Posts Tagged 'organ donation and transplantation alliance'

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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Fluorescing urine signals organ transplant rejection, could replace needle biopsies

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Glowing urine may replace the biopsy needle: In detecting organ transplant rejection, a new nanoparticle has proven much faster and more thorough in the lab than a biopsy. When T cells mount their first attack on the organ’s cells, the nanoparticle sends an alarm signal into the urine that makes it fluoresce.

Too often, it’s only after a transplanted organ has sustained serious damage that a biopsy reveals the organ is in rejection. A new screening method using sensor particles and ...

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Education Corner: February 14 is National Donor Day

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Observed annually on February 14th, National Donor Day aims to raise awareness of the live-saving benefits of five different types of donation – Organs, Tissues, Marrow, Platelets, and Blood. Valentine’s Day, and every day for that matter, is the perfect day to share the love by committing to saving and healing lives ...

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Could Blood Test Predict Lung Transplant Rejection?

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Note: Check out our recent webinar on this topic: “Detecting Rejection Without Biopsies: Are We There Yet?”

A novel blood-based biomarker of lung transplant dysfunction in newly transplanted lungs could help identify patients at high risk for chronic rejection without a lung biopsy, researchers reported.

In what was characterized as a proof-of-concept study, researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and several other institutions described how donor-derived cell-free DNA (%ddcfDNA) characterized “post-transplantation ...

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Education Corner: Palliative Providers – Working Together to Maximize Family Care

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What is Palliative Care?
A palliative care provider is a healthcare professional that specializes in caring for people who are living with serious illness. Their primary goals of care are to relieve symptoms of illness and/or stress and to ultimately improve the quality of life for the patient and their family, as ...

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Patient Develops Donor’s Peanut Allergy After Lung Transplant

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A 68-year-old woman, who had never had a peanut allergy, had a severe allergic reaction to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, according to a recent report of her case, which was published in August in the journal Transplantation Proceedings. But someone else did have a peanut allergy, it turned out: her lung donor.

It’s a very rare occurrence for lung transplant recipients to acquire a food allergy from a donor organ, said lead case report author Dr. Mazen Odish, a ...

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Education Corner: The 2019 Donate Life Rose Parade Float

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Each year on New Year’s Day, the world’s most visual campaign to inspire organ, eye, and tissue donation is displayed at the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. Celebrating its 16th year, the Donate Life Float continues its mission to save and heal lives by bringing attention to the life-saving impact of the ...

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