Lung transplantation in patients with coal workers' pneumoconiosis
Patients with coal workers' pneumoconiosis can develop chronic respiratory failure and require lung transplantation. A retrospective review was performed of the 712 referrals and 143 patients undergoing unilateral or bilateral lung transplantation at the University of Kentucky Medical Center between January 1999 and July 2009. There were no pulmonary complications because of the native lung in patients after a single lung transplant, with otherwise good clinical outcomes seen after lung transplantation. Read More.
Improved outcomes in pediatric liver transplants don't have to mean higher cost
Source: Medical Xpress
A Johns Hopkins Children's Center study of patients who received liver transplants from living donors has found that better outcomes need not come with a heftier price tag. The study, published online ahead of print in the journal Pediatric Transplantation, looked at 52 children paired up with 53 living donors who underwent transplantation at Hopkins between 1992 and 2010. The researchers found steady improvements in survival rates and overall outcomes without a significant increase in healthcare spending. Read More.
Eye research paves way for more successful cornea transplants
Scientists at the University of Reading have made a significant breakthrough in cornea transplant research that could make future procedures more successful. Amniotic membrane (AM) has been used in the clinical treatment of eye disorders for over a decade. During this time it has been seen as an excellent natural surface on which to grow corneal stem cells, despite the fact that its structural and biological properties have been poorly understood. Read More.
Ovarian transplants may preserve fertility in young cancer survivors
Ovarian grafts — frozen ovarian tissue that is thawed and transplanted back into a woman's body — can help cancer survivors preserve their fertility, according to a small, new study. Read More.
Transplant cytomegalovirus infection test approved by FDA
Source: Medical News Today
The FDA has approved a DNA test — COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan CMV Test — to measure the efficacy of anti-viral treatment in solid organ transplant recipients who are being administered CMV (cytomegalovirus) antiviral therapy. The viral load test can determine, from a sample of the patient's blood plasma, levels of CMV nucleic acid. Read More.
African Americans less likely to get a living donor kidney
Source: Renal & Urology News
African-Americans are less likely to receive a kidney from a living donor at all 275 transplant centers in the United States, according to a study published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Read More.
Menopause could be delayed indefinitely with ovary transplant
Women could remain fertile indefinitely after successful ovarian transplants lead to births and delay the menopause, doctors said. A technique to remove pieces of ovary, store it for decades and then replace it with delicate surgery could effectively put a woman's menopause "on ice," doctors said during a conference. Read More.
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