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Genomic blood test predicts survival rates after surgery for advanced heart failure

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:58
UCLA HealthDr. Mario DengFINDINGSAn experimental blood test developed at UCLA that uses gene activity data from immune cells was 93 percent accurate in predicting survival rates for people with advanced heart failure who had surgery to implant mechanical circulatory support devices.BACKGROUNDMechanical circulatory support devices, such as ventricular assist devices and temporary total artificial hearts, can be surgically implanted in people with advanced heart failure to help the heart ’s pumping function.But people with advanced heart failure often also suffer from multi-organ dysfunction syndrome, which can lead to death after a device is implanted and is associated with atypical white blood cell activity. When patients and doctors are considering a mechanical assist device, current cl...

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Woman in critical condition from liver failure can't get transplant due to protocols

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 00:21
The family of an Indigenous rights advocate from Newfoundland is considering legal action against an Ontario organ transplant agency after she was denied access to a liver transplant wait list based on a history of alcohol use disorder. (Source: CBC | Health)
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UK surgeon admits signing initials on patients' livers

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:16
A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Liver surgeon Simon Bramhall marked initials on patients

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:39
Simon Bramhall admits marking his initials on the livers of two transplant patients. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
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Invasive Pulmonary Mycoses in Lung Transplant Recipients

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:26
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 08:26Slide presentation (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)

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Altmetric announces the top 100 list for 2017

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 07:15
This study revealed a Dinosaur species had teeth that it lost as it aged. Testing of an Ebola vaccine during the West African outbreak found that it was completely effective – offering hope should the virus return. The development of an artificial womb for lambs has opened new possibilities for their application amongst humans. Topical issues Some key themes stood out. Scientific research, technology, humanity and environmental science continue to intersect and capture the public’s attention. The most widely discussed research topics in 2017 were: Medical Science (53) Biological Science (17) Earth and Environmental Science (9) Studies in Human Society (8) Medical and public health issues drew the highest levels of media attention. In addition to the top three articles, which all...

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Baby Max spends first year in Southampton hospital

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:16
Max Olivares has a rare heart and lung condition, which requires a complex transplant operation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
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Baby Max spends first year in Southampton hospital

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 05:16
Max Olivares has a rare heart and lung condition, which requires a complex transplant operation. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
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Ventricular Assist Devices as Bridge to Heart Transplantation: What You Need to Know

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:00
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Ventricular Assist Devices as Bridge to Heart Transplantation: Therapy Options

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:00
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Innovation Award winner: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:15
The McGowan Institute is developing an artificial lung for children and working on ways to keep organs for transplant longer. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

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Is seeing believing in imaging artificial intelligence?

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 06:00
Sometimes seeing is believing. An imaging artificial intelligence algorithm...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Video from RSNA 2017: How will AI change radiology? Can AI diagnose pneumonia better than radiologists? Deep learning shows promise for bone age assessment AI algorithm predicts lung disease, adverse events on CT Can AI accurately diagnose tuberculosis from chest x-rays? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)

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' Prehab' for Improved Liver Transplantation Outcomes'Prehab' for Improved Liver Transplantation Outcomes

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:54
Dr William Balistreri on new data suggesting the value of addressing frailty and malnutrition in patients awaiting liver transplantation.Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
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South Africa:50 Years Since the First Heart Transplant - What a Piece of Work Is a Man!

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:14
[Daily Maverick] The 50th anniversary of the first successful heart transplant encourages J. BROOKS SPECTOR to look back at Dr Chris Barnard's unprecedented medical moment - and to think about what happens next. Shades of the final scenes in the Robin Williams film, Bicentennial Man, perhaps? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Heart transplants could be discarded 'within 10 years'

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 08:45
Professor Stephen Westaby, of Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, thinks surgeons should begin to use artificial pumps and stem cell therapy instead. He believes it would make a good alternative. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Health Highlights: Dec. 5, 2017

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 08:12
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Policy For Distribution of Livers for Transplant in U.S. Changes in how livers for transplant are distributed across the United States will... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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‘Living ink’ points the way to 3D-printed human organs

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 04:00
The technology could lead to the creation of hearts and kidneys for transplantation (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
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What will medicine be able to do with hearts?

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 00:09
Heart transplantation has become a routine surgical operation, but the future promises equally amazing progress. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Genes on Y chromosome protect against pulmonary hypertension, study suggests

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 20:26
This study is the first to examine the involvement of sex chromosomes in the disease's development in the absence of sex hormones. In humans, females typically have two copies of the X chromosome, while males typically have one X and one Y chromosome.METHODIn the lab, the researchers engineered mice with different chromosomal makeups and measured their development of pulmonary hypertension in an environment with 10 percent oxygen, which is a well-established setting for inducing the disease.One group of mice was engineered with sex chromosomes that were independent of their gonadal sex, or sex based on their genitalia, so that the researchers could isolate the impact of sex chromosomes. The other group of mice in the experiment had different variants of sex chromosomes in order for the res...

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Genes on Y chromosome protect against pulmonary hypertension, study suggests

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 20:26
This study is the first to examine the involvement of sex chromosomes in the disease's development in the absence of sex hormones. In humans, females typically have two copies of the X chromosome, while males typically have one X and one Y chromosome.METHODIn the lab, the researchers engineered mice with different chromosomal makeups and measured their development of pulmonary hypertension in an environment with 10 percent oxygen, which is a well-established setting for inducing the disease.One group of mice was engineered with sex chromosomes that were independent of their gonadal sex, or sex based on their genitalia, so that the researchers could isolate the impact of sex chromosomes. The other group of mice in the experiment had different variants of sex chromosomes in order for the res...

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