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Is the First Bioprinted Heart Just Around the Corner?
A Chicago bioprinting startup that seeks to 3-D print human hearts for transplantation has added to its scientific advisory board of heavy hitters. But its CEO won’t say how close the company is to producing its first viable heart. Biolife4D just announced it has added regenerative biomaterials expert Adam  Feinberg, PhD to lead its scientific advisory team. Feinberg is associate professor of materials science & engineering and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and principal investigator of the regenerative biomaterials and therapeutics group. Feinberg uses materials-based engine...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Cardiovascular Implants Source Type: news

Developing a New Score: How Machine Learning Improves Risk Prediction
Composite risk scores have been used for decades to identify disease risk and health status in the general population. However, current approaches often fail to identify people who would benefit from intervention or recommend unnecessary intervention. Machine learning promises to improve accuracy, ensuring targeted treatment for patients that need it and reducing unnecessary intervention. Framingham Risk Score, the gold standard for predicting the likelihood of heart disease, predicts hospitalizations with about 56% accuracy. It uses factors such as age, gender, smoking, cholesterol levels, and systolic blood pre...
Source: MDDI - November 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Heather R. Johnson Tags: R & D Source Type: news

Canavero: World's 1st human head transplant carried out
The announcement  was made by Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group at a press conference in Vienna this morning. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No, there hasn ’t been a human 'head transplant', and there may never be
Neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero is in the news again, claiming to haveperformed the first successful human head transplant. But even cursory analysis reveals that he hasn ’t. And scientific logic suggests he never willIn February 2015,Sergio Canavero appeared in this very publication claiming alive human head will be successfully transplanted onto a donor human body within two years. He ’s popped up in the media a lot since then, but two years and nine months later, how are things looking?Well, he ’s only gone and done it! As we can see in this Telegraph story from today,the world ’s first human head t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 17, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Dean Burnett Tags: Neuroscience Health Media Science and scepticism Source Type: news

Small changes to organ procurement system could lead to more life-saving transplants
(Indiana University) Slight changes to the system for allocating deceased-donor kidneys could result in higher rates of organ procurement and lead to more kidney transplants across the country, according to new research co-authored by an Indiana University Kelley School of Business professor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise for Retinal Degeneration Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise for Retinal Degeneration
Retinal pigment epithelial cells derived from human embryonic stem cells can be safely transplanted into the eyes of patients with retinal degeneration, with early signs of vision gain.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Choose DMEK Over DSEK After Glaucoma Surgery Choose DMEK Over DSEK After Glaucoma Surgery
Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty provides better outcomes than Descemet-stripping in patients requiring cornea transplant who have already had glaucoma surgery.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

GE, Golden Meditech ink cord blood storage deal
GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) and Golden Meditech said this week they inked a strategic collaboration deal to provide GE’s integrated and automated digital systems and solutions to Golden Meditech for use in its umbilical cord blood cryopreservation processes. Hong Kong-based Golden Meditech said that umbilical cord blood contains rich hematopoietic stem cells which could facilitate reconstruction of hematopoietic and immune systems with possible applications in stem cell transplantation and other treatments. Through the partnership, Golden Meditech will use fully automated cell processing systems and associated tools...
Source: Mass Device - November 16, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Business/Financial News GE Healthcare Golden Meditech Holdings Ltd. Source Type: news

Inside the NICU: Shining light on the healing power of touch
Abigail underwent open-heart surgery and received care in Boston Children’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Traveling through Boston Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), you feel the warmth of natural light and a soothing sense of calm. One mom, leaning delicately over her son’s bedside, caresses his forehead and gently whispers a lullaby. Only a few steps away, a father rests in a chair with his tiny son on his chest. Lifesaving technology fills the 24-bed NICU and a reassuring team of specialized physicians, nurses and Child Life Specialists monitor, treat and embrace their delicate patients. Nea...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 16, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Our Patients’ Stories neonatal intensive care unit NICU Source Type: news

PET/MRI could help diagnose kidney transplant infection
Researchers in Germany are developing a novel PET/MRI approach to determine...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Shorter PET/MRI scans feasible for pediatric cancer patients Reduced FDG dose levels for PET/MRI show mixed results PET/MRI head scans reveal important incidental findings PET/MRI enhances data on cervical cancer patients Ga-68 DOTATOC PET/MRI proves effective for neuroendocrine tumors (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Are Double-Lung Transplants From Older Donors Reasonable? Are Double-Lung Transplants From Older Donors Reasonable?
Transplanting older donor lungs into younger patients may result in'reasonable outcomes,'but mainly for double lung transplants, according to an analysis of younger recipients.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Microbiome transplants provide disease resistance in critically endangered Hawaiian plant
(University of Hawaii at Manoa) A team of researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the O'ahu Army Natural Resources Program transplanted microbes to restore the health of a critically endangered Hawaiian plant that, until now, had been driven to extinction in the wild and only survived in managed greenhouses under heavy doses of fungicide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 14, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Study: Process used to select lung transplant patients may need to be changed
(University of Maryland Medical Center) New research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine suggests that the system for choosing transplant recipients in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may underestimate how long a person might survive without a lung transplant and therefore, may mislead clinicians. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Microbiome transplants provide disease resistance in critically-endangered Hawaiian plant
(University of Hawaii at Manoa) A team of researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the O'ahu Army Natural Resources Program transplanted microbes to restore the health of a critically endangered Hawaiian plant that, until now, had been driven to extinction in the wild and only survived in managed greenhouses under heavy doses of fungicide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 14, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Monoclonal antibody prevents graft-vs-host disease in bone marrow transplantation model
(Bioscribe) New research provides preclinical proof-of-concept for the ability of PRO 140, a humanized anti-CCR5 monoclonal antibody under development by CytoDyn Inc., to effectively block the development of graft-versus-host disease, a potentially lethal complication of bone marrow stem cell transplantation. CytoDyn is currently enrolling patients in a Phase 2 clinical trial with PRO 140 for the prevention of GvHD in leukemia patients undergoing BMSC transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 14, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Expanding geographic sharing of donor kidneys would increase transplants, study finds
(University of Kansas) Based on their analysis, the researchers suggest that changing how so-called lower quality kidneys are allocated geographically could result in anywhere from 58 additional to 174 additional kidney transplants per year to help more patients get off dialysis treatments and live more normal lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Saving lives with a new liver dialysis device
New technology could soon revolutionise the treatment of liver failure: an innovative dialysis device is currently being trialled. It aims to greatly improve the outlook for patients, helping them to recover or supporting them while they wait for a transplant, say the EU-funded researchers taking this innovation forward. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 14, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Doctors bring nearly DEAD heart back to life using revolutionary new “box” that can keep it beating for eight hours
(Natural News) Doctors and surgeons have managed to save a man’s life in England after giving him a transplant using a “dead” heart they were able to bring back to life. Using a revolutionary new piece of technology that’s been called a “heart in a box,” the device can keep the organ preserved and actually... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SPM in Real Life: Fall ‘17
NEW MEMBERS: Fall ‘17 Brief bios/plugs for new members (extracted from the Introduce Yourself Connect Community) After returning to school to become an OR surgical tech, Mary Mack’s heart health declined, and she quickly learned to become a strong advocate for herself. Feeling that no one was into her participatory style, Mary believes a radical change in medical student education is necessary to change the culture of medicine. She is passionate about helping to make that change happen. Her other interests include playing the guitar and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Jim Skinner created the Smart Patient Academy a...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Nanette Mattox Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news

45th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Date: Monday, November 13, 2017Year: 2019Location: Frankfurt, GermanyContent-type: current_conferences (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - November 13, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: ROrritt Source Type: news

ICU bypass after transplant: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
It's standard practice for transplant patients to spend time in the intensive care unit after surgery. ?In the Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. C. Burcin Taner explains why some of his patients are skipping that step. To listen, click the link below. ICU Bypass After Transplant (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

How DID a transplant cure this man of HIV?
Timothy Brown, the 51-year-old American man known as the 'Berlin patient', was declared HIV-free in 2008 after two bone marrow transplants at a hospital in Berlin. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Your gift will not be wasted': face transplant patient meets donor's widow
American clinic organised meeting between Calen Ross ’s widow and Andy Sandness, who endured nearly 10 years of severe facial disfigurementIt made for an emotional meeting. More than a year after Andy Sandness had a groundbreaking face transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, he met the widow of the dead man whose face it used to be.Andy Sandness, 32, from Wyoming, had 56 hours of surgery last summer to have the face of Calen “Rudy” Ross transplanted, in the first such operation the clinic had performed. The recent meeting, arranged by the clinic, brought Sandness and the donor’s widow, Lucy Ross...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: US news World news Health Science Society Source Type: news

Tearful meeting for pair forever linked by face transplant
Sixteen months after transplant surgery, man who lived nearly a decade with severely damaged face met the woman who agreed to donate her deceased husband's (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tearful meeting for pair forever linked by face transplant
The first meeting between a face transplant and the widow of the donor begins with tearful embrace (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Scientists replace skin of child with rare genetic disease
For the first time, doctors were able to treat a child who had a life-threatening rare genetic skin disease through a transplant of skin grown using genetically modified stem cells. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH study finds donor corneas can be safely preserved for longer period
(NIH/National Eye Institute) Results from a large, national clinical trial show that corneal donor tissue can be safely stored for 11 days without negatively impacting the success of transplantation surgery to restore vision in people with diseases of the cornea. The cornea is the eye's clear outer covering. Currently, donor corneas are generally not used for surgery in the United States if they have been preserved for longer than seven days. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Understanding the Berlin patient's unexpected cure
(Oregon Health& Science University) Researchers have a new way to understand the much-studied Berlin patient's unexpected cure from HIV and improve outcomes of stem cell transplants for patients with other blood-related diseases such as leukemia and sickle-cell disease. A team at Oregon Health& Science University has shown a species of monkey called Mauritian cynomolgus macaques can successfully receive stem cell transplants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mayo's first face transplant patient meets donor's family
"Thank you so much." It is a heartfelt message Andy Sandness has been eager to deliver personally ever since becoming Mayo Clinic's first face transplant recipient in 2016. His opportunity finally arrived recently, when he met the widow of his donor, Lilly Ross. She was every bit as eager to see and hear for herself [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 10, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Cells to Society: Native American Heritage/ Endowment / Research News
This study evaluates treatment outcomes from a clinical cohort with task-sharing between a clinical nurse practitioner and a medical officer. The researchers examined opportunities to increase treatment rates for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa.     Read more   Climate Change ...
Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - November 9, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Letermovir (Prevymis) Okayed for Stem Cell Transplant Infection Letermovir (Prevymis) Okayed for Stem Cell Transplant Infection
The drug prevents cytomegalovirus infections and disease in adults previously exposed to the common virus who have received an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Alert Source Type: news

Correction: FDA-Transplant Drug story
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

NIH study finds donor corneas can be safely preserved for longer period
Corneal transplantation success unaffected for donor corneas preserved for 11 days, expanding pool of available tissue. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - November 9, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

' Old' Lungs May Be Good Transplant Options
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Lung Transplantation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA OKs Merck drug that prevents infection post-stem cell transplant
(Reuters) - Merck& Co Ltd's drug to prevent serious infection in patients who undergo a type of stem cell transplant was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the drugmaker said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

' Old' Lungs May Be Good Transplant Options
THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 -- Lungs from older donors are a viable option for lung transplants and should be considered more often, a new study suggests. Survival rates for younger recipients of lung transplants from donors older than 60 are similar to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 9, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Sudan:Embassies Banned From Carrying Procedure Related to Kidney Transplantation to Sudanese
[SNA] Khartoum -The Advisory Council for kidney diseases and surgery, chaired by the Federal Health Minister, Bahar Iddris Abu Garda, has issued a decision preventing all the Sudanese embassies abroad, including the Sudan's Embassy in Cairo, from carrying out any procedure that related to the kidney's transplant operations, considering that to be part of duties of the Sudan's Advisory Board for Nephrology and Polyclinic Medicine and the National Medical Council. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

'Old' Lungs May Be Good Transplant Options
Title: 'Old' Lungs May Be Good Transplant OptionsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/9/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/9/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - November 9, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Older donor lungs should be considered for transplantation
(Elsevier) With a scarcity of lungs available for transplantation, the use of lungs from donors older than age 60 has been shown to achieve reasonable outcomes and should be considered as a viable option, according to research published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA Approves Prevymis (letermovir) for Prevention of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection and Disease in Adult Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Patients
KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE) November 9, 2017 --Merck& Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Prevymis (letermovir) once-daily... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - November 9, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Video: Cornea transplant
See how full-thickness and partial-thickness cornea transplants are performed. (Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA OKs drug to block infection after marrow transplant
U.S. regulators approve new drug to prevent life-threatening infections in adults after a bone marrow transplant (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Gene Therapy Creates Replacement Skin to Save a Dying Boy
Doctors grew sheets of healthy skin that were transplanted onto a boy with a genetic disease that caused blistering and tearing all over his body. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Skin Epidermolysis Bullosa Genetic Engineering Nature (Journal) Source Type: news

Gene Therapy Creates New Skin to Save a Dying Child
Doctors grew sheets of healthy skin that were transplanted onto a boy with a genetic disease that caused blistering and tearing all over his body. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Skin Epidermolysis Bullosa Genetic Engineering Nature (Journal) Source Type: news

Police save lives every day, just not this way — a liver for Sloan
Sloane and Lt. Tenney A police officer’s job is all about action and reaction. “We see something, react to it and, typically, it’s over quickly,” says Lt. Steve Tenney of the Keene, New Hampshire, Police Department. But on the morning of Sept. 8, while Steve lay in a hospital bed at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, action/reaction wasn’t part of the equation. This time, there was time to think. Even so, the decision to donate a piece of his liver to save Sloan — a baby he’d never even met — was made without hesitation. “I did what anyone...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 8, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories biliary atresia Dr. Christine Lee Dr. Heung-Bae Kim Dr. Khashavar Vakili Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program living donor Source Type: news

Boy is given new skin thanks to gene therapy
(Ruhr-University Bochum) A medical team at the Ruhr-Universit ä t Bochum's burn unit and the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Modena (Italy) were the first ever to successfully treat a child suffering from extensive skin damage using transplants derived from genetically modified stem cells. The boy is a so-called butterfly child: he suffers from epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic skin disease that had destroyed approximately 80 percent of his epidermis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Novel nuclear medicine test can identify kidney transplant infection
(Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging) German scientists have developed a novel nuclear medicine test that can determine whether a kidney transplant patient has developed infection in the transplanted tissue. The study, which utilizes positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI), is presented in the December issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Penn Medicine launches first clinical trial for uterine transplant in the northeast
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Penn Medicine will conduct the Northeast's first clinical trial of uterine transplants, to provide women with Uterine Factor Infertility (UFI) -- an irreversible form of female infertility that affects as many as 5 percent of women worldwide and 50,000 women in the United States -- with a new path to parenthood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

'I've waited 4 years for a transplant'
Doctors say black and Asian patients are needlessly dying while waiting for organ transplants because of a severe shortage of ethnic minority donors in the UK. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fighting Neuroblastoma Like a Superhero
Treatment TermsNeuroblastoma CategoriesChildren's health Author Aliza Inbari Overview VG stands for Vomit Girl, the superhero that Sarah Smith created in her mind when she was a young child undergoing numerous rounds of chemotherapy to treat neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that develops in the adrenal glands. Hero Imagevg_01.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Content“Chemotherapy causes patients to vomit frequently so I came up with a superhero for myself: Vomit Girl,” explained Sarah, now a 22-year-old, cancer-free college student. Her best friend’s mom made her a large cape displaying the ...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news