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How To Boost Melatonin Naturally

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 20:18
Most people know melatonin as the sleep hormone. And that’s right. It helps your body cycle down every night so you can rest. But melatonin is so much more than that… It’s also one of your body’s most powerful cancer killers. Studies show melatonin boosts the immune system. It protects against the toxic side effects of chemo and radiation. It improves wound healing after surgery. And it even increases cancer survival rates.1 And new research proves that melatonin suppresses the growth of breast cancer tumors. How does melatonin affect breast cancer? Mammograms detect cancer. In a lab at Michigan State University, researchers grew breast cancer tumors called “mammospheres.” They fed the tumors with chemicals that we already know fuel growth. They used re...
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Meet The Doctor Behind The Most Extreme Face Transplant Ever

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 17:15
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Organovo unveils bioprinted liver transplant patches

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 22:16
Organovo (PINK:ONVO) today announced it is developing 3D bioprinted human liver tissue designed for direct transplantation to patients. The move to human development comes based on “strong results” from preclinical animal model studies, the San Diego, Calif.-based company said. The company expects to pursue a formal preclinical development program. “We’re excited to introduce an implantable bioprinted liver tissue as the first preclinical candidate in our therapeutic tissue portfolio, and see the early results as extremely promising. The scientific and commercial progress we have already made with ExVive Human Liver Tissue in drug toxicity testing has given us a firm foundation upon which to build a larger tissue for transplant.  Advancing our first therapeutic tissu...
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UCLA lung transplant program performs landmark 1000th surgery

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 08:03
TheUCLA Lung Transplant program performed its 1,000th transplant surgery in mid-September, becoming the first program on the West Coast, and one of only seven centers nationwide, to achieve this milestone.The recipient of the donor lungs was Elba De Contreras, 59, from Goleta, California, who suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. The six-hour surgery took place at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, led by Dr. Abbas Ardehali, surgical director of the lung and heart transplant programs.De Contreras, who relied on an oxygen tank prior to her surgery, is recuperating well and said she feels happy and energetic. With three sons and four grandkids, De Contreras said she looks forward to resuming her social life. Her husband, Willy, said that the donor lungs have...
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UCLA lung transplant program performs landmark 1,000th surgery

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 23:24
TheUCLA Lung Transplant program performed its 1,000th transplant surgery in mid-September, becoming the first program on the West Coast, and one of only seven centers nationwide, to achieve this milestone.The recipient of the donor lungs was Elba De Contreras, 59, from Goleta, California, who suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. The six-hour surgery took place at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, led by Dr. Abbas Ardehali, surgical director of the lung and heart transplant programs.De Contreras, who relied on an oxygen tank prior to her surgery, is recuperating well and said she feels happy and energetic. With three sons and four grandkids, De Contreras said she looks forward to resuming her social life. Her husband, Willy, said that the donor lungs have...
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An Intervention for Self-Management After Lung Transplant An Intervention for Self-Management After Lung Transplant

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 03:38
Could this novel intervention help improve self-management behaviors among lung transplant recipients?American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)

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Katie Prager dies days after her husband

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 21:05
Katie Prager, the wife in the real "Fault in Our Stars" couple, died Thursday after complications from cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. She was 26 years old. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
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Katie Prager, wife in real 'Fault in Our Stars' couple, dies

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:21
Katie Prager, the wife in the real "Fault in Our Stars" couple, died Thursday after complications from cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. She was 26 years old. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
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Real 'Fault in Our Stars' couple: Katie Prager dies

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:42
Katie Prager, the wife in the real "Fault in Our Stars" couple, died Thursday after complications from cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. She was 26 years old. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
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'Fault in our Stars' wife dies 5 days after husband

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 20:30
Katie Prager died after complications from cystic fibrosis and a lung transplant. She was 26 years old. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
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Contraceptive pills not proven to protect against the flu

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 15:30
Conclusion These are interesting scientific findings but they have limited implications. Animal studies are useful for giving an indication of how biological processes may work in humans but we're not identical. Then the scenarios tested here – the progesterone, or the flu injection – can be taken as representative of real-life in humans. For one thing all the mice had surgery to remove their ovaries before being infected. It makes sense that the mice that had been given some additional recovery boost in the form of hormone replacement may have been in a better health state than those left hormone depleted. They were also directly inoculated through the nose with a flu dose that has previously been demonstrated to be lethal in these animals, and the animals did die. It's just those ...

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Two-year-old twin makes history after receiving hospital ’s 300th heart transplant

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 15:39
The cookies for Dean Andersen’s welcome-home celebration were decorated with “#300,” fitting for the two-year-old who, just six weeks earlier, received the 300th heart transplant performed at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Dean does things in his own time and in his own way,” says his mom, Janet Andersen. “His transplant was no exception.” The Boston Children’s Heart Transplant Program performed its first transplant in 1986, and this May marked the program’s 30th anniversary. Dean’s transplant in June was yet another reason for celebration. “Milestones like these are not accomplished without our amazing multidisciplinary staff, whose unending commitment and dedication provide an incredible model of excellence; the families and their children, who have taught us so...
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From Chronic Kidney Disease To The Gift Of A New Life

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 20:21
Authors: Julika Wocial (JW) and Michael Moore (MM) MM The need for a donor After being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease I was able to lead a full and productive life for 25 years, although more recently my energy sagged. Looming options were dialysis, the 5-7 year wait for a deceased donor or a living donor. Dr Google said ihatedialysis.com. A living donor was the best option. But how? It must be different for each patient - a direct ask seemed weird, but silence was not an option. Happily I had made no secret of my lousy kidneys thus, 'How you doing?' lead on to the need. JW What it means to consider living donation I met Michael 18 years ago: my mentor and colleague. One day he told me his kidneys were failing; he needed a kidney transplant. After initial shock of the news and tr...
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Artificial intelligence could improve diagnostic power of lung function tests

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 21:12
Artificial intelligence could improve the interpretation of lung function tests for the diagnosis of long-term lung diseases, according to the findings of a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
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Entrepreneur with GSK roots targets lung transplant survival rates with UNC technology

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 20:35
In a tiny lab in Chapel Hill, a 3-year-old startup with UNC-Chapel Hill technology is trying to help lung transplant patients defy the odds. Each year, about 2,000 people receive lung transplants. And the five-year survival rate for those patients is just over half, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Renovion CEO Dan Copeland says a product being developed in Chapel Hill could fight that statistic. “We want t o be the first drug to be FDA approved for lung transplant patients,”… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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The Laser Probe, The iKnife and The Cutting Edge of Surgery

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 20:29
If the thought of going under the knife fills you with fear, be reassured. No longer is surgery the brutal and hazardous experience faced by our ancestors. Thanks to wonders such as laparoscopy, robotic solutions, and, more recently, the iKnife and the laser probe, surgical intervention is getting safer all the time. Archaeologists believe that people have been carrying out surgery for up to 11,000 years. Cranial surgery, known as trephination, probably dates back to the Neolithic era. It involved drilling a hole in the skull of a living person. Speculation suggests it was done to cure disorders such as convulsions, fractures, headaches, and infections. The Ancient Egyptians used the same operation for "letting out" headaches and migraine. From 1812 onward, the New England Journal of ...
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Saving six: Life before and after transplant

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:57
An organ transplant is a life-changing event extending far beyond the operating room, the clinics and the hospital walls. Read about five children, one young adult and their families, whose lives were forever changed by the Pediatric Transplant Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Lydia’s liver transplant, a mom’s gift Dawn Cavanagh gave her daughter life twice — first when she was born and, again, when she gave 13-year-old Lydia a piece of her liver last summer. The donor-approval process, which occurs with Boston Children’s partner Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, required hours of medical screening, including an interview with a social worker, who asked if Dawn expected anything in return for being Lydia’s liver donor. “And I said, ‘Of course I expect somethin...
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Swiss approve reimbursement for Mallinckrodt treatment

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:31
Mallinckrodt PLC said Tuesday that Swiss regulators have approved for reimbursement a treatment for patients who develop certain complications following lung transplants, including the pharmaceutical company's Therakos Cellex photopheresis system. Switzerland's Federal Department of Home Affairs has approved reimbursement of extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) treatment — during which blood cells are treated outside the body and returned to the bloodstream — for patients there with bronchiolitis… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
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In the Loop: Transplant Patient Takes Home Gold

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 21:00
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are over and Mayo Clinic lung transplant patient Curtis Higgons is back home in Jacksonville polishing his medals. But he didn't get them in Rio. He earned them during a competition that ’s also a pretty big deal: The 2016 Transplant Games of America. "They're set up [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
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Dallas transplant company was losing money, but fixed its business model

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 20:03
If you have a bad business model, you have a bad business model. It doesn ’t matter whether you’re selling cars, lemonade or legal services, or recovering hearts, kidneys, livers and lungs for transplant. That was the situation Patti Niles found herself in when she started her role as president and CEO at Dallas-based Southwest Transplant Alliance almost four years a go. The more organs the alliance recovered, the more money it lost. Niles set out to stop the financial bleeding and to dramatically… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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