New algorithm more accurately predicts life expectancy after heart failure
(UCLA Samueli School of Engineering) A new algorithm developed by UCLA researchers more accurately predicts which people will survive heart failure, and for how long, whether or not they receive a heart transplant. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Team Up to Manage IBS: Gastro Endo News Report
(MedPage Today) -- Also, deciding who gets liver transplant takes emotional toll (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 16, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Ancora Takes on FMR and Heart Failure with AccuCinch
Ancora Heart is making a play for the functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) treatment market – which is currently populated by medtech juggernauts Abbott Laboratories and Edwards Lifesciences. The Santa Clara, CA-based company came closer to its goal to participate in the market after it received FDA approval to expand the enrollment for an early feasibility study of the AccuCinch. Ancora Heart said it can now enroll a second group of patients and expand to 15 heart centers across the U.S. “The AccuCinch System is a left ventricular repair technology and it really is a new category and class of therapy,” ...
Source: MDDI - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Implants Source Type: news

Kidney Transplant Ups Survival in GPA (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) --'Dramatic'decreases in cardiovascular and all-cause death (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AHA: Heart Transplant Survivor Shakes Off Sheltered Childhood to Enjoy Life
TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Kendra Plumley didn't spend her childhood running around with other kids on her street, having friends over for sleepovers, or spending lazy summer days by the pool. Instead, she spent most of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Personalities of Pittsburgh: Dr. Amit Tevar, transplant surgeon
In this week's Personalities of Pittsburgh, Dr. Amit Tevar, a nationally recognized transplant surgeon, talks about liver and kidney transplants, and how he balances his time. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - May 15, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Personalities of Pittsburgh: Dr. Amit Tevar, transplant surgeon
In this week's Personalities of Pittsburgh, Dr. Amit Tevar, a nationally recognized transplant surgeon, talks about liver and kidney transplants, and how he balances his time. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 15, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

In the Loop: News story prompts kidney donation for basketball coach Billy Gillispie
When Ericka Downey saw a tweet about college basketball coach Billy Gillispie needing a kidney transplant, she was determined to find him a donor. She didn't have to go far. Ericka Downey never envisioned meeting Billy Gillispie like this. Her emotions started to swell as her husband, Mark, led the former Texas A&M and Kentucky [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 15, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Desperate man offers unusual exchange for liver transplant
California man desperate to get a liver for his ailing wife made an unusual offer in exchange for a donation (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dying Erika Zak pens letter to insurer that denied her a liver
Surgery to remove tumors on her liver from stage 4 colon cancer left Erika Zak of Oregon with a hole in the organ which is now failing the young mother, but her insurance refused to cover a transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Army Doctors Transplant New Ear From Soldier ’ s Arm
EL PASO, TX (CBS Local) – An Army soldier who lost her ear received a revolutionary transplant in which doctors grew her a brand new ear on the patient’s own arm. Plastic surgeons at William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) in El Paso successfully transplanted the ear onto Shamika Burrage after the Army Private lost her left ear in a one-car accident while on leave in 2016. Instead of finding a donor, surgeons took cartilage from Burrage’s ribs and carved it into the shape of an ear. The “ear” was then placed under the skin in the 21-year-old’s forearm so it could grow into...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Offbeat Chris Melore Local TV Medicine talkers Transplant U.S. Army Veterans Source Type: news

Astonishing images show a boy, 10, undergoing a life-saving nine-hour heart transplant
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Max Johnson, 10, spent seven months waiting for a donor heart before undergoing the operation. A transplant was his only hope and a 'perfect match' arrived. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The boy who could save your life
Max Johnson waited seven months for a heart transplant. Now he could change the law. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How long will I survive after a liver transplant?
Liver transplant surgery is the second most common transplant surgery in the U.S. Livers typically come from deceased donors, but transplants using parts of livers from live donors are becoming more frequent. Figures show that more than 50 percent of people who have a liver transplant survive for at least 20 years. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Liver Disease / Hepatitis Source Type: news

Cystic fibrosis sufferer takes her first steps after lung transplant
EXCLUSIVE: Footage filmed at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, shows Violet Gomez, 25, taking her first steps fueled by healthy lungs full of oxygen, just two days after the op. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Incredible moment cystic fibrosis sufferer, 25, takes her first steps days after lung transplant
EXCLUSIVE: Footage filmed at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, shows Violet Gomez, 25, taking her first steps fueled by healthy lungs full of oxygen, just two days after the op. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abbott warns of outflow graft twisting issues with HeartMate 3
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) last Friday warned about possible issues with its HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device over possible twisting of the outflow graft that can occur post-implant and could result in a persistent low-flow alarm, which normally signals potential safety risks including low blood flow or clotting. The Abbott Park, Ill.-based company is not recalling any such devices from patients or hospitals, but said it has received 32 reports of such twisting amongst the 4,467 HeartMate 3 devices implanted worldwide. Reports include issues related to low blood flow, clotting and three deaths that could be linked to...
Source: Mass Device - May 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Abbott Source Type: news

NIH Trial to track outcomes of kidney transplantation from HIV+ donors to HIV+ recipients
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) The first large-scale clinical trial to study kidney transplantations between people with HIV has begun at clinical centers across the United States. The HOPE in Action Multicenter Kidney Study will determine the safety of this practice by evaluating kidney recipients for potential transplant-related and HIV-related complications following surgery. The study is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 7, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UAMS Temporarily Suspends Cardiac Transplant Program
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences temporarily suspends its Cardiac Transplant Program because its main heart surgeon retired. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 4, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The secrets of resilience: what one woman ’s extraordinary trauma – and survival – can teach us
Carmen Tarleton was so badly beaten and burned by her ex-husband that she needed 38 operations and a face transplant. Yet she found a path back to happiness. What helps her – and others like her – retain their essential optimism?On 10 June 2007, Carmen Tarleton, then 38, was at home with her young daughters in Thetford, Vermont in the US, when her estranged husband broke into the house. Herbert Rogers was looking for a man he supposed she was seeing, but finding no man there, he attacked Carmen. “I just lost it,” he told police later. He beat Carmen with a baseball bat so violently that he broke her...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 2, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Rowan Hooper Tags: Psychology Science Plastic surgery Science and nature books Health & wellbeing Life and style Source Type: news

Addenbrooke's to pioneer liver transplant technology
Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge will use a technique which can keep a liver "alive" outside the body. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liver transplant: Hospital becomes first in UK to bring in pioneering technology
A HOSPITAL has become the first in the UK to bring state-of-the-art liver transplant technology into routine practice. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Human Trafficking for Organs: Ending abuse of the Poorest
By Maged SrourROME, Apr 30 2018 (IPS)Organ transplantation is one of the most incredible medical achievements of the past century. Since the first successful transplants, which took place in the 1950s, organ transplantation has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Dr. Francis Delmonico, is a transplant surgeon with a long career, serving also as an Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO). Credit: Harvard Health Policy ReviewGlobally about 125,000 people undergo organ transplantation each year. This number is small in the face of demand for organs widely outstripping supply and consequently c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maged Srour Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Liver - Kidney Recipients Have Donor - Specific Hypo - Responses
Unique characteristics ID'd in peripheral blood cells of simultaneous liver - kidney transplant recipients (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - April 30, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Oncology, Pathology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Liver-Kidney Recipients Have Donor-Specific Hypo-Responses
MONDAY, April 30, 2018 -- Simultaneous liver-kidney transplant recipients'peripheral blood cells have unique phenotypic and functional characteristics that are associated with donor-specific hypo-alloresponsiveness, according to a study published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How Transplanted Livers Guard Against Organ Rejection
This study shows that the liver transplant itself regulates the host's immune responses. Compared to the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Wounded Soldier Gets First Penis Transplant in U.S. Operation Wounded Soldier Gets First Penis Transplant in U.S. Operation
A soldier wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan has received the world's first complete penis and scrotum transplant, officials at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore said on Monday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 26, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

TIME 100 ’s Giuliano Testa: We Should Think About Infertility As a ‘Wellbeing Issue’
Dr. Giuliano Testa, a transplant surgeon at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas who led the medical team that performed the first successful uterus transplants in the United States, said Tuesday that he hopes “what we are doing is going to shed light on infertility for women.” “I personally never knew it was such a widespread issue,” Testa said at the TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday. “We should be thinking about it not just as a birth, but a wellbeing issue.” Testa attended the TIME 100 Gala after being named by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people in the world for his rol...
Source: TIME: Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized onetime T1002018 Source Type: news

She read about a 4-year-old ’ s mysterious death. A year later, it saved her own daughter ’ s life.
As 4-year-0ld Elianna Grace sat in the back seat of the SUV, battling her second fever in three days, her mom flashed back to the coughing and vomiting fit the preschooler had the previous weekend — and to a niggling fear about the girl's sudden illness.  Elianna had spent April 14 playing in her grandparents' […]Related:FDA cracks down on sales of Juul, other e-cigarettes to youthsInside the secret U.S. stockpile meant to save us all in a bioterror attackVeteran receives penis and scrotum transplant in surgery doctors say is a medical first (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'An unspoken injury of war:' U.S. surgeons perform extensive penis transplant
Johns Hopkins University surgeons rebuilt man's entire pelvic region, transplanting a penis, scrotum and part of the abdominal wall from a deceased donor after 'an unspoken injury of war.' (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: World's first penis and scrotum transplant complete
The first total penis and scrotum transplant has now been performed by a team of Johns Hopkins surgeons. The recipient, they say, 'is recovering well.' (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

CBCT-guided radiotherapy shows promise for HCC
A novel radiotherapy technique using conebeam CT (CBCT) shows promise as a...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Adding blood test to US improves liver cancer diagnosis Contrast US clears up indeterminate HCC cases on MRI US surveillance of HCC subject to image quality issues HCC screening boosts survival rate in cirrhosis patients Dual-tracer PET/CT helps pick patients for liver transplant (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 24, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Veteran receives penis and scrotum transplant in surgery doctors hail as a medical first
An Afghanistan war veteran who had his genitals blown off by a roadside bomb is the recipient of a donated penis and scrotum that doctors hope will restore his ability to function normally, after a 14-hour surgery that doctors hailed as a medical first. The veteran, who asked to remain anonymous for privacy-related reasons, received […]Related:Source of E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce still a mystery, FDA saysE. coli outbreak warning expands to all types of romaine lettuceNasal spray of party drug shows promise as fast-acting antidepressant, researchers say (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Veteran receives penis and scrotum transplant in surgery doctors say is a medical first
An Afghanistan war veteran who had his genitals blown off by a roadside bomb is the recipient of a donated penis and scrotum that doctors hope will restore his ability to function normally. Doctors said the transplant, made in a 14-hour surgery, is a medical first. The veteran, who asked to remain anonymous for privacy-related […]Related:Source of E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce still a mystery, FDA saysE. coli outbreak warning expands to all types of romaine lettuceNasal spray of party drug shows promise as fast-acting antidepressant, researchers say (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lung transplant patient escaped death after back surgery
A 57-year-old man was the first person to have both a double lung transplant and a procedure to fill his cracked vertebra with cement, which leaked into his blood stream and nearly killed him. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Injured Vet Has First Penis/Scrotum Transplant
The surgery involved transplanting skin, muscles, tendons, nerves, bone and blood vessels. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Injured Veteran Receives First Total Penis, Scrotum Transplant
BALTIMORE (CBS Local) – The Johns Hopkins reconstructive surgery team has successfully performed the first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world. The transplant recipient is a veteran who sustained injuries in Afghanistan. He is expected to be discharged from the hospital this week after recovering from the 14-hour surgery back on March 26. “We are hopeful that this transplant will help restore near-normal urinary and sexual functions for this young man,” W.P. Andrew Lee, M.D., professor and director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Afghanistan Chris Melore Local TV Medicine talkers Transplant Veterans Source Type: news

Wounded veteran receives first penis-scrotum transplant
Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University perform first-of-its-kind operation to address "an unspoken injury of war" (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US veteran receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant
Nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons were involved in the 14-hour surgery on March 26 at Johns Hopkins, transplanting an entire penis, scrotum without testicles, and abdomen. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicidal ideation in lung transplant recipients: a case series - Rynar LZ, Merchant MS, Dilling DF.
BACKGROUND: Suicidality, a term referring to suicidal ideation and/or suicide attempts, has been understudied in lung transplant recipients, despite the well-documented period of high-stress following transplantation. Understanding the full clinical pictur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Doctors Performed the First Full Penis and Scrotum Transplant on an American Military Vet
Physicians at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore have performed the first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world, the hospital announced on Monday. The surgery, which took place over 14 hours on March 26, was performed by a team of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons. The penis and scrotum (without testicles) and partial abdominal wall came from a deceased donor. The recipient is a military veteran who was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Afghanistan and wishes to remain anonymous. The hospital said he has recovered from the surgery and will be discharged...
Source: TIME: Health - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized Johns Hopkins medicine penis transplant Surgery transplants Source Type: news

Boy recovering well after five-organ transplant
Jay Crouch has two new kidneys, a liver, pancreas and small bowel and is learning how to eat. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New AHN surgical chair stresses innovation at health system
Dr. Ngoc Thai is an 11-year veteran of AHN, a transplant surgeon who is director of the Center for Abdominal Transplantation at Allegheny General Hospital. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins performs first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Many soldiers returning from combat bear visible scars, or even lost limbs, caused by blasts from improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. However, some servicemen also return with debilitating hidden injuries -- the loss of all or part of their genitals. Now, the Johns Hopkins reconstructive surgery team that performed the country's first bilateral arm transplant in a wounded warrior has successfully performed the first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

You never know the life you save....become an organ donor!
The week of April 23-27 has been designated as National Pediatric Transplant Week.  This week is to bring attention to the great need for organ donations and to honor  donors and their families whose incredibly selfless gift has given someone the gift of life.While most of us will never experience the need for a transplant, there are many of us who know someone who has a debilitating condition such as kidney dialysis that are in need of a transplant.Right now there are almost 2,000 children on the national transplant list.  Those needing hearts, lungs, eyes, tissue, liver, kidney, or some other body part are...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 20, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Volunteer Opportunities Source Type: news

FDA Accepts Veloxis's Supplemental New Drug Application for the De Novo Indication for ENVARSUS XR(R)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 20, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Veloxis Pharmaceuticals A/S announced today that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for standard review the Company's supplemental New Drug Application (s... Biopharmaceuticals, FDA Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, ENVARSUS, tacrolimus, kidney transplant (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Have you or someone you know waited too long for an organ transplant?
There are more than 114,000 people in the United States on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Some patients can wait years while their health deteriorates. Sometimes they die waiting. For example, “there are far too few livers available for the people who need them,” […]Related:British man who deliberately infected five partners with HIV is sentenced to life in prisonA 4-year-old had been growling at preschool — so this naturopath says she gave him rabid dog salivaThe world’s first recipient of a second face transplant? A 43-year-...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Organs From Overdose-Death Donors a Viable Option for Transplant Organs From Overdose-Death Donors a Viable Option for Transplant
Transplantation with overdose-death donor (ODD) organs has increased dramatically in the U.S., with equivalent outcomes to non-ODD organs, and therefore these organs should not be routinely discarded, researchers in Maryland say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 19, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Frenchman Is First in World to Get 2 Full Face Transplants
J é r ô me Hamon, a bookseller who has a genetic disease, underwent a second transplant after his body rejected the first because he had taken an antibiotic for a cold. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TANGUY GARREL-JAFFRELOT Tags: Face Transplants Paris (France) Jerome Hamon Laurent Lantieri Source Type: news

Toddler, 2, is first in UK to have pig skin diaphragm transplant
A LITTLE girl born without a diaphragm has become the first person in Britain to have one built by medics using pig skin. Eve Phillipson, two, had endured two failed operations to rebuild the layer of muscle separating the lungs and the stomach when surgeons made a third and final attempt. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news