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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...

2009-06-26 11:29:00

MINNEAPOLIS, June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Receiving more than $80,000 from Minnesota and Wisconsin Multiple District Lions Clubs over the past years, Spring Point Project, a non profit organization developing pig donors for pancreatic islet transplantation to cure diabetes, is attending the Lions Clubs International 92nd Convention. Over 12,000 Lions delegates from more than 200 countries are expected to attend the convention July 6-10, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minn. Spring Point Project...

2009-06-04 14:52:00

LIVINGSTON, N.J., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Transplant surgeon, Stuart R. Geffner, M.D., Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgery, Saint Barnabas Health Care System Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division, is the first in the world to use the Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci(TM) Surgical System to successfully implant a kidney into a living recipient. This procedure revolutionizes kidney transplant surgery, taking an open procedure to an advanced form of laparoscopic surgery. "The...

2008-10-14 09:00:45

DEERFIELD, Ill., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Astellas Pharma US, Inc., a leader in the field of transplantation, has announced the winners of the fourth annual Astellas Ride of a Lifetime contest. Launched in April 2008, the Astellas Ride of a Lifetime contest asked organ transplant recipients to write an essay explaining how their transplant experience transformed their life. The five winners of the contest will ride the Donate Life float in the 2009 Rose Parade -- one of the most celebrated...

2008-10-06 03:00:29

By Gustafson, Jeanne Sacred Heart Medical Center has performed its first kidney transplant accomplished in a domino-effect scenario that involves two live donors and two recipients, triggering use of a matching approach hospital officials believe will boost kidney transplants here by 25 percent. Separately, Sacred Heart says it plans to add pancreas transplants to its 27-year-old kidney transplant program. Last week the hospital completed what's called a domino-paired kidney transplant,...

2008-08-02 03:00:31

By Chris Togneri, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 2--As Julie Trahan recovers from a multiple-organ transplant, she dreams of the day she can thank her donor's family. "I want to let them know how grateful I am," Trahan said. "It isn't just about me now." Trahan, 28, of Rodman, N.Y., was featured last month in a Tribune-Review story on Family House, a nonprofit that provides shelter and moral support to critically ill patients who travel to Pittsburgh for medical treatment and their...

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2008-07-16 09:00:00

Walk into virtually any urban dialysis center, and chances are a disproportionate number of patients tethered to the machines will be African-American. The preferred treatment for kidney failure is an organ transplant. But although African-Americans suffer from kidney disease at higher rates than whites, they are less likely to be referred for transplants, less likely to be placed on a waiting list and less likely to get kidneys once on the list, according to a large body of research. With...

2008-07-16 06:00:44

By Celanie Polanick, The Valley News-Dispatch, Tarentum, Pa. Jul. 16--Surgeons removed Rudy Molnar's first bad heart in 1989, but they couldn't remove his love of bowling. The 70-year-old from Natrona Heights, Harrison, was among more than 100 people from the Pittsburgh area -- and about a dozen from the Alle-Kiski Valley -- to participate in the 2008 National Kidney Foundation U.S. Transplant Games at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland, Pittsburgh. Also called the Transplant...

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2008-06-13 13:39:29

Doctors in this week's BMJ debate the issue of selling kidneys.A regulated system of compensation for living donors may be the solution to the growing shortage of kidneys for transplantation, writes Arthur Matas, Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota.In many areas of the United States the average wait for a transplant from a deceased donor is five years, but in some parts it is as long 10 years. Because of this the annual death rate for suitable transplant candidates has risen...

2008-01-23 06:00:54

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report related to the Health Care industry is available in its catalogue. Organ Transplant Immunosuppressive Markets To order that report: www.reportlinker.com/p075365/Organ-Transplant- Immunosuppressive-Markets.html (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.) For more information, contact Nicolas by email nbo@reportlinker.com ,...