Posts Tagged 'organ donation and transplantation alliance'

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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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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Patients with significant weight loss pre-transplant experienced more hospitalizations, higher mortality rate

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From Healio Nephrology News: A study by Drexel University researchers indicates the risk of more hospitalizations and death for kidney transplant patients increases for patients asked to lose 10% or more of their weight prior to the transplant.

“Obese adults with advanced kidney disease are often told that they have to lose weight in order to be eligible for a kidney transplant. However, we don’t really have any guidance on the safest way for them to lose the weight,” Meera Harhay, MD, an ...

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UC Health performs first liver transplant in US using mobile cold perfusion pump

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Transplant surgeons at UC Health’s University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center have performed the first-ever liver transplant in the United States with an organ preserved using portable hypothermic machine perfusion. The technology, which had been under development for several years, is designed to circulate a specially formulated, cold-temperature medical solution throughout a donor liver during its journey from the point of donation to surgical transplantation into a recipient.

This “active” preservation device was invented to improve upon traditional “static” cold preservation, ...

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Hepatitis C not a barrier for organ transplantation, study finds

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From NPR science correspondent Richard Harris:

Donated organs from people who were infected with the hepatitis C virus can be safely transplanted, according to the latest in a line of studies that are building a case for using these organs.

Typically, these organs have been discarded because of concerns about spreading the viral infection. But a study of heart and lung transplants published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine finds that new antiviral drugs are so effective that the recipients ...

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US begins organ transplants from living donors with HIV

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the virus who need a new organ — and one that could free up space on the transplant waiting list for everyone.

Nina Martinez of Atlanta traveled to Johns Hopkins University to donate a kidney to [another patient living with HIV], saying she “wanted to make a difference in somebody else’s life” and ...

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It’s time to #HonorTheGift of kidney donation

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For the rest of their lives, kidney transplant recipients require daily immunosuppressive medications to reduce the likelihood of organ rejection. Under current law, however,
Medicare covers the cost of a kidney transplant but only pays for anti-rejection medication for three years. After Medicare drops their coverage, transplant patients who aren’t fortunate enough to find affordable insurance are left to cover the cost of the medication on their own.

Without immunosuppressive medications to prevent rejection, many patients find themselves back in a ...

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