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World's First Baby Born From Deceased Donor's Transplanted Uterus

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – The world's first baby born to a woman who had a uterus transplant from a deceased donor shows that such transplants can be successful, Brazilian doctors say. The 6-pound baby girl was delivered by C-section to an unidentified young woman who had been born without a uterus. The birth shows that pregnancies involving a uterus from a deceased donor are viable, said study ...

AHA: Hearts From Unusual Donors Could Help Meet Growing Transplant Demand

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Researchers say the ever-growing waiting list of hopeful heart transplant recipients could be trimmed down if only more patients were given the option to open their hearts to unlikely donors. Two new Stanford University-led studies published Dec. 4 explore opportunities to expand the donor pool by using hearts that many transplant centers ...

Donated Kidneys From Pot Users Seem Safe: Study

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 – Marijuana use by live donors has no effect on kidney transplant outcomes for donors or recipients, a new study finds. National Kidney Registry recommendations exclude substance abusers from donating kidneys, and transplant centers may refuse live donors with a history of marijuana use. Until this study, however, there had been no evidence about how marijuana use may ...

AHA: Could Your Race Determine Your Wait for a Donor Heart?

Posted 13 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The wait for a heart transplant varies widely based on factors such as availability of donor hearts and blood type, but little is known about differences in wait times based on race and ethnicity. Now, preliminary research suggests African-American patients may experience longer wait times than other racial and ethnic groups. Who gets a donor ...

Is the U.S. Throwing Away Too Many Donor Kidneys?

Posted 29 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 – When deciding which donated kidneys can help desperate patients on waiting lists, the United States might want to follow France's lead and lower the bar, a new study argues. There's a worldwide shortage of donor kidneys available for transplantation, but France appears to have been more aggressive than America in responding to that shortage, said study co-author Dr. Peter ...

Obese Patients Often Denied Kidney Transplants. Should They Be?

Posted 26 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 – Obese patients in need of a kidney transplant may find themselves denied one because of their weight, but a new study says that shouldn't happen in all cases. Researchers have found that kidneys given to obese patients fared as well as those transplanted into normal-weight patients. In addition, no difference was seen in patient survival, regardless of weight. Boosting ...

Age of Liver Transplant Donor Might Not Matter

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 – Patients who get a liver transplant from an older donor have better long-term survival than those who refuse this type of transplant, new research shows. Transplant surgeons mainly use livers from donors under age 70 to avoid risks such as rejection and death. But a shortage of organs means that many patients die while on the transplant waiting list. To assess the use of ...

One Reason Why Kidney Transplants Fail

Posted 15 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 – Scottish scientists say they've found new clues to why some kidney transplants fail. It has to do with the amount of "wear and tear" a transplanted kidney has and how that affects its work in the recipient, the new study says. It was known that the age of the donor could affect how well a transplanted kidney worked, but this is the first time that the "burden of ...

Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys a Safe Option for Transplant: Study

Posted 7 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 – Dialysis patients waiting for kidney transplants might safely accept an organ from a donor infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), a new study finds. Using hepatitis C-infected kidneys would expand the organ pool and save lives, said lead researcher Dr. Peter Reese. He's an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in ...

Bioengineered Lungs Successfully Transplanted Into Pigs

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – Lab-grown lungs have been successfully transplanted into pigs with no apparent medical complication for months after the procedure, researchers report. This line of research on bioengineered lungs could eventually lead to more options for people who need a lung transplant, according to the team at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. "The number ...

Sun's Harms Rise After Organ Transplant

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for skin cancer and need to protect themselves, a dermatologist warns. "Individuals who receive organ transplants need to take immunosuppressive medications for the rest of their lives, and this makes it more difficult for their bodies to fight disease, including skin cancer," said Dr. Christina Lee Chung. She is former ...

Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys May Be Safe New Option for Transplant

Posted 10 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 – If they're already infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), patients in need of a kidney transplant might safely receive an organ from an HCV-infected donor, a new study maintains. Using hepatitis C-infected kidneys for this group of patients would cut costs and waiting times, thereby saving lives, said researchers led by Dr. Mark Eckman. He's director of general internal ...

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 ...

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 ...

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