Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Waitlisting After the New KAS Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Waitlisting After the New KAS
A new study examines the waitlisting rate among minority patients both before and after the new national kidney allocation system. How was it impacted?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

FDA warns of high stroke, mortality risk with SynCardia TAH-t C2 controller
The FDA on Friday released a letter warning of a higher mortality risk and stroke rate than expected for patients receiving treatment from SynCardia Systems’ Temporary Total Artificial Heart Companion 2 Driver System. Data indicating the higher mortality and stroke rate came from a post-approval study conducted by the company itself, the FDA said. The study indicated that patients treated with the previous generation driver of the device, the Circulatory Support System Console, experienced a lower rate of stroke and mortality compared with the C2. The TAH-t system is designed to function as a bridge to a heart transp...
Source: Mass Device - August 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Food & Drug Administration (FDA) SynCardia Source Type: news

Be Aware of These Nine Questionable Clinics Be Aware of These Nine Questionable Clinics
Integrative medicine, bogus cancer treatment, antiaging, low T, and more -- what do you need to know about the proliferation of these clinics in medicine?Medscape Public Health (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - August 20, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Public Health & Prevention Article Source Type: news

WATCH: Man prepares for remarkable hand transplant surgery: Part 3
In the summer of 2015, a doctor amputed Jonathan Koch's left hand and the fingers on his partially functioning right hand. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: 2020 Source Type: news

WATCH: Man has successful hand transplant after almost 18-hour surgery: Part 4
"I asked Dr. Azari, 'Did you do it?'" Jonathan Koch said. "And he said, 'Yes.' And then I started to sing the Rocky theme." (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: 2020 Source Type: news

WATCH: Hand transplant recipient, doctor get surprised by Captain Sully: Part 5
Dr. Azari said it took two months, rather than two years, for Jonathan Koch to be able to tie his own shoelaces. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: 2020 Source Type: news

WATCH: Hand transplant recipient thanks doctors who first saved his life: Part 6
Jonathan Koch returned to George Washington University Hospital to thank the doctors and nurses. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: 2020 Source Type: news

Return to play among elite basketball players after osteochondral allograft transplantation of full-thickness cartilage lesions - Balazs GC, Wang D, Burge AJ, Sinatro AL, Wong AC, Williams RJ.
BACKGROUND: Osteochondral allograft transplantation (OCA) is a recognized option for full-thickness articular cartilage defects of the knee, especially in the setting of large lesions or those involving the subchondral bone. Previous heterogenous studies o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Hep C Quiz: 5 Questions on the News
ICYMI: HCV elimination success, SVR in blacks, transplant delisting, clearance after acute infection —catch up with a quiz. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - August 17, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news

Anti-cancer drug offers potential alternative to transplant for patients with liver failure, study finds
Patients suffering sudden liver failure could in the future benefit from a new treatment that could reduce the need for transplants, research published today shows. The study by scientists at University of Edinburgh MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow, and the University of Bristol, is published in Science Translational Medicine. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - August 16, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research, Health; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news

One Reason Why Kidney Transplants Fail
Title: One Reason Why Kidney Transplants FailCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - August 16, 2018 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Fecal Transplant for Severe Refractory C. Difficile Infection Fecal Transplant for Severe Refractory C. Difficile Infection
This RCT compared the efficacy of two fecal microbiota transplant protocols associated with vancomycin in curing patients with severe Clostridium difficile infection refractory to antibiotics.Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Liver transplants 'may be unnecessary thanks to new drug treatment'
A cancer drug can unlock the liver's ability to regenerate, early stage research suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Here ’s Another Reason Kidney Transplants Fail
Researchers have found strong evidence that if a kidney transplant doesn’t work, it may be due to the “wear and tear” on the organ before it’s donated. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘You Have a New Identity.’ Patients Share What It’s Like to Recover From a Face Transplant
After having more than 20 surgeries over four years, Katie Stubblefield finally has a new face. In May of last year, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic helped the then 21-year-old become the world’s 40th face transplant recipient, and the youngest in U.S. history. Today, Stubblefield, whose story was first told in National Geographic’s September cover story, is recovering well — and adjusting to the novel life, identity and reality that come with her new appearance. “I’m starting over in a lot of ways,” Stubblefield says through her parents, Robb and Alesia. (Her speech is still recovering ...
Source: TIME: Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Teacher, 44, donates a kidney to his sixth-grade student after own son beat kidney failure
Kaden Koebcke, 12, from Powder Springs, Georgia, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant after being on a dialysis for many years when he received a match from an unlikely donor: his teacher. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One Reason Why Kidney Transplants Fail
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 -- Scottish scientists say they've found new clues to why some kidney transplants fail. It has to do with the amount of " wear and tear " a transplanted kidney has and how that affects its work in the recipient, the new study... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

A Chicago startup wants to eliminate mistakes in the operating room
It would be a nightmare for anyone to go into surgery for an organ transplant, and after, realize they ’ve been given the wrong one. Though events like this are very rare—making up only .03 percent of all operations every year in the U.S. — Richard Vazquez, who practiced general surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 38 years, said they should never happen. That’s why in 2015 he foun ded Chicago-based software startup SafeStart Medical, which uses smart mobile devices and a cloud-based… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 15, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Katherine Davis Source Type: news

A Chicago startup wants to eliminate mistakes in the operating room
It would be a nightmare for anyone to go into surgery for an organ transplant, and after, realize they ’ve been given the wrong one. Though events like this are very rare—making up only .03 percent of all operations every year in the U.S. — Richard Vazquez, who practiced general surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 38 years, said they should never happen. That’s why in 2015 he foun ded Chicago-based software startup SafeStart Medical, which uses smart mobile devices and a cloud-based… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - August 15, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Katherine Davis Source Type: news

Suicide survivor becomes youngest face transplant recipient in U.S.
At age 21, Katie Stubblefield became one of 40 people in the world to receive a face transplant (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicide Survivor Gets ‘ Ultimate Second Chance ’ After Historic Face Transplant
CLEVELAND (CBS Local) – A young woman who attempted suicide has been given a new lease on life, one year after becoming the youngest person to undergo a face transplant in the U.S. Katie Stubblefield was 18 when she shot herself with a rifle in her Mississippi home. The gunshot destroyed the teen’s face and required extensive surgery to save her life. After three years of reconstructive surgery and rehab, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic performed a total face transplant on the 21-year-old in 2017 – making her the youngest recipient in the country. “There was an older trauma surgeon who bas...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Face Transplant Local TV Medicine Suicide talkers Source Type: news

Five-month-old receives heart-lung transplant an is youngest in 10 years to undergo the surgery
Jack Palmer, of Kansas City, Missouri, became the 20th infant under a year old to undergo a heart-lung transplant after he was born in January with a congenital heart defect. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicide survivor becomes youngest person ever to receive a face transplant at 21
Katie Stubblefield tried to take her own life in March 2014 with a rifle. On May 4, 2017, she became the youngest person ever to receive a face transplant, in an operation at Cleveland Clinic. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Historic face transplant gives suicide survivor a 'second chance'
As Katie Stubblefield brushed her fingers across her face, she could feel the wound. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Warns Against Long - Term Azithromycin Use for Some
Warning for blood cancer patients who have undergone donor stem cell transplant (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 13, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Infections, Oncology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

C. difficile Tied to Increased Graft Loss in Solid Organ Recipients
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- For solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients, Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is associated with increased graft loss, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Transplantation. Alexia... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA Warns Against Long-Term Azithromycin Use for Some
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning patients with cancers of the blood or lymph nodes who undergo a donor stem cell transplant not to take azithromycin, as long-term use of the antibiotic has been associated... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Variation in the Hemodialysis Access Journey and Its Burden Variation in the Hemodialysis Access Journey and Its Burden
In what ways do the wide variations in hemodialysis access methods used impact individual patients?Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Timing of HCV Therapy in Liver Transplant-Eligible Patients Timing of HCV Therapy in Liver Transplant-Eligible Patients
The authors developed a decision tree model to compare the cost-effectiveness of three strategies for timing of DAA treatment for HCV in liver transplant candidates.Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys Safely Transplanted Into Uninfected Recipients Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys Safely Transplanted Into Uninfected Recipients
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Pediatric LT and Transition to Adult Healthcare Service Pediatric LT and Transition to Adult Healthcare Service
This study examined the outcome of liver transplant recipients after their transition from pediatric to adult healthcare services. How common was non-adherence, and what were the contributing factors?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

UBC study: Kidney transplant chains more effective in saving lives
(University of British Columbia - Sauder School of Business) New research from the UBC Sauder School of the Business has found that transplant societies which prioritize kidney transplant chains over kidney exchanges can increase the total number of transplants, thereby saving more lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

It ’s Not Yet Clear How to Boost the Microbiome. But Diet Is the Best Bet
The gut microbiome—the billions of bacteria that live inside the human digestive tract—is the focus of some of today’s most exciting and compelling medical research. Studies have linked microbiome-related imbalances to health conditions ranging from depression and Parkinson’s disease to heart disease. Some researchers have even started referring to the microbiome as a “forgotten organ” because of the indispensable role it plays in human health. It’s fairly clear that the foods a person eats—or doesn’t eat—can affect the composition of his or her microbiome. Resear...
Source: TIME: Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Research Source Type: news

Elevated Late Mortality Persists After Blood or Marrow Transplant
But in past 3 decades, decrease in late mortality seen among those who underwent BMT in childhood (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 8, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Journal, Source Type: news

Mother of transgender son reveals she donated her uterus
Silvia Park, 49, was inspired by her transgender son to donate her uterus to another woman in a rare transplant procedure that Park hopes will some day help trans women carry their babies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Elevated Late Mortality Persists After Blood or Marrow Transplant
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 -- Individuals who underwent allogeneic blood or marrow transplantation (BMT) in childhood have elevated risk of late mortality 25 years or more after transplantation, according to a study published online July 26 in JAMA... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 8, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Putting Fat Cells to Use in Orthopedics
Arthroscopic knee surgery for degenerative knee disease is a common orthopedic procedure, reportedly performed more than two million times a year globally. And these are just the statistics for knee procedures. The shoulder, hip, wrist, elbow, and ankle joints are all also candidates for arthroscopic surgeries. A few studies have cast doubt about whether such surgeries are necessary. It is true that most of the time, patients report lessening of pain after the procedures. But could this be just a placebo effect? In the case of osteoarthritis in the knee, there is no evidence that arthros...
Source: MDDI - August 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Susan Shepard Tags: Orthopedics Source Type: news

Mother, 49, of transgender son reveals she donated her uterus
Silvia Park, 49, was inspired by her transgender son to donate her uterus to another woman in a rare transplant procedure that Park hopes will some day help trans women carry their babies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

"This is a lifesaver": Infected kidneys could be transplant option
A small study of patients in desperate need of a kidney transplant ​ participated in a bold experiment where they received organs infected with hepatitis C​ (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transplant with HCV-Infected Kidney Seems Feasible
(MedPage Today) -- Small trial found good cure rate, renal function in HCV-negative patients (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - August 7, 2018 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Study: Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys OK to Transplant
Kidney transplants from organs infected with hepatitis C work as well as those with healthy organs, a finding that could help more people with kidney disease get off dialysis, researchers say. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys a Safe Option for Transplant: Study
TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 -- Dialysis patients waiting for kidney transplants might safely accept an organ from a donor infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), a new study finds. Using hepatitis C-infected kidneys would expand the organ pool and save... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys a Safe Option for Transplant: Study
Title: Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys a Safe Option for Transplant: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - August 7, 2018 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Bioengineered Lungs Successfully Transplanted Into Pigs Bioengineered Lungs Successfully Transplanted Into Pigs
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

New Agent Allows Kidney Transplantation Despite High-Strength Donor-Specific Antibody New Agent Allows Kidney Transplantation Despite High-Strength Donor-Specific Antibody
The endopeptidase imlifidase cleaves human IgG and allows successful kidney transplantation into individuals with high-strength donor-specific antibody (DSA), researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

C. diff Infection and Graft Loss in Solid Organ Transplants C. diff Infection and Graft Loss in Solid Organ Transplants
The development of C. difficile infection following solid organ transplantation may contribute to an increased risk of graft loss, a new study suggests.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - August 7, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Globally, greater attention needed for seemingly 'minor' kidney damage
(University of Limerick) Rates of Acute Kidney Injury among Irish patients have more than doubled in the past 10 years, according to a new study led by researchers at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS), University of Limerick. The research is published today in the academic journal, Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Injection of vasoactive intestinal peptide into the eye improves corneal transplant survival
(Elsevier) A new study in The American Journal of Pathology reports for the first time that injection of neuropeptide vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) directly into the eye of mice enhanced corneal graft survival. VIP produced other benefits, including acceleration of endothelial wound closure, protection of corneal endothelial cells (CEnCs), and improved corneal graft clarity. If proven successful in clinical studies, this novel approach may help alleviate visual loss in many patients with corneal disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Patients who accepted infected kidneys cured of hepatitis C
Kidneys infected with hepatitis C may help some U.S. patients skip the yearslong transplant waiting list (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Stowers breakthrough could make stem cells available where bone marrow matches aren't
A new discovery by the Stowers Institute of Medical Research could make more resources available to patients who might not have a bone marrow transplant match available. In cases where a patient with leukemia or a blood disorder doesn't have a bone marrow match, blood-forming adult stem cells from the umbilical cord can be transplanted. Just 30 percent of patients have a donor match in their family. However, adult patients need about two cords' worth for treatmen t, meaning there aren't enough available… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 6, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news