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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 ...

How Transplanted Livers Guard Against Organ Rejection

Posted 27 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 27, 2018 – People who get a liver transplant often require less anti-rejection medication, and new research helps explain why. "This study shows that the liver transplant itself regulates the host's immune responses. Compared to the other organs, the liver is immunologically a very active organ, so it is capable of regulating the immune responses against itself," explained study ...

Injured U.S. Vet Receives World's First Penis/Scrotum Transplant

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – The world's first total penis and scrotum transplant was performed about a month ago on a U.S. veteran who was injured in Afghanistan, doctors say. "We are hopeful that this transplant will help restore near-normal urinary and sexual functions for this young man," said surgical team member Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee. He's professor and director of plastic and reconstructive ...

Organs From Opioid OD Victims Are Saving Lives: Study

Posted 17 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 – Organ donations from Americans who have died from an opioid overdose have risen dramatically in the past two decades, new research reveals. And investigators say that such transplants are just as successful and safe as those involving organs obtained from trauma victims or individuals who die of natural causes. "This is a relatively recent phenomenon which has occurred ...

For Hard-to-Manage Type 1 Diabetes, Transplant Makes Life Better

Posted 30 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 – New research shows that for people with type 1 diabetes who can no longer sense when their blood sugar levels drop too low, an islet cell transplant can dramatically improve their lives. Some people with type 1 diabetes develop a condition called hypoglycemia unawareness, which means they no longer feel symptoms when their blood sugar levels are dropping dangerously. ...

AHA: Solving the Dilemma of Not Enough Hearts

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) – In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Jennifer Cowger envisions a cardiac transplant landscape where more donations are encouraged and utilized, genetically engineered organs can be created in a laboratory, and improved mechanical devices eliminate the need for an actual human heart. But in the meantime, there's a shortage on donor hearts. ...

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 ...

Boy's Double Hand Transplant Changed His Brain

Posted 6 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 – Two years ago, Zion Harvey was the first child to undergo a successful double hand transplant. Now he's gaining notoriety for another milestone: the way his brain reorganized itself in response to the amputation and transplantation. Harvey, now 10, lost both hands because of a severe infection in infancy. The brain rewired itself after the amputations – but reversed ...

'Old' Lungs May Be Good Transplant Options

Posted 9 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Lungs from older donors are a viable option for lung transplants and should be considered more often, a new study suggests. Survival rates for younger recipients of lung transplants from donors older than 60 are similar to those who receive lungs from younger donors, researchers found. The University of Louisville team analyzed more than 14,000 lung transplants received ...

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 ...

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 ...

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