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2011-09-08 14:51:50

Review also drew on experiences of countries like the USA, Canada and Australia Clinicians from a leading UK children's hospital have called for European countries to change the way they tackle the shortage of organ donations from children, after a review, published in the September issue of Acta Paediatrica, found a large number of legal, ethical and cultural barriers. Great Ormond Street Hospital's clinical lead for organ donations, consultant paediatric intensivist Dr Joe Brierley,...

2011-09-08 11:48:06

National study investigates possible new option to increase transplantable lung supply Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center have transplanted the first lungs treated in the United States with an experimental repair process before transplantation. The procedure is part of a five-center national clinical research trial to evaluate the efficacy of repairing, before transplant, lungs that might otherwise have been passed over as unsuitable for organ donation. The results of...

2011-08-18 00:00:42

Two-time kidney transplant recipient Mary Wu, an advocate for kidney disease research and organ donation, will represent UKRO as a rider on the Donate Life float. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 17, 2011 UKRO, a Los Angeles"“based nonprofit charity supporting kidney disease research has announced that two-time kidney transplant recipient Mary H. Wu will represent UKRO as a rider on the Donate Life float in the 2012 Rose Parade. "This is the first time UKRO has sponsored a float rider...

2011-08-10 17:15:00

DALLAS and FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NBC 5 anchor/reporter, Kristi Nelson, is telling her touching, personal story of donating a kidney to her mother during a multi-part series titled "Kristi's Gift" airing the week of August 15, 2011 on NBC 5. "I'm doing this because she's my mother and I love her and I think she has a wonderful spirit," said Nelson. "I also think it's an especially important message to send to minority communities, including African Americans and...

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...

2011-08-02 13:06:09

A national transplant policy change designed to give African-American patients greater access to donor kidneys has sliced in half the racial disparities that have long characterized the allocation of lifesaving organs, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. Before 2003, the researchers note, an African-American patient who joined the kidney transplant list on the same day as a white patient would have a 37 percent smaller chance than a white counterpart of getting a transplant. In recent years,...

2011-07-28 12:31:34

Female patients make up most of those who could benefit Hard-to-match kidney transplant candidates who receive a treatment designed to make their bodies more accepting of incompatible organs are twice as likely to survive eight years after transplant surgery as those who stay on dialysis for years awaiting compatible organs, new Johns Hopkins research finds. "The results of this study should be a game changer for health care decision makers, including insurance companies, Medicare and...

2011-07-28 10:57:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AllograftPossibilities.org has rapidly grown into the premier source for straightforward information on tissue donation and transplant on the web. Although it has the same life-saving and life-enhancing benefits of organ donation, tissue donation is still lesser understood by the general public. The nonprofit AlloSource, a leading developer, processor, and distributor of bone and soft-tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures around...

2011-07-28 07:22:03

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new treatment for hard-to-match kidney transplant patients is providing dramatic survival benefits. According to the study, hard-to-match transplant candidates who receive a new treatment designed to make their bodies more accepting of incompatible organs are twice as likely to survive eight years after transplant surgery as those who stay on dialysis for years waiting for compatible organs. It's estimated that there is more than 20,000 hard-to-match transplant...

2011-07-27 00:01:21

August 1 is the 15th Anniversary of National Minority Donor Awareness Day. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 26, 2011 Minority populations in the United States, particularly African-Americans, are disproportionately affected by illnesses that can lead to the need for organ, tissue or eye transplants. In Illinois, nearly 5,000 people are on the organ transplant waiting list. 40 percent of these people are African-Americans, most of whom are waiting for a donor kidney. Many of the conditions leading...