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'Arrogant' UK surgeon burned initials onto patients' livers

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:46
A British surgeon who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations has been fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600) and ordered to perform community service (Source: ABC News: Health)

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'UK should follow Wales' lead on organ donation'

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 05:12
Liver transplant patient Ellie Lacey urges other UK nations to move to presumed consent organ donation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Study: Implantable robot helps spur tissue regeneration

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 14:24
An implantable, programmable robot induced cell growth and lengthened part of the esophagus in an animal model by more than 75%, according to researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital. The team reported in Science Robotics today that the robot triggered tissue growth without interfering with organ function. The system could help regrow parts of the esophagus that are missing in people with long-gap esophageal atresia, the researchers noted. “This project demonstrates proof-of-concept that miniature robots can induce organ growth inside a living being for repair or replacement, while avoiding the sedation and paralysis currently required for the most difficult cases of esophageal atresia,” co-investigator Dr. Russell Jennings, surgical director of the Esophageal and Air...

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NTT Data, Pieces Technologies to collaborate

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 17:58
NTT Data Services has partnered with artificial intelligence developer Pieces...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: NTT Data debuts analytics platform, partners with MD.ai NTT Data expands its enterprise imaging portfolio NTT Data partners with Imbio for lung analytics (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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Children With Liver Transplants Often Don ’ t Stick to Their Meds Children With Liver Transplants Often Don ’ t Stick to Their Meds

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 23:52
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South Africa:Hillcrest Teen Gets Second Chance At Life

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 14:18
[News24Wire] A Hillcrest teen, who underwent a double lung and heart transplant, says he hopes to do all the things he dreamed of. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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South Africa:Hillcrest Teen Gets Second Chance At Life

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 14:18
[News24Wire] A Hillcrest teen, who underwent a double lung and heart transplant, says he hopes to do all the things he dreamed of. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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These lab-grown blood vessel replacements could benefit dialysis patients

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 15:14
[Image from University of Minnesota]University of Minnesota researchers have developed a blood vessel replacement made of biological materials in a lab. The lab-grown vessels have no living cells at implantation and could be used as a graft for kidney dialysis patients. The lab-engineered blood vessel replacement is the first nonsynthetic, decellularized graft that is repopulated with cells using the recipient’s cells when implanted. The grafts could also be used as coronary and peripheral bypass blood vessel and tubular heart valves. Approximately 480,000 people are on dialysis in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. An arteriovenous fistula that connects an artery to a vein in the arm is typically how blood vessels are accesse...

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Invasive Aspergillosis in Heart Transplant Recipients

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:08
Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:08News blog (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
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New year. New lungs.

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:00
I’ve had asthma and chronic lung disease since I was very young. I had to use everything — from my head to my toes — to help me breathe. I remember being able to hear myself wheezing, to feel my lungs rattling. I had marks all over my face from my oxygen mask. I thought I would never be clear of mucus and never be able to walk without being out of breath. All I ever wanted was to breathe. I spent so much energy trying to breathe that I didn’t have much left for eating, so I was really skinny. I spent a lot of time in a wheelchair. When I was able to walk, it would be for short distances and my shoulders would slouch downward. People would stare and point at me. I wanted to tell them, “It’s not my fault! I’m sick.” It was so frustrating. It was helpful to keep a journal wit...
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New year. New lungs.

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:00
I’ve had asthma and chronic lung disease since I was very young. I had to use everything — from my head to my toes — to help me breathe. I remember being able to hear myself wheezing, to feel my lungs rattling. I had marks all over my face from my oxygen mask. I thought I would never be clear of mucus and never be able to walk without being out of breath. All I ever wanted was to breathe. I spent so much energy trying to breathe that I didn’t have much left for eating, so I was really skinny. I spent a lot of time in a wheelchair. When I was able to walk, it would be for short distances and my shoulders would slouch downward. People would stare and point at me. I wanted to tell them, “It’s not my fault! I’m sick.” It was so frustrating. It was helpful to keep a journal wit...
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Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Hope or Hype?

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:29
The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on the rise in the technology sector and has become a buzz-worthy topic in many corners of our digital world. The application of AI in the medical field holds great promise for improving patient health, but will doctors and patients feel comfortable using it? Young startups have begun leveraging this technology to prove better health outcomes, but there's still a lot to do before we'll see AI used pervasively in the clinic. Current Landscape To date, the sweet spot in healthcare AI has been pairing algorithms with structured exercises in reading patient data and medical images to train machines to detect abnormalities. This training is called “deep learning.” In the same way, algorithms are being used to sift through vast amounts of medical l...

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Artificial lung dev Breethe raises $3m

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 18:56
Artificial lung developer Breethe raised approximately $3 million in an equity financing round, according to an SEC filing posted late last month. Funds raised during the round will cover the sales and issuance of Series Seed-4 preferred stock and the underlying common stock convertible from it, according to the filing. The Baltimore-based company is developing the Oxy-1 ambulatory artificial lung system which is designed for home use for patients who suffer from acute and chronic lung failure, according to its website. The system includes a portable pack, which contains the unit’s batteries, oxygen source and pump motor and controller, a pump-lung unit which it anticipates will need to be replaced every 30 days and a blood cannula connection to the heart. Breethe was formed in 2014 as ...

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Artificial lung dev Breethe raises $3m

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 18:56
Artificial lung developer Breethe raised approximately $3 million in an equity financing round, according to an SEC filing posted late last month. Funds raised during the round will cover the sales and issuance of Series Seed-4 preferred stock and the underlying common stock convertible from it, according to the filing. The Baltimore-based company is developing the Oxy-1 ambulatory artificial lung system which is designed for home use for patients who suffer from acute and chronic lung failure, according to its website. The system includes a portable pack, which contains the unit’s batteries, oxygen source and pump motor and controller, a pump-lung unit which it anticipates will need to be replaced every 30 days and a blood cannula connection to the heart. Breethe was formed in 2014 as ...

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Delilah Saunders back in hospital after being discharged amid transplant controversy

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:04
An Inuk activist from Labrador is back in hospital with pancreatitis after doctors told her she would not need a liver transplant amid questions about her eligibility under an Ontario transplant program's alcohol-use policy. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Mother of 3 receives liver transplant from complete stranger after Facebook plea

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 21:06
Jeff Bramstedt from California had never met Melinda Ray but he flew to Colorado to save her life. (Source: ABC News: Health)
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An encore for an opera singer who survived two double lung transplants

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:13
This fall, the opera singer celebrated her donor by performing at the Cleveland Clinic with her friend Esperanza Tufani, the donor's daughter (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
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Rebranding HF: Who Would Be Branded With Failure? Rebranding HF: Who Would Be Branded With Failure?

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 04:45
In this commentary, the author wonders if the"heart failure" label, which connotes defeat and stigma, is hindering effective care.Circulation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)

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Texas baby with rare liver disease makes surprise recovery

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 18:05
Leia Garcia, one, was born with a rare liver disease and had a transplant last month. She stunned doctors with her recovery and is expected to go home to celebrate Christmas in Texas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Baby with rare liver disease stuns doctors with recovery

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:08
Leia Garcia, one, was born with a rare liver disease and had a transplant last month. She stunned doctors with her recovery and is expected to go home to celebrate Christmas in Texas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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