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4 key issues in facial allotransplantation
By Maria Frisch
Facial allotransplantation has transformed the future of patients with severe facial disfigurement by allowing for nearly normal facial restoration. Since 2005, at least 21 facial allotransplantations have been performed worldwide, with an estimated 90 percent overall success rate — two of the 21 patients died. This article summarizes four key issues regarding this procedure.
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5 kidneys, 0 transplants
Daily News & Analysis
Doctors in Mumbai are waiting to make history with the country's first ever "domino" kidney transplant, that will involve five donors and five recipients. However, the Rajasthan government's playing spoilsport.
China struggles with organ donor cards due to cultural values
The morality of organ transplantation practices in China has been long debated, given the frequent use of organs from executed death row inmates. Attempts to create an effective system to replace current standards have been widely unsuccessful. The most recent proposal has failed to break the mold once again.
Use of plastics implants is soaring
Evidence continues to mount showing soaring use of plastics in medical implants, led by polyetheretherketone. As of February, the number of implantable medical devices manufactured from PEEK-OPTIMA and cleared for market in the US reached 500, with more than 80 approved for market in China.
Nurses use extreme treatments but would prefer less
Nurses would prefer less aggressive treatments for themselves if they were dying, compared to what they would be willing to administer their patients and even their own parents, a new study shows.
3 faces of transplantation
They're three strangers with a unique bond. One may eventually need a new liver. One got a new kidney. And one donated five of her son's organs. This article looks at "the three faces of organ donation."
Transplants deal 'could save lives'
Gulf Daily News
Organs donated by people in Saudi Arabia could be used to save the lives of transplant patients in Bahrain.
Salmaniya Medical Complex is tying up with Dammam's King Fahad Hospital to create a cross-border transplant program for patients needing a new kidney, liver or pancreas.
Researcher studies nurses' end-of-life care choices for patients
The Medical News
Nurses will use extreme measures to save their patients and parents; but if they were dying, they prefer less aggressive ones for themselves, according to results from an international survey on nurses' end-of-life preferences.
The April issue of the International Nursing Review reported the findings about the end-of-life preferences of 1,089 nurses in the first multinational and cross-cultural view of nurses' end-of-life care choices.
Post-transplant bone preservation strategy not helpful
Renal & Urology News
Vitamin D and calcium supplementation is commonly used to prevent bone loss after kidney transplantation, but new findings presented at the 2013 American Transplant Congress suggest that such supplementation may not work.
Researchers: Kidneys discarded for transplant can be used for manufacturing replacement organs
The Medical News
Nearly 20 percent of kidneys that are recovered from deceased donors in the U.S. are refused for transplant due to factors ranging from scarring in small blood vessels of the kidney's filtering units to the organ going too long without blood or oxygen. But, what if instead of being discarded, these organs could be "recycled" to help solve the critical shortage of donor organs?
Robotic transplantation may reduce health disparities for obese patients with chronic kidney failure
The Medical News
Obese patients who received robotic kidney transplants had fewer wound complications than patients who received traditional "open" transplant surgery, according to surgeons at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System.
The findings should allow more obese patients to receive kidney transplants.
Fewer kids die while waiting for new organs
Fewer children died waiting for organ transplants in the past decade after policy changes to the national organ allocation system, researchers stated.
The number of children dying before they could receive a transplant dramatically decreased from 262 to 110 as pediatric transplants increased from 2001 to 2010, stated Dr. Jennifer Workman of the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City and colleagues, in Pediatrics.
Doctors and nurses charged in $223 million Medicare fraud busts
The Washington Post
Nearly 100 people, including 14 doctors and nurses, were charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that collectively billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges in a massive bust spanning eight cities, federal authorities said.
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