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2010-06-04 13:34:43

A team of researchers from several collaborating Baylor University research centers and from Japan's Okayama Graduate School of Medicine have found a way to more consistently isolate pancreatic islet cells from brain dead donors using ductal injection (DI), a process that immediately cools donor islet cells at the injection site. The more successful islet isolation process resulted in the three type 1-diabetes patients, who received islet cell transplants, becoming insulin independent. Their...

2010-05-25 08:06:13

Three new reports describe biomarkers that identify either kidney transplant recipients likely to maintain excellent and stable allograft function in the absence of immunosuppressive drugs or those at risk of losing their transplants. Peter Heeger and Bernd Schröppel, at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, describe in an accompanying commentary, the importance of these studies and how they might impact the management of patients in the clinic to provide a more personalized...

2010-05-03 10:48:22

Patients should do research before deciding where they will get their transplant, study suggests For patients in need of a liver transplant, their choice of a transplant center can make a noteworthy difference in their outcomes, according to a Mayo Clinic study presented at the American Transplant Congress under way May 1-5 in San Diego. "We did find significant variation between centers in patient outcomes in the first year after transplant," says Ray Kim, M.D., one of the lead investigators...

2010-02-24 16:16:00

Bee Gee Barry Gibb and wife, Linda, announce American citizenship HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three months ago, U.S. Senior Airman Tre F. Porfirio was critically wounded after being struck from behind by three high velocity bullets while serving in Afghanistan. On February 13, Porfirio made an extraordinary trip from Washington, D.C., to Miami to appear before an awestruck crowd of 600 at the Love and Hope Ball benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) -- the...

2009-12-15 13:53:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today's New York Times article by Kevin Sack, "Plan for Kidney Drugs Spurs Division," illustrates an internal renal community reimbursement debate that may result in kidney patients continuing to be deprived of their life-saving immunosuppressive medications beyond the current 36-month Medicare program limit. As Congress is poised to approve this urgent transplant patient coverage to preserve the lives of transplant kidney recipients,...

2009-12-15 14:30:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A 21-year old Airman severely wounded in Afghanistan is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after several surgeries and an unprecedented transplant. The procedure performed by medical teams at Walter Reed and the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, is the first known case of successful isolation and transplantation of insulin producing cells following severe trauma requiring complete removal of the pancreas. When...

2009-10-14 13:37:56

A newer, less expensive drug used to suppress the immune system and prevent organ rejection in kidney and pancreas transplant patients works just as well as its much more expensive counterpart, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Such discoveries are vital in an era of skyrocketing health care costs and debate over health reform, said lead investigator Alan C. Farney, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of surgery in the Department of...

2009-10-05 10:56:55

Data from the largest single-center experience of adult and pediatric intestinal and multivisceral transplantation show that survival rates have improved with the advent of innovative surgical techniques, novel immunosuppressive protocols and better post-operative management, said researchers at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute in a study published in the October issue of Annals of Surgery. Led by Kareem Abu-Elmagd, M.D., Ph.D., director, Intestinal Rehabilitation and...

2009-08-21 15:53:00

DALLAS, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael Ramsay, M.D., F.R.C.A., president of Baylor Research Institute (BRI) and chief of the department of anesthesiology and pain management at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, has been elected president of the International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS), a renowned multidisciplinary organization comprised of more than 700 international members specializing in hepatology, surgery, anesthesia, critical care, radiology, and pathology....

2009-07-14 05:30:33

A new research method to study what is going on inside the pancreas of diabetic patients may be just what scientists need to discover a promising treatment. Within the pancreas lie islets, or clusters of cells that produce insulin for the body. Diabetes attacks the insulin producing cells, and currently researchers have no way to view this without taking tissue from inside the pancreas and looking at it under a microscope. In-vivo monitoring of islet biology allows researchers to study the...


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