Noninvasive imaging technique may help kids with heart transplants
Source: Medical Xpress
Cardiologists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a noninvasive imaging technique that may help determine whether children who have had heart transplants are showing early signs of rejection. The technique could reduce the need for these patients to undergo invasive imaging tests every one to two years. Read More.
Patient cured of HIV provides hope for researchers
Timothy Brown, a 46-year-old from the western United States, was once known in medical journals as "the Berlin Patient." He is the man who had HIV, but doesn't anymore. In 2007, Brown went through total body irradiation and then received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor. He immediately stopped taking HIV medication. Although the leukemia returned, the HIV did not. Read More.
Native kidney renal cell carcinoma outcomes vary by ESRD treatment
Source: Renal & Urology News
Renal cell carcinoma that arises in the native kidneys of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) exhibit more favorable features in kidney transplant recipients than in dialysis-only patients, according to a new study. Read More.
Transplant patients' hearts need protecting
Source: Medical News Today
In the United States, around 85,000 people are currently waiting for a kidney transplant and around 16,000 are waiting for a liver transplant. However, patients who are aged 50+ are also at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. American Heart Association (AHA) aims to harmonize the various cardiac evaluation policies that have been created at U.S. hospitals to evaluate a patient's overall health prior to transplant surgery. Read More.
Smoking affects liver transplant health
Liver transplant patients who smoke, or smoked in the past, have a higher risk of viral hepatitis reinfection, Canadian researchers found. Dr. Mamatha Bhat of McGill University in Montreal said previous research found nearly 34 percent of liver transplant recipients were active or former tobacco users. Read More.
Canadian Feds pledge $10 million for transplant recipient's campaign
Minutes after getting a $10 million welcome home gift — a pledge from the federal government to fund a national transplant research program — double-lung recipient Helene Campbell bubbled over with plans for a limitless future. The 21-year-old will write a book about her story, dance alongside supporter Ellen DeGeneres on the Ellen Show and go back to school while spending as much time as she can with her family. Read More.
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