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Smithfield Makes Move On Market For Pig-Human Transplants

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:23
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Survival Trend Seen With LVAD in Advanced Heart Failure Survival Trend Seen With LVAD in Advanced Heart Failure

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 14:13
Some patients with advanced heart failure not on the transplantation wait list might benefit from an LVAD, but robust evidence is lacking on the optimal management of patients in this ' grey zone. 'Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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Heart disease breakthrough: Pump REVERSES heart damage without the need for a transplant

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 03:01
BRITISH doctors last night hailed a medical procedure which sees patients with severe heart disease recover full fitness – without the need for a transplant. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
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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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Meet the girl who has had four hearts – video

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:27
Born with a serious heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, Chloe Narbonne had five major operations – and four hearts – by the age of 12. She defied the odds to become the youngest person in Europe to receive an artificial heart thanks to groundbreaking surgery involving 30 NHS staff. Now Chloe, her mother and medical personnel tell her amazing story for the first timeContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
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In small study, AiCure app led to 50 percent improvement in medication adherence

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 18:29
A forthcoming 28-patient study in the American Heart Association ' s journal Stroke shows that AiCure ' s artificial intelligence platform led to a 50 percent improvement in adherence to oral anticoagulants. (Source: mobihealthnews)
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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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Artificial thymus developed at UCLA can produce cancer-fighting T cells from blood stem cells

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 22:21
UCLA researchers have created a new system to produce human T cells, the white blood cells that fight against disease-causing intruders in the body. The system could be utilized to engineer T cells to find and attack cancer cells, which means it could be an important step toward generating a readily available supply of T cells for treating many different types of cancer.The preclinical study, published in the journal Nature Methods, was led by senior authors Dr. Gay Crooks, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and of pediatrics and co-director of theEli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, and Amelie Montel-Hagen, an associate project scientist in Crooks ’ lab.The thymus sits in the front of the heart and plays a central role in the...
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AliveCor raises $30m

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 19:08
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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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Duke ’s short lung transplant list saves CF patient

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 19:29
Treatment TermsCystic fibrosisPulmonary rehabilitationLung transplant CategoriesAdvanced treatments SEO Meta Description Cystic fibrosis patient Aimee Driscoll was given just hours to live. With no donor lungs available near her home in Maine, she was flown to Duke. Author MaryAnn Fletcher Overview Cystic fibrosis patient Aimee Driscoll was given just hours to live. With no donor lungs available near her home in Maine, she was flown to Duke. Hero Imageaimee_driscoll_blog.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Section Header Image/Videoaimee_driscoll_blog2b.jpg Section Features Images/Media Text Content Header High-volume lung transplant center, shorter wait times ContentDuke ’slung transplant center, the highest-volume center in the Southeast, generally has shorter wait times ...
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International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 16:53
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from ISHLT 2017.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
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Pioneering stem cell gene therapy cures infants with bubble baby disease

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 19:18
FINDINGSUCLA researchers have developed a stem cell gene therapy cure for babies born with adenosine deaminase-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency, a rare and life-threatening condition that can be fatal within the first year of life if left untreated.In a phase 2 clinical trial led by Dr. Donald Kohn of the  Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, all nine babies were cured. A 10th trial participant was a teenager at the time of treatment and showed no signs of immune system recovery. Kohn’s treatment method, a stem cell gene therapy that safely restores immune systems in babies with the immunodeficiency using the child’s own c ells, has cured 30 out of 30 babies during the course of several clinical trials.BACKGROUNDAdenosine deam...
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It Seemed Like Such a Good Idea (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:11
I wish I were as fat as I was the first time I thought I was fat, so something in Senior Editor Mark Friedman’s health column last week jumped out at me: Dr. Bruce Murphy, CEO of the Arkansas Heart Hospital, included artificial sweeteners in a list of factors contributing to the obesity epidemic that led his company to add weight-loss surgery to its menu of services. Last year, The New York Times revealing that, in the 1960s when I was a tot, the sugar industry actually paid researchers “to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead.” As a result of this made-to-order science, the American diet shifted to “low-fat, high-sugar foods that some experts now blame for fueling the obesity crisis.” So things we...

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Historian: Human History 'Will End When Men Become Gods'

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:11
Yuval Noah Harari, an Israeli historian and the internationally best-selling author of Sapiens, has a new book out about the future of humanity, called Homo Deus. He recently sat down with The WorldPost at a Berggruen Institute salon in Los Angeles. In the following interview, he discusses the new authority of “dataism” and godlike powers of science to redesign humanity and create an inorganic, new species ― artificial intelligence. WorldPost: In your previous book, Sapiens, you observed that humans are the only species that can organize themselves around abstract ideas or codes ― myth, religion, ideology. In your new book, Homo Deus, you argue that a new ideology has arisen ― “dataism” ― that is the new organizing principle of humanity. ...
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How to Boost Your Stem Cells

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 19:28
A California man named Kris Boesen was completely paralyzed after breaking his neck in a terrible car crash last March. But now he can brush his teeth and hug his family again… He's even started to regain sensation in his legs. And it's all because of a simple procedure he underwent about a month after his accident: stem cell therapy. During Kris' procedure, researchers at the University of Southern California injected 10 million stem cells into his spinal cord. Within two weeks, he could wiggle his fingers. Three months later, he was able to feed himself, write his name and operate his wheelchair. His recovery has been nothing short of amazing. Especially when you consider that Kris broke the same part of his spine that "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve broke&#8...
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Cryogenic preservation: from single cells to whole organs – Science Weekly podcast

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:59
Hannah Devlin looks at recent advances in the field ofcryopreservation and asks how close we are to applying these technologies to whole organsSubscribe& Review oniTunes,Soundcloud,Audioboom,Mixcloud&Acast, and join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterLast year, around 3,500 organs were transplanted into patients in the UK alone. That said, a large number of organs were also discarded because the moment a donor dies, doctors have only eight or so hours to find a patient on the organ register who is a match and can be almost immediately ready for surgery. One recent estimate suggested that as many as 60% of the hearts and lungs donated for transplantation are discarded each year. But a new technology could be about to change this: whole-organ cryopreservation.Continue reading... (So...
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New Score Predicts Adult Heart Transplant Waitlist Mortality New Score Predicts Adult Heart Transplant Waitlist Mortality

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 22:38
A new four-variable score accurately predicts one-year mortality for adults awaiting heart transplant, researchers from France report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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Who You Should Love After Loss

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 21:39
It’s lonely. In fact, lonely is not a strong enough word to grasp the depth of aloneness that becomes your life after loss. You are desperately and hopelessly alone regardless of how many people surround you, love you, care about you. You can be in the center of a room that is filled with family, friends, and acquaintances and yet it still feels as if you are invisible. It’s as if you are floating above your body not participating in life as you knew it before death knocked at your door and left you reeling from its cold, hard grasp. The loneliness is so extreme that I’ve seen people do anything to avoid it. In fact, I’ve seen myself do anything to avoid it. We run away to corners of the world searching to feel connected and embraced. We numb our pain with artificial...

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