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Size matters in lung transplants — and bigger is better
By Joy Burgess
Previously, lung transplant experts have worked hard to match donor lung size close to the lung size of the transplant recipient. Physicians pursued size-matching due to the concern that lungs that were too large or too small could lead to potential problems, such as poor lung function, after transplantation. However, new transplant research is shattering that theory. New studies from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Iowa show that choosing bigger lungs for patients is associated with better survival rates after transplantation.
Miracle heart transplant patient who inspired thousands died of organ rejection just 5 months before her dream wedding
A "miracle" transplant patient died after junior doctors failed to spot she was suffering organ rejection, her family have claimed.
Hannah Pudsey, 24, received media attention in 2001 after a six month wait for a new heart — at the time, the longest wait any British child in need of an organ had been forced to endure.
Her story inspired thousands of people to become potential organ donors but Pudsey died on Feb. 1 last year, after she was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis that was hiding another problem with her heart.
New question for drivers: Organ donor?
The Wall Street Journal
When New Yorkers go to get a driver's license, they will confront a new question: What do they want to happen to their organs when they die?
The new line on driver's license applications will ask people whether they want to be added to the organ donor registry by selecting either "yes" or "skip this question," an effort to improve organ-donation rates, which in New York lag behind the rest of the country.
Training key to boosting organ donation consent rates
NHS Blood and Transplant has launched a set of training tools designed to help maximize the number of referrals for organ donation and the consent rate.
It has produced a DVD on how to approach families of potential organ donors, a printed guide that complements the DVD and a quick reference guide.
The aim is that health professionals making the family approach will be more skilled to approach a family about organ donation and sensitively deal with objections raised.
Spanish lessons for Mumbai doctors on cadaver organ transplantation
To boost cadaver donation program in the country, Spanish doctors have suggested that every hospital, which is into organ transplant, set up a separate "cadaver donation" department. Two doctors from Spain have been invited by the state Public Health Department and Zonal Transplantation Co-ordination Committee to visit city hospitals in the context of cadaver donation program.
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Researchers look at health consequences of living kidney donation
Medical News Today
The short-term risks associated with kidney donation are relatively modest, but because many donors have additional medical conditions, it is important to evaluate their ongoing health. That's the conclusion of a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Fat transplants could be less risky than organ transplants for metabolic disease treatment
Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine are working to help stop maple syrup urine disease by using fat transplants.
Chris Lynch, a professor of cellular and molecular physiology at Penn State College of Medicine, worked on a study of the tissue transplant and said they were working on inborn errors of metabolism, not obesity or diabetes.
Deny organ transplants to marijuana users?
Should somebody who smokes marijuana be eligible to get an organ transplant? You might think that this is a silly question, but it isn't. In fact, nearly every transplant center in the U.S. says that if you are abusing a drug — alcohol, cocaine or heroin — you will not be considered for a transplant. For a long time, marijuana has been listed right beside the rest of those drugs as something that is both addictive and criminal to use.
Cats may prove deadly to organ transplant recipients
Las Vegas Guardian Express
When Miller Nance received his new heart, he had no idea he would have to give away his beloved cat, Cleavon. Although the big, black Persian cat, with his watery, yellow eyes and flattened face looked harmless enough, he might have been carrying a dangerous parasite that could have life-threatening consequences to his owner. The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii can cause a serious infection known as toxoplasmosis, which for the severely immunosuppressed could lead to death. Cats are also a big source of concern in the world for those with suppressed immune systems, such as HIV patients and recipients of solid organ transplants.
Alcoholism treatment before, after liver transplantation reduces relapse
New research reports that liver transplant recipients who receive substance abuse treatment before and after transplantation have much lower alcohol relapse rates than those untreated or only treated prior to transplantation. A second study determines that continued alcohol abuse following liver transplantation decreases graft survival, further highlighting the importance of preventing alcohol relapse. Both studies are published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society.
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