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Latest Research : Surgery : Transplantation
  Last Updated: Jan 25, 2011 - 7:36:49 PM

Latest Research : Surgery : Transplantation
Increased drop out rates among HIV infected patients on the liver transplantation wait list
French researchers determined that infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) impaired results of transplant surgery for liver cancer, with more HIV infected patients dropping off the transplantation wait list. The team found that overall survival and recurrence-free survival was not impacted following liver transplantation in patients with controlled HIV disease.
Jan 25, 2011 - 7:32:02 PM

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Increased mortality risk in later years in obese children following Liver transplantation
A new study from the University of Washington reported obese children are at increased mortality risk in later years following primary liver transplantation (LT).
Oct 28, 2010 - 6:27:35 PM

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Researchers find faster, less-intrusive way to identify transplant recipients' organ rejection
STANFORD, Calif. - A simple, inexpensive blood test could soon help doctors halt organ rejection before it impairs transplanted hearts and kidneys.
Sep 23, 2010 - 4:00:00 AM

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Northwestern first site open for spinal cord stem cell trial
CHICAGO --- Northwestern Medicine is the first site open for enrollment in a national clinical research trial of a human embryonic stem cell-based therapy for participants with a subacute thoracic spinal cord injury. Following the procedure, participants will receive rehabilitation treatment at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).
Sep 22, 2010 - 4:00:00 AM

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Improving clinical use of stem cells to repair heart damage
Presenting at the UK National Stem Cell Network annual science conference today(13 July), Professor Michael Schneider describes a new approach to treating heart attack and cardiomyopathy using stem cells.
Jul 13, 2010 - 4:00:00 AM

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Some patients with hepatitis B faring better after liver transplant
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Treatment to reduce recurrence of hepatitis B appears to improve liver transplant outcomes for some patients, according to a Mayo Clinic study presented at the American Transplant Congress under way May 1-5 in San Diego.
May 4, 2010 - 4:00:00 AM

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Study shows liver transplant center impacts patient outcomes
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- For patients in need of a liver transplant, their choice of a transplant center can make a noteworthy difference in their outcomes, according to a Mayo Clinic study presented at the American Transplant Congress under way May 1-5 in San Diego.
May 2, 2010 - 4:00:00 AM

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Your own stem cells can treat heart disease
CHICAGO --- The largest national stem cell study for heart disease showed the first evidence that transplanting a potent form of adult stem cells into the heart muscle of subjects with severe angina results in less pain and an improved ability to walk. The transplant subjects also experienced fewer deaths than those who didn't receive stem cells.
Nov 17, 2009 - 5:00:00 AM

Latest Research : Surgery : Transplantation
Study finds transplant patients have worse outcomes from cancer
After comparing two patient cancer registries—one featuring transplant patients and the other the general population—researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have found that transplant patients experience worse outcomes from cancer.
May 17, 2009 - 11:12:13 AM

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Scientists trick immune system into accepting organ transplant
Sydney, April 7 - In a significant breakthrough, scientists have tricked the immune system into accepting a new organ transplant as its own, eliminating dependence on toxic immunosuppressive drugs for a lifetime.

Apr 7, 2009 - 10:49:02 AM

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Lung transplantation a viable option in patients under 70
New research published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons suggests that lung transplantation should be used with caution in patients older than 60 years and that the procedure is associated with high rates of mortality after one year in patients 70 and older.
Mar 10, 2009 - 10:55:53 PM

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Lung transplants: Doing more is better and safer, a Johns Hopkins study suggests
Transplant surgeons at Johns Hopkins have evidence that hospitals performing at least 20 lung transplant procedures a year, on average, have the best overall patient survival rates and lowest number of deaths from the complex surgery.
Jan 27, 2009 - 5:00:00 AM

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Discovery to help trick body into accepting transplants
Sydney, Jan 24 - A discovery can trick the body into accepting tissues or transplants as its own, eliminating the necessity for immunity suppressing medicines.

Jan 24, 2009 - 2:50:17 PM

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Single adult stem cell can self renew, repair tissue damage in live mammal
The first demonstration that a single adult stem cell can self-renew in a mammal was reported at the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) 48th Annual Meeting, Dec. 13-17, 2008 in San Francisco.
Dec 14, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM

Latest Research : Surgery : Transplantation
Spanish surgeons achieve tracheal transplant breakthrough
London, Nov 19 - In a surgical first, Spanish surgeons have achieved the world's first whole organ transplant using a windpipe made with the patient's own stem cells.

Nov 20, 2008 - 5:37:23 PM

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New technique eliminates toxic drugs in islet transplant in diabetic mice
CHICAGO -- The body's immune system hates strangers. When its security patrol spots a foreign cell, it annihilates it.
Nov 20, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM

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Pure insulin-producing cells produced in mouse
Singapore researchers have developed an unlimited number of pure insulin-producing cells from mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs).
Nov 20, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM

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First trial of gene therapy for advanced heart failure shows promising results
NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2008) -- Phase I results of the first clinical trial of gene therapy for patients with advanced heart failure show the approach to be promising, with improvements in several measures of the condition's severity.
Nov 10, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM

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Experts discuss effects of chronic kidney disease on women's sexual health
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) exacts a significant toll on a woman's sexuality and gynecologic health. The various effects of kidney failure and its treatments on women's sexual health from adolescence through menopause will be the topic of an in-depth series of presentations at the American Society of Nephrology's 41st Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Nov 7, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM

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ERSD, heart disease and African-Americans with hypertensive nephrosclerosis
For most patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the risk of experiencing a cardiovascular related death is greater than the risk of progressing to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). According to research being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 41st Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, African Americans with CKD caused by high blood pressure (hypertensive nephrosclerosis) demonstrated a higher risk of progressing to ESRD than dying from heart disease related events.
Nov 6, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM

Latest Research : Surgery : Transplantation
Breakthrough to nip transplant rejection in the bud
London, Oct 31 - A chance discovery by biologists will help trick the immune system into believing that a transplanted organ is the body's own, not a foreign element, nipping its rejection in the bud.

Oct 31, 2008 - 12:25:11 PM

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Anti-seizure drug could be fatal
Patients treated for their prolonged seizures with the sedative propofol may be at high risk for complications and even death. New research presented at CHEST 2008, the 74th annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), shows that the use of propofol as an antiepileptic agent in patients with refractory status epilepticus (RSE), prolonged seizures that do not respond to initial treatment, was associated with significant mortality and morbidity.
Oct 28, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM

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Study points to 1 cause of higher rates of transplanted kidney rejection in blacks
A Johns Hopkins research team reports it may have an explanation for at least some of the higher organ rejection rates seen among black - as compared to white - kidney transplant recipients.
Aug 29, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM

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Cartilage regeneration '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'
HOUSTON, June 4, 2008 -- Bioengineers at Rice University have discovered that intense pressure -- similar to what someone would experience more than a half-mile beneath the ocean's surface -- stimulates cartilage cells to grow new tissue with nearly all of the properties of natural cartilage. The new method, which requires no stem cells, may eventually provide relief for thousands of arthritis sufferers.
Jun 4, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM

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U of M sets course for cure of fatal childhood skin disease
Physicians at the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, Fairview have set the path to a cure for a young boy's fatal genetic skin disease, recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), by using a cord blood and bone marrow transplant. Nate Liao, a 25-month-old from Clarksburg, N.J., underwent the experimental therapy in October 2007.
Jun 3, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM

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Study finds good outcomes for older lung transplant patients
In the world of organ donation, it has been common practice to exclude older patients from receiving transplants because of limited donor supply and lower survival rates.

Feb 5, 2008 - 6:40:00 AM

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Stanford study finds transplant patient thrives 2 years after stopping immunosuppressive drugs
STANFORD, Calif. - Luck smiled on Larry Kowalski when his brother agreed to donate a kidney Kowalski needed to live. He was even luckier that his brother's kidney was such a good match.
Jan 23, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM

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Researcher transplants stem cells to try to save patients' legs
CHICAGO -- A Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine researcher has launched the first U.S. trial in which a purified form of subjects' own adult stem cells was transplanted into their leg muscles with severely blocked arteries to try to grow new small blood vessels and restore circulation in their legs.
Jan 21, 2008 - 5:00:00 AM

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Implanting embryonic cardiac cells prevents arrhythmias
When researchers at Cornell, the University of Bonn and the University of Pittsburgh transplanted living embryonic heart cells into cardiac tissue of mice that had suffered heart attacks, the mice became resistant to cardiac arrhythmias, thereby avoiding one of the most dangerous and fatal consequences of heart attacks.
Dec 5, 2007 - 5:00:00 AM

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Cross-species transplant in rhesus macaques is step toward diabetes cure for humans
St. Louis, Oct. 18, 2007 — With an eye on curing diabetes, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have successfully transplanted embryonic pig pancreatic cells destined to produce insulin into diabetic macaque monkeys – all without the need for risky immune suppression drugs that prevent rejection.
Oct 18, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Reunion with patient inspires follow-up study on treatment for DiGeorge syndrome
More than 20 years ago, doctors at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA performed a successful bone marrow transplant on a baby girl who was born without a thymus gland and was suffering from severe immune deficiency. It marked the first time a bone marrow transplant, rather than a thymic transplant, had been used to treat the genetic condition known as DiGeorge Syndrome (DGS).
Oct 16, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Kidney research points to ways to more effectively use organs
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Several new studies suggest how transplant surgeons can make more effective use of kidneys from deceased donors – even those that are at the outer limits of acceptance criteria – according to researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
Oct 1, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Immune system modulation can halt liver failure in animals
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have a developed a totally new approach to treating liver failure – manipulating the immune response. If the results of the animal study can be applied in human patients, the approach may be able to keep patients alive until donor organs become available or to support liver function until the organ can regenerate itself, eliminating the need for a transplant. The findings are being reported in the journal PLOS One.
Sep 25, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Brown scientists take the petri dish to new dimensions
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A team of Brown University biomedical engineers has invented a 3-D Petri dish that can grow cells in three dimensions, a method that promises to quickly and cheaply produce more realistic cells for drug development and tissue transplantation.
Sep 19, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Sexual function affected by stem cell transplant according to long-term study
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2007 -- A long-term study found that a type of stem cell transplant used for patients with life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia and lymphoma, results in decreased sexual function and activity for recipients. Further, males are likely to recover from these changes over time, while the sexuality of female patients remains compromised. In addition, neither male nor female long-term cancer survivors regained levels of sexual activity and function equal to those of their peers who have not had cancer, according to a Blood First Edition Paper prepublished online today. Blood is the official journal of the American Society of Hematology.
Sep 18, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Embryonic stem cells used to grow cartilage
HOUSTON, Sept. 6, 2007 – Rice University biomedical engineers have developed a new technique for growing cartilage from human embryonic stem cells, a method that could be used to grow replacement cartilage for the surgical repair of knee, jaw, hip, and other joints.
Sep 6, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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U of M begins nation's first clinical trial using T-reg cells from cord blood in leukemia treatment
University of Minnesota researchers have initiated a ground breaking clinical trial to determine the optimal dose and safety of T regulatory cells (T-regs) to decrease the risk of immune reactions common in patients undergoing blood and marrow transplantation.
Sep 5, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Inhaling nitric oxide helps transplant success
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Administering inhaled nitric oxide (NO) during surgery helps protect liver transplant patients from organ failure, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Aug 29, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Facial transplantation may be a safer option, study shows
CINCINNATI/LOUISVILLE—Researchers in Cincinnati and Louisville report that immunosuppressive risks associated with facial transplantation may be lower than thought, possibly making the procedure a safer option for people who have suffered severe facial injuries.
Aug 28, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Better life support for artificial liver cells
COLUMBUS , Ohio -- Researchers at Ohio State University are developing technology for keeping liver cells alive and functioning normally inside bioartificial liver-assist devices (BLADs).
Aug 23, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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New treatment for glaucoma shows promise in laboratory, say Iowa State researchers
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have developed a new technique that successfully treated rats for blindness caused by glaucoma. Their experimental treatment will be used on canine patients in the next year. If successful, it is expected to move to human trials.
Aug 1, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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First case of successful ovarian tissue transplantation between two, nonidentical sisters
A woman, whose ovaries had failed due to damage caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy, has received a successful ovarian transplant from her genetically non-identical sister. The transplant restored her ovarian function, she started to menstruate and, after a year, doctors were able to recover two mature oocytes from her ovaries and fertilise them to produce two embryos.
Aug 1, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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UF to lead research on life-threatening fungus
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Hear the word fungus, and mushrooms and mold might leap to mind. But the University of Florida is about to house the nation's first research repository for one species that has nothing to do with pizza toppings or marbling blue cheese: Aspergillus, which increasingly poses a major health threat to cancer patients andtransplant recipients.
Jul 31, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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New technique to 'see' and protect transplants successful in diabetic animal model
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found a way to overcome a major stumbling block to developing successful insulin-cell transplants for people with type I diabetes.
Jul 29, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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First mouse lung transplants lay groundwork for new ways to prevent transplant rejection in humans
St. Louis, July 11, 2006 — Lung transplants have been performed successfully for more than 20 years in humans but never before in mice – until now. Surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed the first mouse model of lung transplantation, and they’re hoping it will help explain why the success of the procedure in humans lags far behind other solid organ transplants.
Jul 11, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Neuroscientist comments on stem cell study's success in helping primates with Parkinson's
Tampa, FL (July 10, 2007) -- A University of South Florida neuroscientist reports that the cutting-edge research study of human stem cells in primates with Parkinson’s disease is compelling on several fronts – particularly how the transplanted cells did their job of easing disease symptoms.
Jul 10, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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A gene that protects from kidney disease
Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the University of Michigan have discovered a gene that protects us against a serious kidney disease. In the current online issue of Nature Genetics they report that mutations in the gene cause nephronopthisis (NPHP) in humans and mice. NPHP is a disease marked by kidney degeneration during childhood that leads to kidney failure requiring organ transplantation. The insights might help develop effective, noninvasive therapies.
Jul 8, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Tough tubes -- Carbon nanotubes endure heavy wear and tear
Troy, N.Y. -- The ability of carbon nanotubes to withstand repeated stress yet retain their structural and mechanical integrity is similar to the behavior of soft tissue, according to a new study from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Jul 2, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Scientists identify a mouse embryonic stem cell more like our own
Scientists have discovered a new type of mouse embryonic stem cell that is the closest counterpart yet to human embryonic stem (ES) cells, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today. The cells are expected to serve as an improved model for human ES cells in studies of regeneration, disease pathology and basic stem cell biology.
Jun 27, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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First study transplanting angina patients' purified stem cells shows safety and symptom relief
CHICAGO --- The first U.S. study to transplant a potent form of purified adult stem cells into the heart muscle of patients with severe angina provided evidence that the procedure is safe and produced a reduction in angina pain as well as improved functioning in patients' daily lives, reports the lead researcher at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
Jun 26, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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