Organ donations from donors who died of a drug-overdose has increased over 10-fold in the United States since the year 2000. Is this related to the opioid epidemic?
Medicine May 17, 2018
Pvt. Shamika Burrage lost her left ear in a vehicular accident. Army doctors, however, were able to give her a new ear by shaping cartilage taken from her rib cage and growing the organ in her arm.
Medicine May 10, 2018
Testicles would continue to produce sperm which contains a transplant donor’s DNA. Hence, doctors who performed the first penis and scrotum transplant decided not to give the deceased donor's testicles to the patient involved.
Medicine April 27, 2018
John Hopkins University performed the first full penile and scrotum transplant in history for an injured veteran. The reconstructive surgery will allow the veteran to regain urinary and sexual functions.
Medicine April 24, 2018
Livers kept in a warm storage like that of the metra device have reduced rates of tissue injuries compared to those preserved on ice. Surgeons said the use of metra opens up opportunities to improve organ viability prior to transplant.
Public Health April 19, 2018
The opioid epidemic appeared to help alleviate organ donor shortage in the United States. Outcome of transplants from drug overdose donors are slightly better than those involving organs from sick patients.
Public Health April 17, 2018
Sheep embryos that contain human cells may increase the supply of organs for transplant and pave way for genetically tailored organs that can reduce odds for transplant rejection. About one in 10,000 cells in the sheep embryos are human.
Feature | Science February 18, 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
Pig organs without the potentially dangerous and deadly animal retroviruses may soon be available for human transplant patients. Researchers removed a barrier to xenotransplantation using the gene-editing tool CRISPR.
Biotech August 11, 2017
The young man who was declined a spot on the transplant list of the University of Utah Hospital because of marijuana use has passed away. The 19-year-old received a lung transplant just four weeks ago.
Public Health April 25, 2017
What do blind tadpoles and migraine drugs have in common? Both were part of a creative experimental transplant that proved eyes can fully function when grafted on tails, by connecting directly to the central nervous system.
Animals March 31, 2017
Scientists turned a spinach leaf into a beating human heart muscle. The proof-of-concept work may eventually lead to biomedical solutions that can help alleviate shortage of donated organs.
Biotech March 28, 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
Doctors in Canada recall how they were forced to remove a young mother’s lungs for six days while she waited for an organ transplant. The last-ditch procedure is considered a world first.
Medicine January 28, 2017
Scientists injected pig embryos with human stem cells to produce animal embryos that contain human cells. What are the dangers and potential benefits of this technology?
Biotech January 27, 2017
Using stem cells, researchers grew mouse pancreas in bodies of rats and later transplanted the organ into diabetic mouse. The technique offers hope of reversing diabetes and alleviating shortage of donated organs for transplant patients.
Biotech January 26, 2017
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid researchers have developed a 3D printer that uses special bioink to print functional human skin. What are the two main potential applications of this technology?
Biotech January 25, 2017
France is now automatically assigning all its citizens as organ donors upon their death, unless they join an official register for opting out. This opt-out system is already being practiced in other countries around the world, including Spain and Austria.
Public Health January 5, 2017
Organ transplant patients have up to 250 times increased risk for squamous-cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer. The risk also applies to Black, Asian and Hispanic patients
Public Health September 22, 2016
HIV-HIV transplants are now approved at the Yale New Haven Hospital. With this, more of the life-saving procedure can be done, benefiting those with the disease and those without.
Public Health September 15, 2016
Stem cell therapy remains in a gray area but researchers are making headway in showing what it is capable of. In the future, human donors may even become obsolete as more organs are generated from stem cells.
Biotech September 1, 2016
Age is not a barrier when it comes to organ donation, a new campaign in Scotland advocates. Indeed, a 107-year-old woman has become the oldest organ donor in the country.
Public Health July 6, 2016
Organ transplants save lives, yet there is a donor shortage that needs to be addressed. Apple wants to help convince more people to register as organ donors with an upcoming update to the iOS 10 Health app.
Apple July 5, 2016
Among the genes that become active after death are developmental genes that sculpt embryos and those that promote cancer. Does this mean dead organisms can be brought back to life?
Feature | Health June 24, 2016
In a new study, gut microbiome influenced the acceptance and rejection rates in organ transplantation. Could it be one of the crucial factors in organ transplant success?
Healthy Living/Wellness June 23, 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
The first organ transplant between an HIV-positive donor and an HIV-positive patient in California can take place this month. California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on May 27 that made the procedure legal.
Public Health May 28, 2016
Second Life Toys is a campaign where people can donate limbs to help give stuffed animals a second chance at life to teach about child organ transplants.
Viral May 12, 2016
In a unique three-way kidney swap chain, an aunt helped save not only her niece’s life, but also enhanced the lives of two others who were in need of kidney transplants.
Biotech April 22, 2016
Transplanting pancreatic islets – clusters containing insulin-making cells – showed effective for type 1 diabetes patients undergoing severe hypoglycemia. These new findings fuel hope for regulatory approval of islet transplantation in the United States.
Life April 19, 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
In a revolutionary surgery, liver and kidney from an HIV-infected donor were transplanted into HIV-positive patients. The surgery was carried out at John Hopkins University Medical Center.
Life April 1, 2016
Researchers found that financial incentives for living kidney donors can increase the rates of organ donation. The findings suggest the need for modifications in current regulations and laws prohibiting compensation that could potentially help save the lives of many.
Life March 24, 2016
The first uterus transplant that was performed in the U.S. has failed. The 26-year-old recipient suffered from complications prompting the removal of the transplanted organ.
Life March 10, 2016
A teacher from Wisconsin decided to donate her kidney to her student. She was thrilled to discover that she was a match and surprised her student's family with the news.
Life March 10, 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
A soldier whose genitals were severely damaged in a bomb explosion will receive the first penis transplant in the United States. Doctors at Johns Hopkins explained the penis transplant procedure, including donor requirements and post-operative care.
Life February 20, 2016
A team of scientists created the world's first artificial kidney that can be implanted and powered by the patient's own heart. Using a microchip called the "silicon nanotechnology," the bio-hybrid device mimics a real kidney and can keep patients off dialysis.
Life February 17, 2016
Every year, thousands die because they don’t receive life-saving transplant surgery due to the lack of available organs. National Donor Day is in place to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation.
Life February 17, 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
A team of scientists and surgeons has just gotten the go-ahead for a groundbreaking procedure: an organ transplant between an HIV-positive patient and an HIV-positive donor.
February 10, 2016
Some research centers in the United States have implanted human stem cells into animal embryos in hopes of producing enough organs for transplants. However, the act has stirred controversy as experts are worried about its potential harmful effects on animals.
Life January 12, 2016
A new study in Canada found that patients who receive organ transplants have higher risks of developing cancer after the operation. Despite the risks, experts said there are several ways to prevent the development of the disease.
Life January 8, 2016
NHS and Tinder team up to raise awareness on organ donation via The Wait campaign. Three famous British personalities signed up on Tinder to remind users if only finding an organ donor can be as quick and easy as a few swipes on Tinder.
Life December 15, 2015
Doctors at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine were given the go signal for 60 penis transplants. Wounded U.S. soldiers could soon receive an organ from a deceased doctor, enabling them to regain sensation, urinary and sexual functions and even father their own children.
Life December 7, 2015
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