A hospital refused a new kidney to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.
Hospital officials in Oregon have ended a policy that prevented an undocumented woman from getting a liver transplant because of her immigration status after outcry, according to local news reports. Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, a mother of four who has lived in the country for at least 30 years, was denied the transplant in a letter Tuesday from […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulate...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.
Hospital officials in Oregon have ended a policy that prevented an undocumented woman from getting a liver transplant because of her immigration status after outcry, according to local news reports. Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, a mother of four who has lived in the country for at least 30 years, was denied the transplant in a letter Tuesday from […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulate...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicine
Patrick Soon-Shiong, a respected transplant surgeon from the University of California at Los Angeles turned entrepreneur and philanthropist, first became famous for inventing an important cancer drug. His idea involved packaging a tumor-poisoning substance inside the protein albumin, which is one of the main “foods” for cancer growth. The medication, Abraxane, is now used for a wide range […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’Why car horns, pla...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From the heart: The tale of a three-time transplant recipient
Playing youth hockey and Little League in the spring of 1988, I started to become easily fatigued. I became very weak and could no longer run around. By May, a visit to my pediatrician resulted in a trip to the Boston Children’s Hospital Cardiology Clinic on Fegan 6 and the first of many cardiac catheterizations I would receive in my life. The results of that first procedure were shared in my corner room across from the nurses’ station on 6 East (the cardiac step-down at the time): I would need a heart transplant for cardiomyopathy. It was Friday the 13th. I was 10 years old. Tim, before he ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 7, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tim Gallagher Tags: Our Patients’ Stories cardiac catheterization cardiomyopathy heart transplant Heart transplant program kidney transplant Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

Bill Frist named to the board of Brentwood company
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist has been named to the board of directors for Brentwood-based MyNexus. First, founder of NashvilleHealth and co-founder of Aspire Health, has deep ties to Nashville’s health care industry as the son and brother of two of the founders of HCA Healthcare Inc. He is also a nationally acclaimed heart- and lung-transplant surgeon and an adjunct professor of cardiac surge ry at Vanderbilt University. “There are very few people in the world that have an understanding of the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Photos capture Adalynn Grace just before she dies of CHD
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Photos capture 2 year old just before she dies of CHD
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Here's how UPMC's expanded kidney-transplant chain works (Video)
A kidney-transplant chain last week linked three hospitals in the UPMC chain across Pennsylvania, resulting in live kidneys donated by people in Harrisburg and Erie transplanted into patients in Erie and Pittsburgh. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 6, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Photos capture Adalynn Grace's final moments
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heartbreaking photos capture two-year-old's final moments
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman's nagging cough turned out to be an enlarged heart
Peg Ollinger, 57, of Wisconsin, learned she had an enlarged heart in 2016 after having a persistent cough that was misdiagnosed as pneumonia twice. She lost 60 pound for a transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Donor kidneys revitilized for transplant
A team at Toronto General has successfully used a special machine to keep a donor kidney preserved and healthy so that it can be transplanted into a patient. This is a big deal because there's a shortage of donor kidneys and anything that keeps more of them viable for longer makes more transplants possible. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Donor kidneys revitalized for transplant at Toronto General Hospital
A team at Toronto General Hospital is using an "ex-vivo" machine to preserve and rejuvenate kidneys by mimicking the conditions inside the body prior to transplant. Its use could make more kidney transplants possible. About five per cent of patients die while on the waiting list in Ontario every year. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Detecting and treating dnDSA early preserves allograft function
(Children's National Health System) Monitoring and treating de novo donor-specific antibodies before they could cause graft damage helped to decrease dnDSA in a majority of pediatric kidney transplant recipients at Children National Health System and prevented graft failure in the first few years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A first birthday made possible by cardiac tumor surgery
Today is Oliver Cameron’s first birthday and he and his parents have a lot to celebrate. After a year of uncertainty, they will be enjoying a quiet dinner with family at their home in Wantage, a town in Oxfordshire, England. “Having him home and healthy is the best present ever,” says his mom, Lydia. She and her husband, Tim, are looking forward to some quiet time alone with Oliver and their family after spending much of the last year fighting for his life. Oliver was born with a large, non-cancerous tumor, called a cardiac fibroma, inside his heart. It was so rare that only a handful of doctors in the U....
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 31, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories cardiac fibroma Cardiac Tumor Program Dr. Pedro del Nido Dr. Tal Geva Source Type: news

Study: Hospital Patients Still More Likely To Die On Weekends
By Michael Nedelman, CNN (CNN) — Doctors call it the “weekend effect.” Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours — whether it’s due to a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs. New research on cardiac arrest in the hospital now asks: Has the “weekend effect” changed in recent years, as treatment has gotten better? “We know that survival trends have improved in past decade or so,” said Dr. Uchenna Ofoma, assistant professor of medicine at Temple University and a critical care physician at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. &ldq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News cardiac arrest Source Type: news

Man gets surgery after 'In Need of Kidney' shirt goes viral
New Jersey father of 5 whose T-shirt saying 'In Need of Kidney' went viral receives lifesaving transplant from stranger; donor calls decision 'no-brainer' (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Father finds kidney donor after printing plea on a t-shirt
Rob Leibowitz, 60, from New Jersey, suffered from chronic kidney disease and wore a t-shirt that said 'In Need of Kidney' to find his donor. He underwent a successful transplant surgery last week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brave toddler meets 24 strangers who saved her life
It took a team of UCLA medical professionals and the generosity of 71 strangers to save 2-year-old Skye Savren-McCormick ’s life.The toddler from Ventura, California, required frequent blood and platelet transfusions, often on a daily basis, while undergoing  three grueling bone-marrow transplants, surgery to remove her swollen spleen and seven rounds of chemotherapy for leukemia and lymphoma. She received 77 units of blood and platelets during a 10-month stay at UCLA Mattel Children ’s Hospital.  Recently Skye ’s family got to meet and thank two dozen of the 71 strangers whose blood a...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - January 19, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Surgery to remove blood clot saves London ’s kidneys
Todd and Lindsey Taylor had barely settled in at home in Syracuse, New York with their new baby, London, when their world turned upside down. London, who had seemed perfectly healthy at birth, woke up nine days later vomiting and struggling to breathe. They rushed her to their local children’s hospital. “The doctors did an ultrasound and found a large blood clot in her aorta that was blocking the flow of blood to her kidneys,” says Todd. “They said she was in near fatal condition when we arrived, but they put her on dialysis and were able to stabilize her.” Desperate for options The doctors in...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 19, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories blood clot Dr. Anne Hansen Dr. Heung-Bae Kim Midaortic Syndrome and Renovascular Hypertension (MAS/RVH) Program neonatal intensive care unit Source Type: news

Liver transplant saves life of Sydney girl Erika Vidaic
A mother has spoken of the terrifying moment her baby daughter's condition deteriorated when she suffered a rare liver disease. Here, she reveals how a transplant saved her daughter's life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tanzania:Relief for Dodoma Patients As Kidney Transplant Services in the Offing
[Daily News] THE government has revealed that the Dodomabased state-of-the-art Benjamin Mkapa Hospital will officially start offering kidney transplant services and other specialist surgeries by June, this year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cardiac, Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Liver Transplantation Cardiac, Pulmonary Vascular Disease in Liver Transplantation
This article provides recommendations for the diagnosis and management of cardiac and pulmonary vascular disease in liver transplant candidates.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - January 16, 2018 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Face transplant
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Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

British surgeon fined, avoids jail after burning initials onto livers of patients
A British surgeon who burned his initials onto patients' livers during transplant operations has been fined the equivalent of $17,100 Cdn and ordered to perform community service. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

'Arrogant' UK surgeon burned initials onto patients' livers
A British surgeon who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations has been fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) and ordered to perform community service (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

'UK should follow Wales' lead on organ donation'
Liver transplant patient Ellie Lacey urges other UK nations to move to presumed consent organ donation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Implantable robot helps spur tissue regeneration
An implantable, programmable robot induced cell growth and lengthened part of the esophagus in an animal model by more than 75%, according to researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital. The team reported in Science Robotics today that the robot triggered tissue growth without interfering with organ function. The system could help regrow parts of the esophagus that are missing in people with long-gap esophageal atresia, the researchers noted. “This project demonstrates proof-of-concept that miniature robots can induce organ growth inside a living being for repair or replacement, while avoiding the sedation...
Source: Mass Device - January 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Implants Regenerative Medicine Research & Development Robotics Boston Children's Hospital Source Type: news

Kidney Injury Common After Non - Kidney Transplants in Children
High risk of AKI in first year after non - kidney solid organ transplant; in turn, increases CKD risk (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - January 9, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Surgery, Critical Care, Journal, Source Type: news

South Africa:Hillcrest Teen Gets Second Chance At Life
[News24Wire] A Hillcrest teen, who underwent a double lung and heart transplant, says he hopes to do all the things he dreamed of. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Racial Disparities Worsen for Live Donor Kidney Transplants (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Fewer blacks, Hispanics get transplant now than two decades ago (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Zambia:'UTH Can Now Do Organ Transplants'
[Times of Zambia] THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka has urged the public to embrace organ transplants because the institution has acquired equipment for operations especially for kidney transplant. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Racial Disparities in Transplantation Persist Racial Disparities in Transplantation Persist
Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians are even less likely to receive a live-donor kidney transplant now than they were decades ago despite significant efforts to reduce racial disparities in transplantation.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Invasive Aspergillosis in Heart Transplant Recipients
Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:08News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - January 3, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

New year. New lungs.
I’ve had asthma and chronic lung disease since I was very young. I had to use everything — from my head to my toes — to help me breathe. I remember being able to hear myself wheezing, to feel my lungs rattling. I had marks all over my face from my oxygen mask. I thought I would never be clear of mucus and never be able to walk without being out of breath. All I ever wanted was to breathe. I spent so much energy trying to breathe that I didn’t have much left for eating, so I was really skinny. I spent a lot of time in a wheelchair. When I was able to walk, it would be for short distances and my shoul...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 3, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ndeye "Fatou" Seck Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories chronic lung disease double lung transplant Francis Fynn-Thompson Gary Visner Lung Transplant Program Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

Educational video may increase public willingness to become face transplant donors
(Wolters Kluwer Health) After watching a brief educational video, members of the public are more likely to say they would be willing to donate a facial transplant to a severely disfigured patient, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UAMS Shifts Two to Transplant Team (UAMS Movers & Shakers)
Dr. Sushma Bhusal and Dr. Aparna Sharma have joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock as transplant nephrologists, caring for kidney and pancreas transplant patients before and after surgery. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - January 1, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Delilah Saunders back in hospital after being discharged amid transplant controversy
An Inuk activist from Labrador is back in hospital with pancreatitis after doctors told her she would not need a liver transplant amid questions about her eligibility under an Ontario transplant program's alcohol-use policy. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Indigenous Source Type: news

The National Landscape of Living Kidney Donor Follow-Up The National Landscape of Living Kidney Donor Follow-Up
Are transplant centers currently meeting the mandated living donor follow-up guidelines?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Mother of 3 receives liver transplant from complete stranger after Facebook plea
Jeff Bramstedt from California had never met Melinda Ray but he flew to Colorado to save her life. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

RCMP officer anxiously awaiting life-altering kidney transplant
RCMP Cpl. Shane Burridge says he can't wait to finally get his kidney transplant, so that he can get back to work. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/NL Source Type: news

Rebranding HF: Who Would Be Branded With Failure? Rebranding HF: Who Would Be Branded With Failure?
In this commentary, the author wonders if the"heart failure" label, which connotes defeat and stigma, is hindering effective care.Circulation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - December 26, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

A boy ’s basketball-size tumor is slowly suffocating him. Doctors will attempt a risky removal.
Noel Zayas paraded his son to a never-ending carousel of Cuban doctors, but none of them would touch the boy. Emanuel Zayas’s basketball-size facial tumor was too complex, they told his family. The surgery to remove it too risky. “I knocked on a lot of hospital doors,” Zayas told the Miami Herald. “To see our son […]Related:Why this may be a bad flu season, especially around the holidaysWhat’s the most embarrassing way you’ve ever injured yourself?Someone stole a child’s parcel off his porch. It contained his kidney transplant medication. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Online Resources About Kidney Transplant Too Complex Online Resources About Kidney Transplant Too Complex
Online health education materials about transplant options are far too complex for chronic kidney disease patients to make sense of, U.S. researchers say, and that may prevent this group from deciding on the best treatment.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - December 22, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Texas baby with rare liver disease makes surprise recovery
Leia Garcia, one, was born with a rare liver disease and had a transplant last month. She stunned doctors with her recovery and is expected to go home to celebrate Christmas in Texas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby with rare liver disease stuns doctors with recovery
Leia Garcia, one, was born with a rare liver disease and had a transplant last month. She stunned doctors with her recovery and is expected to go home to celebrate Christmas in Texas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Someone stole a child ’ s parcel off his porch. It contained his kidney transplant medication.
When Austin Taylor turned 4, his father reminisced about the young life doctors said the boy would likely never have. “1,461. It may seem like an odd number to post on Facebook. But this number holds more meaning to our family then you realize. This is the number of days Austin has gone beyond the doctor's life expectancy,” […]Related:ACA enrollment for 2018 nearly matches last year’s, despite Trump administration efforts to undermine itSenate Democrats and more than 300 public-health groups call on Trump officials to reverse HHS language restrictionsThis model lost her leg because o...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients
Under revised guidelines, the sickest patients may qualify to receive organs from regions outside their own. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TED ALCORN Tags: Transplants Liver Organ Donation United Network for Organ Sharing Source Type: news

Transplant patient's Christmas plea: talk to your family about organ donation
With hundreds waiting for heart transplants, experts and patients urge public to register as organ donors – and make their wishes clear to family membersFamilies are being urged to talk about becoming an organ donor in the hope that more people on the waiting list for a heart transplant will be given the chance of life.Since last Christmas Day, 31 people have died on the heart transplant waiting list, according to NHS Blood and Transplant. To try to tackle the shortage of organs, the government hasrecently announced a consultation into an “opt-out” scheme. Everybody would be assumed to be willing to donat...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Organ donation Health Society Heart disease Science Source Type: news