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The doctor who is recognized as the father of bone marrow transplantation died Saturday at the age of 92. E. Donnall Thomas, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1990 for his work, had been suffering from cardiovascular disease.
A successful transplant operation in Sweden points to a medical future where your doctor can grow a transplant organ from your own cells, making organ donation a thing of the past.
In what can be described as a scenario straight out of a Hollywood movie, hospital officials report that Richard Lee Norris, of Hillsville, Va., is recovering well after a 36-hour full-face transplant surgery that not only gave him a new appearance, but also functioning teeth, tongue, and a new set of jaws.
Organ transplant patients usually spend a lifetime on expensive and often dangerous anti-rejection drugs. But experts have announced that such drugs may not even be needed in the future.
Patients who receive a blood stem cell transplant from a donor outside of their family to treat leukemia and other blood diseases are more likely to have graft failure but less likely to experience graft-versus-host disease, a condition caused by the donor cells attacking the recipient's body, if the transplanted blood cells come directly from a donor's bone marrow, rather than from blood stem cells circulating in the donor's bloodstream (PBSCs).
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