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Plans for $22.5M nursing home, pediatric heart transplant program denied by state

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:36
Arnold Palmer Medical Center's $1.5 million plan gets turned down. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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How can radiologists prepare for future of AI?

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:00
Yes, artificial intelligence (AI) will likely be a useful adjunct for radiologists...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: How will artificial intelligence enhance radiology? AI, radiomics help distinguish lung nodules on CT scans AI's role in radiology evolving toward a promising future Video from RSNA 2017: How will AI change radiology? Should radiologists and pathologists unite to master AI? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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Arterys Receives First FDA Clearance for Broad Oncology Imaging Suite with Deep Learning

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:07
FDA clearance covers all solid tumors. Initial launch will include Liver AI and Lung AI oncology software to empower clinicians to quickly measure and track lesions and nodules in MRI and CT scans SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Mark... Devices, Radiology, Oncology, FDA Arterys, imaging, artificial intelligence (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

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Arterys Receives First FDA Clearance for Broad Oncology Imaging Suite with Deep Learning

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:07
FDA clearance covers all solid tumors. Initial launch will include Liver AI and Lung AI oncology software to empower clinicians to quickly measure and track lesions and nodules in MRI and CT scans SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Mark... Devices, Radiology, Oncology, FDA Arterys, imaging, artificial intelligence (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

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Why Pig Organs Could Be the Future of Transplants

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:15
Making human tissue in a lab has always been more sci-fi than sci-fact, but powerful genetic technologies may change that soon. For the most part, the only way to replace diseased or failing hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers is with donor organs. Even then, many people struggle to find a good biological match with a donor, and 8,000 die each year in the U.S. while waiting for an organ. In one promising solution to the shortage, researchers have been putting a new DNA editing tool called CRISPR through rigorous tests in organ regeneration. Last August, a group of scientists led by George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, generated more than a dozen pigs that were bred without certain viruses that had made many of their organs unusable for human transplant. Pig genomes...
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Why Pig Organs Could Be the Future of Transplants

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:15
Making human tissue in a lab has always been more sci-fi than sci-fact, but powerful genetic technologies may change that soon. For the most part, the only way to replace diseased or failing hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers is with donor organs. Even then, many people struggle to find a good biological match with a donor, and 8,000 die each year in the U.S. while waiting for an organ. In one promising solution to the shortage, researchers have been putting a new DNA editing tool called CRISPR through rigorous tests in organ regeneration. Last August, a group of scientists led by George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, generated more than a dozen pigs that were bred without certain viruses that had made many of their organs unusable for human transplant. Pig genomes...

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Why Pig Organs Could Be the Future of Transplants

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:15
Making human tissue in a lab has always been more sci-fi than sci-fact, but powerful genetic technologies may change that soon. For the most part, the only way to replace diseased or failing hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers is with donor organs. Even then, many people struggle to find a good biological match with a donor, and 8,000 die each year in the U.S. while waiting for an organ. In one promising solution to the shortage, researchers have been putting a new DNA editing tool called CRISPR through rigorous tests in organ regeneration. Last August, a group of scientists led by George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, generated more than a dozen pigs that were bred without certain viruses that had made many of their organs unusable for human transplant. Pig genomes...

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Why Rock Climbing May Be the Ultimate Full-Body Workout

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:00
The muscles in your hips and torso strain to hold your lower half against the wall. You arch backward and extend one hand up to clasp the next hold—your thighs and calves burning with the effort of holding you steady and in balance. A moment later, when the tips of your fingers have secured their grip, there’s a wholesale shift in the muscles you call on to maintain your safe purchase on the climbing wall. Exercise is all about engaging your muscles—from your heart to your biceps and quads—and asking those muscles to perform work. And when it comes to activating and training a diverse range of muscles, few exercises rival climbing. Both climbing and bouldering, the name for climbing on low rock formations without a rope, involve “nearly the whole body’s...
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Local Woman Waits For a Heart On Valentine ’ s Day

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 23:14
BOSTON (CBS) — A Boston woman is waiting for a new heart this Valentine’s Day. But while her heart may be broken, she is living as though it is full. Cindy Washington was 19 and a freshman at Northeastern University pursuing a pre-law degree when she became overwhelmingly tired. “I started to lose my breath and to sweat a lot,” Cindy recalls. After many trips to the ER, doctors finally figured out her heart was enlarged, weak and failing. In fact, Cindy’s heart was so sick she went into cardiac arrest twice, both times revived by her mom. “She had to bring me to the floor and pump and revive me again the second time,” Cindy explains. “Both times my mom had to revive me.” Cindy was placed on the heart transplant list but by 2016 things were looking dire. Her only hope ...

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Charlotte Carney has a heart that won't beat properly

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:20
Charlotte Carney, 21, from Winnington, Cheshire is running out of time because of a disorder, that makes her heart beat poorly. There is no cure - except a heart transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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21-year-old woman has a heart that won't beat properly

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:15
Charlotte Carney, 21, from Winnington, Cheshire is running out of time because of a disorder, that makes her heart beat poorly. There is no cure - except a heart transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Cystic fibrosis sufferer's first breath with new lungs

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:03
Jennifer Jones, 40, had a lung transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in October after a battle with cystic fibrosis had reduced her lung function to 10 percent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Scientists create most sophisticated human liver model yet

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 04:00
(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) Scientists have developed the most sophisticated mini-livers to date. These organoids can potentially help scientists better understand certain congenital liver diseases as well as speed up efforts to create liver tissue in the lab for transplantation into patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Can we improve prognostic indications in acetaminophen-induced hepatic failure?

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 20:13
The objective was to compare the markers of hypoglycemia (glucose < 50 mg/dL,) coagulopathy, and lactic acidosis (lactate above hospital’s “normal” range) in predicting a composite endpoint of death or liver transplantation. The authors identified 334 unique cases. 19 of these were listed for transplant, and 13 actually received liver transplant. (2 transplanted patients subsequently died.) Although 96 patients (29%) met the King’s College Criteria, it is not clear how many of these who were not transplanted died. There were 40 deaths in all. After some statistical manipulation  which was not at all nearly described, the authors conclude that: The combination of hypoglycemia, coagulopathy, and lactic acidosis performed better than the King’s College crite...

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People on Liver Transplant Waitlist May Be No Worse Off if They Have Used Marijuana People on Liver Transplant Waitlist May Be No Worse Off if They Have Used Marijuana

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 20:11
Candidates on the liver transplant (LT) waitlist who have used marijuana have no worse outcomes than their counterparts on the list who have not used it, a single-center study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
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Cincinnati Children ’s advances effort to grow organs for transplant

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:05
Scientists at Cincinnati Children ’s Hospital recently advanced efforts to grow human organs in a lab, which could lead to life-saving transplants for people who are seriously ill.  Researchers at the Avondale-based hospital’s Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine have developed a new way to bioengineer human gut tissue a nd liver tissue, according to Cincinnati Children’s. The scientists devised a way to ensure genetic stability so organs are free from the risk of tumor growth as well… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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Chinese researchers report first lung stem cell transplantation clinical trial

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:00
A research team from Tongji University in China have made a breakthrough in human lung regeneration technology. For the first time, researchers have regenerated patients' damaged lungs using autologous lung stem cell transplantation in a pilot clinical trial. The study can be found in the open access journal Protein & Cell which is published by Springer Nature. (Source: World Pharma News)

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Deep-learning algorithm can assess breast density

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 06:00
A deep-learning algorithm can provide fully automated analysis of breast density...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Report: Interest surges in AI for radiology How will artificial intelligence enhance radiology? Breast density laws mystify primary care providers AI, radiomics help distinguish lung nodules on CT scans At high risk for breast cancer? Start screening early (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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Chinese researchers report first lung stem cell transplantation clinical trial

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:00
(Springer) A research team from Tongji University in China have made a breakthrough in human lung regeneration technology. For the first time, researchers have regenerated patients' damaged lungs using autologous lung stem cell transplantation in a pilot clinical trial. The study can be found in the open-access journal Protein& Cell which is published by Springer Nature. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
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OHSU ditches 'archaic' transplant policy

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 20:53
Oregon Health& Science University reversed course and announced Wednesday that it had ditched its “archaic" transplant policy that had prevented an undocumented woman from getting evaluated for a liver transplant. “Upon learning of the policy, OHSU leaders acted immediately and terminated the policy,” the university said in a written statement posted on its website. “We deeply regret th e pain this has caused the family.” The transplant team informed the family of the change, and OHSU’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

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