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India's 1st domino kidney transplant
India's first ever domino kidney transplant — involving five donors and five recipients — will be performed at three Mumbai hospitals after the State Government Authorisation Committee gave its nod for the procedure.
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New organ donation law in the wings as Costa Rica's Caja distances itself from private transplants
The Tico Times
After the recent arrest of Dr. Francisco José Mora in San José as part of a Judicial Investigation Police probe into his involvement in an international organ trafficking operation, legislators scrambled to draft an updated organ donation law as the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, tries to distance itself from the world of private organ transplants.
Proposed changes in organ donation stir debate
The U.S. organ transplant network will soon consider a controversial proposal to overhaul the guidelines for an increasingly common form of organ donation.
The board of directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing will open a two-day meeting at the organization's headquarters in Richmond, Va., to consider new guidelines for donation after cardiac death.
Should Medicaid patients be denied organ transplants?
Physicians News Digest
Neurological surgeon Dr. David McKalip, a Florida delegate to the American Medical Association, lead the effort to ensure the AMA would stand strongly in favor of organ transplantation for Medicaid patients; and not for rationing such medical treatments because of funds.
Record number of organ transplants saves five lives in a day
For most of us, a change of heart takes some time. But for the team of Stanford medical professionals at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, a change of heart — plus two livers and two kidneys — can happen in less time than it takes to ease into the workweek. Five organ transplants in 24 hours is no typical feat for this Stanford hospital. Though medical teams at Packard Children's Hospital perform about 70 liver and kidney and 15 heart transplants a year, they had never attempted this many organ transplants in a single day.
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Living donor versus deceased donor liver transplantation: A surgeon-matched comparison of recipient morbidity and outcomes
Informed consent for living donor liver transplantation requires that patients are provided with accurate information on the relative benefits and risks of this procedure compared with deceased donor liver transplantation. There is strong evidence to suggest that LDLT facilitates timely transplantation to patients; however, information on the relative morbidity and death risks after LDLT as compared with DDLT is limited. A matched cohort comparison was performed matching recipients for age, MELD, date of transplant, gender, primary diagnosis and recipient surgeon.
Poorer dialysis patient survival linked to impaired taste
Renal & Urology News
Altered taste perception is common among hemodialysis patients, and it is independently associated with poorer markers of nutritional status and increased risk of death, according to a new study. Dr. Steven M. Brunelli of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues analyzed data from 1,745 participants in the Hemodialysis Study. In that study, investigators assessed taste perception at baseline and then annually. Patients with end-stage renal disease are at increased risk for taste perception impairment. Although the mechanism for this impairment is not well understood, it is thought to be a consequence of uremia, the authors noted. Another possibility is that zinc deficiency, which is common because of high dialytic removal.
Organ scarcity's the real transplant dilemma
The News Tribune
A Pennsylvania family's legal fight to get a lung transplant for Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old with cystic fibrosis, ultimately proved successful. She is now recuperating after receiving adult lungs that under federal rules wouldn't have been available to her because of her age. Sarah's story has a happy ending. But medical ethicists are rightly concerned about health decisions being made by a judge rather than by transplant experts.
FDA backs away from new fecal transplant rules
The Food and Drug Administration has backed away from new rules requiring doctors to treat human stool as an unapproved drug, meaning fecal transplants used to treat life-threatening gut infections can continue as planned in the U.S. FDA officials said that the agency will not enforce new requirements to obtain investigational new drug applications, or INDs, before doctors can perform the procedure that uses doses of donor stool to repopulate infected colons with healthy bacteria.
Human hepatic stellate cells inhibit T-Cell response through B7-H1 pathway
The liver is an immunologic privileged organ; liver allografts are accepted across major histocompatibility complex barriers in many species. However, hepatocyte transplants are acutely rejected, suggesting a role for liver nonparenchymal cells in regulating the immunoresponse. It has been shown that potent immunoregulatory activity of hepatic stellate cells in mice. The aim of this study was to examine the immunoregulatory activity of human HSCs.
Scientists say human transplant organs can be grown in pigs
The Windsor Star
Japanese scientists are expecting to be granted approval to grow human organs in animals and then harvest them for transplant within the next year.
A panel of scientists and legal experts appointed by the government has drawn up a recommendation that will form the basis of new guidelines for Japan's world-leading embryonic research.
There is widespread support in Japan for research that has raised red flags in other countries.
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