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Latest Artificial lung Stories

2011-08-04 16:56:07

Surgeons at the University of Kentucky on Aug. 3 announced that they were among the first to use artificial-lung technology to demonstrate the feasibility of a lung transplant, using a device invented by two university faculty members, Dr. Joseph Zwischenberger and Dr. Dongfang Wang. "The device helps patients get oxygen into their blood by transporting blood to a gas exchanger that removes carbon dioxide and oxygenates the blood before returning it to the heart, bypassing the lungs of the...

2011-07-25 20:51:52

Small device works with air, pure oxygen not needed An artificial lung built by Cleveland researchers has reached efficiencies akin to the genuine organ, using air "“ not pure oxygen as current man-made lungs require - for the source of the essential element. Use in humans is still years away, but for the 200 million lung disease sufferers worldwide, the device is a major step toward creating an easily portable and implantable artificial lung, said Joe Potkay, a research assistant...

2011-01-27 10:00:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the acquisition of Medos Medizintechnik AG by the private equity fund Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn ("Future Fund of Heilbronn") the company will cooperate closely in the future with Novalung GmbH (Heilbronn, Germany), which is expected to strengthen both medical device companies. The Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn (zfhn) announced that it has acquired Medos Medizintechnik AG from Ventizz Capital Partners Advisory AG. The purchase agreement...

2009-02-17 23:03:23

Doctors at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto used an external artificial lung to keep a patient alive until donor lungs were available. Last summer, 15-year-old Katie Sutherland was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. This rare condition constricts veins and arteries within the lungs and forces the heart to work much harder than normal to pump blood to the lungs. As a result, Sutherland's heart was failing. Before the operation her heart had swelled up to four times its regular...

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2008-01-30 06:05:00

When the lungs fail, doctors have woefully few tools in their arsenal to help people breathe. That may change soon, say scientists who believe they are within sprinting distance of offering patients with acute lung failure an artificial lung -- at least one that can be used short-term while they await transplants or for their damaged lungs to heal. Researchers from academic institutions across the country who are developing and testing prototypes believe artificial lung clinical trials in...