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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 ...

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 ...

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