Scientists produce the first ever 3D printed heart complete with blood vessels and cells. Made from tissue taken from a patient, this 'personalized' organ is perfectly matched to the patient and expected to be received by the body without problems.
Medicine April 15, 2019
A team of surgeons from the University of Chicago Medicine created history by successfully performing back-to-back triple organ transplants. The surgeries lasting 17 and 20 hours replaced failing heart, liver, and kidney of two 29-year-old patients.
Health January 5, 2019
Is xenotransplantation the future? An experiment involving baboons was deemed a success when a baboon survived for a total of 195 days after it had received a pig heart transplant.
Animals December 6, 2018
The Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas has temporarily closed its heart transplant program. There have been three deaths and numerous staff complaints that lead the hospital to investigate the program.
Public Health June 4, 2018
Ohio teenager who got a new lease on life after a successful transplant collapses on the way to school. He passed away an hour later.
Feature | Health August 20, 2017
A 31-year-old woman who had received heart transplant surgery died after giving birth to her daughter. She had developed complications hours after the delivery.
July 4, 2017
A 15-year-old teen danced in his hospital bed barely a week after he had a heart transplant. The boy from Maryland was born with a heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Feature | Health June 13, 2017
On Mother’s Day, Anna Hutt, a mother who lost her teenage son in 2014, meets Gary Flint, the man who had a second chance to live thanks to her son's heart. Learn about this touching organ donation story.
Medicine May 15, 2017
A major scientific breakthrough promises to revolutionize cryopreservation and make organs readily available to patients. The technology minimizes the damage associated with unfreezing cryopreserved tissue.
Biotech March 2, 2017
A heart transplant recipient walked a bride down the aisle so that her deceased father could be there with her. Pennsylvania bride Jeni Stepien was able to have her father with her, thanks to the man who received her father's heart.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 9, 2016
The toenail-sized robotic stingray is powered by genetically-altered rat cells so that it follows a light source. How can this cyborg pave the way for better artificial hearts?
Biotech July 7, 2016
The U.S. government announced a $200 million investment for reducing the long wait list of organ transplant patients. The government will work with private organizations to increase the number of organ donor registrations.
Medicine June 14, 2016
A 25-year-old man in Michigan was able to survive for 555 days without a heart through the help of an artificial heart that was stored in a backpack. The device helped keep oxygenated blood circulating throughout his body.
Biotech June 9, 2016
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have developed a new way to transplant organs between different species without causing adverse effects on the recipient's immune system. The team was able to keep a genetically modified pig's heart beating inside a baboon's body for an average of 945 days.
April 7, 2016
A 7-month-old baby in Seattle was revived through a successful heart transplant after going into cardiac arrest. The little boy's family hopes to raise awareness about organ donation.
Life February 28, 2016
John McCafferty from the United Kingdom, the world's longest living heart transplant patient, died on Tuesday, 33 years after receiving his new organ. In 2013, he surpassed the previously set Guinness world record of 30 years.
Life February 12, 2016
15-year-old Trevor Sullivan woke up from heart transplant surgery happy. The teenager's family learned he needed to undergo the procedure last year when they thought he was coming down with a simple cold.
Life January 25, 2016
Disembodied beating hearts are the stuff of horror stories, but a new medical device is turning this creepy concept into a lifesaving strategy. This heart-in-a-box technology has already saved more than a dozen lives.
September 1, 2015
It’s a new lease on life! A man is the second to receive an artificial heart transplant in France and he’s doing great eight months after the procedure.
Life April 6, 2015
A study shows three-quarters of patients using SynCardia artificial hearts for more than a year received successful heart transplants. The results come as the FDA has given SynCardia approval to study the effectiveness of the devices for permanent use.
Life February 23, 2015
Donor hearts are hard enough to come by. Still, many of them are being rejected as the list of patients needing transplants continues to grow, according to a study.
Life February 11, 2015
A donor heart that had already stopped beating was used in a successful transplant, doctors report. The procedure could lead to an increase in the number of available donors.
Life October 26, 2014
Surgeons in Australia have been able to make a dead heart beat again and transplanted the organ to a patient. The breakthrough procedure opens up possibilities for the reduction of the shortage of organs that are donated for transplants.
Life October 24, 2014
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