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SightLife Surgical names chief commercial officer
SightLife Surgical has named Paul Bernard "Bernie" Haffey as its chief commercial officer. SightLife Surgical is the for-profit arm of nonprofit global health organization SightLife, which focuses on recovering, processing and distributing human corneas for transplant. “Given our ambitions to accelerate discoveries that will benefit the cornea world – from surgeons to patients – Bernie’s background launching emerging medical technology companies, as well as his proven history of creating… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 9, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Liver Transplant Outcomes Improve Over Time (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Patient, graft survival higher following introduction of new HCV drugs (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - May 9, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Voriconazole Exposure May Affect SCC After Lung Transplant
Prolonged exposure to voriconazole may be linked to development, recurrence, progression of skin SCC (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - May 9, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Dermatology, Infections, Oncology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Integrating APOL1 Gene Variants Into Renal Transplantation Integrating APOL1 Gene Variants Into Renal Transplantation
What do we currently know about kidney transplantation and apolipoprotein 1 -- and how should this knowledge be integrated into clinical practice?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 8, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Long-term Risk of Kidney Failure in Living Kidney Donors Low Long-term Risk of Kidney Failure in Living Kidney Donors Low
A team of U.S. researchers has developed a prediction model to help gauge the risk of kidney failure in living kidney donors.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 3, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Cure May Open Door to More Kidney Transplants Hepatitis C Cure May Open Door to More Kidney Transplants
Kidneys infected with hepatitis C have been successfully transplanted into 10 patients and then cleansed of the virus.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 3, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Carmat gains on French approval to resume artificial heart trial
Carmat (EPA:ALCAR) shares are up today after the company said French regulators approved the resumption of a clinical trial for its artificial heart. France’s national device & drug agency, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament, said late yesterday that “Carmat has provided the elements allowing for the resumption of the trial, meeting satisfactory conditions of safety and risk control.” The ANSM suspended the the trial in December 2016 after a 5th patient died; in February Carmat said the patient’s death was not related to a problem wi...
Source: Mass Device - May 3, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Wall Street Beat Artificial Organs Carmat Inc. Source Type: news

Novel treatment offers kidney failure patients with rare disorder new hope
A novel treatment offers kidney failure and kidney transplant patients with a rare disorder new hope. The treatment allows targeted elimination of plasma cell clones producing abnormal proteins that deposits in the kidneys and leads to kidney failure, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 3, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pediatric Organ Transplant Ups Risk of NHL and Other Cancers Pediatric Organ Transplant Ups Risk of NHL and Other Cancers
possibly due to Epstein-Barr viral (EBV) transmission in the donor organ.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 2, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Multiclass HCV Resistance to DAA Failure Multiclass HCV Resistance to DAA Failure
This study aimed to define the pattern of clinically relevant resistance-associated substitutions associated with real-life DAA virological failures.Liver International (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - May 2, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

HCV-Positive Kidneys OK for Transplant
(MedPage Today) -- Pilot study shows HCV cures, good graft function (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - May 1, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Risk of heart transplant rejection reduced by desensitising patient antibodies
The risk of heart transplant rejection can be reduced by desensitising patient antibodies, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 1, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Milestones made possible #becauseofadonor
There are more than 80 children currently waiting for life-saving organ transplants at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Transplant Center team is grateful for the donors who give these kids a second chance. Meet Maggie. The 20-year-old received her first double-lung transplant at 4 years old and her second at 7 years old. #becauseofadonor, Maggie is able to go to college. Meet Tom. At 15 years old, he received a liver transplant. #becauseofadonor, Tom, now 22, is able to run the Boston Marathon. Meet Aaron. The 10-year-old received his heart transplant at just 1 year old. #becauseofadonor, ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Donate life double lung transplant heart transplant Heart transplant program Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program Lung Transplant Program National Donate Life Month organ donation Pediatric Transplant Cente Source Type: news

Risk of heart transplant rejection reduced by desensitising patient antibodies
(European Society of Cardiology) The risk of heart transplant rejection can be reduced by desensitising patient antibodies, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2017 and the 4th World Congress on Acute Heart Failure.1 The breakthrough comes on the 50th anniversary of heart transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

A transplant and a cure: Penn team eradicates hepatitis C in 10 patients following lifesaving transplants from infected donors
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Ten patients at Penn Medicine have been cured of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) following lifesaving kidney transplants from deceased donors who were infected with the disease. The findings point to new strategies for increasing the supply of organs for the nation's more than 97,000 patients who are awaiting kidney transplants - often for as many as five or more years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 30, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

WATCH: Baby boy finds 'perfect' liver match in godmother
Their emotional meeting after the transplant operation that saved Finn O'Sullivan's life. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle Source Type: news

Organ Trafficking'Booming' in Lebanon as Syrians Sell Kidneys Organ Trafficking'Booming' in Lebanon as Syrians Sell Kidneys
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 28, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Baptist Health Implants State's First Total Artificial Heart
Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock on Wednesday announced that it implanted the state’s first Syncardia Total Artificial Heart in a 21-year-old Jonesboro man on April 18. Dr. John Ransom, surgical director of the Baptist Health Heart Transplant Institute, told Arkansas Business that there was no other option for recipient Chadarius Johnson and his recovery has been going well. He’d been waiting since January for a life-saving transplant. Both of his ventricles were removed and replaced with mechanical versions. The doctor also said this procedure is a “last option.” Patients who have the d...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - April 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

WATCH: Bride gets kidney transplant days before wedding
Anu Philip, 28, of Heartland, Texas, underwent surgery on March 19 and walked down the aisle on March 25. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fecal Transplant Safe for Hepatic Encephalopathy Fecal Transplant Safe for Hepatic Encephalopathy
For the first time, a clinical trial has shown that fecal transplantation can ease the decline in brain function that can result from liver failure; and the effectiveness surprised researchers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - April 27, 2017 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Transcriptomic regulatory analysis of the dendritic cell response to post-lung transplant invasive aspergillosis
Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - April 27, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Teen DENIED life-saving double lung transplant after testing positive for marijuana
(Natural News) Just next door in the state of Colorado, its use is commonly recommended to patients to help relieve pain and provide relief from disease. But in Utah, cannabis consumption is apparently not only frowned upon, but it could end up actually barring a patient’s access to life-saving medical treatments. This is exactly what... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Consumer Health Tips: Liver transplantation
Liver transplant Liver transplantation usually is reserved for people who have significant complications due to end-stage chronic liver disease. In rare cases, sudden failure of a previously normal liver can occur. Learn more about the functions of the liver, the waiting list for available organs, and how to begin the process of signing up to [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 26, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

NASH: The Next Untapped Pharma Market Gives Investors Many Options NASH: The Next Untapped Pharma Market Gives Investors Many Options
Large drugmakers with piles of cash are on the hunt for promising medicines being developed by small companies to treat non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a progressive fatty liver disease poised to become the leading cause of liver transplants by 2020.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

No Consistent Pattern of HBV Reactivation With Direct-acting Antivirals for HCV No Consistent Pattern of HBV Reactivation With Direct-acting Antivirals for HCV
The largest case review to date of hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation associated with direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection found no consistent pattern in terms of which patients are likely to develop this adverse event.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Man initially denied lung transplant for pot use dies
Riley Hancey received a double lung transplant last month, after first being denied the life-saving procedure last year when he tested positive for marijuana (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hyperglycemia in Cystic Fibrosis: Is It Diabetes, or Isn't It? Hyperglycemia in Cystic Fibrosis: Is It Diabetes, or Isn't It?
Reporting on the Diabetes UK Professional Conference, Medscape explores the conundrum of hyperglycemia in patients with cystic fibrosis.Medscape Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 24, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Article Source Type: news

Children with kidney transplants have greater cancer risk
Children having a kidney transplant may be at risk of skin cancer as adults due to the immune-suppressing drugs given during the procedure, according to scientists from the University of Sydney. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Common is α -1-Antitrypsin Deficiency?
Discussion α-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency (A1AT) is a common single-gene mutation disease that is homozygous recessive. The normal allele is called M and the most common abnormal allele is Z. There are other alleles though. The gene codes for one of the primary protease inhibitors in the serum, thus those who are homozygous for the Z gene are sometimes referred to as “PIZZ” or “PIZ.” α-1-Antitrypsin is found in all body tissues but is especially important in the serum and lung. As noted it is one of the primary neutrophil protease inhibitors in the serum, and acts to neutralize these enzymes...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 24, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Persistence propels patient through double-lung transplant
Steve Shank knows what it's like to face an uphill climb. Despite being legally blind and affected by albinism, he has been an avid bicyclist for years, competing in 100-mile rides on the rolling hills of Iowa. The arduous contests challenged Steve physically and mentally, giving the Iowa City native an ability to endure difficult [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 23, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Testing urine for particular proteins could be key to preventing kidney transplant failure
(European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) Testing for molecular markers in the urine of kidney transplant patients could reveal whether the transplant is failing and why, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

California First to Address Dialysis Staffing Problems California First to Address Dialysis Staffing Problems
If passed, a controversial bill in the California State Senate would be the first US law to set minimum staffing levels in dialysis clinics. Will it improve patient care and outcomes?Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 21, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Nephrology Article Source Type: news

Treatment of HCV allows for sustained removal from the liver transplant waiting list
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A new European study presented today demonstrated that patients with chronic HCV and severe liver damage, taken off the liver transplant list as a result of successful DAA therapy, had a favorable outcome over a year later. The study, presented at The International Liver Congress ™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, showed that 26.7 percent of patients could be removed from the waiting list due to clinical improvement. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 21, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Can LVAD'Bridge to Recovery' Be the Norm in Advanced HF? Can LVAD'Bridge to Recovery' Be the Norm in Advanced HF?
Two-thirds achieved normal-range functional capacity after continuous-flow pump explantation in a small cohort of patients with advanced heart failure who followed a bridge-to-recovery protocol.Heartwire from Medscape (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - April 20, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

He lost his sight to cancer, but not his vision of a full life
When Tim Conners collected his wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2012 at the age of 18, he was blind from childhood leukemia that had spread to his optic nerve and craving inspiration to transcend his disability. A football player and wrestler who’d never been an outdoorsman, he asked to meet Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on seven continents. Tim’s wish came true. He had 2½ terrifying but transformative days of outdoor adventures in Colorado with Erik, who lost his sight to a degenerative eye disorder at 13. Now Tim is training to cl...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Irene Sege Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center stem cell transplant Source Type: news

UAB performs Alabama's first transplant where cadaver liver is 'kept alive' outside body
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) A new clinical trial seeks to determine whether a machine that pumps warm, oxygenated blood in cadaver kidneys outside of the body can improve quality of the organ prior to transplant. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

A life taken. A life given. A life shared.
Kaitlyn and Hannah When she read the article in the Cape Cod Times about the 11-year-old girl who underwent a life-saving liver transplant, Melissa Dunphe knew. “Too many pieces fit for it not to be.” She knew that the child, who was at the same hospital on the same floor on the same day, had to be the one who received her five-year-old daughter Kaitlyn’s liver. Five years earlier, at eight months old, Kaitlyn was in a car accident that left her without the use of her limbs and unable to breathe on her own. During her short life, her parents made moments matter. “She was a very happy child,” h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 19, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Donate life Donate life month Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program National Donate Life Month organ donation organ donor Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Pancreas transplant: Use, what to expect, and recovery
What is a pancreas transplant, who needs a pancreas transplant, and what should be expected? What are the risks of pancreas surgery? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Younger Donor Age and Survival After Living-donor Liver Transplant Younger Donor Age and Survival After Living-donor Liver Transplant
In adult-to-adult living-donor partial liver transplantation (LDLT), younger donor age is associated with better recipient survival, researchers from Japan report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 18, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure Patients
Study found devices, typically used while awaiting a transplant, restored full function in some Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pump Implants May Rejuvenate Heart Failure Patients
TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 -- Implanted pumps may be more than a " bridge " to a heart transplant -- they might also restore healthy heart function for some heart failure patients, a new British study suggests. As the researchers explained, these... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 18, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Allergan Expands Leading Research and Development NASH Program with Novartis Clinical Collaboration
Collaboration Focused on Phase 2b Clinical Trial to Evaluate Use of Allergan's Cenicriviroc (CVC) and Novartis Lead FXR Agonist to Treat NASH NASH Fastest Growing Cause of Liver Cancer and Liver Transplant in the U.S. DUBLIN, April 18, 2017 -- (Healt... Biopharmaceuticals Allergan, Novartis, cenicriviroc, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Woman saves her husband's life with liver donation
Shortly before his 30th birthday in 2010, Matt Ragaini, from Connecticut, began to plummet in weight. He was put on the years-long transplant list, given months to live. But his wife Jen was a match. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Big Data, Predictive Analytics, and QI in Kidney Transplant Big Data, Predictive Analytics, and QI in Kidney Transplant
The authors describe an approach to help improve graft loss and mortality prediction after kidney transplantation.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Teen denied lung transplant after smoking pot, family says
19-year-old needed double lung transplant ​, but his family says because he tested positive for chief intoxicant in marijuana​ he was denied spot on list (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patient makes dramatic recovery from amputation to transplanted hand
In October 2016, Jonathan Koch, a 51-year-old entertainment executive from Los Angeles, underwent a 17-hour procedure to replace the hand he lost to a mysterious, life-threatening illness. Six  months after surgery by the UCLA hand transplant team and countless hours of physical therapy, Koch continues to make remarkable strides in his recovery.Already, he has used his new hand to hold a jump rope, dribble a basketball, unscrew a bottle top  and swing a tennis racquet.His remarkable story about the illness that nearly took his life and the rare transplant procedure that helped him recover is chronicled by wr...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 13, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

16th Annual Rochester River Run/Walk 5K set for Sunday, April 23
The Rochester River Run/Walk 5K — scheduled for Sunday, April 23 at Genesee Valley Park — is raising funds in support of patients who are awaiting or recovering from organ transplant surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 13, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Smithfield to explore pig-human transplants
The world’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, has reportedly launched a bioscience unit to expand its role in supplying pig parts for medical uses. The unit’s ultimate goal is to sell pig organs for transplantation into humans. Although pig-human organ transplants are years away, recent scientific advances are helping scientists overcome obstacles that halted prior attempts to use pigs to supply replacement parts for sick or injured patients. “Our bread and butter has always been the bacon, sausage, fresh pork – very much a food-focused operation,” VP of Smithfield’s bioscience un...
Source: Mass Device - April 12, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Surgical Transplants Wall Street Beat Abbott Medtronic smithfield United Therapeutics Source Type: news

Smithfield Makes Move On Market For Pig-Human Transplants
Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has established a separate bioscience unit to expand its role in supplying pig parts for medical uses, with the ultimate goal of selling pig organs for transplantation into humans. Routine pig-human organ transplants are years away, but recent scientific advances are breaking down barriers that frustrated prior attempts to use pigs as a ready supply of replacement parts for sick or injured people, making it an attractive new market. “Our bread and butter has always been the bacon, sausage, fresh pork - very much a food-focused operation,” Courtney Stant...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news