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2012-09-14 06:26:06

DENVER, Sept. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Swedish Medical Center, Memorial Health System, Littleton Adventist Hospital and Mike McBride, CEO of St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center, were recognized with Ending the Wait awards for their outstanding efforts in promoting organ and tissue donation in Colorado. The awards, now in their fourth year, are presented annually by Donor Alliance, the organ procurement organization serving Colorado and most of Wyoming, and the Colorado...

Doctors Use Stem Cells To Grow Vein For Young Patient
2012-06-14 11:07:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com 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. Doctors have now successfully transplanted a vein grown with a patient's own stem cells without complications or the need for immunosuppressants, according to a report published this week in The Lancet. The patient was a 10-year-old girl in Sweden who was suffering from a...

2012-04-23 10:23:27

DENVER, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Colorado legislature recognized Donor Alliance for its contributions to the promotion of organ and tissue donation in Colorado. Members of Donor Alliance's leadership team, Governing Board of Directors and community partners accepted the resolution, sponsored by Senator Lucia Guzman (D-Denver), Senator Jean White (R-Hayden), Representative Dan Pabon (D-Denver) and Representative Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock). The recognition was timed...

Man Recovering Well After Full-face Transplant
2012-03-28 11:13:02

Brett Smith for Redorbit.com 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. Eduardo Rodriguez, the lead surgeon for the operation, said he hoped the transplant would give Norris his life back after living for years as a recluse....

New Hope For Organ Transplant Recipients
2012-03-08 09:54:52

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, thanks to a new study that suggests patients receiving an organ that is less than a perfect match can be protected against rejection by a second transplant of the donor´s imperfectly matched stem cells. The study is being hailed as a game-changer for transplantation. Experts announced the success of...

2012-01-18 11:11:00

DENVER, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Donor Alliance, the federally-designated, non-profit organ procurement organization and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited tissue bank serving Colorado and Wyoming, saw another banner year in 2011, with a record number of organ donors enabling 52 more people to receive lifesaving transplants than in 2010. Additionally, the organization worked with 966 tissue donors and their families to recover lifesaving and healing...

2011-12-13 01:08:02

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), according to new research. Although the study...

2011-11-28 11:44:13

By combining conventional medical imaging with some of the same 3-D modeling techniques used in Hollywood blockbusters, researchers are offering new hope to victims of serious facial injuries. Results of a new study on human face transplantation, led by Darren M. Smith, M.D., plastic surgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Devastating injuries or defects of the...

2011-11-01 20:48:52

First such procedure performed in the region For the first time in the Delaware Valley Region, a patient has undergone a complex and intricate bilateral hand transplant that could significantly enhance the quality-of-life for persons with multiple limb loss. The procedure was performed by Penn's Hand Transplant Program which operates under the leadership of the Penn Transplant Institute and in collaboration with Gift of Life Donor Program, the nonprofit organ and tissue donor program which...

2011-08-20 07:00:00

Human organs and tissues are crucial for the purposes of scientific research, and the development of cures, treatments, drugs and devices for virtually every disease affecting humankind. IIAM links organ and tissue donation to medical discovery. Edison, New Jersey (PRWEB) August 20, 2011 This year marks the 25th anniversary of the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM). With offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada, IIAM has been serving the medical...