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Predicting heart events after liver transplant

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 03:00
(Northwestern University) The first app and score to determine the one-year risk of a liver transplant patient dying or being hospitalized for a heart attack or other cardiovascular complication has been developed. The new risk score app may guide preventive treatment and who gets a donor organ. One-third of transplant patients will have serious cardiac complication within first year of transplant. The current method of risk scoring is no better than flipping a coin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Suburban Hospital officials: Let us compete with MedStar Georgetown for transplant business

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 18:02
Officials at Johns Hopkins-owned Suburban Hospital say there are too few liver transplants available in the Washington region and they want to get into the business. In a recently submitted application seeking approval from Maryland regulators, Suburban officials said MedStar Georgetown University Hospital — the only liver transplant program in the donation service area that includes the District and both Montgomery and Prince George's counties — is fallin g short. They say competition from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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Artificial bile ducts grown in lab & transplanted into mice could help treat liver disease

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 03:00
(University of Cambridge) Cambridge scientists have developed a new method for growing and transplanting artificial bile ducts that could in future be used to help treat liver disease in children, reducing the need for liver transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Two life-threatening conditions.One remarkable wish.

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:35
When Lucas St. Onge blew out the five candles on his birthday cake, he made just one wish. He didn’t ask for ninja turtles, a T-ball set or an Xbox — the only thing he wished was to be just like any other kid. “It was a gift I couldn’t give,” says his mom, Heather. On that same day, last May, he got his wish. “He got a liver, stomach, pancreas, intestine and spleen — the five organs he needed to help him become healthy and happy,” Heather says. Heather was 18 weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Anthony, learned they were about to face a myriad of medical challenges with their unborn child. To what extent remained unclear, until the day Lucas was born. An emergency surgery to repair multiple intestinal blockages left him with short bowel syndrome, or simply “short g...
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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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