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Latest Transplantable organs and tissues Stories

2010-03-22 14:36:39

The number of living donor organs available for transplant has progressively declined over the past five years, according to a new study. In addition, the study showed that for the first time, organs from deceased donors decreased in 2008. "This decline has resulted in a widening gap between the number of organs available for transplant, and the number of patients who are awaiting a donor organ," said Andrew S. Klein, M.D., director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Comprehensive Transplant...

2010-01-28 11:57:28

New research in the FASEB Journal shows that bone marrow cells fuse to different types of cells, including embryonic stem cells, creating new hybrids that may evade immune rejection Using cells from mice, scientists from Iowa and Iran have discovered a new strategy for making embryonic stem cell transplants less likely to be rejected by a recipient's immune system. This strategy, described in a new research report appearing in the February 2010 print issue of The FASEB Journal...

2009-12-10 10:53:04

Results of a preliminary study by scientists at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins show that "mini" stem cell transplantation may safely reverse severe sickle cell disease in adults. The phase I/II study to establish safety of the procedure, published December 10 in the New England Journal of Medicine, describes 10 patients with severe sickle cell disease who received intravenous transplants of blood-forming stem cells. The transplanted stem cells came from the peripheral...

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2009-05-05 15:45:00

A Japanese scientist claims that humans may be able to harvest transplant organs from sheep within a decade.Professor Yutaka Hanazono told London's Times Online that he his sheep has been successfully modified to develop a spare pancreas hidden in its underbelly.Although the only viable donor for the spare pancreas would be a diabetic chimpanzee, Professor Hanazono said it represents an opportunity to provide harvestable human organs in sheep and ending the ethical debate over the use of...

2009-01-22 10:15:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's stem-cell transplant program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) was one of only two transplant programs nationwide that consistently outperformed the expected one-year survival rate for unrelated donor transplants, according to an independent report that assessed 122 transplant centers over a five-year period. The Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Registry examined the survival rates...

2008-11-11 15:00:22

A new study says a bone marrow transplantation regimen relying on reduced-intensity conditioning is the only safe and effective cure for sickle cell disease. Dr. Lakshmanan Krishnamurti of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh helped pioneer the transplant method that relies on RIC regimens that involve reduced amounts of certain drugs and are, therefore, less toxic to patients. RIC can be offered to patients with severe sickle cell disease because it eliminates life-threatening side...

2008-06-25 09:03:33

Mediware Information Systems (NASDAQ: MEDW), a provider of ClosedLoop(TM) clinical systems for blood and medication management, announced the launch of BiologiCare(TM), a software system designed specifically to track and manage transplantable materials in hospitals, surgery centers, and other healthcare facilities. BiologiCare ensures that donors, tissue vendors and tissue recipients are fully documented and enables these facilities to be fully compliant with current regulations. The...

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2007-07-28 03:00:00

By Kaserman, David L ABSTRACT: More than fifty years have now passed since the first successful human organ transplant. During that time, substantial progress has been made in both surgical techniques and immunosuppressive drug therapy. As a result, transplant success rates have improved dramatically, and thousands of recipients of kidneys, hearts, livers, and lungs have been granted both longer and healthier lives. At the same time, however, many more thousands of patients have died while...

2006-12-19 09:01:24

By Jamie Talan, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Dec. 19--Last July, Sea Cliff's beach pulsed with an open memorial celebration for 56-year-old Carolyn Ramirez, a popular waitress in the North Shore enclave. About 600 people arrived to cry, tell stories and console one another over her unexpected death. In her final days, Ramirez was on life support at Glen Cove Hospital -- her brain badly damaged by loss of oxygen, her heart pumping with the help of machines. She was in a coma, brought on by an...

2006-10-26 15:01:01

NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has honored New England Organ Bank as one of the nation's best performing Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO). The Distinguished Performance Award was presented to New England Organ Bank for its success in achieving high levels of performance over an extended period of time and for demonstrating outstanding practice in multiple aspects of the life saving work of organ donation and transplantation. New...