World's Smallest Artificial Heart Implanted in Italian Baby
Source: Agence France-Presse via Raw Story
Italian doctors in March implanted the smallest ever artificial heart into a 16-month-old baby before the infant received a permanent organ donation, said the hospital that performed the operation. Read More.
Statins May Cut Cancer Risk Post Heart Transplantation
Source: MedPage Today
Statin therapy may help prevent the high long-term risk of cancer among heart transplant patients, researchers found. The risk of incident cancer of any type was roughly halved among statin users in a single center's heart transplantation registry. Read More.
Poll: Americans Show Support for Compensation of Organ Donors
The shortage of organs for transplant continues to grow, despite years of work to get more donors on board. Facebook jumped in recently by making organ donation status something you could add to your profile. And the social media giant made it easy to connect with a registry to sign up as a donor. Read More.
PCa Patients on Hemodialysis Would Benefit From Early Kidney Transplantation
Source: Renal & Eurology News
Hemodialysis (HD) patients awaiting a kidney transplant must have a two-year cancer-free period immediately preceding transplantation. However, study findings presented at the National Kidney Foundation 2012 Spring Clinical Meetings suggest that patients with prostate cancer (PCa) might be better served by undergoing transplantation instead of waiting two years to be declared cancer-free. Read More.
North Carolina Sees 3,000 Percent Increase in Organ Donors Because of Facebook
Facebook is inviting users to sign up to be organ donors and share their status. Because of this new feature, the North Carolina donor registry has seen a huge jump in donors. Read More.
Two Patients Get Eye Stem Cells Transplanted to Restore Sight
Source: BBC News
The technique has been developed by Scottish specialists to reverse corneal blindness, and it is believed to be the first treatment of its kind in the U.K. Both have corneal blindness, and until now the only treatment was a transplant of cornea tissue from an organ donor. Read More.
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