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UCLA receives $8.4 million NIH grant to help liver transplant recipients stay healthier

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 03:00
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) UCLA has received an $8.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research ways to help donated livers last longer and improve outcomes for transplant recipients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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UCLA receives $8.4 million NIH grant to help liver transplant recipients stay healthier longer

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 17:11
UCLA has received an $8.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research ways to help donated livers last longer and improve outcomes for transplant recipients.The five-year grant is the fourth in a series from the NIH to the Dumont –UCLA Transplant Center to develop medications to prevent the body from rejecting a transplanted liver and help patients live longer, healthier lives. The grants have totaled more than $13 million.The initiative is headed by Dr. Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski, the Paul I. Terasaki Chair in Surgery and vice chair of research at the Department of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The project brings together the expertise and experience of researchers from the UCLA departments of surgery, pathology and laboratory medicine, and m...
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Texas woman saved by lung transplant meets donor's mother

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:33
Mother-of-two Selwa Mitchell, 39, from Dallas, had an emotional meeting with Kimber Spinks, who donated the lungs of her daughter Kendall who died in a car accident aged just 18. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Google ’ s Verily is developing AI-powered heart disease test using retinal images

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 14:35
Google (NSDQ:GOOG) parent Alphabet‘s (NSDQ:GOOGL) Verily is developing a new artificial-intelligence powered test that searches for indicators of heart disease risk present in retina images, according to a new study. The study, which has not yet been peer reviewed but has been published by Cornell University, details a new machine-learning powered system designed by Verily to “discover new knowledge from retinal fundus images.” The system operates on data from 284,335 patients, validated on 2 independent datasets of 12,026 and 999 patients, to predict cardiovascular risks “not previously thought to be present or quantifiable in retinal images,” according to the study publication. Researchers claim they were able to use the system to determine a patient’s a...

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NaviGate touts 1st 52mm transcatheter tricuspid valve procedure

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 14:59
NaviGate Cardiac Structures touted this week that its Gate catheter-guided tricuspid atrioventricular valved stent was implanted six weeks ago into a patient’s transplanted heart. The patient’s transplanted heart was failing due to severe tricuspid valve insufficiency. The successful implantation at the Policlinico of the University of Padua, Italy, is the first European-based patient treated with the company’s tricuspid replacement heart valve. Three hours after the procedure, the patient was showing improved renal function, NaviGate reported. Two months after the intervention, the 67-year-old male patient has improved clinically and boasts excellent valvular function, according to the company. This procedure brings the total number of NaviGate tricuspid implant cases th...

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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Epidemic Increasing Greatly Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Epidemic Increasing Greatly

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 19:58
The burden of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasing greatly, and the need for liver transplants is likely to outstrip the supply of donors, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)

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NHS no longer uses post-it notes for heart transplants

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:47
The pioneering system is 300 times faster, NHS Blood and Transplant experts claim, and has removed around 40 lengthy steps from the organ matching process. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Advocating for Bridget: Coping with Hirschsprung ’s disease

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 12:00
On June 20, Bridget Landry celebrated a very special day with a hearty steak dinner. But it wasn’t her birthday. Instead, the 10-year-old and her family were marking the sixth anniversary of the day her ostomy bag was removed. As she enjoyed her meal, her parents, Carl and Laura, marveled at just how far their daughter had come. “For her first birthday, she couldn’t even take a bite of cake,” remembers Carl. Bridget’s first few months of life were similar to those of most infants: She had a typical birth, nursed and met all her milestones. Yet at six months, her parents began to notice something was amiss. She wouldn’t eat solid food, wasn’t having bowel movements and her belly looked distended. Her pediatrician suggested that she might just be constipated. “But in our hear...
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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 28, 2017

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:00
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Resonetics acquires Aduro Laser Resonetics announced that it has acquired Aduro Laser. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We are very excited to partner with Grayson Beck and Demian Backs, who have created raving fans with Aduro’s disruptive business model,” Tom Burns, Resonetics’ CEO, said. “We share a similar culture with an emphasis on innovation, speed and cust...

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Abbott wins FDA nod for HeartMate 3 pump

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 12:00
Abbott (NYSE:ABT) said today that the FDA approved its HeartMate 3 implantable pump for heart failure patients awaiting a transplant. The approval is the latest for the HeartMate line of left ventricular assist devices first developed by Thoratec, which was later acquired by St. Jude Medical before a $25 billion merger brought it to Abbott earlier this year. Abbott said HeartMate 3 features full magnetic levitation for the pump’s impeller, aiming to cause less trauma to blood cells as they pass through the pump. Although it is smaller than its predecessor, Abbott claimed it has the industry’s largest “pump pathway.” The device won CE Mark approval in the European Union in October 2015. “Heart failure is a crippling and costly disease and the HeartMate 3 syst...
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Ex-miner with a double lung transplant

MedWorm Lung Transplant - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 15:41
Nine years of working in coal mines destroyed Will Goddard's lungs, but with the help of a specialist clinic in Rotherham he was able to get a double lung transplant. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Franklin Square Medical Center wants to start doing liver, kidney transplants

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:51
The programs would not require any new building or renovation at the hospital, and comes with an equipment price tag of about $75,800. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
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Many Heart Failure Patients Don ’ t Recognize the Risks of Their Illness Many Heart Failure Patients Don ’ t Recognize the Risks of Their Illness

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 18:40
Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Eleven-Year-Old Boy Receives Kidney for Christmas at Duke

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 17:39
Treatment TermsPediatric Kidney Transplant Author Hallie Potocki Overview After battling kidney disease his entire young life, 11-year-old Kaleek Beatty got the best present he could ask for, just five days before Christmas 2016. Duke Children's Hospital called to say they had found a kidney for him. Hero Imagekaleekbeatty_blog.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Born with Kidney Disease ContentAsk a typical 11-year-old, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and you’re likely to hear “sports superstar” or “rock musician.” Ask Kaleek Beatty, though, and his unhesitating reply is, “kidney transplant doctor.”“I want to be able to help other kids the way the doctors at Duke helped me,” answered Kaleek, reflecting the same upbeat, can-do attitude of...
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Fewer antibiotic prescriptions are being filled, a new analysis finds

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:00
The use of antibiotics among Americans with commercial health insurance has decreased during the past several years, according to a new analysis that nevertheless shows lingering variations for different ages and in different parts of the country. The study released on Thursday provides the latest evidence of how doctors and patients have begun to heed warnings […]Related:NIH unit deletes references to climate ‘change’Do your eyes hurt after the solar eclipse? Here’s what you need to know.A heart transplant saved this 13-year-old boy’s life. But he died on his first day of school. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)

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Many heart failure patients don ’t recognize the risks of their illness

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:35
(Reuters Health) - Even though doctors think most people with heart failure have a high likelihood of requiring a heart transplant or dying from complications of their illness, a small U.S. study suggests that many patients see a much rosier picture of their future. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Medical Extrusion Technologies loses trademark bid

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:09
A U.S. trademark board last week shot down a bid by Medical Extrusion Technologies to trademark its name, ruling that the name is not distinct enough to trademark. MET applied to trademark its name for “polyurethanes in the form of sheets, films, pellets, granules, and tubes for use in the manufacture of medical devices, medical diagnostic devices, artificial vascular grafts, stents, pacemaker leads, artificial heart pump diaphragms, catheters, drug delivery devices, orthopedic and spinal implants, blood glucose monitors, and blood gas analyzers.” Get the full story at our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing. The post Medical Extrusion Technologies loses trademark bid appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
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New use of blood cleaning device saves high-risk patients with liver failure

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 03:00
(University of Maryland Medical Center) University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

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New Use of Blood Cleaning Device Saves High-Risk Patients With Liver Failure

MedWorm Heart Transplant - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 23:00
Severe acute liver failure (ALF), a rare but life-threatening illness, is associated with high death rates if patients don’t receive timely treatment or a liver transplant. Unlike the heart or the kidneys, there is no established mechanical device to replace the liver’s function. Now, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought. (Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine News Headlines)
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New Use of Blood Cleaning Device Saves High-Risk Patients With Liver Failure

MedWorm Liver Transplant - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 23:00
Severe acute liver failure (ALF), a rare but life-threatening illness, is associated with high death rates if patients don’t receive timely treatment or a liver transplant. Unlike the heart or the kidneys, there is no established mechanical device to replace the liver’s function. Now, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought. (Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine News Headlines)
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