chris Martin surprises 17-year-old fan with fatal disease
Coldplay singer Chris Martin surprised a fan, Heidi Hernandez - who is in desperate need of a liver transplant - on Saturday. Hernandez said Coldplay's music kept her from being depressed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse? Here ’ s what you need to know.
So you looked directly at the sun while trying to watch the solar eclipse. Maybe you didn't read the warnings or couldn't get your hands on a pair of eclipse glasses. Or maybe you did have them but couldn't resist, just for a few seconds, staring straight at the sun with your naked eyes, experts be darned. […]Related:A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy’s life. But he died on his first day of school.Elderly couple got ‘deepest wish’ — to die together — in rare euthanasia caseTibetan Buddhism-based ‘compassion’ training for doctors targets burnout (Source: ...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘An easy decision’: Finding care for short bowel syndrome
Allie DeRienzo loves to dance, sing and play with her big brother, switching from the pink-and-purple cartoon world of Shimmer and Shine to the action-packed fantasy of Star Wars with the blink of an eye. It’s a flexibility that has served her well: In just a few years, she’s endured more ups and downs than most 3-year-olds. Although her pregnancy was normal, it became clear as soon as Allie was born that something wasn’t right. “She was incredibly distended and was transferred almost immediately to a high-level neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in New York,” remembers her mother, Nanci. Co...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 22, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation Danielle Stamm Dr. Bram Raphael Dr. Mark Puder G-tube short bowel syndrome (SBS). total parenteral nutrition Source Type: news

Boy with heart transplant dies on first day of school
Peyton West's parents would never have thought that his first day of school this year was going to be his last. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boy who had heart transplant dies on first day of school
Peyton West's parents don't know what went wrong with his heart (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy ’ s life. But he died on his first day of school.
Peyton West woke up early Thursday morning, his first day back to school. Carrying his red backpack, wearing his gray shirt and his red-framed glasses — red and gray are his favorite colors — he posed for a first-day-of-school picture outside his family's house in Ohio, just outside Cincinnati. The 13-year-old, who was born with only […]Related:Elderly couple got ‘deepest wish’ — to die together — in rare euthanasia caseTibetan Buddhism-based ‘compassion’ training for doctors targets burnoutThere’s plague in Arizona. Authorities warn of fleas that can infect...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Telemedicine Saves Time, Money in Kidney-transplant Waitlist Evaluations Telemedicine Saves Time, Money in Kidney-transplant Waitlist Evaluations
Incorporating telemedicine into the evaluation process for kidney-transplant waitlists might save both time and money, new research suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - August 17, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Chukwuebuka Seeks N12 Million to Undergo Kidney Transplant
[Guardian] The specialist doctors at the Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State, have recommended a kidney transplant for 20-year-old Chukwuebuka Peter Umechiedo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Risk Assessment Differs for Doctors, Heart Failure Patients
Doctors consider most patients with advanced heart failure to be at high risk for transplant, LVAD, death (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 17, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Conversion From CNI to Everolimus After Kidney Transplant Conversion From CNI to Everolimus After Kidney Transplant
What benefits may converting from conventional CNI therapy to everolimus-based therapy offer kidney transplant patients?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Prolonged Allograft Survival in Chronic Immunosuppression Prolonged Allograft Survival in Chronic Immunosuppression
This review explores the potential for the indefinite survival of a skin allograft among transplant patients on chronic immunosuppression.Wounds (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - August 15, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Gene editing brings pig organ transplant closer
Conclusion This promising research shows that it can be possible to use gene editing techniques to eliminate retroviruses from pigs, removing one of the potential barriers to using genetically modified pigs as organ donors for humans. There are a few points to note. As the researchers say, though they have shown that pig retroviruses can be passed onto human cells in the laboratory, we don't know what the effects would be in real life. We don't know whether pig retroviruses would be transferred to humans and whether they could cause cancers or immunodeficiency illnesses, for example. The research is at an early stage. The ...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Source Type: news

The tube, the team and the family that give life
As 2-year-old Naema Alshehhi turns the pages of her favorite book, her eyes glimmer with curiosity. Sitting with her father, Àbdulla and big sister, Dana, in their temporary Boston apartment, the inquisitive toddler points to a number of shapes and is fascinated by the rainbow of color. During this quiet moment, you see the gentle outline of Naema’s central line through her tiny shirt. The lifesaving tube — surgically inserted into her chest — provides the nourishment needed to manage the rare intestinal disorder she was born with, called microvillus inclusion dis...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Alexandra Carey Dr. Bram Raphael Dr. Rima Fawaz home parenteral nutrition micorvillus inclusion disease multivisceral transplant Source Type: news

UR Medicine Provides 3 Heart Transplants in 5 Days
UR Medicine ’s Advanced Heart Failure team recently performed three heart transplant surgeries in a span of just five days at Strong Memorial Hospital, providing the Gift of Life for three men from across Upstate New York. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - August 10, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

WATCH: California man to get lifesaving kidney donation
Michael Hermogeno suffers from severe heart disease and has been on dialysis and waiting for a transplant for nearly a year. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Antibiotic ineffective at preventing lung complication after stem cell transplant: Study
An antibiotic treatment intended to lower stem cell transplant patients' risk of developing a respiratory complication appears to have backfired. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant
Title: Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell TransplantCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/8/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/9/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - August 9, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Antibiotic Doesn ’ t Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant
Findings were so dismal that clinical trial was stopped early (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Infections, Oncology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Research, News, Source Type: news

Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant
Findings were so dismal that clinical trial was stopped earlySource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lung Cancer, Stem Cells (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Azithromycin Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant
TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 -- An antibiotic treatment intended to lower stem cell transplant patients'risk of developing a respiratory complication appears to have backfired. French researchers explored the potential of administering the antibiotic... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 8, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Pearls From: Eileen Hsich, MD
(MedPage Today) -- Why is mortality while awaiting heart transplant higher for women? (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 8, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant
Findings were so dismal that clinical trial was stopped early (Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer)
Source: Cancercompass News: Other Cancer - August 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Hansa Medical Shares Gain on Good Kidney Transplant Drug News Hansa Medical Shares Gain on Good Kidney Transplant Drug News
Shares in Sweden's Hansa Medical jumped 12 percent on Thursday after research showed its experimental drug allowed doctors to perform successful kidney transplants in 24 out of 25 patients with a particularly high risk of organ rejection.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - August 4, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Drug therapy could reduce kidney transplant rejection
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have developed a new drug therapy from lethal bacteria that could reduce rejection rates in kidney transplantation. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news