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Weight, Gender Appear to Play Part in Kidney Transplant Success
THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 -- Weight and gender differences between donors and recipients can affect the success of kidney transplants, a new study says. Researchers reviewed data from more than 115,000 people in the United States who received a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 30, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

HCV Testing Still Lags
Hepatitis C virus is the leading indication for liver transplant in the US. Is it time for state-mandated HCV testing? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 30, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Michael Smith Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

Is Fibrinogen Useful in High-Risk Cardiac Surgery? Is Fibrinogen Useful in High-Risk Cardiac Surgery?
Dr Macario comments on a study examining the effect of using fibrinogen to control intraoperative blood loss in patients during high-risk cardiac surgery, published in JAMA.Medscape Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 30, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Anesthesiology Viewpoint Source Type: news

Bella is back, thanks to a very special kidney
Bella received a kidney transplant from a living donor — her dad, Bill. When they boarded the flight to Hawaii, Nancie and Bill had no idea their 12-year-old daughter was days away from being diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). It was spring break and everyone was excited for the family adventure to begin. The day before the trip, Bella saw a local orthopedic specialist after feeling pain and weakness in her legs. She otherwise felt well, but with softball season approaching, she didn’t want to risk injury. The specialist drew blood and was hoping to have some answers for the family upon their return...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - March 30, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Nancy Rodig end-stage renal disease kidney transplant Kidney Transplant Program living donor Source Type: news

Kidney transplants: White blood cells control virus replication
(University of Basel) Certain white blood cells play an important role in bringing a harmful virus under control after kidney transplantations. The results of a research group at the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel could contribute to improving control of immunosuppression, avoiding transplant rejection and developing relevant vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 30, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Weight, Gender Appear to Play Part in Kidney Transplant Success
Study found the closer the match between donor and recipient, the better the outcome (Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge - March 30, 2017 Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Nephrology, Reproductive Medicine, Nutrition, Organ Transplants, News, Source Type: news

Duke ’s short lung transplant list saves CF patient
Treatment TermsCystic fibrosisPulmonary rehabilitationLung transplant CategoriesAdvanced treatments SEO Meta Description Cystic fibrosis patient Aimee Driscoll was given just hours to live. With no donor lungs available near her home in Maine, she was flown to Duke. Author MaryAnn Fletcher Overview Cystic fibrosis patient Aimee Driscoll was given just hours to live. With no donor lungs available near her home in Maine, she was flown to Duke. Hero Imageaimee_driscoll_blog.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Section Header Image/Videoaimee_driscoll_blog2b.jpg Section Features Images/Media Text Content Header Hig...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - March 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mf205 at duke.edu Source Type: news

'Brave Gowns' Let Kids In The Hospital Dress Like Superheroes And Rock Stars
After her brother died from pediatric cancer when he was just 10 years old, Summer Germann vowed to give back to kids in the hospital. Now, she’s providing young patients with more options than the average hospital attire with “Brave Gowns.” With help from graphic designers, Germann turns hospital gowns into colorful and fun creations. Patients can choose from designs that make them look like mermaids, superheroes, rock stars, baseball players and more.  Germann told The Huffington Post that she felt motivated to do something for kids with cancer and various other diseases that require them to stay ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liver Transplantation for Patients With Alcoholic Hepatitis Liver Transplantation for Patients With Alcoholic Hepatitis
Liver transplantation for patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis remains a controversial issue. What medical and ethical questions should be considered?Liver International (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 28, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Pioneering stem cell gene therapy cures infants with bubble baby disease
FINDINGSUCLA researchers have developed a stem cell gene therapy cure for babies born with adenosine deaminase-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency, a rare and life-threatening condition that can be fatal within the first year of life if left untreated.In a phase 2 clinical trial led by Dr. Donald Kohn of the  Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, all nine babies were cured. A 10th trial participant was a teenager at the time of treatment and showed no signs of immune system recovery. Kohn’s treatment method, a stem cell gene therapy that safely restores ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 27, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Kidney-donation pals celebrate transplant op success
The best friends are now planning a skydive and a "few beers" after a successful kidney transplant. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Kidney Patients Battling for Their Lives in Sokoto
[Daily Trust] They are existing on life survival machines but hope, with fervent prayers and financial support, they would survive their life threatening disease. This is the story of two patients with malfunctioning kidneys who are undergoing dialysis as their only option for survival because they can afford kidney transplant. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

GI Manifestations of Autosomal-Dominant PKD GI Manifestations of Autosomal-Dominant PKD
Gastrointestinal manifestations play a significant role in autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease, particularly in older patients. Review the effects on the digestive system in this article.Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 24, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Overweight young men 'more likely to get severe liver disease'
Conclusion This cohort study aimed to assess whether a high BMI in late adolescence is associated with an increased risk of severe liver disease and liver cancer in later life. The researchers generally found a higher BMI was associated with an increased risk of severe liver disease, including liver cancer. A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes during follow-up was associated with a further increased risk of severe liver disease, regardless of BMI at the start of the study. This study included a very large population, and has used reliable sources of data for medical diagnoses and cause of death. But there are limitations to ...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Obesity Cancer Source Type: news

New Score Predicts Adult Heart Transplant Waitlist Mortality New Score Predicts Adult Heart Transplant Waitlist Mortality
A new four-variable score accurately predicts one-year mortality for adults awaiting heart transplant, researchers from France report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 20, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Family Of Boy Struggling After Heart Transplant Now Losing Home
BOSTON (CBS) — The family of a little boy who is fighting to survive after a heart transplant recently got some more bad news after an already rough year – they found out their home will have to be torn down due to a mold infestation. Five-year-old Ari “Danger” Schultz, who had a congenital heart defect, received a new heart earlier this month at Boston Children’s Hospital after waiting 211 days. But the family is facing new challenges, and says they need help now more than ever. It started with Ari fighting acute rejection after his transplant. “Ari is struggling mightily,” ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Ari Schultz Heart Transplant Schultz family Source Type: news

Minnesota woman explains donating husband's face
Lilly Ross from Minnesota was faced with an agonizing decision: her husband was a match for a man awaiting a face transplant and the choice to donate was up to her. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Outcomes of Reprioritized Liver Transplant Candidates Outcomes of Reprioritized Liver Transplant Candidates
How does Share 35 allocation impact waitlist outcomes among liver transplant candidates?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 20, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Paying it 26.2 miles forward
There is a spot on the Boston Marathon route called “The Liver Mile.” It’s where the grind begins, where the storied course starts to tests runners and where legs often weary from pounding 16.8 miles of punishing roads. Yet, it’s also where 21-year-old Tom Williams, a liver transplant recipient from Dracut, Massachusetts, first fell in love with the idea of running the Boston Marathon. “I wasn’t thinking about the difficulty of it,” he says. “I was just thinking, I want to run for other people who are sick.” Located in front of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, “The...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - March 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Boston Marathon Dr. Heung-Bae Kim Dr. Khashavar Vakili Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) primary sclerosing cholangitis Source Type: news

Toddler gets special escort for heart transplant in snowstorm
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said a 23-month-old safely made the trip between two hospitals some 80 miles apart (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aggressive Resuscitation of DOA Patients Not Entirely Futile Aggressive Resuscitation of DOA Patients Not Entirely Futile
Aggressively resuscitating patients who are “ dead on arrival ” is not always futile, and has the unexpected benefit of increasing the donor organ pool, new findings show.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 14, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

UCLA performed most heart and lung transplants in the United States in 2016
Amanda GriswoldUCLA heart and lung transplants teams. UCLA performed the highest combined number of heart and lung transplants among all U.S. medical centers in 2016, according to United Network for Organ Sharing data, a nonprofit that manages the nation ’s organ transplant system.UCLA ’s thoracic transplant program performed 170 transplants during the 12-month period: 103 adult lung transplants, 58 adult heart transplants and nine pediatric heart transplants, according to UNOS.“This accomplishment is a tribute to our dedicated surgeons, physicians, nurses and allied health care professionals who are...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 14, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Cystic fibrosis patients live 10 years longer in Canada
Although the neighboring countries have the same proportion of cystic fibrosis patients, Canadians are far more likely to receive a lung transplant than Americans with the same incurable disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report: The best (and worst) transplant programs in Massachusetts
Six months after beating records for performing the most heart transplants than any other hospital in New England, Tufts Medical Center has earned bragging rights to one of the best transplant programs in the country in a national, annual report. According to data released from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients this year, Tufts Medical Center's heart transplant program was rated a five — or better than expected. The hospital was the only one in Massachusetts to score a five in any… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 13, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Report: The best (and worst) transplant programs in Massachusetts
Six months after beating records for performing the most heart transplants than any other hospital in New England, Tufts Medical Center has earned bragging rights to one of the best transplant programs in the country in a national, annual report. According to data released from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients this year, Tufts Medical Center's heart transplant program was rated a five — or better than expected. The hospital was the only one in Massachusetts to score a five in any… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 13, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Cost of Kidney Dialysis in Sub-Saharan Africa Cost of Kidney Dialysis in Sub-Saharan Africa
Up to one-fourth of adults in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from chronic kidney disease and only a small fraction ever reach a dialysis treatment center, a new study finds.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 11, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Tufts Surgeons Perform 2 Double Transplants On Same Day
BOSTON (CBS) – A rare combined series of transplants for two men on the same day, and thanks to the expertise at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, both patients are on the verge of going home. Both men needed heart and kidney transplants, and with those two organs, you can’t transplant one without the other. That’s because without a healthy heart the kidney transplant may fail and vice versa. But what makes this story so unusual is that the organs became available on the same day. So Tufts transplant teams had to go into overdrive. “I had no strength. I wasn’t able to do any of the things I u...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Watch Listen double transplant Mallika Marshall Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Guest Comment: Second regional kidney center needed
In 2015, my family and I made a major contribution to help open a kidney transplant center at George Washington University Hospital. We believed that this gift was essential in providing Washington, D.C., and area residents fighting kidney disease a life-giving resource that would enable them to seek out and secure transplants – something only available before at one single Washington hospital center. As a two-time recipient of a kidney transplant, I understand full well how critical transplants… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 9, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ronald D. Paul Source Type: news

Guest Comment: Second regional kidney center needed
In 2015, my family and I made a major contribution to help open a kidney transplant center at George Washington University Hospital. We believed that this gift was essential in providing Washington, D.C., and area residents fighting kidney disease a life-giving resource that would enable them to seek out and secure transplants – something only available before at one single Washington hospital center. As a two-time recipient of a kidney transplant, I understand full well how critical transplants… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 9, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ronald D. Paul Source Type: news

NS5a Inhibitors for the Treatment of Hepatitis C Infection NS5a Inhibitors for the Treatment of Hepatitis C Infection
NS5A inhibitors are a novel complex of protease inhibitors with excellent efficacy against HCV. Review their characteristics and pharmacodynamics in this overview.Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 9, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Expert Clinical Management of Autoimmune Hepatitis Expert Clinical Management of Autoimmune Hepatitis
This study indicates that despite published guidelines, management varies widely among experts.Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 9, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

50 years after hospital's 1st kidney transplant, patient reunites with doctor
Tommy Hoag underwent a kidney transplant when he was just 6. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

WATCH: Patient reunites with doctor 50 years after undergoing LA hospital's 1st kidney transplant
Tommy Hoag underwent a kidney transplant when he was just 6. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Transplant Patients Have More Infections After Mohs Surgery
(MedPage Today) -- Immunosuppressed populations significantly prone to post-procedure complications (Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage)
Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage - March 8, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Medical Education: Racial, Gender Disparities Persist Medical Education: Racial, Gender Disparities Persist
The representation of minority medical students in honor society membership falls short, as do recognition of female residents'performance and the number of women leading grand rounds.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 8, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

World Kidney Day
 World Kidney Day, held on March 9, is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. To advance the 2017 theme, “Kidney Disease& Obesity: Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys ”, World Kidney Day aims to promote education about the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, advocating healthy lifestyle and health policy measures that make preventive behaviours an affordable option.Cochrane Kidney and Transplant (CKT) is concerned with the evaluation of care relevant to patients with kidney disease and the means of managing problems associat...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - March 7, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Kidney Transplant Survival Up Among Babies, Kids
Patients under age 10 now have the best long-term chances of not rejecting organ, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Children's Health, Kidney Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kidney Transplant Survival Up Among Babies, Kids
Title: Kidney Transplant Survival Up Among Babies, KidsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/6/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/7/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - March 7, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Recurrent Autoimmune Liver Diseases After Liver Transplant Recurrent Autoimmune Liver Diseases After Liver Transplant
How often do autoimmune liver diseases recur after liver transplantation, and how might the risk of recurrence be reduced?Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - March 7, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Transplant Pioneer Thomas E. Starzl Dies at 90 Transplant Pioneer Thomas E. Starzl Dies at 90
Dr Starzl performed the first successful liver transplant and helped advance antirejection drugs that led to improved patient and graft survival rates for liver and other organ transplants.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Kidney Transplant Survival Up Among Babies, Kids
MONDAY, March 6, 2017 -- Survival rates for children who get kidney transplants have improved significantly over the last half-century, a new study finds. " The outlook for infants and children with end-stage kidney disease was once dismal, with... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 6, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Drawn to Innovation? Then Set Your Sights on Ophthalmology Drawn to Innovation? Then Set Your Sights on Ophthalmology
Dr Charles Wykoff, a retina clinician-scientist, explains how recent breakthroughs have added to the joys that come with choosing ophthalmology as a specialty.Medscape Med Students (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 6, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Ophthalmology Commentary Source Type: news

New method rescues donor organs to save lives
Researchers have -- for the first time -- maintained a fully functional lung outside the body for several days. They designed the cross-circulation platform that maintained the viability and function of the donor lung and the stability of the recipient over 36-56 hours, used the advanced support system to fully recover the functionality of lungs injured by ischemia and made them suitable for transplant. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 6, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Surgeon who pioneered liver transplants at CU has died at 90
Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, known as the "father of transplantation" for his pioneering work on liver transplants at the University of Colorado, died Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 90, according to The New York Times. Starzl performed the first successful liver transplant at CU in 1967 after several previous attempts failed beginning in 1963. Those early attempts at what was then known as Colorado General Hospital were both a “test of endurance” and “a curious exercise in brutality,"… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 6, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lydia Nuzum Source Type: news

Thomas Starzl, liver transplant pioneer, dead at 90
Starzl performed the world ’s first liver transplant in 1963 and the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967 (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thomas Starzl, first surgeon to perform a liver transplant, dead at 90
Dr. Thomas Starzl, who pioneered liver transplant surgery in the 1960s and was a leading researcher into anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

New method rescues donor organs to save lives
(Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science) Researchers from Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Medical Center have -- for the first time -- maintained a fully functional lung outside the body for several days. They designed the cross-circulation platform that maintained the viability and function of the donor lung and the stability of the recipient over 36-56 hours, used the advanced support system to fully recover the functionality of lungs injured by ischemia and made them suitable for transplant. (Nature Biomedical Engineering 3/6) (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, Pioneering Liver Surgeon, Dies at 90
In the 1960s, Dr. Starzl performed the first successful liver transplant on a human patient and later helped advance drugs that made organ transplants more survivable. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JEREMY PEARCE Tags: Starzl, Thomas E Deaths (Obituaries) Transplants Liver Surgery and Surgeons Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) University of Pittsburgh Source Type: news

Liver transplant pioneer Thomas Starzl dies aged 90
The surgeon carried out the first successful liver transplant in 1967 and helped normalise the surgery. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thomas Starzl, Trailblazer In Organ Transplantation, Dies At 90
The doctor, who performed the world's first liver transplant surgery in 1963, eventually earned the moniker "father of transplantation."(Image credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Colin Dwyer Source Type: news