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Teen DENIED life-saving double lung transplant after testing positive for marijuana

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 20:22
(Natural News) Just next door in the state of Colorado, its use is commonly recommended to patients to help relieve pain and provide relief from disease. But in Utah, cannabis consumption is apparently not only frowned upon, but it could end up actually barring a patient’s access to life-saving medical treatments. This is exactly what... (Source: NaturalNews.com)

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Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to potentially help premature babies

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 18:40
(Reuters) – Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival. In pre-clinical studies with lambs, the researchers were able to mimic the womb environment and the functions of the placenta, giving premature offspring a crucial opportunity to develop their lungs and other organs. Around 30,000 babies in the United States alone are born critically early – at between 23 and 26 weeks of gestation, the researchers told reporters in a telephone briefing. At that age, a human baby weighs little more than 500 grams, its lungs are not able to cope with air and its chances of survival are low. Death rates are up to 70% an...
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Artificial Intelligence May Help Combat TB in Remote Regions

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00
Title: Artificial Intelligence May Help Combat TB in Remote RegionsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/25/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/26/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
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Man initially denied lung transplant for pot use dies

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:58
Riley Hancey received a double lung transplant last month, after first being denied the life-saving procedure last year when he tested positive for marijuana (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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How Common is α -1-Antitrypsin Deficiency?

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:32
Discussion α-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency (A1AT) is a common single-gene mutation disease that is homozygous recessive. The normal allele is called M and the most common abnormal allele is Z. There are other alleles though. The gene codes for one of the primary protease inhibitors in the serum, thus those who are homozygous for the Z gene are sometimes referred to as “PIZZ” or “PIZ.” α-1-Antitrypsin is found in all body tissues but is especially important in the serum and lung. As noted it is one of the primary neutrophil protease inhibitors in the serum, and acts to neutralize these enzymes when they leak into the extracellular fluid during inflammation. The Z mutation causes the synthesis of an abnormal protein which is retained in the hepatocytes and accu...
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Sharing Mayo Clinic: Persistence propels patient through double-lung transplant

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 23:00
Steve Shank knows what it's like to face an uphill climb. Despite being legally blind and affected by albinism, he has been an avid bicyclist for years, competing in 100-mile rides on the rolling hills of Iowa. The arduous contests challenged Steve physically and mentally, giving the Iowa City native an ability to endure difficult [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
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Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:29
Conclusion The researchers used data from a large ongoing cohort study to look for links between consumption of sugary and artificially sweetened drinks and risk of stroke or dementia. This cohort study benefits from the large overall sample size, long period of data collection, careful and valid diagnostic assessments, and adjustments for a number of confounders. However, care must be taken when interpreting these results – particularly if latching on to the maximal tripled risk figures reported in the media. There are several points to consider: Small numbers The new number of strokes and dementia in this study was small, just 3% and 5% of the cohort, respectively. The most common category for consumption of artificially sweetened drinks in the full cohort was actually zero. The paper ...
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He lost his sight to cancer, but not his vision of a full life

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:00
When Tim Conners collected his wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2012 at the age of 18, he was blind from childhood leukemia that had spread to his optic nerve and craving inspiration to transcend his disability. A football player and wrestler who’d never been an outdoorsman, he asked to meet Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on seven continents. Tim’s wish came true. He had 2½ terrifying but transformative days of outdoor adventures in Colorado with Erik, who lost his sight to a degenerative eye disorder at 13. Now Tim is training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the 19,000-foot peak in Tanzania in May, shortly after he graduates from Ithaca College. He’s already climbed four peaks in Colorado, including the 14,000-foot...
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Teen denied lung transplant after smoking pot, family says

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 03:43
19-year-old needed double lung transplant ​, but his family says because he tested positive for chief intoxicant in marijuana​ he was denied spot on list (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Smithfield Makes Move On Market For Pig-Human Transplants

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:23
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ALung closes $36m Series C

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 18:29
Artificial lung-like device developer ALung Technologies said today it closed a $36 million Series C financing round, with funds slated to support a US pivotal trial of its Hemolung respiratory assist system as it pursues FDA approval. The Pittsburgh, Penn.-based company is developing the Hemolung device, an extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal system that works by removing carbon dioxide and delivering oxygen directly to a patient’s blood via a small catheter inserted into the jugular or femoral vein. The funding round was led by Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) and UPMC and joined by Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD), The Accelerator Fund, Allos Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, Blue Tree Ventures and Riverfront Ventures. “Since 2013, hundreds of patients with acute respiratory failure have been succes...
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Local biotech firm raises $36M in round led by Philips, UPMC

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 07:28
ALung Technologies Inc., a Pittsburgh-based developer of an artificial lung device, has closed on $36 million in a Series C financing round led by Philips and UPMC, its largest capital raise to date. The money will support a U.S.-based pivotal trial for Food and Drug Administration approval of ALung’s Hemolung Respiratory Assist System. Both UPMC, which invested through its innovation and commercialization arm UPMC Enterprises, and Philips will offer resources and expertise to support ALung ’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
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Donor-Derived DNA Predicts Lung Transplant Rejection Donor-Derived DNA Predicts Lung Transplant Rejection

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 17:32
Before any clinical signs of graft failure are evident in patients who undergo lung transplant, experimental research suggests that donor-derived cell-free DNA could help predict a poor outcome.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
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The Boston Marathon: Brave and beyond

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:00
Brave. It’s the word inscribed on the simple band Mary Tremper wears on her left wrist. The band is a reminder from her son Shane that she possesses the strength and courage to bravely face the future. When Mary, a Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles runner, found the band in the hospital gift shop she knew it was from Shane. And as Mary has shared her son’s story with her teammates and listened to theirs, they have redefined brave, together. A few of their stories, including the Tremper’s, follow. Brave: Remembering Shane Shane in the Boston Children’s NICU. “I run for Shane. I run because he can’t. I run because I can. I run for Shane.” This is Mary Tremper’s mantra. Shane, born May 6, 2016, was the Tremper’s second beautiful baby boy. The day af...
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'When I met Chloe she was dead': one girl, four hearts and an NHS miracle

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:55
Chloe Narbonne ’s heart failed when she was 11, starting a near-hopeless fight for survival. A year on from groundbreaking surgery, she is alive and this is her storyRevealed: girl of 13 is first child in Britain to receive artificial heart“By the time I met Chloe she was dead,” André Simon says matter-of-factly. “I told her parents clearly that she didn’t really have a chance to survive. What I was proposing gave her a theoretical chance.” He pauses. “But I also said that the operation might just prolong her agony and su ffering – I didn’t even know if she would survive it – and that it was OK just to let her go.”Simon, one of the world ’s leading heart and lung specialists, is recalling the conversation he had at the beginning of May last year with Fabienne Narbo...
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Revealed: girl of 13 is first child in Britain to receive artificial heart

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:27
Daring operation saved Chloe Narbonne after a failed transplant meant the device was the only way to keep her aliveChloe ’s story: one girl, four hearts and an NHS miracleA 13-year-old girl from Worcester is the first child in Britain to have received an artificial heart, the Guardian can reveal, after doctors decided it was the only way to save her life.Chloe Narbonne had the device installed in a complex nine-hour operation that involved 30 NHS staff at the Royal Brompton, a specialist heart and lung hospital in London. The artificial heart kept the then 12-year-old girl alive until a human heart became available a few weeks later.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
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The Time is Now to Move Far Beyond the Pill

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 06:15
There has been a lot of talk about ‘beyond the pill'strategies for many years, as companies create services and solutions that are complementary to their drugs. More recently, with the many changes affecting healthcare, pharma companies are adjusting their business models and looking at strategies to improve patient outcomes and diversify revenue sources that go far beyond the pill.Wellness programs and chronic disease management are common approaches, offering opportunities for companies to increase customer engagement leading to improved outcomes. For example, Biogen has used Fitbits to monitor the walking activity of patients with multiple sclerosis, previously only measured during visits to the doctor ’s office.This is a good example of an integrated solution that help patients ach...
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ISHLT 2017: Medtronic HVAD trial misses primary endpoint, reports lowered stroke rates

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 18:37
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that results from the Endurance supplemental trial of its HVAD heart pump system did not meet its primary endpoint, but did report  lowered stroke rates compared to standard treatment. The trial aimed to evaluate the use of the HVAD system, which it picked up along with HeartWare last year, as a destination therapy for patients who require a left ventricular assist device and received improved blood pressure management, the Fridley, Minn.-based company said. Data from the study was presented at the 2017 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Scientific Meeting in San Diego. Medtronic said that the Endurance trial did not meet its primary endpoint of all neurologic events at 12 months, but that secondary results indicated a 76.4% survival ...

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Mechanical Circulatory Support Trials to Star at ISHLT 2017 Mechanical Circulatory Support Trials to Star at ISHLT 2017

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 18:33
Highly anticipated findings from the latest trials of new left ventricular assist devices will be presented at the heart and lung transplantation meeting.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
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Samsung NeuroLogica, MedyMatch to collaborate

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 16:33
Samsung NeuroLogica and artificial intelligence (AI) developer MedyMatch have...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: NeuroLogica launches mobile lung CT unit IBM Watson deal puts MedyMatch on the map Samsung lands HealthTrust deal MedyMatch debuts AI for detecting intracranial bleeding Samsung NeuroLogica adds Fla. CT installation AI developer adds to scientific, medical advisory board (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
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