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LA Eye Surgeon Performs 8 Corneal Transplants in Syria

LOS ANGELES, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Jonathan C. Song, director of the Cornea Institute in the Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and an eye surgeon specializing in corneal diseases and transplantation, has just returned from a medical mission in which he worked with Syrian and Ir...

Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas

Finding contradicts belief that process favors people in urban areas TUESDAY, April 21 (HealthDay News) -- People with kidney failure who live in rural or remote areas are not less likely to get a kidney transplant than people in urban areas, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed...

Stem Cell Transplants Help MS Victims

'Resetting' overactive immune system in early stages of disease worked, study finds THURSDAY, Jan. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cell transplantation seems to stop and, in some cases, undo neurological damage in people with multiple sclerosis, a small study shows. The trial involved ...

Older Women Get Fewer Kidney Transplants Than Men

Gender disparity greatest in those 56 or older, but odds as good as males once on list MONDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Women appear to have less access than their male counterparts to kidney transplants as they age, a new study shows. The report, published in the March edition o...

Psychology of Face Transplants is Subject of New Book by Allegheny College Professor

MEADVILLE, Pa., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carla Bluhm, a developmental psychologist and visiting assistant professor at Allegheny College , and Nathan Clendenin, Allegheny class of 2007, have recently completed a book on the psychology of face transplants. (Logo: http://www.n...

Kidney transplants less successful at night

Kidney transplants should be carried out during the day if possible. At least this is the conclusion suggested by a survey just published by urologists and internists at the University of Bonn ( Transplantation Proceedings, vol. 40, p. 1341 ff.). Hence operations carried out at night require a fu...

Umbilical cord blood cell transplants may help ALS patients

Tampa, FL (June 24, 2008) A study at the University of South Florida has shown that transplants of mononuclear human umbilical cord blood (MNChUCB) cells may help patients suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. A disease in which the motor neurons ...

Promising advances in islet cell transplants for diabetes

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have modified the procedure for islet cell transplantation and achieved insulin independence in diabetes patients with fewer but better-functioning pancreatic islet cells. The study results are published in the June issue of the American Journal of...

Islet Cell Transplants Aid Type 1 Diabetics

Study participants lived insulin-free for at least a year or two,,,, FRIDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- Transplanted islet cells help people with type 1 diabetes live insulin-free for at least a year or two, and appear to provide longer-term improved metabolic control even after people...

New Technology Promises Safer Organ Transplants and Soft Tissue Surgeries

Soft tissue navigation systems to expand the $200 million surgical navigation market, according to Millennium Research Group WALTHAM, Mass., April 14, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Millennium Research Group's US Markets for Surgical Navigation Systems 2008 report, the surgical nav...

Lung transplants in cystic fibrosis patients with life-threatening bacteria sparks debate at ISHLT

Boston, MA (April 11, 2008) During Wednesdays Satellite Symposium 3: The Challenges of Lung Transplantation in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, clinicians and researchers discussed some of the unique ...

Lung transplants not dangerous for children with cystic fibrosis, after all

St. Louis, Mo. and Chapel Hill, N.C. March 31, 2008 - Responding to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which concluded that lung transplants were harmful for children with cystic fibrosis, articles published in the latest issue of Pediatric Transplantation refute the conclu...

NIH grant to Emory and pediatric partners aims to improve kidney transplants for children

Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are teaming up with two university hospitals in California to find new ways to make kidney transplants more tolerable for children. Emory and Children's will partner with UCLA's Mattel Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles an...

Blacks Awaiting Lung Transplants Face Poorer Outcomes

Findings point to significant barriers to accessing timely care for minorities FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Blacks awaiting a lung transplant during a recent 10-year period were less likely to receive a new lung and more likely to die or be removed from the transplant list than ...

Blacks awaiting lung transplants more likely to die or be denied than whites

Blacks with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were less likely to receive a lung transplant and more likely to die or be removed from the transplant list than whites, according to Columbia University Medical Center researchers. These disparities are consistent with those observed am...

Corneal Transplants Can Carry Infection Risk

Risk is small and should not deter people from having the surgery, experts say TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- People who donate corneas are giving the gift of sight, but they may also be passing along a serious infection to the recipients, a new study finds. This infection, ca...

Cell Transplants Hold Promise for Heart Attack Survivors

Studies in mice suggest they might prevent cardiac arrest THURSDAY, Dec. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they're moving closer to using transplanted cells to protect heart attack survivors from suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Working with mice, scientists strengthened the he...

Bone marrow cell transplants help nerve regeneration

Tampa, Fla. (December 4, 2007) A study carried out by researchers at the Kyoto University School of Medicine and published in the current issue of CELL TRANSPLANTATION (Vol.16 No. 8) has shown that when transplanted bone marrow cells (BMCs) containing adult stem cells are protected by a 15mm sili...

Lung Transplants May Not Help Most Cystic Fibrosis Children

Study found little improvement, but procedures have also changed since analysis was made WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Hardly any of the children who receive lung transplants because of severe damage caused by cystic fibrosis benefit from the risky operation, a study concludes...

Blood-Incompatible Heart Transplants Safe for Infants

Study data shows mortality could be reduced 20% for those awaiting new organ MONDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Blood group-incompatible heart transplants can safely be performed in infants age 1 year or younger and could help reduce death rates among infants with heart problems, say U.S. resear...

Blood-incompatible infant heart transplants safe, may save more lives

ORLANDO, Nov. 5 ABO-incompatible heart transplantation (heart transplantation among non-compatible blood groups) can be safely performed in infants a year old or younger, researchers reported at the American Heart Associations Scientific Sessions 2007. The analysis, based on national data report...

National Foundation for Transplants to Expand Program Providing Hotel Accommodations to Patient Families

-Roche Donates Hotel Points to Benefit More Transplant Patients and Family Members MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) announced today that it will extend free hotel stays to more transplant patients and families i...

Total Artificial Heart Patient 3rd in the World to Receive Dual Transplants

1 Hour After Heart Surgery, 45-Year-Old Sits Up in ICU and Writes Notes to Fiancée Tucson, Ariz. (Vocus) – On April 9, 45-year-old Chuck Besen was discharged from University Medical Center (UMC) after making medical history. He is only the third person in t...

UBC research finds molecular "key" to successful blood stem cell transplants

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered a "molecular key" that could help increase the success of blood stem cell transplants, a procedure currently used to treat diseases such as leukemia, Hodgkin's lymphoma and aplastic anemia. During a blood stem cell transplant, donor blo...

Guidelines Suggested for Heart-Kidney Transplants

Study identifies factors that reduce survival rate for combo surgery,,,, WEDNESDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- A set of criteria to help identify people who would benefit from a combined heart and kidney transplant has been developed by U.S. researchers. "In the past, patients wi...

Living Kidney Donation Chains May Help More Get Transplants

These networks begin with one altruistic living donor, study explains,,,, WEDNESDAY, March 11 (HealthDay News) -- In 2006, one healthy young man stepped forward, willing to give one of his kidneys to a complete stranger. Two years later, 10 people had received new kidneys from that one...

New NeoGraft™ Device Improves Hair Transplants

New, machine-enhanced, minimally-invasive (no-scalpel/no-stitch) hair transplant surgery benefits patients with better results, lower cost, less discomfort, faster recovery and no visible scars. Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) March 5, 2009 -- A new European medical device now a...

Gene Mutation Increases Drug Toxicity, Rejection Risk in Pediatric Kidney Transplants

Study Suggests Genetic Approach to Personalized Screening of Anti-Rejection Drug Dosing CINCINNATI, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Screening for mutations in a gene that helps the body metabolize a kidney transplant anti-rejection drug may predict which children are at higher risk for sid...

Psychological impact found in adolescents with kidney transplants

Montreal, Canada February 05, 2009 A new study describes the psychological profile of adolescents who have received kidney transplants and compares them to those of healthy peers. The findings reveal a significantly higher prevalence of psychiatric conditions (depression, phobia, ADHD), educatio...

Gender Matches Benefit Heart Transplants

Best results achieved with male-to-male surgeries, study finds WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Matching the gender of heart donors and recipients helps short- and long-term survival of heart transplant patients. So say U.S. researchers who analyzed data on 18,240 patients who...

Study concludes no racial disparities in long-term outcomes in recipients of liver transplants

CHICAGO (May 19, 2008) New research published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows long-term survival and liver rejection rates are equivalent for African-American liver transplant patients as compared with patients of other races. The study also suggests that although other f...

Hidden heart condition increases the risk of death in patients waiting for kidney transplants

Washington, DC (Thursday, May 15, 2008) An often asymptomatic conditionsystolic dysfunction, or decreased pumping of the heartposes an increased risk of death for patients on kidney transplant waiting lists, according to a study appearing in the June 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Soci...

Parkinson's Disrupts Stem Cell Therapy Transplants

Dopamine neurons may not work long-term, as disease causes pathologic changes in cells SUNDAY, April 6 (HealthDay News) -- Current therapies using stem cell transplants in the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease may not work long-term, because the disease is an ongoing process ...

Study shows lifetime effects of pediatric liver transplants

Parents of pediatric liver transplant recipients report lower health-related quality of life for their children two years after the surgery, compared to reports from the parents of healthy children. However, reports of family dysfunction fall within the normal range. These findings are published i...

New technique improves outcome for living donor liver transplants

The University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) is one of only a few centers in Canada that perform living donor liver transplantation, a surgical procedure developed in the late 1980s that expands the organ donor pool. About 80 liver transplants are done a year in Alberta, 10 of those being living-donor...

New Interventional Radiology Treatment Shows Hope for People With Complications from Bone Marrow, Stem Cell Transplants

High-Dose Steroids Delivered Directly to the Organ Successfully Treats Graft-Versus-Host Disease WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The standard treatment to treat graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after bone marrow or cord blood transplant is intravenous (IV) steroids that a...

New Therapies Could Change Organ Transplants

Three reports show some patients went five years without anti-rejection drugs WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Therapies that allow organ transplant recipients to stop taking powerful immunosuppressive drugs are starting to come to fruition. "The next stage in the development...

National study will look at German-made heart pump for children needing heart transplants

HOUSTON Jan.18, 2008 --Texas Childrens Hospital has been named the national lead center for a 12-hospital, 36-month clinical trial of the German-manufactured pediatric heart pump called Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). Charles D. Fraser, Jr., MD, chief of pediat...

UCLA Program Aims to Revolutionize Kidney Transplants

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New and innovative programs to obtain donor organs have the potential to revolutionize kidney transplantation. At UCLA, for example, transplant experts are studying a program they call "living donor swap." This program enables the relative or fr...

Alcohol may amplify chronic rejection in lung transplants

A recent study using an animal model of lung transplants shows that chronic alcohol consumption by the donor promotes scarring and airway injury after transplantation. The results raise questions about human lung donors with a history of alcohol abuse, say authors Patrick Mitchell, PhD, a postd...
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