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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Will We Be Able to Cryogenically Freeze Organs One Day?

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A milestone in cryobiology announced this week is literally heart-warming.

A new nanoparticle technology warmed cryopreserved heart valves and blood vessels without damaging the tissues, found a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. According to the researchers, this means that cryopreserving human hearts and kidneys in organ banks — and making them available for later use in patients — is finally within sight.

“We are not in any way declaring victory here,” said John Bischof, senior author of the ...

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Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute Performs First Robotic Kidney Auto-Transplant in North Texas

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Surgeons at Methodist Dallas Medical Center continue to innovate in the field of robotic surgery. On December 14, 2016, transplant surgeons Alejandro Mejia, MD, FACS, and Richard Dickerman, MD, FACS, performed the first robotic auto-transplantation in North Texas using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

The 42 year-old female patient suffers from loin pain hematuria syndrome, a rare condition that causes persistent or recurrent flank pain (discomfort in the upper abdomen or back and sides) and blood in the urine. While the ...

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Human-pig embryos created by scientists in breakthrough for organ transplants

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Scientists have created the first human-pig hybrids in a breakthrough which could pave the way for doctors to grow an unlimited supply of organs for transplants. Britain is currently facing a crisis in organ donation because the number of deceased donors is dropping as advances in medical care mean more lives are saved.

In the past scientists thought they might be able to use the organs of pigs, which are roughly the same size of those of humans, but could not ...

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Transplant Breakthrough – 3D BioPrinting Human Skin

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A team of biologists has built a prototype 3D bioprinter that can create functional human skin, which could help bring an end to animal testing once and for all.

The researchers, from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research and Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, say their lab-made skin can be used in transplants for burns victims or for the testing of chemicals, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

It closely replicates real human skin, featuring an epidermis-like external ...

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Digital Pills in Monitoring of Pediatric Transplant Patients

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A large pediatric healthcare system in Dallas is sponsoring a digitized pill program that tracks the frequency with which pediatric organ transplant patients take their medications.

The program is being offered through Children’s Health of Dallas. There is no cost to patients or insurance carriers for receiving the digitized pills, says Children’s Health vice president virtual health and innovation Julie Hall-Barrow.

The program began piloting this summer with 19 patients. Since then another 50 patients have been enrolled in the program.

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