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Heart Transplant Mental Toll May Be Greater for Women

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TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Women may have more mental stress after a heart transplant than men, a new study finds. Heart transplant patients with higher levels of mental stress are less likely to take medications as prescribed and are at higher risk for infection, the researchers noted. The study looked at 91 heart transplant patients, almost one-third of them women, in the first 100 days after they received their new heart. The researchers found that high levels of depression were experienced by 39 percent of women, compared to 15 percent of men. High levels of anxiety occurred in more than three-quarters of women, versus 46 percent of men. Women also felt they had less control over their health than men, according to the study that was to be presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Health care providers should monitor heart transplant ... Read more

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Rule Changes Might Lead to More Lung Transplants for Kids

Posted 20 days ago by

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – Twice as many young people in the United States could get lung transplants if donor lungs were available from a wider geographic area, a new study contends. "Children are dying while waiting for an organ. Geography should be one less barrier to pediatric patients receiving a potentially lifesaving transplant," said senior study author Dr. Maryam Valapour. She is a senior lung investigator at the Cleveland Clinic's Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and director of Lung Transplant Outcomes. Currently, donor lungs are first offered to transplant candidates near the donor hospital. If there are no local candidates, the lungs are offered beyond the local area in 500-mile radius increments. Child candidates are given priority for child donor lungs within a 1,000-mile radius of the donor hospital, followed by teens and then adults. Teen candidates get ... Read more

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HIV Drug May Prevent Bone Marrow Transplant Complication

Posted 11 Jul 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, July 11 – An HIV drug significantly reduced the risk of graft-versus-host disease, an all-too-common complication in blood cancer patients following bone marrow transplants, new research finds. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside the bones that contains immature cells, or stem cells. In an "allogeneic" bone marrow transplantation, also called a stem cell transplant, a patient's own stem cells and immune system are wiped out by chemotherapy and radiation. Then, the patient receives the transplant, or bone marrow, from a closely matched donor. The treatment is used for several types of blood cancers, including lymphoma and leukemia. But a common complication of a bone marrow transplant is graft-versus-host disease. It occurs when transplanted immune cells attack patients' healthy tissue, a complication that can be minor or life-threatening. "Graft-versus-host disease ... Read more

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Treatment May Limit Graft-Versus-Host Disease

Posted 12 Jan 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19 – People who need a blood stem-cell transplant may be able to lessen the chances that the transplanted material will attack the body – what's known as graft-versus-host disease – by being treated with anti-T-cell globulin, a new study has shown. Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) occurs in up to 60 percent of those who have a transplant of blood stem cells – called hematopoietic cell transplantation – from the bone marrow or peripheral blood of unrelated donors. In GVHD, the immune system or T-cells from the donor recognize the recipient's tissues as foreign and attack. Previous research has suggested that antibodies that eliminate T-cells might prevent this attack. The new study included 201 adults with blood cancer who were scheduled for a transplant from an unrelated donor. One group was given standard treatment to prevent GVHD prophylaxis (cyclosporine and ... Read more

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