50 Years Ago This Week: Inside the First Heart Transplant

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It was a medical breakthrough generations in the making. For as long as doctors had understood the crucial role of the heart, they had dreamed of using transplants to save people whose heart problems would otherwise doom them to death. Earlier attempts, especially before the discovery of blood types, had failed. Now, in late 1967, there were suddenly not one but two real-life examples to point to.

Though one of the operations (a transplant between babies, in Brooklyn) failed, the other ...

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Education Corner – 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float

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2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float
  • Donate Life first entered a float in 2004 in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade.
  • The floats – and the donors and recipients they represent – have been honored repeatedly with various Rose Parade awards.
  • The Donate Life float has become a time-honored tradition for the donation and transplantation community.
  • This year’s Rose Parade theme is “Making a Difference.”
The 2018 Donate Life “The Gift of Time” Float

“The Gift of Time”, depicts a vibrantly colored, tropical backdrop that dates ...

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Brain remaps itself in child with double hand transplant

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The first child to undergo a successful hand transplant also is the first child in whom scientists have detected massive changes in how sensations from the hands are represented in the brain. The brain reorganization is thought to have begun six years before the transplant, when the child had both hands amputated because of a severe infection during infancy. Notably, after he received transplanted hands, the patient’s brain reverted toward a more typical pattern.

Each area of the body that receives ...

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The first baby in the U.S. born from a uterus transplant is here

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For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to a baby. The landmark birth took place at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a part of Baylor Scott & White.

“We’ve been preparing for this moment for a very long time,” says Dr. Liza Johannesson, an ob-gyn and uterus transplant surgeon at Baylor. “I think everyone had tears in their eyes when the baby came out. I did for sure.” The ...

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How to make 174 more donor kidneys available per year

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Broadening the geographic range where a number of deceased-donor kidneys would be available would increase the number of transplants, research suggests.

This shift would also improve the lives of patients unlikely to receive one based on where they live, according to the new study.

“The problem is there is a big disparity across different geographies,” says Mazhar Arikan, associate professor of supply chain management in the University of Kansas School of Business. “In more congested or populous regions, the patients have a ...

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German scientists develop new nuclear medicine test to identify kidney transplant infection

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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.

Complicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur frequently in patients after kidney transplantation due to suppression of the immune system and may lead to transplant failure or sepsis. Detecting the source and extent of infection–especially whether the ...

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Penn Medicine launches first clinical trial for uterine transplant in the northeast

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PHILADELPHIA – 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. A woman with UFI cannot carry a pregnancy either because she was born without a uterus, has had the organ surgically removed, or has a uterus that ...

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C-Suite Snapshot Series: Legal Aspects of A Registered Donor

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The Alliance is delighted to share the Fall 2017 edition of the hospital C-Suite Snapshot, a one-page e-publication focused on organ, eye, and tissue donation-related topics relevant to hospital administrators. This edition is focused on legal aspects of a registered donor, and what hospital administrators need to know.

Click here to read the latest issue, or visit https://organdonationalliance.org/csuite:

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High-speed jet to quicken organ transplant delivery

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Donations of vital human organs like hearts and livers will happen faster and more reliably for patients in and around Utah. That’s because of a recently acquired high-speed jet at Intermountain Life Flight.

The new aircraft is a Cessna CJ4. It’s filled with medical equipment and storage, kind of like a flying ICU. Life Flight bought the jet last year and recently finished outfitting it for organ transport.

Tracy Schmidt is the executive director of Intermountain Donor Services, the group that retrieves donated organs ...

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Joint Statement of the President’s Roundtable: October 23, 2017

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The following statement was issued by the President’s Roundtable on October 23, 2017:

The Presidents’ Roundtable is a partnership among the presidents and chief staff officers of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), American Society of Transplantation (AST), American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals, The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance) and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) designed to promote collaboration and advance the ...

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