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Clinical Trial Saves Baby ’s Lungs

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:47
Treatment TermsChildren's health CategoriesClinical trialsFamily health TagsPatient story Sub-Title Baby Collier Proves He ’s a Survivor Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Collier Hart sat smiling in his crib repeatedly saying, “Wa wa.” Given a sippy cup of water, he threw back his head and drained it. He put his hands together, fingertips touching, and made the sign for “more.” None of this is unusual for a 2-year-old, but it is for Collier. He spent the first 15 months of his life at Duke Children’s Hospital af ter being born with severely underdeveloped lungs. Hero Imagecollier_hart_patient_experience.jpg Content Blocks Header Against All Odds Content“All the odds were against this kid,” saidWilliam  Malcolm, MD, a neonatologist and medical director of D...

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Study Finds Survival Rates Higher at Teaching Hospitals

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 18:35
Author Debbe Geiger Overview If you ’re hospitalized for a common medical condition or surgical procedure, your chance of surviving is better if your care is provided at a major teaching hospital. That’s according to an analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Content Blocks CTA HeaderMore information CTA LinkRead the JAMA article Section Features Call To Action Header Survival Rates for Common Conditions, Procedures Analyzed ContentThe study ’s authors looked at Medicare data for 21 million hospitalizations at more than 4,000 hospitals, including teaching hospitals and non-teaching hospitals, across the country. A teaching hospital is a hospital or academic medical center that is affiliated with a medical school and trains future doct o...

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Skating On Thin Ice

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:23
Treatment TermsChildren's health Sub-Title Life-Threatening Condition Discovered After Fall During Hockey Game Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Colby Heath was a growing teenage boy, so his penchant for sleep didn't concern his mother. Nor did his occasional nosebleeds. Yet, as Colby's family now knows, those were clues that something was horribly wrong. Hero Imageskating_on_thin_ice_3.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Playing Hockey was Risk Factor for Congenital Liver Abnormality Content“He went from being a seemingly healthy kid who plays hockey to a kid who needs aliver transplant in a very short span of time, ” said Megan Butler, MD, a  hepatologist who treated Colby atDuke Children ’s Hospital.In fact, it was playing hockey that likely saved ...
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Pediatric Liver Transplant for Teen Hockey Player

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:23
Treatment TermsChildren's healthLiver transplant CategoriesAdvanced treatments Sub-Title Rare Liver Condition Discovered After Fall During Hockey Game Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Colby Heath was a growing teenage boy, so his penchant for sleep didn't concern his mother. Nor did his occasional nosebleeds. Yet, as Colby's family now knows, those were clues that something was horribly wrong. Hero Imageskating_on_thin_ice_3.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks CTA HeaderLiver Transplants at Duke CTA LinkLearn more Section Features Call To Action Header Playing Hockey was Risk Factor for Congenital Liver Abnormality Content“He went from being a seemingly healthy kid who plays hockey to a kid who needs aliver transplant in a very short span of time, ” said M...
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Sharing biliary atresia — and strength to beat it

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:25
Everywhere Melissa Villaseñor goes her little sister, Isabella, follows. The 6- and 2-year-olds share just about everything. They share big personalities. They share a love of being lively and loud. And, they also share something else — they were both born with biliary atresia. “I am not going to lie,” says Andrea Torre, the girls’ mom. “I sometimes break down and cry and ask myself, ‘Why me?’” Biliary atresia is a chronic, progressive liver condition that is fatal if left untreated. For most parents, having just one child with this rare, life-threatening disease is overwhelming. “My husband keeps me grounded,” she says. “He reminds me, ‘See how much they fight for their health? We have to fight twice as hard.’” Isabella’s liver transplant When Isabella ...

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New Risk Model May Help Select Patients With HCC for Liver Transplantation New Risk Model May Help Select Patients With HCC for Liver Transplantation

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 19:10
A new risk score to predict five-year survival after liver transplant of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) displayed better prognostic ability than other models when tested in a database of nearly 14,000 patients.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
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MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for June 8, 2017

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 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. Sanuwave Health inks dev deal with eKare for wound care integration Sanuwave Health said today it entered a memorandum of understanding with eKare to develop novel wound care analysis and management solutions which integrates technology from both companies. Through the deal, Sanuwave’s dermaPace wound treatment device will be linked with eKare’s inSight 3D wound imaging and analytics system...

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Surefire Medical touts infusion tech in liver cancer trial

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 13:04
Surefire Medical touted data today from a retrospective analysis of 85 bridge-to-transplant liver cancer patients treated with transarterial chemoembolization. The data showed that therapy delivered using the Surefire infusion system yielded an 80% complete response in 1 treatment compared to 52% with a standard endhole microcatheter. The analysis also demonstrated a lower recurrence rate of liver cancer at 1 month for patients that used Surefire’s technology instead of a conventional microcatheter. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Surefire Medical touts infusion tech in liver cancer trial appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)

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Prevention of HCV Recurrence Following Liver Transplant Prevention of HCV Recurrence Following Liver Transplant

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 04:15
This study evaluated whether a bridging SOF-regimen from pre- to post-liver transplant is safe and effective in preventing HCV re-infection.Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
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3 require liver transplants after eating "death cap" mushrooms

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:14
Toddler who ate the wild mushrooms suffered permanent brain damage (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Wild 'Death Cap' Mushroom Sickens 14 in California

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 19:15
Foraging by novices tied to 3 people needing liver transplants and permanent brain damage in a child (Source: WebMD Health)
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Wild'Death Cap' Mushroom Seriously Sickens 14 in California

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 17:00
Foraging by novices tied to 3 people needing liver transplants and permanent brain damage in a child Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Poisoning (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
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New drug reduces transplant and mortality rates significantly in patients with hepatitis C

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 03:00
(Intermountain Medical Center) Patients with hepatitis C who suffer from advanced stages of liver disease have renewed hope, thanks to findings by researchers who have discovered that a new drug significantly reduces their risk of death and need for transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Johns Hopkins seeks to join Greater Washington transplant competition

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:37
Suburban Hospital wants to create a liver transplant center at its expanding Bethesda campus, joining a growing number of health systems nationally seeking to add the service line. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Health System, Suburban's owner, having invested in hepatology services for liver disease patients in the D.C. region for the past two years, has seen a demonstrated need for additional prevention and treatment services. "While disease prevention or effective treatme nts to arrest the progress… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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Johns Hopkins seeks to join Greater Washington transplant competition

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:44
Suburban Hospital wants to create a liver transplant center at its expanding Bethesda campus, joining a growing number of health systems nationally seeking to add the service line. Johns Hopkins Health System, Suburban's owner, having invested in hepatology services for liver disease patients in the D.C. region for the past two years, has seen a demonstrated need for additional prevention and treatment services. "While disease prevention or effective treatments to arrest th e progress of disease… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)

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World's leading liver experts focus on continuing advancements in liver disease & transplantation

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 03:00
(Intermountain Medical Center) As the prevalence of liver disease continues to rise across the world, the growing number of people impacted by cirrhosis, liver cancer, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, is the focus of more than 1,700 of the world's leading liver disease experts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
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HBIG Plus Antivirals May Prevent HBV Reinfection After Transplant HBIG Plus Antivirals May Prevent HBV Reinfection After Transplant

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:22
A very short course of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) after liver transplantation, along with long-term antiviral therapy, may prevent hepatitis B virus (HBV) reinfection, a retrospective study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)

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Specialist in organ transplantation appointed inaugural Paul I. Terasaki Chair in Surgery

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 23:01
UCLADr. Jerzy Kupiec-WeglinskiDr. Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski has been appointed the inaugural Paul I. Terasaki Chair in Surgery at UCLA. Kupiec-Weglinski is a professor of surgery, pathology and laboratory medicine. He is the  vice chairman of basic science research in the department of surgery and director of the Dumont-UCLA Transplantation Research Laboratories in the division of liver and pancreas transplantation.His career in experimental organ transplantation spans more than  35 years. After graduating from medical school in Warsaw and obtaining his Ph.D. in the Polish Academy of Sciences, Kupiec-Weglinski spent 18 years at the Surgical Research Laboratories, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and was an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. Since co ming to the div...

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FDA panel recommends approval for TransMedics lung transplant device

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:54
An FDA advisory panel yesterday recommended that the federal safety watchdog approve a device made by TransMedics to keep donated lungs perfused during transport to transplantation procedures. The FDA’s Gastroenterology & Urology Devices panel voted 11-2 that the OCS Lung system is safe; 8-5 that it’s effective; and 9-4 that its benefits outweigh the risks, an FDA spokeswoman told MassDevice.com via email. TransMedics did not respond to a request for comment. A previously scheduled advisory panel hearing for another TransMedics device, the OCS Heart system, was cancelled by the FDA in November 2015. The agency told MassDevice.com at the time that “FDA has determined that an advisory committee is no longer needed to discuss the premarket approval application&#822...
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What Causes Anemia?

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 23:29
Discussion One of the most common problems in pediatrics is anemia. It is defined as “a lower than normal value for the related measurements of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and number of red blood cells”, usually 2 standard deviations below the normal for age. Normal hematological values change with age. For a discussion of which values are used click here. The most common type of anemia in childhood is iron deficiency which is commonly caused by inadequate stores (e.g. premature infant), inadequate intake (e.g. poor nutrition) or blood loss (e.g. menses). Anemia screening is recommended at age 9-12 months, and for adolescent males and females during routine health examinations. As iron deficiency is the most common cause, often a trial of therapeutic iron (2-6 mg/kg/day of element...

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