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Article ID: 705446

Kidney Transplant Survivor Toasts Life This Holiday Season


Here's a great holiday story about a 20-year-old Reno, NV, man whose mother saved his life. Harley Brackney's snowboarding accident and subsequent trip to the emergency room led to the shocking discovery that he had a life-altering condition - stage 5 renal failure - and needed a kidney transplant. Fortunately for Harley Brackney, his mom was a perfect match and instead of waiting 7 to 10 years for a donor organ -- as many people must -- he was able to have a transplant in just a matter of months.

13-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST

Article ID: 705054

Medical Records Study Suggests Kidneys from Deceased Donors with Acute Kidney Injury are Suitable for Transplant

Johns Hopkins Medicine

In medical chart reviews of 2,430 kidneys transplanted from 1,298 donors—585 (24 percent) of them with AKI—researchers say they found no significant differences in rates of organ rejection among kidneys from deceased donors with or without AKI. They also report they found no evidence that factors such as the amount of time an organ is chilled and left without blood supply before transplantation had any impact on recipient outcomes for those who received AKI kidneys.

6-Dec-2018 1:00 PM EST

Article ID: 705000

The Lancet: First baby born via uterus transplant from a deceased donor


Currently, uterus donation is only available for women with family members who are willing to donate. With live donors in short supply, the new technique might help to increase availability and give more women the option of pregnancy. The first baby has been born following a uterus transplantation from a deceased donor, according to a case study from Brazil published in The Lancet. The study is also the first uterine transplantation in Latin America.

5-Dec-2018 3:10 PM EST
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Article ID: 704900

Scientists Design Way to Track Steps of Cells’ Development

Washington University in St. Louis

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a new tool described as a “flight data recorder” for developing cells, illuminating the paths cells take as they progress from one type to another. This cellular tracking device could one day help scientists guide cells along the right paths to regenerate certain tissues or organs, or help study the origins of cancer.

4-Dec-2018 1:05 PM EST

Article ID: 704953

Breakthrough in Blood Vessel Engineering

University of Delaware

Growing functional blood vessel networks is no easy task. Previously, other groups have made networks that span millimeters in size. But now, a University of Delaware team has grown a self-assembling, functional network of blood vessels across centimeter scales, a size relevant for human use. With continued development and refinement, the microfluidic system could be used to grow blood vessels for human tissue and organ transplants.

5-Dec-2018 10:50 AM EST

Article ID: 704920

Mayo Foundation Journalist Residency: Application Deadline December 11

Mayo Clinic

In this five-day fellowship program sponsored by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, journalists will receive a behind-the-scenes, in-depth look at what’s new and what’s next in several medical specialties. Topics will include aging, cancer, brain injuries and diseases, transplant medicine, vaccines and developing technologies such as regenerative medicine, telemedicine and simulation-based medical training. The program will include hands-on activities. In addition to group sessions, journalists can personalize part of the program.

4-Dec-2018 4:30 PM EST

Article ID: 704885

Innovative Stem Cell Therapeutic Strategy May be Transformative for Heart Failure Treatment

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute and the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute

The FDA has approved an investigational new drug clinical trial that will start shortly at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, to determine whether stem cell therapy improves myocardial function in patients with severe heart failure—severe enough to require the implantation of a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD.

4-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST
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    3-Dec-2018 6:30 PM EST

Article ID: 704709

Dana-Farber Scientists to Present New Research on Improving Outcomes in Stem Cell Transplantation for Myeloid Cancers

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Improving outcomes for patients with myeloid cancers who undergo stem cell transplantation is a focus of several studies to be presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists at the ASH Annual Meeting.

3-Dec-2018 6:30 PM EST

Article ID: 704773

UC San Diego Health is First in San Diego to offer CAR T-cell Therapy for Some Cancers

University of California San Diego Health

Following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies for the treatment of certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphomas, UC San Diego Health was the first medical center in San Diego to be certified to offer this type of immunotherapy outside of a clinical trial.

3-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST

Article ID: 704762

New Study Reveals Gut Microbes May Help Protect People Having a Bone Marrow Transplant

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) reported results from a new study that looks at the likelihood of complications for people undergoing bone marrow transplants (BMTs). The observational study found that people with lower gut microbiota diversity before having a transplant appear to be at higher risk for developing complications. These findings further support evidence that the connection between microbiota and outcomes starts before people begin the transplantation process. These findings were presented as part of the 2018 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) press program.

3-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST

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