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Ochsner 1st in Louisiana to use Robotics in Living-Donor Kidney Transplant for Faster Recovery

NEW ORLEANS, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Ochsner Medical Center ( www.ochsner.org ) performed the first robotic-assisted kidney transplant in Louisiana, and one of only a handful in the nation. Utilizing daVinci robotic technology, Ochsner transplant surgeons are able to make living-d...

Test Before Corneal Transplant May Improve Outcome

Even inactive herpes virus can cause inflammation, transplant rejection, study finds WEDNESDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients with herpes simplex virus who need a corneal transplant, testing for inflammation biomarkers before the surgery could improve outcomes, U.S. researc...

Organ Transplant Waiting Lists Not Limited to In-State Residents...Steve Jobs' Liver Transplant Showcases Travel Option for Organ Transplant

New Orleans ' Ochsner Medical Center Offers Short Wait Times & High Survival for Liver Transplants NEW ORLEANS, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- ( www.ochsner.org/transplant ) - It's a little known fact that California resident and Founder/CEO of Apple, Inc., Steve Jobs, has br...

Dr. Dean Dornic Certified to Perform Artificial Cornea Transplant

Eye Specialists of Carolina announced that medical director, Dr. Dean Dornic, has been certified to perform corneal transplants with the AlphaCor artificial cornea. (Vocus) June 15, 2009 -- Eye Specialists of Carolina announced that medical director, Dr. Dean Dornic, ha...

Donor Stem-Cell Transplant Best For Acute Myeloid Leukemia

People in all risk groups, but especially those with poor and intermediate risk of survival, benefit most, researchers say TUESDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) -- For most patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who come out of remission, donor stem cells appear to offer the best shot a...

Text Messaging Medication Reminders Significantly Reduces Organ Rejection in Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients

Mt. Sinai Medical Center's Pediatric Gastroenterology Department published results from a promising yearlong study conducted with pediatric liver transplant patients using CareSpeak Communications' MediM AS medication reminder system to keep them taking critical medication on schedule. By sending...

NYP/Weill Cornell physician-scientists present at 2009 American Transplant Congress in Boston

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center physician-scientists are presenting exciting new research at the 2009 American Transplant Congress in Boston from May 30 to June 3. Dr. Sandip Kapur, chief of transplant surgery and director of kidney and pancreas transplant programs a...

Some donor factors affect outcomes for HCV-positive liver transplant recipients

Two new studies address donor factors that could affect outcomes for liver transplant recipients, particularly those with chronic hepatitis C (HCV). One found that donor steatosis, or fat in the liver, does not affect liver disease progression or three-year survival in recipients with or without H...

StemCyte, Inc. Reaches 1,000th Cord Blood Stem Cell Shipment for Transplant Milestone

COVINA, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- StemCyte, Inc., a privately held cord blood bank and stem cell therapeutics company, recently released their 1,000th cord blood stem cell shipment for transplant. This marks another landmark in the company's rapid growth as one of the world's leading provider...

Stem cell transplant in mouse embryo yields heart protection in adulthood

Rochester, Minn. May 14, 2009 - Stem cells play a role in heart muscle rejuvenation by attracting cells from the body that develop into heart muscle cells. They have been successfully used to halt or reverse cardiac injury following heart attack, but not to prevent injury before it occurs. A ...

First U.S. Face Transplant Recipient Recounts Ordeal

46-year-old woman lost most of mid-face area in gun blast WEDNESDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) --The recipient of the first face transplant done in the United States has stepped forward to reveal the results of her surgery. Connie Culp, a 46-year-old Ohio woman, lost a large part of he...

Hair Transplant Office Expands Serviceable Area

Nashville hair transplant center, PAI, would like to announce their new campaign focused on expanding their serviceable region. PAI Nashville is starting new marketing campaigns for Memphis, Knoxville, Clarksville, Chattanooga, Birmingham, and Jackson. Nashville, TN (PR...

American Transplant Congress 2009: New Investigator Forum Presents Cutting Edge Research

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New Investigator Career Highlight Forum at the ninth annual American Transplant Congress 2009, May 30 - June 4, 2009 at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, will showcase some of the most innovative research in transplantati...

Organ Donor Families, Transplant Recipients Journey to State Capitol to Urge Passage of Key Donor Designation Legislation

SB 552 (Padilla) Designed to Educate First-Time Drivers on Organ and Tissue Donation SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Families of organ and tissue donors will join organ transplant recipients at the State Capitol on April 28 to urge lawmakers to pass SB 552 (Padilla), which would ...

Double-Lung Transplant Better for Long-Term Survival

But finding is controversial, since bilateral procedure could halve number of recipients WEDNESDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Lung transplant patients who receive two lungs are twice as likely to live more than 10 years than patients who receive one lung are, Johns Hopkins transpla...

Tolera Therapeutics Granted Orphan Drug Designation for Organ Transplant Rejection Drug

KALAMAZOO, Mich., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Tolera Therapeutics, Inc., was granted orphan drug status by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its initial lead candidate, TOL101, for prophylaxis of acute rejection of solid organ transplantation. TOL101 is a biologic protein that...

Treatment Algorithm Helps Successfully Manage Diabetes after Transplant Surgery

HOUSTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research highlighting the relationship between steroids and insulin requirements suggests a possible treatment algorithm in post-liver transplant patients. This research will be presented on May 15, 2009 at the American Association of Clinical En...

Heart Transplant Failures More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids

Low socioeconomic status and non-white race linked to worse outcomes TUESDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- Minority children and those in poorer neighborhoods are more likely to die or need a second heart transplant than white children or those in better-off neighborhoods, according to...

Patent pending for pain-free method of monitoring drug levels in transplant patients

KINGSTON, R.I. March 27, 2009 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is reviewing a University of Rhode Island pharmacy professor's proposal to use saliva as a non-invasive way to monitor concentrations of anti-rejection drugs in patients that undergo transplants. Associate Professor of Pharmacy...

California Transplant Donor Network Issues Statement on Officer John Hege's Donation

OAKLAND, Calif., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Transplant Donor Network today issued the following statement on the donation by Officer John Hege who was recently killed in the line of duty: "Our hearts go out to the family of Officer John Hege, who gave his life to protect our com...

Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug

Study finds potential interaction with cyclosporine could lead to fatal complications TUESDAY, March 24 (HealthDay News) -- People taking the immunosuppressant cyclosporine should avoid consuming licorice because it may weaken the drug's effectiveness and possibly lead to deadly conse...

Online Organ Transplant Broker Charged With Wire Fraud

Jerome Howard Feldman, aka "Michael Adams," "Dr. Mitch Michaelson," and "Alberto Gomez,"Arrested in Philippines for Immigration Violation and Removed to Guam SYRACUSE, N.Y., March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jerome Howard Feldman appeared earlier today in U.S. District Court in Guam to addr...

Southern California Dentist First on the West Coast to Perform Concentrated Stem Cell Transplant for Dental Implant Procedure

Patient's Own Stem Cells to Be Harvested and Transplanted Into the Jaw to Generate Dense Bone Tissue for Permanent Dental Implantation RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Jason Morgan needs a dental implant to restore his infectious grin, but to attach an implant would be...

American Society of Transplantation to Host Boston Pops and the Redford Family on May 30th to Raise Transplant Awareness

Tickets for "Share the Beat" Now Available BOSTON, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- About 18 people die each day awaiting an organ transplant, but by raising awareness, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) hopes to lower this number. AST, a society dedicated to research, education and patien...

Northwestern Memorial's Heart Transplant Program No. 1 in Illinois and Among Highest-Rated Nationally

Hospital's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute achieves milestone outcomes for heart transplant CHICAGO, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Newly released data from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) shows that in 2008 Northwestern Memorial Hospital's heart transplant program achieved the...

Liver transplant recipients with hepatitis B may need lifelong antiviral treatment

Patients who undergo liver transplantation for hepatitis B-related liver damage should receive lifelong antiviral treatment to keep the disease from coming back. A new study shows that they lack cellular immunity against the disease, making recurrence likely if antiviral treatment is withdrawn. Th...

IMPACT Study Demonstrates That Longer Prophylactic Therapy With Valcyte(R) (Valganciclovir Hydrochloride Tablets) Increases Protection Against CMV - the Most Serious Viral Infection Affecting Transplant Patients

Doubling duration of Valcyte therapy provides significant benefit to patients compared to current standard of care for the prevention of CMV disease NUTLEY, N.J., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche announced today that a Phase III study investigating the efficacy and safety of extended preventativ...

UNC study hints at new approaches to prevent transplant rejection

CHAPEL HILL To prevent the rejection of newly transplanted organs and cells, patients must take medicines that weaken their entire immune systems. Such potentially life-saving treatments can, paradoxically, leave those receiving them susceptible to life-threatening infections. Now researchers...

ViroPharma Reports Results of Phase 3 Clinical Trial for Maribavir in Bone Marrow Transplant Patients

- Conference Call at 10:00 A.M. Today to Discuss Results - EXTON, Pa., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ViroPharma Incorporated (Nasdaq: VPHM ) today announced that its Phase 3 trial evaluating maribavir used as prophylaxis in allogeneic stem cell, or bone marrow, transplant (S...

Help for liver transplant patients with small-for-size syndrome

Blocking off the splenic artery, either through surgical ligation or radiological coiling, helped six out of seven patients suffering from small-for-size syndrome after a partial liver transplant. This finding is in the February issue of Liver Transplantation , a journal published by John Wiley &...

Hopkins transplant surgeons remove healthy kidney through donor's vagina

In what is believed to be a first-ever procedure, surgeons at Johns Hopkins have successfully removed a healthy donor kidney through a small incision in the back of the donor's vagina. "The kidney was successfully removed and transplanted into the donor's niece, and both patients are doing fine...

Lung Transplant Outcomes Better at High-Volume Hospitals

The more procedures done per year, the higher the survival rate, study finds WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals that perform at least 20 lung transplants a year have the lowest death rates for this complex procedure, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. They said th...

The 2009 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award Granted for Pioneering Ideas for Early Detection of Ovarian and Lung Cancers, Bone Marrow Transplant Safety, and Discovery of New Genetic Markers for Cancer

NEW YORK and PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation announced today that three novel approaches to fighting cancer have won 2009 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Awards. The prize of $450,000 over three years is awarded each year to three...

New Test May Help Kidney Transplant Patients

Carolina researchers say it could detect virus that can lead to failure,, WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21 (HealthDay News) -- A new urine test that can detect a common cause of kidney transplant failure may help lead to better diagnosis and treatment of patients with polyomavirus nephropathy, which...

Seventeen Months After Cord Blood Transplant - Child is Free of Signs of Cancer

National Cord Blood Program Provides Stem Cells NEW YORK, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A two year old child from Florida is free of signs of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), a very rare form of pediatric leukemia, seventeen months after receiving a transplant with cord blood ...

UT Southwestern University Hospital's transplant program recognized for increasing organ donor rates

DALLAS Jan. 6, 2009 The surgical transplant team at UT Southwestern University Hospital has garnered twin awards for its successful efforts to increase organ donation rates. "Each organ donation is an opportunity for new life, so we are gratified with these recognitions," said Dr. Juan Arena...

Cancer drug effectively treats transplant rejections

CINCINNATIUniversity of Cincinnati (UC) researchers have discovered a new therapy for transplant patients, targeting the antibody-producing plasma cells that can cause organ rejection. Results of the study are published in the Dec. 27, 2008, edition of the journal Transplantation . Steve W...

Stem Cells Poised to Grow Organs for Transplant : Zannos Grekos, MD Presents Clinical Data of Research with Adult Stem Cells to Physicians at International Regenerative Biomedicine Conference

At the 16th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine & Regenerative Biomedical Technologies in Las Vegas, Zannos Grekos, MD, director of Cardiac and Vascular Disease for Regenocyte Therapeutic ( www.regenocyte.com ), addressed physicians from around the world with a presentation on patien...

LifeBanc Assists Cleveland Clinic in First Near Total Face Transplant in the United States

CLEVELAND, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Background: LifeBanc, the nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization for Northeast Ohio, participated with the Cleveland Clinic in today's historic news conference announcing the first near total face transplant in the United States. The following s...

Plastic Surgery Experts Available to Comment on Face Transplant Surgery

FACE TRANSPLANTS - PLASTIC SURGERY'S WORK COMES TO LIFE CHICAGO, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Facial transplantation is plastic surgery. In fact, Maria Siemionow, MD, who performed this country's first face transplant at the Cleveland Clinic recently, is a reconstructive plastic sur...
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