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Obama's 3-Pronged Effort to Speed Organ Transplants

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 – The Obama administration on Monday announced wide-ranging public and private measures to speed the wait for lifesaving organ transplants in the United States. The goals include making it easier for Americans to become organ donors and increasing the number of organ transplants. Also, almost $200 million in new investments will "facilitate breakthrough research and development," the White House said in a media release. "New breakthroughs in bioengineering, transplantation, and organ preservation can further increase the number of organ transplants and improve outcomes," the President's office said. The administration has enlisted the cooperation of dozens of corporations, universities, hospitals, foundations and patient advocacy organizations in this ongoing project. Last year, more than 30,000 transplants took place in the United States, a record number. Yet ... Read more

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Cancer History May Affect Survival After Organ Transplant

Posted 22 Apr 2016 by

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – Organ transplant patients who previously had cancer may be at increased risk for new cancer and early death compared to organ recipients with no cancer history, new research suggests. The findings indicate that transplant patients with a history of cancer may need closer monitoring to detect recurrent and new cancers early, the study's senior author, Dr. Nancy Baxter, said in a news release from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Baxter is chief of the hospital's General Surgery Department. She and her colleagues reviewed 33 studies that included a total of nearly 400,000 patients in 12 countries. They found that organ recipients with previous cancer were 1.5 times more likely to die prematurely from any cause than those with no previous cancer. Moreover, those with previous cancer were nearly twice as likely to develop a new cancer and had three times higher ... Read more

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Hepatitis C-Infected Liver Transplants May Work Well for Those With the Virus

Posted 15 Apr 2016 by

THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 – Here's some potentially good news for people with hepatitis C who are waiting for liver transplants: Hepatitis C-infected livers seem to do as well as healthy livers in these patients, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that using hepatitis C-infected (HCV-positive) livers could help reduce wait times for people with hepatitis C who need a transplant, the researchers said. Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect the liver, leading to inflammation, scarring and liver cancer. More than 15,000 people in the United States are on the liver transplant waiting list, and about 16 percent will die before they receive a new liver, according to background notes with the study. In the United States, use of HCV-positive livers for liver transplants in people with hepatitis C has tripled, from less than 3 percent in 1995 to more than 9 percent in 2013. Researchers ... Read more

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Transplant From Incompatible Living Donor Boosts Kidney Patients' Survival

Posted 10 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – In what experts call a possible "paradigm shift," a new study shows kidney disease patients may live far longer if they receive a transplant from an incompatible living donor rather than wait for a good match. The findings could offer another choice for kidney patients who might otherwise die waiting for a compatible deceased donor. Specifically, experts said the results offer hope to "highly sensitized" transplant candidates. That refers to patients who have a large number of immune system antibodies ready to attack a donor organ. It's common among people who've had a prior kidney transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Patients who have had multiple blood transfusions while on dialysis, or who have been pregnant several times, can also become sensitized. Finding a compatible donor for sensitized patients is "nearly impossible," said ... Read more

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Kidney Transplant Prospects Worse for Native Americans: Study

Posted 5 Dec 2015 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 – Native Americans are less likely than whites to get kidney transplants and more likely to die while waiting for a new organ, researchers say. The investigators also found that Native Americans who do receive kidney transplants have slightly lower three-year survival rates compared to whites in the United States. The results from an analysis of 16 years of national data were presented recently at a meeting of the American Society of Nephrology, in San Diego. The lower three-year survival rate "is driven primarily by the prevalence of lower-quality donors among Native Americans and a greater negative impact from such donor characteristics on survival among Native Americans," lead researcher Sarah Stith, from the University of New Mexico, and colleagues said in a society news release. "Native Americans also tend to receive transplants at centers associated with ... Read more

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Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 – Living near busy roads with high levels of air pollution raises lung transplant patients' risk of organ rejection and death, but some antibiotics lower that risk, a new study shows. Researchers examined data gathered from more than 5,700 lung transplant patients in 10 European countries between 1987 and 2013. The analysis revealed that patients who lived in areas where air pollution was above maximum levels recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) were 10 percent more likely to die than those in areas with lower levels of pollution. But this increased risk of death was not seen among patients who took a class of antibiotics called macrolides, which include azithromycin (Zithromax) and clarithromycin (Biaxin), according to the study presented Tuesday at a meeting of the European Respiratory Society in Amsterdam. "Short and long-term exposure to air ... Read more

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Transplant Procedure Creates 'Hybrid' Immune System to Combat Rejection

Posted 7 Mar 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, March 7 – Researchers report that they were able to create a kind of hybrid immune system in patients who received kidney transplants, a process that appeared to allow the recipients' bodies to accept a foreign organ instead of trying to reject it. There are caveats. The research is preliminary and only involved a tiny number of patients. Also, the required procedure is expensive and its long-term effects aren't known. But if it works, the process – which involves transferring bone marrow cells from the kidney donor to the patient – could allow organ transplant recipients to avoid a lifetime of taking dozens of pills a day. "It's a huge step forward," said Dr. Suzanne Ildstad, director of the University of Louisville's Institute for Cellular Therapeutics, and co-author of the study published in the March 7 issue of Science Translational Medicine. The immune system's job is ... Read more

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