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Living-donor Liver Transplantation May Benefit Children Living-donor Liver Transplantation May Benefit Children

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:52
Living-donor liver transplantation appears to have significant benefits in pediatric transplant patients, according to a retrospective study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
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Undocumented Woman Cleared For Liver Transplant After Oregon Hospital Rolls Back ‘Archaic’ Policy

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:58
An Oregon hospital has eliminated an “archaic” policy that would have barred an undocumented Portland resident from getting a lifesaving liver transplant. Silvia Lesama-Santos, a mother of four who is covered by her husband’s insurance and has lived in Portland for 30 years, was originally denied care at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) hospital because of her immigration status, the Oregonian reports. The Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took up Lesama-Santos’ case, putting out a statement on Tuesday calling for the hospital to roll back any policy that limits access to organ transplants based on immigration status. “Everyone deserves to have access to life-saving medical care,” the statement reads. “It is i...
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A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:40
Hospital officials in Oregon have ended a policy that prevented an undocumented woman from getting a liver transplant because of her immigration status after outcry, according to local news reports. Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, a mother of four who has lived in the country for at least 30 years, was denied the transplant in a letter Tuesday from […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
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A hospital refused a new liver to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:40
Hospital officials in Oregon have ended a policy that prevented an undocumented woman from getting a liver transplant because of her immigration status after outcry, according to local news reports. Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, a mother of four who has lived in the country for at least 30 years, was denied the transplant in a letter Tuesday from […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
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A hospital refused a new kidney to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:40
Hospital officials in Oregon have ended a policy that prevented an undocumented woman from getting a liver transplant because of her immigration status after outcry, according to local news reports. Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, a mother of four who has lived in the country for at least 30 years, was denied the transplant in a letter Tuesday from […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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A hospital refused a new kidney to a woman because she was undocumented. Then it found its heart.

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:40
Hospital officials in Oregon have ended a policy that prevented an undocumented woman from getting a liver transplant because of her immigration status after outcry, according to local news reports. Silvia Lesama-Santos, 46, a mother of four who has lived in the country for at least 30 years, was denied the transplant in a letter Tuesday from […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsBillionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicineFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, who just purchased the Los Angeles Times, is a controversial figure in medicine

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:30
Patrick Soon-Shiong, a respected transplant surgeon from the University of California at Los Angeles turned entrepreneur and philanthropist, first became famous for inventing an important cancer drug. His idea involved packaging a tumor-poisoning substance inside the protein albumin, which is one of the main “foods” for cancer growth. The medication, Abraxane, is now used for a wide range […]Related:Robin Williams’s suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deathsFDA ramps up warnings about kratom, calling unregulated herb an ‘opioid’Why car horns, planes and sirens might be bad for your heart (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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From the heart: The tale of a three-time transplant recipient

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:59
Playing youth hockey and Little League in the spring of 1988, I started to become easily fatigued. I became very weak and could no longer run around. By May, a visit to my pediatrician resulted in a trip to the Boston Children’s Hospital Cardiology Clinic on Fegan 6 and the first of many cardiac catheterizations I would receive in my life. The results of that first procedure were shared in my corner room across from the nurses’ station on 6 East (the cardiac step-down at the time): I would need a heart transplant for cardiomyopathy. It was Friday the 13th. I was 10 years old. Tim, before he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy The first of two heart transplants In July 1988, I had the seventh heart transplant ever performed at Boston Children’s. Dr. Mayer was my surgeon. Incredibly,...
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Bill Frist named to the board of Brentwood company

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:26
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist has been named to the board of directors for Brentwood-based MyNexus. First, founder of NashvilleHealth and co-founder of Aspire Health, has deep ties to Nashville’s health care industry as the son and brother of two of the founders of HCA Healthcare Inc. He is also a nationally acclaimed heart- and lung-transplant surgeon and an adjunct professor of cardiac surge ry at Vanderbilt University. “There are very few people in the world that have an understanding of the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
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Bill Frist named to the board of Brentwood company

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:26
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist has been named to the board of directors for Brentwood-based MyNexus. First, founder of NashvilleHealth and co-founder of Aspire Health, has deep ties to Nashville’s health care industry as the son and brother of two of the founders of HCA Healthcare Inc. He is also a nationally acclaimed heart- and lung-transplant surgeon and an adjunct professor of cardiac surge ry at Vanderbilt University. “There are very few people in the world that have an understanding of the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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Time of Death: New AI Technology Tries To Predict and Prevent Death

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:41
If you could know the exact day you die, would you want to? The question may not be as far-fetched as you might think, thanks to a new algorithm designed to analyze digital medical records and compare them to real-time health data to calculate the risk of impending health events. The FDA cleared technology from Excel Medical, known as the WAVE Clinical Platform, is being billed as the world’s first patient surveillance and predictive algorithm platform. The device was designed as an always-on remote monitoring platform that can track real-time data, such as vital signs, and use that information in conjunction with the user’s medical history and family medical history to calculate the risk of a potentially fatal impending health event. So far the platform has shown the ability to pre...

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Photos capture Adalynn Grace just before she dies of CHD

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 21:11
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Photos capture 2 year old just before she dies of CHD

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 18:40
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Photos capture Adalynn Grace's final moments

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 16:31
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Heartbreaking photos capture two-year-old's final moments

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:08
Adalynn Grace, two year's old, was one of those born with the defect, and she passed away while waiting for a heart transplant at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, surrounded by her family. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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How will artificial intelligence enhance radiology?

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 06:00
Success for artificial intelligence in radiology will be determined by its...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: AI, radiomics help distinguish lung nodules on CT scans AI-based chatbot answers routine radiology questions AI's role in radiology evolving toward a promising future Machine learning could reduce inappropriate knee MRI scans Can radiology ever be more like widget manufacturing? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
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Woman's nagging cough turned out to be an enlarged heart

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 21:57
Peg Ollinger, 57, of Wisconsin, learned she had an enlarged heart in 2016 after having a persistent cough that was misdiagnosed as pneumonia twice. She lost 60 pound for a transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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What is the Difference Between an Association and a Syndrome?

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 23:06
Discussion VATER association was first described in the 1970s with additional congenital malformations being added to the association so it is most often called VACTERL association. It is a highly heterogeneous, overlapping condition estimated to occur in ~1/10,000-40,000 births. The cause is unknown. In animal models, some signaling pathway gene mutations have phenotypes of VACTERL association. Experts suggest that patients having at least 2 components should be further evaluated (at least 3 for diagnosis) for VACTERL and other diseases in its differential diagnosis. There are more than 30 syndromes, mutations and diseases that have components of the malformations in VACTERL association. Alagille syndrome , CHARGE Syndrome, Blackfan-Diamond anemia, Holt-Oram syndrome, and Caudal regressi...

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'It's a ticking timebomb': NHS set for liver disease crisis

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 07:07
LIVER disease caused by obesity and poor lifestyle is a “ticking timebomb” for the NHS, experts say. Around three million Britons are believed to have dangerous levels of fat building up around their livers which could lead to organ breakdown and the need for transplants. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Can smoking marijuana cause meningitis?

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 18:30
Cryptococcus neoformans (wikipedia.org) 2.5 out of 5 stars Cryptococcal meningitis in a daily cannabis smoker without evidence of immunodeficiency. Shapiro BB et al. BMJ Case Rep 2018 Jan 26 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract Can smoking marijuana cause meningitis? The question is not unreasonable. A wide range of pathogenic fungi — including Aspergillus and various Cryptococcus species — have been isolated from dispensary-grade medical marijuana samples. Concern that these pathogens could cause pneumonia or central nervous system infections has focussed on those with immunodeficiency, such as HIV and organ transplant patients. This case report describes at 48-year-old California woman who presented to hospital with a “2-month history of progressive fatigue, dizziness, memory im...

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