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First kidney transplant between people with HIV is a success
AIDSmeds
Israeli physicians have successfully conducted the world's first kidney transplant between two living people who have HIV, The Jerusalem Post reports. An HIV-positive woman donated one of her kidneys to her husband, who had been on dialysis for two years and who is also living with the virus. The surgery was conducted a few months ago at the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv. According to the hospital, the man is now back at work and is functioning normally.
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China's computerized organ transplant system is step forward
South China Morning Post
The unrivaled use of the death penalty, and a reliance on organs harvested from executed prisoners to sustain a loosely regulated and corrupt transplant industry, have done nothing for China's international image. This distasteful nexus between legal killing and life-saving transplants has faced a use-by date ever since the Supreme Court introduced new rules in 2007 that reduced the number of executions, making the present transplant system unsustainable. It is good to see at last that national health officials are moving to cut reliance on it from Sept. 1. They are introducing a computerized system to match organs to patients most in need among the 165 hospitals allowed to carry out transplants, similar to the United Network for Organ Sharing in the U.S.
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Implantable, Artificial Kidney: Shuvo Roy, Ph.D.
Renal & Urology News
Shuvo Roy, Ph.D., a bioengineering professor at the University of California-San Francisco, is developing an artificial kidney that could change the lives of millions of people around the world.
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Damaged heart cells made healthy again in lab
HealthDay News via WebMD
Scientists report that they've transformed one kind of human heart cell into another in laboratory experiments, a promising development in the bid to find ways to repair damage from heart attacks. The research is far from ready for prime time, however, and it's not clear if the strategy will work in live people.
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Ireland: To progress on the organ transplant front we need to be ready to talk about death
The Irish Times
When the word "transplant" is mentioned for the first time it lights a fire beneath you. After years of degenerative illness there is suddenly a new goal: it means waiting for someone to die so that you can live. It's confusing, it's devastating, it's enlightening and immediately you are propelled to do everything, and then nothing. You swing like a pendulum between action and inaction until the reality sets in. Waiting. Waiting is the reality and you have no choice in the matter. You have to wait and work hard enough to be well to get on the list, then you wait and work hard enough to stay there. Right now Ireland needs a proper, respectful public dialogue on organ donation and not a merely reactive one that underestimates the issues. We can all agree that more donations need to happen. What is less obvious is that we need to talk about death.
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Study: Urine test might predict kidney transplant rejection
Xinhua
A noninvasive urine test might offer doctors a simple way to tell if a kidney transplant patient is at risk of transplant rejection, a U.S. study said. The study published in the American Journal of Transplantation said low levels of a protein in the urine of kidney transplant recipients, known as CXCL9, could be used to diagnose and even predict transplant rejection.
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Health disparity uncovered in Texas kidney transplants
KVUE-TV via KHOU-TV
A KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered a problem with kidney transplants in Texas so bad, Austin's transplant director calls it a public "health disparity." In November 2012, The KVUE Defenders first told you how patients in Austin wait longer than the rest of the state for kidney transplants. We've now learned it disproportionately impacts Hispanics.
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Organ transplantation: Special consideration for kids
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Nearly 120,000 men, women and children currently need life-saving organ transplants. Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. As of March, 1,760 of these patients were pediatric. But just how long do children have to wait, and how is the process different for them than for adults? New ethical questions have been raised, surrounding the recent lung transplantation case of 10-year old girl Sarah Murnaghan from Pennsylvania.
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Surgery risk calculator predicts complications
HealthLeaders Media
A new tool for assessing the risk of surgical complications might eventually be used as an optional alternative to generate reimbursement under the Physician Quality Reporting System. For the first time, surgeons have a sophisticated risk calculator said to accurately predict the chance of death or a number of other bad outcomes, such as renal failure or infection, for nearly any surgical procedure done in a U.S. hospital.
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