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Research could bring low-cost, body-implantable sensors
United Press International
Electronics implanted in living tissue inside the body could create a sensor to detect the early stages of organ transplant rejection, U.S. researchers say. Scientists at Ohio State University say their research could pave the way for low-cost electronics that work in direct contact with living tissue.
Ethicists weigh in on pediatric lung transplant case
Deciding who gets transplants is a complex medical issue that should be decided by transplant experts, not the courts or members of Congress, experts say.
A case for bariatric surgery among obese renal transplant candidates
By Maria Frisch
Approximately 1 in 3 U.S. adults are obese or have a body mass index of 30 or higher. England and Canada aren't far behind at every 1 in 4. This is unfortunate, given the common association between obesity and excess morbidity and mortality. This association is particularly true in renal transplant surgery. Thus, consideration of presurgical bariatric surgery may be warranted in cases where prescribed dietary therapy and physical activity has failed.
Industry Pulse: Should obese patients undergo bariatric surgery before renal transplant surgery?
Organ transplants cellular memory proves major organs have self-contained brains?
The Guardian Express
Organ transplants cellular memory is a premise which exemplifies that our brain is not the only organ that stores personality traits and memories because major organs may have self-contained brains. This is not a new theory because imaginative writers have already written about this concept in the 17th century, which is long before organ transplants were even believed possible.
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New techniques may increase success in organ transplants
South China Morning Post
The practice of transplanting major organs has come a long way since the first patient received a new kidney in Chicago in 1950.
Now, transplant technology is developing in a new direction, say experts who have just attended a conference in Hong Kong. They say the most important improvements are new techniques to allow organ assessment and repair before operations.
Split liver transplants as safe as whole organ for young children
When a liver from a deceased adult or adolescent donor is split into two separate portions for transplantation, with the smaller portion going to a young child and the larger to an adult, the child will benefit as much if they had received a whole organ from a donor close to their size, according to a paper in Liver Transplantation.
5 siblings may all need heart transplants
Two of Jason and Stacy Bingham's young children have required heart transplants and the other three are facing the same fate. The children suffer from rare genetic condition affects approximately six out of every 1 million children under 18 each year. It is a disease called dilated cardiomyopathy, which makes the heart increasingly weaker — and larger, as it tries to compensate.
Organ transplants rejection and transmitted diseases
The Guardian Express
Organ transplants rejections and transmitted infectious diseases are the two main complications of organ transplants surgeries that are scary for patients and their family. While everyone would love organ transplants to be without setbacks, this is not always the case. This is the reality the transplant recipient has to understand. However, the term rejection does not mean gloom and doom. It's just one of the hurdles a patient has to overcome to reach the finish line.
Organ transplants 'the greatest gift' of life
The Windsor Star
At nearly three years old, Emily Ledoux is proud to show off the long, curved scar on her abdomen. Today, it's the only visible evidence of the life-and-death battle going on within her.
Precocious and healthy looking while her liver fights the ravages of biliary atresia to a draw, her parents Mike and Heather Ledoux know Emily is merely buying time.
There's no more than a 1 percent chance their daughter will avoid needing a liver transplant, with an 85 percent chance it will be needed before she's 18.
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