CNBC reports on new technology to combat organ shortage

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Every year, tens of thousands of Americans receive new organs, giving them a new lease on life when the ones they were born with start to fail. In 2016 there were more than 33,600 transplants, a number that has risen by 20 percent in the past five years.

However, there are many more than that waiting on the transplant list — about 120,000 people total. Sometimes they wait for years; an average of about Continue Reading →

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World-first quintuple organ transplant performed in Australia

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Stephanie Dundas’ body was so full of other people’s DNA that even her doctors had secretly given up hope of finding a match for the five new organs needed to save her life.

A previous liver transplant and years of regular blood transfusions meant the 27-year-old carried so many antibodies she was incompatible with more than 98 percent of potential organ donors.

But now Stephanie, 26, is recovering as the first cystic fibrosis patient in the world to receive a quintuple organ transplant, ending ...

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New UNOS kidney allocation system narrowed racial gaps in transplant

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A new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 by the United Network for Organ Sharing reduced racial disparities in receipt of kidney transplants, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

Taylor A. Melanson, from Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues examined the effect of the new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 on racial disparities in receipt of kidney transplant. Data were analyzed for 179,071 transplant waiting list events from June 2013 to September 2016, and ...

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Danish boy undergoes experimental thymus transplant surgery

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The thymus is a small glandular structure that regulates the immune system. Without this vital organ, a baby will often die within the first year from a simple bacterial or viral infection.

Three years ago, Marianne Ifversen, a Danish senior doctor at Rigshospital, found out that a boy brought in to see her didn’t have one. Fortunately, this is an extremely rare condition.

The boy is now one of 12 European children who have received experimental transplant surgery to remedy this deficiency, ...

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South African Team Performs Second Successful Penile Transplant

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A team from Stellenbosch University (SU) and the Tygerberg Academic Hospital has recently performed a second penis transplant, making it the first medical centre in the world to successfully perform this procedure twice.

Prof André van der Merwe, Head of the Division of Urology at SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), led the marathon operation of nine and a half hours performed on 21 April at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. The recipient was a 40 year ...

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Yale’s Center for Living Organ Donors brings donors together, provides lifelong health monitoring

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The last few times Connecticut had snowstorms, Matt Ragaini worked marathon hours plowing and dispatching plows for the city of Bristol. His wife, Jen, marveled at his stamina. Just two years before, the couple were lying in adjoining operating rooms so that doctors could give Matt a section of Jen’s liver. The hope was that this would cure a chronic liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis that had stolen Matt’s energy and could have killed him. Before the ...

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Baby is Michigan’s First to Receive Thymus Transplant

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It’s a time of joy, adding another child to your family, but that joy didn’t last long for the Elenbaas’s. At one week old, their newborn’s screen came back abnormal. Mike and Amanda’s daughter Jada was diagnosed with complete DiGeorge Syndrome. It is an immune deficiency so rare, only 15 children a year are born with it in United States. Jada was the first child in west Michigan ever to have the complete syndrome.

“This is a prime case of the ...

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Could Spinach Help The Organ Transplant Crisis

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A group of scientists was able to convert a spinach leaf into a piece of working human heart tissue. They decellularized a spinach leaf and dyed it to observe if it could function as the human heart at the time of transporting blood, oxygen, and all the essential nutrients needed for life.

The experimentation conducted by this team of scientists from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute could lead to incredible improvements in the transplant field. In the recent years, many medical organizations ...

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HCV drugs may slash wait times for transplants

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Imagine this: You’re treating a patient with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who has been on the kidney transplant list for almost a year. That’s not a surprising delay; more than 100,000 people are on the waiting list nationwide, and the median wait time is now over 3.5 years. So your patient probably has at least two more years to wait—years of dialysis in which he might become too sick to receive that transplant or die before it becomes available. (More ...

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New method rescues donor organs to save lives

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Researchers have — for the first time — maintained a fully functional lung outside the body for several days. They designed the cross-circulation platform that maintained the viability and function of the donor lung and the stability of the recipient over 36-56 hours, used the advanced support system to fully recover the functionality of lungs injured by ischemia and made them suitable for transplant.

Read more at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170306114242.htm

 

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