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Chris Martin surprises 17-year-old fan with fatal disease

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:06
Coldplay singer Chris Martin surprised a fan, Heidi Hernandez - who is in desperate need of a liver transplant - on Saturday. Hernandez said Coldplay's music kept her from being depressed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse? Here ’ s what you need to know.

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:37
So you looked directly at the sun while trying to watch the solar eclipse. Maybe you didn't read the warnings or couldn't get your hands on a pair of eclipse glasses. Or maybe you did have them but couldn't resist, just for a few seconds, staring straight at the sun with your naked eyes, experts be darned. […]Related:A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy’s life. But he died on his first day of school.Elderly couple got ‘deepest wish’ — to die together — in rare euthanasia caseTibetan Buddhism-based ‘compassion’ training for doctors targets burnout (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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‘An easy decision’: Finding care for short bowel syndrome

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:00
Allie DeRienzo loves to dance, sing and play with her big brother, switching from the pink-and-purple cartoon world of Shimmer and Shine to the action-packed fantasy of Star Wars with the blink of an eye. It’s a flexibility that has served her well: In just a few years, she’s endured more ups and downs than most 3-year-olds. Although her pregnancy was normal, it became clear as soon as Allie was born that something wasn’t right. “She was incredibly distended and was transferred almost immediately to a high-level neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in New York,” remembers her mother, Nanci. Concern and confusion It was a confusing time for everyone. “She was failing to thrive in the NICU, but no one there actually told us she had short bowel syndrome,” says Nanci. This rare b...

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Boy with heart transplant dies on first day of school

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:14
Peyton West's parents would never have thought that his first day of school this year was going to be his last. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Boy who had heart transplant dies on first day of school

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:14
Peyton West's parents don't know what went wrong with his heart (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy ’ s life. But he died on his first day of school.

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 13:39
Peyton West woke up early Thursday morning, his first day back to school. Carrying his red backpack, wearing his gray shirt and his red-framed glasses — red and gray are his favorite colors — he posed for a first-day-of-school picture outside his family's house in Ohio, just outside Cincinnati. The 13-year-old, who was born with only […]Related:Elderly couple got ‘deepest wish’ — to die together — in rare euthanasia caseTibetan Buddhism-based ‘compassion’ training for doctors targets burnoutThere’s plague in Arizona. Authorities warn of fleas that can infect people and pets. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Study: Proven Ways to Boost Live Kidney Donors Lacking

MedWorm Kidney Transplant - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 21:00
Home-based educational programs seemed to deliver best results
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Risk Assessment Differs for Doctors, Heart Failure Patients

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:00
Doctors consider most patients with advanced heart failure to be at high risk for transplant, LVAD, death (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)

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Should we transplant pig organs into humans? | Chas Newkey-Burden and Susan Watts

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00
With a breakthrough in gene editing, the prospect of breeding animals to harvest their organs looms. Chas Newkey-Burden and Susan Watts go head to headPigs are intelligent creatures with social instincts and emotional depth. We are so closely related to them that their hearts can replace our own. But what sort of person would kill a relative for spare parts?Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
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A biventricular repair for Jayce ’s one-of-a-kind heart

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:00
Amanda Mattioli was working in Afghanistan as a government contractor and had just completed a whirlwind round of travel to three separate continents when she learned she was pregnant. The helicopter unit that took her back to the main base so she could return home for her pregnancy gave her a unit sticker to commemorate her baby’s first helicopter ride. Little did she know it would also mark the beginning of a much longer journey for her and her son, William “Jayce” James. Amanda got her first hint the ride would be bumpy at her 20-week ultrasound, when she learned Jayce’s heart was on the right side of his chest, rather than the left side. She was sent to a hospital in nearby Pittsburgh for a level 2 ultrasound, where doctors discovered Jayce had three other major heart defects: ...

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A biventricular repair for Jayce ’s one-of-a-kind heart

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:00
Amanda Mattioli was working in Afghanistan as a government contractor and had just completed a whirlwind round of travel to three separate continents when she learned she was pregnant. The helicopter unit that took her back to the main base so she could return home for her pregnancy gave her a unit sticker to commemorate her baby’s first helicopter ride. Little did she know it would also mark the beginning of a much longer journey for her and her son, William “Jayce” James. Amanda got her first hint the ride would be bumpy at her 20-week ultrasound, when she learned Jayce’s heart was on the right side of his chest, rather than the left side. She was sent to a hospital in nearby Pittsburgh for a level 2 ultrasound, where doctors discovered Jayce had three other major heart defects: ...

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A biventricular repair for Jayce ’s one-of-a-kind heart

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 13:00
Amanda Mattioli was working in Afghanistan as a government contractor and had just completed a whirlwind round of travel to three separate continents when she learned she was pregnant. The helicopter unit that took her back to the main base so she could return home for her pregnancy gave her a unit sticker to commemorate her baby’s first helicopter ride. Little did she know it would also mark the beginning of a much longer journey for her and her son, William “Jayce” James. Amanda got her first hint the ride would be bumpy at her 20-week ultrasound, when she learned Jayce’s heart was on the right side of his chest, rather than the left side. She was sent to a hospital in nearby Pittsburgh for a level 2 ultrasound, where doctors discovered Jayce had three other major heart defects: ...

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Gene editing brings pig organ transplant closer

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:14
Conclusion This promising research shows that it can be possible to use gene editing techniques to eliminate retroviruses from pigs, removing one of the potential barriers to using genetically modified pigs as organ donors for humans. There are a few points to note. As the researchers say, though they have shown that pig retroviruses can be passed onto human cells in the laboratory, we don't know what the effects would be in real life. We don't know whether pig retroviruses would be transferred to humans and whether they could cause cancers or immunodeficiency illnesses, for example. The research is at an early stage. The study has shown that they can produce retrovirus-free piglets but moving onto pig organ donation is another step. While some pig tissues have been in medical use for deca...

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The tube, the team and the family that give life

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 13:24
As 2-year-old Naema Alshehhi turns the pages of her favorite book, her eyes glimmer with curiosity. Sitting with her father, Àbdulla and big sister, Dana, in their temporary Boston apartment, the inquisitive toddler points to a number of shapes and is fascinated by the rainbow of color. During this quiet moment, you see the gentle outline of Naema’s central line through her tiny shirt. The lifesaving tube — surgically inserted into her chest — provides the nourishment needed to manage the rare intestinal disorder she was born with, called microvillus inclusion disease (MVID). The condition, which causes severe diarrhea and an inability to absorb nutrients, requires specialized parenteral nutrition (PN) and intravenous hydration support at home. For the Alshehhi fam...
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UR Medicine Provides 3 Heart Transplants in 5 Days

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:38
UR Medicine ’s Advanced Heart Failure team recently performed three heart transplant surgeries in a span of just five days at Strong Memorial Hospital, providing the Gift of Life for three men from across Upstate New York. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)

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WATCH: California man to get lifesaving kidney donation

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:02
Michael Hermogeno suffers from severe heart disease and has been on dialysis and waiting for a transplant for nearly a year. (Source: ABC News: Health)
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Antibiotic ineffective at preventing lung complication after stem cell transplant: Study

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 14:26
An antibiotic treatment intended to lower stem cell transplant patients' risk of developing a respiratory complication appears to have backfired. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)

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Aum Cardiovascular gets permission to start using heart monitoring device

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:48
Northfield-based Aum Cardiovascular said Tuesday it's received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to start selling a handheld digital stethoscope that pairs with an artificial-intelligence system to help medical experts look for signs of heart murmurs in patients with chest pain. The Star Tribune reports on the approval and Aum's plans for the device, called Cadence, which can identify sounds associated with issues such as heart valve disease, congestive heart failure and obstructive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 06:00
Title: Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell TransplantCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/8/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/9/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
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iMedicalApps: Diagnostic App for CKD Benefits Providers and Patients

MedWorm Kidney Transplant - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 21:30
eGFR calculator and quick reference from National Kidney Foundation
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