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The reality is that the kidney that will be transplanted into Joan will probably become available because of an unexpected death. Some family, faced with an unbearably painful situation, is going to have to give final approval for the kidney donation. My heart goes out to them—whoever they are.
The person who will donate a kidney to Joan is still out there today—alive, breathing. He or she probably already signed the donor form, maybe when they renewed their driver’s license, with probably about as much deep contemplation that I gave it, which is to say, very little.The reality is that the kidney that will be transplanted into Joan will probably... more
Looking for a video covering the latest developments in the interface between flesh, mind and machine, from fully functional transplants to limb replacements offering superhuman capabilities?Looking for a video covering the latest developments in the interface between flesh,... more
There are plenty of accounts of very remarkable transplants. Sometimes there were great risks; sometimes they paid off, and sometimes they didn’t. It can be somewhat difficult to define a successful transplant. Despite the obstacles, there have still been monumental achievements in transplant procedures that are worth noting and still plenty more anticipated triumphs in the future.
LINK : http://www.uspharmd.com/blog/2011/10-most-impressive-transplants-ever-successfully-performed/There are plenty of accounts of very remarkable transplants. Sometimes there were... more
ATLANTA -- A transplant patient contracted AIDS from the kidney of a living donor, in the first documented case of its kind in the U.S. since screening for HIV began in the mid-1980s.
It turns out the donor had unprotected gay sex in the 11 weeks between the time he tested negative and the time the surgery took place in 2009.
In a report Thursday on the New York City case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that organ donors have repeat HIV tests a week before surgery.
"The most sensitive test needs to be done as close as possible to the time of transplant," said Dr. Colin Shepard, who oversees tracking of HIV cases for the New York City Health Department.
The CDC also said would-be organ donors should be told to avoid behavior that can increase their chances of infection.
Living organ donors in the U.S. are routinely tested for infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. But the organization that oversees organ transplants in the U.S. does not have an explicit policy on when such screening should be done. That's left up to transplant centershttp://t.co/BDDXXAM via @AOLATLANTA -- A transplant patient contracted AIDS from the kidney of a living donor, in... more
AZ Gov. Brewer was on ABC's This Week with Christiane Amanpour this morning and declared that the fed. gov't should get out of the business of the states and allow the states to "take care of their own people." 97 patients requiring life-saving transplants have been assigned to death row by Brewer and the AZ legislature after they made this cut in 2010. Courtney Parham literally has months to live, and her story requires national attn.
http://www.kvoa.com/news/time-running-out-for-young-woman-with-leukemia/AZ Gov. Brewer was on ABC's This Week with Christiane Amanpour this morning and... more
A law in Arizona that cuts Medicaid funding for certain transplant operations is likely to bring about the deaths of poor residents in need of such procedures.
Starting in October, a measure passed by the Republican-led state legislature began denying Medicaid funds for organ transplants such as bone-marrow, lung, heart and liver transplants, which can be very expensive and are often performed in life-threatening cases.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/arizona-medicaid-cuts-kill-poor-patients-doctors/A law in Arizona that cuts Medicaid funding for certain transplant operations is... more
At a recent event Steve Jobs opened up about his liver transplant he received last year. He has the liver of a 20-year old who died in an auto accident, he said.
Relying on current medical insurance policies he would not have been able to get evaluated at multiple locations. It is allowed, and under rules must be told it is allowed. However, insurance only pays for one.At a recent event Steve Jobs opened up about his liver transplant he received last... more
Tuesday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on CURRENT TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
The decorations are up.
A gift from Brenda.
Andrew & Thomas.
St Joseph's, Roehampton.
You can't go wrong with a tree from ASDA.
On, but not twinkling.
Going to church.
Opening things with a pen.
It's never the same.
A forest of Christmas trees.
A heart and lung transplant, 8 years ago !
Some cards arrive.
I meet old friends.
Learning new hymns.
I'm a clever boy.
The large speakers nearly fell of the wall !
WWW.UNITEDKINGDOMTALK.CO.UKTuesday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on... more
Jeff Kepner, an American father who had a double arm transplant after losing his hands 10 years ago, has spoken of his joy at the operation's success but says that he has been left with hands hairier than his body.
It took a team of 10 surgeons to attach the hands and forearms to Kepner's amputed arms, which stopped just after the elbow. Kepner is now learning to grip and pick up small objects again.Jeff Kepner, an American father who had a double arm transplant after losing his hands... more
Sharon Thornton, a blind woman from Mississippi, USA, can now see after one of her teeth was pulled from her mouth, fitted to hold an optical lens and implanted in her eye.
Thornton's was the first surgery of its kind in the US. The procedure is called modified osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (or MOOKP) and was developed in Italy. Overseas, it's been successfully performed on about 1000 people.
Thornton had been blind since a rare skin condition left her cornea so scarred and dry that doctors were unable to giver her a cornea transplant.
"Her eye was like a desert," Thornton's surgeon said. He (ironically) used Thronton's eyetooth in the procedure. It held the lens and was sealed inside the eyeball with a mucous layer taken from the lining of Thornton's mouth.Sharon Thornton, a blind woman from Mississippi, USA, can now see after one of her... more
A 19 year-old from Cheshire has received Britain's first eyelash transplant. And no, she didn't get the eyelashes shown in the picture (but wouldn't that be cool?!)
The teen suffers from trichotillomania - obsessive plucking or pulling out hair. During the procedure, hairs are taken from the back of the head and placed individually into cuts in the eyelid. The lashes gradually thicken up 4-6 months later.
The patient said: "Having suffered from trichotillomania for 17 years, I learned to accept that I'd never have real lashes again. That's quite a hard issue for a young girl to come to terms with. When I heard about this treatment it sounded too good to be true but the results are absolutely amazing."A 19 year-old from Cheshire has received Britain's first eyelash transplant. And... more
A man has died of alcoholic liver failure at the age of just 22 despite a public appeal from his doctors for transplant rules to be waived to give him a chance at life.
Gary Reinbach and his family were told that unless he could prove that he could live alcohol-free in the community for six months he could not qualify for a donor organ - but he was too sick to leave hospital.
His doctors and his family went public at the weekend to highlight his plight, but Mr Reinbach died less than 48 hours after they issued their appeal for the rules to be waived.
Today, his mother Madeline Hanshaw, 44, expressed her bitterness that he had been denied a chance. She told the Evening Standard: “These rules are really unfair. I’m not saying you should give a transplant to someone who is in and out of hospital all the time and keeps damaging themselves, but just for people like Gary, who made a mistake and never got a second chance.”A man has died of alcoholic liver failure at the age of just 22 despite a public... more
"Researcher working on a rare type of aortic abnormality found that the DNA from diseased tissue did not match the DNA from the blood of the same patients So far it's unclear whether these differences in the blood and aortic tissue are the consequence of RNA editing, which changes the messenger RNA but not the gene, or DNA editing, which involves differences in the gene itself. Based on the evidence so far, the researchers believe the differences resulted from developmental rather than somatic DNA alterations. 'Traditionally when we have looked for genetic risk factors for, say, heart disease, we have assumed that the blood will tell us what's happening in the tissue,' lead author Bruce Gottlieb said in a statement. 'It now seems this is simply not the case.'""Researcher working on a rare type of aortic abnormality found that the DNA from... more
LONDON - British doctors designed a radical solution to save a girl with major heart problems in 1995: They implanted a donor heart directly onto her own failing heart.
Modern Science does it again....
After 10 years with two blood-pumping organs, Hannah Clark's faulty one did what many experts had thought impossible: It healed itself enough so that doctors could remove the donated heart.
But she also had a price to pay. The drugs Clark took to prevent her body from rejecting the donated heart led to malignant cancer that required chemotherapy.
Details of Clark's revolutionary transplant and follow-up care were published online Tuesday in the medical journal Lancet.
"This shows that the heart can indeed repair itself if given the opportunity," said Dr. Douglas Zipes, a past president of the American College of Cardiology. Zipes was not linked to Clark's treatment or to the Lancet paper. "The heart apparently has major regenerative powers, and it is now key to find out how they work."
In 1994, when Clark was eight months old, she developed severe heart failure and doctors put her on a waiting list to get a new heart. But Clark's heart difficulties caused problems with her lungs, meaning she also needed a lung transplant.LONDON - British doctors designed a radical solution to save a girl with major heart... more
Researchers believe that pig embryos may give us tougher transplant organs. This is due to a study where scientists put some pig embryos pancreases in two diabetic monkeys. The organs grew, produced insulin and infiltrated blood vessels.
Embryos can avoid the attacks made by the maternal immune system, so it was thought these might stand a better chance. However the monkeys were being given immunosuppresant drugs, which may have affected the results. The research continues...........Researchers believe that pig embryos may give us tougher transplant organs. This is... more
Connie Culp, an Ohio mother of two, thanked the medical staff at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and the deceased donor whose nose, upper lip and check bones are now hers. Health officials voice hope the worst of swine flu is over.Connie Culp, an Ohio mother of two, thanked the medical staff at the Cleveland Clinic... more
46-year-old Connie Culp is the recipient of the world's most extensive face transplant. Culp's surgery took place in Ohio last December, and she has now come forward to the public.46-year-old Connie Culp is the recipient of the world's most extensive face... more
Liver transplants for people with alcohol-related liver damage went up by more than 60% over the last ten years, and waiting lists continue to get longer and longer. The British Medical Association's ethics committee say that surgeons should be able to be more discerning when it comes to performing transplants. Maybe instead of giving the donated organ to the next person on the list, they could refuse transplants to heavy drinkers unless they agree to stop drinking. How they would regulate that is beyond me. But this has sparked a huge row in the medical field. Considering that healthy organs don't grown on trees (or in labs, yet) and have to be donated, do you think that people who drink themselves into liver failure should be allowed such a big piece of the donated liver pie?Liver transplants for people with alcohol-related liver damage went up by more than... more
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