Another Complication For Gastric Bypass Patients

Obese patients who suffer complications after gastric bypass surgery may face further health risks because their weight exceeds the limits of diagnostic imaging equipment, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). In the study, approximately 27 percent of patients weighing more than 450 pounds […]

Alcohol May Amplify Chronic Rejection In Lung Transplants

A recent study using an animal model of lung transplants shows that chronic alcohol consumption by the donor promotes scarring and airway injury after transplantation. The results raise questions about human lung donors with a history of alcohol abuse, say authors Patrick Mitchell, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher, and David Guidot, MD, professor of medicine at […]

Living Donors May Be Best Source Of Insulin-producing Islets For Diabetes Treatment

According to a new study in Clinical Transplantation, obtaining islet cells (clusters of pancreatic cells that create insulin) from living donors may be a solution to the shortage of islets available for transplantation. In samples taken from living donors, 94 percent of the cells were viable for transplant, compared to only 42 percent of cells […]

CMS Officials Investigate Case Involving Four Transplant Recipients Who Contracted HIV, Hepatitis C From High-Risk Organ Donor

Health officials from CMS, which oversees organ procurement programs and hospitals in the U.S., are investigating the three hospitals involved in the case of four transplant recipients in the Chicago area who in January contracted HIV and hepatitis C from a high-risk organ donor, the AP/ reports (Tanner, AP/, 11/16). According to officials at Gift […]

Footballers Are On The Ball With Life-Saving Message, UK

Millwall footballers are proving winners on and off the pitch by urging supporters and the wider local community to offer the gift of life and join the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR). Fresh from their FA Cup first round victory at the weekend, players from the League One club were at their Bromley training ground […]

New Organ Allocation Criteria Associated With Decreased Deaths On Liver Transplant Waiting List

Changing the method by which donated livers are allocated to potential transplant patients appears to have decreased the number of deaths among individuals on the waiting list as well as shortened the time to transplantation, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Since 1991, the […]

Breakthrough In Organ Rejection Diagnosis Examines Gene Behavior

A new article appearing in American Journal of Transplantation describes a revolutionary technique for more clearly identifying the possibility of organ rejection in kidney transplants. The technique, which uses a microarray or “Gene Chip,” a process of examining DNA sequences, defines how major causes of organ disease leading to rejection share similar disturbances in gene […]

Ventracor Growth Continues – 10 Active US Hospitals As Part Of US Clinical Trials

Ventracor (ASX: VCR) announced 10 US hospitals have implanted at least one VentrAssist(tm) as part of its US clinical trials, and that more centres are trained and awaiting availability of patients. Since the Annual General Meeting on 24 October, there have been 14 implants of the VentrAssist left ventricular assist device (LVAD) worldwide. There have […]

National Marrow Donor Program(R) Commends New American Medical Association Guidelines For Umbilical Cord Blood Donation

The National Marrow Donor Program(R) (NMDP) commends the nation’s largest physicians’ association for new guidelines that could help increase the number of pregnant women who donate umbilical cord blood for potentially life-saving transplants. The American Medical Association’s ethical guidelines, adopted this week, said doctors should encourage women willing to donate their infants’ cord blood to […]

Athersys IND For MultiStem Authorized For Phase I Clinical Trial In Bone Marrow Transplant Support

Athersys, Inc. (OTC BB:AHYS.OB – News) announced that it has been notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that its Investigational New Drug, MultiStem(r), can proceed to a Phase I clinical trial evaluating the safety of MultiStem administration in support of bone marrow transplantation for the treatment of certain cancers of the blood […]