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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

Thomas Starzl, liver transplant pioneer and drug researcher, dies aged 90
University of Pittsburgh says doctor who carried out first transplant and gave baboon livers to humans ‘died peacefully’ at home on SaturdayThomas Starzl, who performed the first liver transplant and was the driving force behind the world ’s first baboon-to-human liver transplants and research on anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90.The University of Pittsburgh, speaking on behalf of Starzl ’s family, said the renowned doctor “died peacefully” on Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press in Pittsburgh Tags: US healthcare Medical research Science US news World news Source Type: news

Liver transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl dies
Dr. Thomas Starzl, the pioneer of liver transplantation and the driving force behind the world's first baboon-to-human liver transplants and research on anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90.The University of Pittsburgh, speaking on behalf of Starzl's family, says the renowned doctor “died... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Source Type: news

Use of opioid pain medications may affect liver transplant patients' survival
(Wiley) An analysis of nearly 30,000 patients undergoing liver transplantation in the United States between 2008 and 2014 found elevated death and organ loss rates in the first 5 years after transplantation among recipients with the highest use of opioid pain medications while on the waiting list. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Heart tissue cryogenics breakthrough gives hope for transplant patients
Successful freezing and rewarming of tissue sections by US team avoids damage by infusing the them with magnetic nanoparticles, paving way for entire organsScientists have succeeded in cryogenically freezing and rewarming sections of heart tissue for the first time, in an advance that could pave the way for organs to be stored for months or years.If the technique scales up to work for entire organs – and scientists predict it will – it could save the lives of thousands who die each year waiting for transplants.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 1, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Medical research Cryonics Nanotechnology Biology Science Heart attack Source Type: news

Exploring the cause of chronic lung transplant rejection, in a quest to stop it
Researchers have investigated the scarring process in the lungs of recent lung transplant patients in hopes of finding novel therapies to stop this dangerous process that leads to graft failure. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 1, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Exploring the cause of chronic lung transplant rejection, in a quest to stop it
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) A new paper from Michigan Medicine researchers examined the scarring process in transplanted lungs in hopes of identifying novel therapies to stop scarring before it starts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Man is FOURTH person to survive multiple organ transplant
A man from Yorkshire became one of just four people in the world to survive multiple organ transplant surgery in a bid to beat his incurable cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Bionic' heart that's as good as a transplant
The groundbreaking implant, due to be offered in the UK from next year, contains a tiny motor that assists the pumping action of the heart muscle by helping it push blood out into the body. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New antiviral drug cuts cytomegalovirus infection, improves survival in patients undergoing donor stem cell transplant
In a significant advance in improving the safety of donor stem cell transplants, a major clinical trial has shown that a novel agent can protect against the most common viral infection that patients face after transplantation. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Dad Writes Heartbreaking Tribute To Wife Who Is Carrying Baby Without Brain To Term
An Oklahoma father paid tribute to his pregnant wife’s selflessness in a beautiful viral post. On Feb. 17, Royce Young posted a photo of his wife, Keri, on Facebook. The photo shows Keri, who is seven months pregnant with their second child, sleeping peacefully on their couch. In the long caption, Royce explained why his wife is so inspiring to him and shared the tearjerking details of this pregnancy. Keri is pregnant with a baby girl, whom she and her husband have decided to name Eva. Tragically, the couple learned at their 19-week ultrasound that their daughter did not have a brain. Royce described that moment...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Looking back and ahead: The heart that made history
In the early morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Jennifer Miller was preparing to make history. She lay in pre-op, ready for the Boston Children’s Hospital Fetal Cardiology team to perform the world’s first fetal cardiac intervention on her unborn son. Two weeks earlier, at her 18-week screening ultrasound, Jennifer and her husband Henry were told their son would be born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a life-threatening heart defect where the left ventricle is small and underdeveloped. If born with HLHS, their son would immediately undergo multiple open-heart surgeries to repair his heart and, later, ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 21, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Audrey Marshall Dr. James Lock Dr. Wayne Tworetsky Fetal Cardiac Imaging Fetal Cardiology Program fetal surgery Heart Center hypoplastic left heart syndrome Source Type: news

Online Intervention Reduces Knee Pain, Improves Mobility Online Intervention Reduces Knee Pain, Improves Mobility
An online intervention that included physiotherapy, a pain management course, and educational materials substantially reduced chronic knee pain and improved mobility in an Australian study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - February 21, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Chicago teen receives rare heart-lung transplant
Spencer Kolman, 15, from Chicago, Illinois, was the only child in the United States to receive a rare heart-lung transplant that year. His lungs had severe scarring due to long ago chemotherapy as a baby. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US teen,15, receives rare heart-lung transplant
Spencer Kolman, 15, from Chicago, Illinois, was the only child in the United States to receive a rare heart-lung transplant that year. His lungs had severe scarring due to long ago chemotherapy as a baby. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US teen undergoes rare heart-lung transplant
"I want to do more stuff," says Spencer Kolman. His voice is a whisper, a painful-to-hear rasp as it comes across the telephone line. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teen: 'I want to do more stuff'
Spencer Kolman, 15, is the only US patient to undergo a heart/lung transplant in 2016. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New non-steroid treatment for uveitis
Treatment TermsUveitis CategoriesAdvanced treatmentsClinical trials Additional SEO Keywords uveitis, Humira SEO Meta Description A clinical trial at Duke for a drug approved by the FDA to treat uveitis helped Shirley Mims see clearly again. Author Karen Doss Bowman Overview Shirley Mims thought she would go blind when she was first diagnosed with uveitis. A clinical trial at Duke for a drug now approved by the FDA to treat uveitis helped her see clearly again. Hero Imagestory_181716_jaffe047.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Suddenly seeing spots ContentShirley Mims was driving home from her job as an ...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - February 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

What Causes Hyperammonemia?
Discussion Reye’s syndrome (RS)is named for Dr. Douglas Reye who along with Drs. G. Morgan and J. Baral described encephalopathy and fatty accumulation and degeneration in children in a 1963 Lancet article. RS usually affects children but can occur at all ages. All organs can be affected but the liver and brain are primarily affected causing liver failure and encephalopathy as toxic metabolites (especially ammonia) accumulate, and intracranial hypertension and cerebral edema occurs. As the ammonia levels begin to rise (> 100 mg/dL) patients lose their appetite, have nausea and emesis and mental status changes whic...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

#MayoClinicRadio Podcast: 2/18/17
Listen: Mayo Clinic Radio 2/18/17 On Mayo Clinic Radio, transplant surgeon Dr. Charles Rosen discusses liver transplant and the importance of organ donation.?Also on the program, Toni Mangskau,?clinical trials referral coordinator at Mayo Clinic?s Cancer Education Center in Rochester, Minnesota, explains how clinical trials are conducted. And gastroenterologist Dr. Michael Camilleri offers prevention tips for [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 19, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Man recovering from face transplant surgery pleased with result
Daniel UriaFeb. 18 (UPI) -- A Wyoming man recovering from a facial transplant is pleased with the result months after the surgery. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - February 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Face transplant recipient overwhelmed by result
Andy Sandness was 21 when a suicide attempt left him with a face almost destroyed by a gunshot. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transforming a life: Mayo Clinic announces its first face transplant
"There are no words to express just how grateful I am for this gift,? says Andy Sandness. The 32-year old?Wyoming man?received?the first-ever face transplant preformed at Mayo Clinic.??This is an extraordinary example of the teamwork, collaboration and compassion that we provide,? says Samir Mardini, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic's?Essam and Dalal Obaid Center [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 17, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Language Barriers May Block Access to Kidney Transplant Waiting List Language Barriers May Block Access to Kidney Transplant Waiting List
Kidney transplant candidates who live in ZIP codes with more non-English speakers are less likely to make it onto the U.S. active waiting list, according to a recent study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - February 17, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Face transplant recipient hails results after suicide bid
Andy Sandness, a face transplant recipient in Rochester, Minnesota has hailed the staggering results of his surgery 10-years after a suicide bid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patient Complaints ID Surgeons With More Postop Complications Patient Complaints ID Surgeons With More Postop Complications
Surgeons who have more patient complaints have a higher rate of postoperative complications than surgeons with fewer patient complaints, according to a new study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - February 17, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Are face transplants still research? surgeons ask
Is replacing a severely disfigured person's face with one from a dead donor ready to be called regular care, a U.S. clinic asks by doing the first U.S. face transplant that's not part of research. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Mother of 4 survives 2 heart attacks to get heart transplant
Kristen Patton's doctors believe her pregnancy may have affected her heart. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic announces successful face transplant on Wyoming man
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? A multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physicians and other health professionals recently completed a near-total face transplant on a Wyoming man on Mayo Clinic?s Rochester campus. The extensive, life-changing surgery will improve the patient?s ability to chew, swallow, speak, breathe and smell. The recipient, Andrew Sandness, is a 32-year-old man from eastern Wyoming [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - February 16, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Worth every mile: Short bowel syndrome brings family to Boston
During his most recent visit to Boston Children’s Hospital, 3-year-old Konrad Schienke resembles a tiny tornado, gleefully scampering around the room as he mugged for the camera and shouted, “Cheese!” Later, he smiles as a doctor gently felt his abdomen, giggling as if he was being tickled. “It’s hard to believe what a sick little kid he has been,” says his father, Erich. Yet, just a few years ago, this energetic boy resided in the neonatal intensive care unit at his local hospital in Pennsylvania, struggling with a diagnosis of short bowel syndrome. This rare but serious condi...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 16, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation Mark Puder short bowel syndrome (SBS). Source Type: news

Simeprevir+Sofosbuvir in Patients With HCV Genotype 4 Simeprevir+Sofosbuvir in Patients With HCV Genotype 4
This study assessed the combination of simeprevir and sofosbuvir for 12 weeks in treatment-naive or -experienced HCV genotype 4-infected patients, with and without compensated cirrhosis.Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - February 16, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Some Beta Cells May'Survive' Type 1 Diabetes, Says Mouse Study Some Beta Cells May'Survive' Type 1 Diabetes, Says Mouse Study
A subpopulation of hardy stem-cell-like beta cells emerges in the face of immune attack, which may offer hope of novel therapies to restore insulin production, a mouse study suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - February 15, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Emory performs first HIV-positive kidney transplant from HIV-positive deceased donor
Emory Transplant Center performed its first HIV-positive kidney transplant from an HIV-positive deceased donor. The transplant was the first of its kind in Georgia. It was possible because of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which took effect in 2015 and authorizes clinical research and revision of rules about organ donation and transportation as a result of that research. Previously, the use of HIV- positive organs was a federal crime. Emory University and eight other centers are conducting… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 15, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Ellie Hensley Source Type: news

New Score Predicts Liver Cancer After Transplant New Score Predicts Liver Cancer After Transplant
Adding the MORAL score to Milan criteria identifies new subset of patients at high risk and identifies patients who should not undergo liver transpant with a living donor.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - February 15, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Donating my kidney saved two lives
Jen donated a kidney to a stranger to make sure her husband would receive a kidney transplant. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infographic: Ventricular Assist Device and heart transplant
Learn more about Ventricular Assist Devices and heart transplants. Other health tip infographics: mayohealthhighlights.startribune.com? (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 14, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Reprogramming Beta Cells in Diabetes Reprogramming Beta Cells in Diabetes
Once considered only the realm of science fiction, scientists are trying out ways to reprogram pancreatic cells to become productive beta cells, which is now approaching the realm of the possible.Medscape Diabetes & Endocrinology (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - February 13, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Expert Column Source Type: news

Heart surgeon develops 'off-the-shelf' transplant pump that could save thousands of lives
ONE OF the world ’s most eminent cardiac surgeons has pioneered a pump that could be used as an “off the shelf heart transplant”, saving thousands of lives a year. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Non-English Speakers Less Likely to Be on Kidney Transplant List
Title: Non-English Speakers Less Likely to Be on Kidney Transplant ListCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/9/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/10/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - February 10, 2017 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Non-English Speakers Less Likely to Be on Kidney Transplant List
Study finds language a barrier to getting needed careSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Disparities, Hispanic American Health, Kidney Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Non-English Speakers Less Likely to Be on Kidney Transplant List
THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 -- Language barriers may prevent some eligible U.S. patients from receiving a kidney transplant, a new study suggests. Specifically, those who don't speak English may be less likely to complete the kidney transplant... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 9, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Chinese Official Pledges Tough Penalties for Harvesting Prisoners' Organs Chinese Official Pledges Tough Penalties for Harvesting Prisoners' Organs
China is making progress in eliminating transplants using organs from executed prisoners, but violations still exist and offenders will be punished severely, the director of Beijing's transplant program said on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - February 9, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Dignity Health St. Joseph's forges heart relationship with Los Angeles institute
Dignity Health St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is teaming up with Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to provide complex heart procedures at the Phoenix hospital. Under the arrangement, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute staff will act as mentors so the St. Joseph's transplant team — which includes lung, liver and kidney — can begin offering ventricular assist devices, or VADs. The VAD procedure, which is an extremely complex heart procedure that doctors use at Cedars-Sinai, is… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 7, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

Carmat rescinds bid to resume artificial heart trial
Carmat (FRA:CXT) said yesterday that it won’t seek to resume implantations of its artificial heart after all, after French regulators suspended a clinical trial last fall after the 5th death in the study. France’s national drug agency, ANSM, suspended the the trial in December 2016 after the patient died. Yesterday Carmat said the patient’s death was not related to a problem with the device. “The patient’s death was due to an interruption in the power supply system, following incorrect battery handling by the patient, as a result of which the prosthesis stopped functioning,” the com...
Source: Mass Device - February 7, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Clinical Trials Wall Street Beat Carmat Inc. Source Type: news

George Washington, MedStar square off over kidney transplant program
Washington, D.C. has a "public health crisis" when it comes to kidney disease and has more than enough patients to support two transplant programs, George Washington University Hospital officials testified at a hearing of health regulators Monday. George Washington University Hospital officials were defending regulatory approval for their kidney and pancreas transplant program, whose need has been challenged in court. Columbia-based MedStar Health Inc. — which is one of the largest hospital systems… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 7, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

George Washington, MedStar square off over kidney transplant program
Washington, D.C. has a "public health crisis" when it comes to kidney disease and has more than enough patients to support two transplant programs, George Washington University Hospital officials testified at a hearing of health regulators Monday. George Washington University Hospital officials were defending regulatory approval for their kidney and pancreas transplant program, whose need has been challenged in court. Columbia-based MedStar Health Inc. — which is one of the largest hospital systems… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 7, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

NSAIDs no better than placebo for spinal pain
No simple analgesics provide clinically important effects over placebo for spinal pain Related items fromOnMedica NSAIDs and COX 2s linked to heart failure admission No role for paracetamol in treating pain in osteoarthritis Exercise better for back pain than acupuncture say experts Liver transplant for paracetamol overdose rates vary widely across Europe Pregnancy paracetamol warning (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lung disease symptoms could be eased with tiny metal coils
In the past, Peter Fuller from Southampton could smoke 40 cigarettes a day. The habit caused his lungs to deteriorate, and as it spared him waiting for a lung transplant, the new procedure saved his life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news