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Doctors at Duke University Hospital Perform First DCD Heart Transplant

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From DukeHealth: A heart transplant team at Duke University Hospital became the first in the U.S. to transplant an adult heart into a recipient through a process known as Donation after Circulatory Death, or DCD.

Duke is one of five centers in the United States that has been approved to perform DCD heart transplants as part of a recently launched clinical trial of a device to circulate warm, oxygenated blood through organs.

Traditionally, heart donations have depended on a declaration of brain ...

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Yale Pursues Innovative Research, Potential Solutions to the Organ Transplant Problem

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From Yale Medicine: With around 113,000 people waiting for an organ transplant, every donated organ is a potentially lifesaving gift.

“The disparity between the number of people waiting for an organ and the number of organs available is significant,” says transplant surgeon Dani Haakinson, MD.

Despite the great need, some donated organs are considered unsuitable for transplantation. “Compared to 20 years ago, deceased organs now come from donors who are older, who have more comorbidities or other diseases,” says  Continue Reading →

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Donate Life America and the Fresenius Medical Care Foundation Announce Groundbreaking National, Universal Living Donor Kidney Registry

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PRNewswire: Donate Life America and the Fresenius Medical Care Foundation announced a unique partnership this week, launching a groundbreaking national, universal living donor kidney registry and at-home testing kit to improve access to living donation for the 95,000 people on the national transplant wait list currently waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.

The Foundation, a separately operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit of Fresenius Medical Care North ...

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Tears part of the job for organ recovery specialist, but donations ‘something beautiful’

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From Chicago Sun-Times: Just because she cries at work doesn’t mean that Cara Moulesong is unhappy with her job.

As an organ recovery coordinator for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Network, she regularly faces the emotionally fraught task of guiding families through the process of letting go of loved ones — and allowing their vital organs and tissues to be donated to people waiting for transplants.

Tears come with the territory.

“You’re dealing with death, and there’s no sugarcoating that it can ...

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Sub-zero supercooling technique can help transplant organs survive for longer

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From Digital Trends: Due to the brief period of time a human organ can be kept alive outside the body, organ transplants are a race against the clock. All kinds of different transportation methods have been explored to get organs to the patients who need them, most notably including a world-first, life-saving kidney delivered by drone earlier this year.

At Harvard Medical School, researchers have come up with a different approach. Instead of finding faster ways to race organs to patients, they’ve ...

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Mom, son make history with live liver donation assisted by 3D printing

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SALT LAKE CITY – Nearly 14,000 people are on the liver transplant list, according to the American Liver Foundation. Experts say about 10% of them will die or become too sick for transplant before it’s their turn.

This is the story of a Salt Lake City mother and son. She gave him life, and now he is doing the same. It’s a surgery with a unique twist.

Gwen Finlayson’s autoimmune hepatitis led to cirrhosis years ...

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UW Launches Nation’s First Cell Therapy Trial for Kidney Transplant Patients

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From UW Health: For the first time in the United States, a research team will test a personalized cell therapy to treat a common and serious complication facing kidney transplant patients.

The UW Program for Advanced Cell Therapy (PACT) will study a cutting-edge therapy to treat a viral infection faced by around 30 to 40 percent of kidney and/or pancreas transplant recipients.

The study will deploy virus-specific white blood cells to treat severe cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection after kidney transplantation.

The Federal Drug Administration-approved trial will begin ...

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OPTN Fall 2019 Public Comment Cycle

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Shared from our friends at OPTN/UNOS:
The OPTN’s fall 2019 public comment cycle starts August 2, 2019 and ends October 2, 2019.

Proposals will be posted on the OPTN website beginning August 2, 2019: https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/governance/public-comment/

OPTN/UNOS invites you to submit feedback on the proposals suggested below no later than October 2, 2019:

  • Modify Data Submission Policy – Data Advisory Committee
  • Expedited Placement of Livers – Organ Procurement Organization Committee Clarification of Pre-Existing Liver Disease

Other proposals you may be interested in:

  • Clarification of Pre-Existing Liver ...
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A Statement from The Alliance regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on July 10, 2019

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Dr. John Magee (Alliance Board Chair, left) and Kevin O’Connor (Alliance Board Vice Chair, right) were pleased to be in attendance last week during President Trump’s announcement of an executive order to enhance kidney care and improve donation and transplantation.

As shared by Dr. Magee, “The Alliance supports any effort to increase organ donation and transplantation. Health care always involves rigorous assessment and continuous efforts to improve. The Alliance looks forward to continuing our efforts in this important undertaking through our ...

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Baby gets liver transplant using 4K/3D technology

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From The Miami Times: UHealth surgeons at Holtz Children’s Hospital are first in the world to use this innovative technology for transplantation, which magnifies images 26 times leading to better outcomes for high-risk patients.

Michael David Antonio Angelo was born healthy in September 2018. During his first two months of checkups with his pediatrician, he was given a clean bill of health. But soon after, his mother started noticing her baby boy’s skin had a yellow tone, also known as jaundice. ...

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