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In Memoriam: Cynthia Cohen
The ITNS Board of Directors was saddened to learn of the passing of Cynthia Cohen, a liver transplant nurse practitioner and hand and face transplant coordinator at John Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center. Cindy was bright and energetic and we were proud to call her a member of ITNS. Cindy recently delivered an impressive presentation on reconstructive transplant basics at our Annual Symposium and we were so thankful to have her share her talents and expertise. Contributions in her memory may be sent to John Hopkins Stepping Stones, a fund to support transplant patients and families. Checks should be made payable to John Hopkins University and mailed to the attention of: Brigitte Sullivan, Comprehensive Transplant Center, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21287.
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Medical mystery: Man needs heart transplant after getting West Nile Virus
A Baton Rouge, La., man is in a fight for his life. He is sitting at home waiting on a heart; but how he got there is somewhat of a medical mystery.
When you sit down and talk to Danny Sauer you begin to realize just how tough it is for the 39-year-old husband and father of two to sit still. His life is far different from what it was just two months ago.
Sauer has an illness called Viral Cardiomyopathy. Sauer said he was diagnosed with the disease a couple of years ago when he went to the emergency room for what he thought was a kidney stone.
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Number of lung transplants up threefold
The number of lung transplants carried out in Ireland increased threefold in just two years, according to new figures.
The dramatically improved figures for lung transplants — which contrast with Ireland's overall transplant figures — is being credited to the appointment of a dedicated surgeon at the country's lung transplant program at Dublin's Mater hospital.
Medtronic enters dialysis with Apollo Venture in India
Medtronic Inc., the world's largest maker of heart rhythm devices, will enter the kidney dialysis business in collaboration with India's Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. Medtronic is developing a new approach to hemodialysis, which filters toxins from the blood of people with kidneys too damaged to do the job.
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.
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.
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Twincredible solution to the kidney donor crisis: The genetic back-up plan that could boost transplant shortage
Identical twins could hold the key to solving Britain's kidney donor shortage after a ground-breaking transplant "deal."
In the first case of its kind, Roger and Andrew Corke both offered a kidney to a stranger — in the knowledge that should one of them need a replacement in the future, the other will be a compatible donor because they share the same genetic footprint.
Science of healing the heart
The Wall Street Journal
A mechanical pump that was invented as a temporary life support for patients with advanced heart failure is emerging as a potential tool to help hearts heal and function for the long term on their own.
The device, called an LVAD, takes over most of the heart's main pumping function and was designed initially to enable patients to survive until a donor heart became available for transplant.
Fecal transplant, now in pill form
Gel caps containing concentrated fecal microbes stopped recurrent Clostridium difficile infection and were well-tolerated by recipients, researchers reported. Among patients with more than three episodes of recurrent C. difficile infection who could not tolerate jejunal catheter or suffered anal incontinence, a single dose of an oral suspension of fecal microbes delivered through several dozen 0.47 mL gel capsules resolved all but one of the recurrent infections with no instances of vomiting after capsule ingestion.
New method for improving cord blood transplant success
The Medical News
Starting with a discovery in zebrafish in 2007, Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers have published initial results of a Phase Ib human clinical trial of a therapeutic that has the potential to improve the success of blood stem cell transplantation. This marks the first time, just nine short years after Harvard's major commitment to stem cell biology, that investigators have carried a discovery from the lab bench to the clinic-fulfilling the promise on which HSCI was founded.
Pakistani national who underwent a heart transplant in Chennai proudly tells people that his heart is Indian
Daily News & Analysis
Forty-year-old Pakistani national Mohammed Zubair Ashmi, who got a new lease of life after he underwent a heart transplant surgery at a Chennai hospital in April, has a change of heart towards India. "Today, I proudly tell people that my heart is Indian," he said, adding that after the transplant he is feeling energetic.
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