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VUMC tops in nation for number of heart transplants performed last year

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center tied for first place as the busiest heart transplant program by volume in the United States in 2019.

Channels: Cardiovascular Health, Heart Disease, Surgery, Transplantation,

Released:
16-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
Newswise: Hackensack University Medical Center First Hospital in New Jersey to Perform Kidney Transplant Using Cutting-Edge, Life-Saving Technology

Hackensack University Medical Center First Hospital in New Jersey to Perform Kidney Transplant Using Cutting-Edge, Life-Saving Technology

Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center today announced that it became the first hospital in the New Jersey to perform a kidney transplant with a kidney preserved at its own Organ Preservation Center using the LifePort Kidney Transporter, an ex vivo hypothermic machine preservation technology. Hypothermic machine preservation is a cutting-edge, life-saving technology that increases a kidney’s viability and lifespan, improving patient outcomes.

Channels: Kidney Disease, Surgery, Transplantation,

Released:
16-Jan-2020 1:50 PM EST
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Newswise: Mutations in Donors’ Stem Cells May Cause Problems for Cancer Patients
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    15-Jan-2020 2:00 PM EST

Mutations in Donors’ Stem Cells May Cause Problems for Cancer Patients

Washington University in St. Louis

A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that extremely rare, harmful genetic mutations present in healthy donors’ stem cells — though not causing health problems in the donors — may be passed on to cancer patients receiving stem cell transplants, potentially creating health problems for the recipients. Among the concerns are heart damage, graft-versus-host disease and possible new leukemias.

Channels: Blood, Cancer, Stem Cells, Transplantation, All Journal News,

Released:
14-Jan-2020 12:00 PM EST
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Machine keeps human livers alive for one week outside of the body

University of Zurich

Researchers from the University Hospital Zurich, ETH Zurich, Wyss Zurich and the University of Zurich have developed a machine that repairs injured human livers and keeps them alive outside the body for one week.

Channels: Biotech, Cancer, Engineering, Liver Disease, Technology, Transplantation, Nature (journal), All Journal News,

Released:
13-Jan-2020 1:15 PM EST
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Newswise: Less-Than-Perfect Kidneys Can be Successfully Used For Transplants, Study Shows

Less-Than-Perfect Kidneys Can be Successfully Used For Transplants, Study Shows

Johns Hopkins Medicine

A new Johns Hopkins Medicine-led study provides the strongest evidence to date that hundreds of deceased donor kidneys, discarded each year after being deemed not suitable under current medical criteria, can be transplanted safely and effectively.

Channels: Kidney Disease, Surgery, Transplantation, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), JAMA, All Journal News, Grant Funded News,

Released:
8-Jan-2020 11:00 AM EST
Research Results
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    2-Jan-2020 5:00 PM EST

Mediterranean Diet May Help Preserve the Kidney Health of Transplant Recipients

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• In a study of kidney transplant recipients, those with higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet were less likely to experience kidney function loss.

Channels: All Journal News, Food Science, Health Food, Kidney Disease, Nutrition, Surgery, Transplantation,

Released:
30-Dec-2019 8:00 AM EST
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Triple transplant patients come together to encourage donor registration

University of Chicago Medical Center

Four University of Chicago Medicine patients who received rare triple-organ transplants are encouraging people to register as organ and tissue donors, hoping to raise awareness about giving the gift of life during a holiday season focused on giving.

Channels: Healthcare, In the Workplace, Surgery, Transplantation,

Released:
19-Dec-2019 12:30 PM EST
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Newswise: University Hospitals Employee Offers to Donate Kidney within Ten Minutes of Meeting Patient in Need

University Hospitals Employee Offers to Donate Kidney within Ten Minutes of Meeting Patient in Need

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Erika Hosey, a cardiovascular technician at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, ended the year by giving a life-changing gift to a patient in need. While performing a routine cardiac stress test, she drummed up a conversation. She learned that her patient, Denise Butvin, had kidney disease and needed transplant surgery. “Erika just blurted out…I’ll give you my kidney,” said Butvin. “I was in shock. I couldn’t believe this was real.” While Butvin is a positive person, she has been through an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs and on waitlists in Ohio and Pennsylvania for five years. Her family and friends were not an organ match. Both her sister and father were on dialysis for many years and passed away from kidney disease, so she knew how pressing this transplant surgery was. Hosey started the process the next day, and after a few weeks of testing turned out to be a perfect donor match. “To be a kidney donor match for someone is really a shot in the dark,” she

Channels: In the Workplace, Kidney Disease, Surgery, Transplantation,

Released:
19-Dec-2019 10:55 AM EST
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Newswise: It’s a natural fact: There’s still no substitute for human blood

It’s a natural fact: There’s still no substitute for human blood

Wake Forest Baptist Health

While the donation and transfusion of blood are very common, and relatively simple as far as medical procedures go, the path from donor to recipient is more complex than most people may realize.

Channels: All Journal News, Blood, Surgery, Transplantation,

Released:
19-Dec-2019 6:00 AM EST
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