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2014-03-26 10:44:42

Findings reveal system of centralized transplantation care may place lives at risk Veterans with liver disease who live more than 100 miles from a Veterans Administration hospital that offers liver transplants are only half as likely to be placed on the liver transplant waitlist to receive a new organ compared to veterans who live closer to transplant centers, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. The findings, which are published...

2013-07-25 12:28:33

HOUSTON, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, seven transplant recipients boarded a plane to Durban, South Africa, to represent Texas Children's Hospital and Team USA at the 19th World Transplant Games. There, these patients will join thousands of other athletes from around the world whose lives were saved by organ transplantation to compete for the gold. For more information about transplantation at Texas Children's Hospital visit: www.texaschildrens.org/transplant....

2013-04-08 11:59:32

Journal of American College of Surgeons study reports that, despite the risks and the costs, liver transplant may also serve as a model for gene therapy through solid organ transplantation for some patients Patients faced with the diagnosis of a life-threatening liver disease have to consider the seriousness of having a liver transplant, which can be a definitive cure for many acquired and genetic liver diseases.  Among the main considerations are the anxiety of waiting for a donor...

2012-06-28 10:25:36

LOS ANGELES, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The UCLA Heart Transplant Program performed its 2,000th heart transplant surgery earlier this month, becoming the first program in the western United States and only the second in the world to achieve this remarkable milestone. Bill Meadows, 59, of Riverside, Calif., who suffered from advanced dilated cardiomyopathy with secondary pulmonary hypertension, received the donated organ on June 4 in a four-hour surgery at Ronald Reagan...

2012-03-28 01:00:05

The University of Maryland released details today of the most extensive full face transplant completed to date, including both jaws, teeth, and tongue. The 36-hour operation occurred on March 19-20, 2012 at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center and involved a multi-disciplinary team of faculty physicians from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a team of over 150 nurses and professional staff. The face transplant, formally called...

2012-03-14 17:37:00

Success at Texas Hospital Offers Hope for Millions Affected by Liver-Destroying Hepatitis C SAN ANTONIO, March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Liver transplant surgeons at a San Antonio hospital are poised to save hundreds of lives as deaths from liver-destroying hepatitis C increase, with recent reports indicating baby boomers are highest risk. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120314/DC70663) The Liver Transplant Program at Methodist Specialty and...

2011-12-06 23:12:02

Mayo Clinic in Florida is now offering kidney and pancreas transplants to HIV positive patients with advanced kidney disease and diabetes. Evidence is now solid that HIV-positive patients have the same favorable outcome in terms of patient and allograft survival as non-HIV positive organ transplant recipients, says Mary Prendergast, M.D., a kidney specialist whose focus is the care of patients who receive kidney and pancreas transplants. "With the utilization of HAART therapy to control...

2011-10-28 16:03:00

Penn Medicine Surgeons Team, with Gift of Life, Extends Frontier of Life-Enhancing Surgery PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time in the Delaware Valley Region, a patient has undergone a complex and intricate transplant procedure that could significantly enhance the quality-of-life for persons with multiple limb loss. Last month, a highly-skilled, specially-trained team from the newly established Penn Hand Transplant Program at the Penn Transplant...

2010-09-15 08:00:00

DEERFIELD, Ill., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Astellas Pharma US, Inc. has announced the winners of the second 2010 Transplant Scholars Awards, which awarded a dozen $5,000 educational scholarships to transplant recipients and living donors from around the country to help them pursue their educational goals and gain even more power to make a real difference in the lives of the people around them. Scholarship winners were chosen from among 283 entries by a panel of judges who evaluated the...

2010-01-26 15:17:19

Medical Societies Craft Guidelines to Advise Clinicians; Protect Patients and Donors A recent case study by doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York examined the ethical issues posed by transplant tourism, an offshoot of medical tourism, which focuses solely on transplantation surgery.  Many American transplant professionals frown on the practice of transplant tourism where patients travel to countries such as China, India, and the Philippines for their transplantation.  These...