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The Island of Dr. Moreau For Real

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 17:01
By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog, Medical Discovery News H.G. Wells was a writer of fantastic science fiction during the 1890s. He is considered one of the fathers of science fiction and wrote novels whose stories remain popular today. He wrote about time travel in "The Time Machine", about interplanetary conflict originally made popular by the Orson Wells' "The War of the Worlds" and in "The Island of Dr. Moreau" he described beings that were part human and part animal. Two of the three remain pure science fiction but one is on the verge of becoming a reality. Do you know which one? In August, 2016, the National Institutes of Health announced that it was lifting its ban on research that introduces stem cells from humans into animal embryos. Stem cells have the ability to evolve i...
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Dignity Health St. Joseph's forges heart relationship with Los Angeles institute

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 19:23
Dignity Health St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is teaming up with Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to provide complex heart procedures at the Phoenix hospital. Under the arrangement, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute staff will act as mentors so the St. Joseph's transplant team — which includes lung, liver and kidney — can begin offering ventricular assist devices, or VADs. The VAD procedure, which is an extremely complex heart procedure that doctors use at Cedars-Sinai, is… (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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Lung disease symptoms could be eased with tiny metal coils

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 21:43
In the past, Peter Fuller from Southampton could smoke 40 cigarettes a day. The habit caused his lungs to deteriorate, and as it spared him waiting for a lung transplant, the new procedure saved his life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Pitt receives NIH grant to develop children's artificial lung

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 16:03
A team of researchers and engineers led by the University of Pittsburgh has received a $2.35 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a compact, wearable artificial lung for children. Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering will lead the effort to develop the "Pittsburgh Pediatric Ambulatory Lung," a self-contained, minimally invasive breathing assistance device that will allow children to remain mobile while awaiting lung transplant, according to the school. “Standard existing … (Source: Health Care News Headlines)
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A bridge to breathing

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 04:00
(University of Pittsburgh) To safely bridge the time between diagnosis and transplant for pediatric patients with lung disease, a research team led by the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering is developing a compact respiratory assist device for children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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Cells to Society: Women's Health / Research News

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 00:15
This study analyzed data on U.S. immigrants in the 2010–2014 National Health Interview Surveys and examined the association between length of U.S. residence and cardiometabolic risk factors.     Read more   Violence   ...
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Woman kept alive for six days with no lungs

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 13:23
A woman was kept alive with no lungs for six days while she waited for a transplant in April last year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Living without lungs for six day saves a mom ' s life

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 19:24
In a bold and very challenging move, thoracic surgeons removed severely infected lungs from a dying mom, keeping her alive without them for six days, so that she could recover enough to receive a life-saving lung transplant. This is believed to be the first such procedure in the world. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
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Meet the woman who lived for six days without lungs – video

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:50
Doctors saved a Canadian woman ’s life by removing her lungs for six days while she waited for a double lung transplant. In what is believed to be the first procedure of its kind in the world, Melissa Benoit arrived at Toronto hospital with just hours to live when staff and her family decided to take the unprecedented procedureDoctors save Canadian woman ’s life by removing her lungs for six daysContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
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Awaiting transplant, mom lives 6 days without lungs

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 22:11
Given the choice between his wife possibly dying in her bed or on an operating table, Chris Benoit chose an experimental, first-of-its-kind surgical procedure. The surgeons would remove not just one but both of Melissa Benoit's lungs. (Source: - Health)
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Fresh off raising $1.8M, Chapel Hill startup preps for $8 million

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:14
Chapel Hill-based startup Renovion – which is developing a nebulized therapy called Arina-1 for the treatment of lung transplant patients– has its eyes on submitting a New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in early 2019, according to chief executive officer Dan Copeland. The company has raised more than $ 1.8 million of a planned $2 million offering to “fund pre-clinical and clinical programs,” he says, and is looking to raise another $8 million in the lead up to the… (Source: Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
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Risks for Post-Transplant Skin Cancer Identified Risks for Post-Transplant Skin Cancer Identified

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:21
The first U.S. population-based study of skin cancer in organ transplant recipients found the highest risk in patients who are older, male, white and had pre-transplant skin cancer or received a heart or lung transplant, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Lung Transplant Receipients: Increased Skin Cancer Risk Lung Transplant Receipients: Increased Skin Cancer Risk

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:21
The first U.S. population-based study of skin cancer in organ transplant recipients found the highest risk in patients who are older, male, white and had pre-transplant skin cancer or received a heart or lung transplant, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
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High-risk patient gets life-saving transplant when UCLA team accepts her case

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 02:03
A 24-year-old cystic fibrosis patient is starting the new year with new hope thanks to help from the U.S. Air Force, the actor who played Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” movies and a UCLA surgeon who said yes to a high-risk case.Kathlyn Chassey of San Antonio, Texas, was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease characterized by the build-up in the lungs of thick, sticky mucus that traps infection-causing bacteria. While there is no cure, lung transplantation can help alleviate many of the symptoms.Courtesy of the Chassey familyKathlyn Chassey walks after her lung transplant surgery at Reagan UCLA Medical Center.Chassey ’s father, Chris, is a chief master sergeant in the United States Air Force. Last November, when her breathing problems worsened, she was hospitalized at the Brooke A...
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ALung Technologies brings in $2.6m

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 21:51
  Artificial lung-like device developer ALung Technologies has raised $2.6 million in a new round of financing, according to an SEC filing posted this week. Pittsburgh-based ALung’s Hemolung device is 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. Money in the round so far has come from 36 anonymous investors, with the company seeking another $1.4 million before closing the debt and option round, according to the SEC filing. The company has not yet stated how it intends to use funds raised in the round. Last January, ALung Technologies reported raising $10.8 million in a round of debt financing. A month earlier, the company said...
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What lies ahead for healthcare in Wales in 2017 and beyond?

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 22:00
With a narrow window in which to move the Welsh NHS onto a pathway to sustainability, Michael Trickey considers what needs to happen in the years ahead Related items fromOnMedica Hospitals in Wales failing to give GPs discharge information GP leaders call for primary care boost from Budget Deemed consent for organ donation increases transplants in Wales Wales has UK ’s lowest five-year survival rate for lung cancer Wales offers incentives for GPs to train and stay in Wales (Source: OnMedica Views)
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Top Ten Medical Research Issues and Trends to Watch in 2017

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 15:14
2016 will go down as a year that taught us to question our assumptions. The election of Donald Trump, an outcome almost no one predicted, left many with a sense of uncertainty about what 2017 will bring in the biomedical and health-care space. To bring clarity to these unsure times, FasterCures has compiled a list of issues critical to the future of medical innovation that we'll be tracking over the coming year. While some issues will be closely linked with the people and policies of the new presidential administration, we think all will be important to continuing the progress toward faster cures and treatments. 1. FDA: What is the roadmap going forward? 2017 could be an exceptionally important year at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We don't know who will lead the FDA as commi...

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South Africa: 'God Has a Plan for Me' - Lung Transplant Patient

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:56
[News24Wire] Fifty-six-year-old Fanie Swart from Boksburg has something extra to be grateful for this festive season after he became the 100th patient to receive a lung transplant at the Netcare Milpark Hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
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Cochrane Priority Reviews List: December 2016 Update

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 15:01
Cochrane-wide prioritisation remains an important project, with over 140 priority reviews or updates have been published since it began in January 2015.The December 2016 revision of the Cochrane Priority Reviews List includes new titles from the Cochrane Airways, Anaesthesia, Dementia& Cognitive Improvement, ENT, Epilepsy, Gynaecological, Neuro-oncology and Orphan Cancers, Gynaecology& Fertility, Haematological Malignancies, Heart, Incontinence, Kidney& Transplant, Lung Cancer, Neuromuscular Disease, Oral Health, Skin, Stroke, and Urology Groups.The following titles on the list are open to new authors:Long-acting beta2-agonists and long-acting muscarinic antagonists in a combined inhaler versus either agent alone or placebo for chronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseProstacyclin ...
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Data points to no age-related cutoff for mammogram screenings | RSNA 2016 Roundup

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 15:38
There is no clear cut-off age to stop breast cancer screening, according to new data from the largest-ever study on mammogram screening outcomes. Data from the study was presented this week at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting. Age-based cutoffs for screenings have been a source of controversy for many years in the healthcare field. Results from the massive study, however, support guidelines that support making breast cancer screening decisions based on individual patients and health status over a specific age, according to study researchers. Data in the study came from over 5.6 million mammogram screenings performed over 7 years between January 2008 and December 2014 and across 150 facilities in 31 U.S. states. Patient demographic data, mammography and biops...
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