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Obamacare May Have Boosted Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Posted 22 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 – Medicaid patients with kidney disease are more likely to be placed on a kidney transplant waiting list before they need dialysis if they live in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study shows. The researchers examined United Network of Organ Sharing data on low-income adults who were put on kidney transplant waiting lists before dialysis ...

Sunitinib (Sutent) May Spare Some Kidney Cancer Patients From Organ Removal

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Many people with advanced kidney cancer might not need to have their kidneys removed during treatment, something that until now has been standard practice. Patients who only received a targeted drug for their kidney cancer survived just as well as those who had their cancerous organ removed before drug therapy, according to a new clinical trial. "We believe this one study ...

Organs From Opioid OD Victims Are Saving Lives: Study

Posted 17 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – Another study finds that organ donations from Americans who have died from an opioid overdose have risen dramatically in the past two decades. "We were surprised to learn that almost all of the increased transplant activity in the United States within the last five years is a result of the drug overdose crisis," study lead researcher Dr. Mandeep Mehra said in a news ...

Money Underpins Drop in Kidney Donations Among Men and the Poor

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Your wallet takes a hit when you donate a kidney to save someone's life. That could be the reason for a steady decline in U.S. kidney donations by men and by people in low-income households, a new study suggests. The living kidney donation rate among men dropped by 25 percent between 2005 and 2015, but remained stable among women, the researchers found. Kidney donation ...

Surgeons Safely Transplant Kidneys From Donors With Hep C

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – In what could be a breakthrough in the world of organ transplants, Johns Hopkins researchers have taken kidneys from people infected with hepatitis C and safely transplanted them without transmitting the disease. The surgeries gave new kidneys to 10 donor recipients – just a handful of the more than 420,000 Americans who currently struggle with potentially fatal ...

Kidney Donors Could Face Some Long-Term Health Risks

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – While donating a kidney isn't likely to shorten your life or increase your odds of heart disease or diabetes, you might face a higher chance of some other health risks, new research suggests. Reviewing prior studies encompassing more than 100,000 living kidney donors, scientists found that donors appear at higher risk for worse blood pressure and kidney function than ...

Are Good Kidneys Going to Waste?

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 – Despite long waiting lists for kidney donation, a new study finds that one kidney from a deceased donor is transplanted while the other kidney is often thrown away. In the United States, about 5,000 people die each year while waiting for a kidney transplant, the researchers said. Despite the long waiting list, nearly 1 in 5 kidneys recovered from deceased donors is ...

Limiting 'Cold Time' Could Make More Organs Available for Transplant

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – By improving the way certain donated organs are handled before a transplant, more organs could end up being used, new research suggests. The concern centers on organs donated following "circulatory death" (DCD). That means a patient's heart, breathing and circulation stop functioning. Most donated organs come from people who are brain dead, but their circulation is ...

Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant Puts Lupus Center Stage

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – When pop star Selena Gomez revealed Thursday that she had a kidney transplant, she put the autoimmune disease lupus in the spotlight. Lupus turns the body's immune system against itself and attacks vital organs, including the kidneys, which is why it's so devastating. But little is known about what causes the disease, and no real cure exists. Treatments can only keep it ...

Donor Kidneys Rejected by Centers 7 Times on Average

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 – A donated kidney is turned away for transplant an average of seven times before reaching the patient who finally receives it, a new study shows. Transplant centers regularly reject kidneys based on a donor's age or perceived quality of the organ, even though these kidneys are eventually accepted and work well for people farther down the waiting list, explained lead ...

Researchers Grow Functioning Liver Tissue in Mice

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Researchers say they were able to coax tiny "seeds" of liver tissue into fully functioning livers in mice. If this approach works in people, it could help reduce long wait lists for liver transplants. It might also benefit people with failing livers who don't quality for liver transplants, according to the researchers. The scientists placed three types of liver cells ...

Are Doctors Discarding Donor Kidneys That Could Save Lives?

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – U.S. doctors are discarding donated kidneys that could keep people alive for years, simply because the organs are not top-quality, a new study claims. "Suboptimal" kidneys from older donors with health problems perform much better than expected, and would preserve a patient's life much longer than dialysis, said lead researcher Dr. Sumit Mohan, an assistant professor at ...

Kidneys From Deceased Diabetics Might Ease Organ Shortage: Study

Posted 25 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 – Kidneys from deceased diabetic donors can save the lives of patients on the transplant wait-list, researchers say. For the study, investigators compared U.S. data from more than 8,100 recipients of kidneys from deceased diabetic donors with data from people on the kidney transplant wait-list. The patients were followed for an average of nearly nine years. People who ...

A 2nd Life for Risky Kidney Transplants?

Posted 11 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 – Philadelphia doctors say they cleared hepatitis C infections in 10 patients who received kidneys from deceased donors who had the virus. The findings suggest hundreds more of these transplants could take place each year, thus reducing wait time for a lifesaving kidney, the doctors said. "Our pilot data demonstrate the ability to cure the contracted virus following ...

Cancer Risk Rises After Childhood Organ Transplant: Study

Posted 26 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 – Children given an organ transplant have a substantially higher risk of developing cancer – in some cases up to 200 times higher – than the general population, a new study finds. But the individual risk of any one child getting cancer still remains very small, the study authors stressed. Overall, the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) study found that the risk for ...

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