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Study shows how fetal infections may cause adult heart disease
Infants born prematurely are known to have a higher risk of developing heart disease later in life. (2018-01-23)
Racial and ethnic disparities in live donor kidney transplants
Despite efforts over the past two decades to increase the number of black and Hispanic patients receiving kidney transplants from related or unrelated living donors, these racial/ethnic minority patients are still much less likely to undergo such transplants than white patients, Johns Hopkins researchers report. (2018-01-23)
Parent misconceptions may hinder child organ donation
Parents' major concerns about child organ donation often included misunderstandings about medical care, potential suffering and cost. (2018-01-23)
New blood test for diagnosing heart attacks: A 'big deal,' with caveats
A longtime blood test that measures the likelihood of a cardiac event has become more sensitive and more precise. (2018-01-15)
Scleroderma study: Hope for a longer life for patients with rare autoimmune disorder
The approach could represent the first new treatment to improve survival in patients with severe scleroderma in more than four decades. (2018-01-12)
Heart-muscle patches made with human cells improve heart attack recovery
Large, human cardiac-muscle patches created in the lab have been tested, for the first time, on large animals in a heart attack model. (2018-01-10)
Place of residence linked to heart failure risk
According to new research in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, almost 5 percent of heart failure risk was connected to neighborhood factors. (2018-01-09)
Pioneering new technique could boost understanding of causes of heart disease
The complex and mysterious mechanisms that drive communication and reactions within human cells could be on the verge of being unravelled, due to a pioneering new technique. (2018-01-09)
Excess fat disrupts heart cell's energy system
A University of Iowa study finds that lipid overload in heart cells, a common feature in diabetes and obesity, leads to misshapen mitochondria that don't produce energy efficiently. (2018-01-05)
Cellular barcoding helps scientists understand the behavior of stem cells
By tagging bone marrow cells of mice with a genetic label, or barcode, researchers were able to track and describe the family tree of individual blood cells as they form in their natural environment. (2018-01-03)
Study shows stem cell transplant is better than drug therapy for scleroderma
Scleroderma with internal organ involvement is a debilitating and lethal autoimmune disorder with few effective treatments. (2018-01-03)
Stem cell transplant for severe scleroderma improves survival, quality of life
Clinical trial findings show that a regimen involving transplantation of a person's own blood-forming stem cells can improve survival for people with severe scleroderma, a life-threatening autoimmune disease. (2018-01-03)
Racial, ethnic disparities persist for patients in receiving kidney transplants from live donors
Black and Hispanic patients are less likely than white patients to receive a live donor kidney after two years on a waiting list, with an increase in disparity over the last two decades. (2018-01-02)
Educational video may increase public willingness to become face transplant donors
After watching a brief educational video, members of the public are more likely to say they would be willing to donate a facial transplant to a severely disfigured patient, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). (2018-01-02)
Researchers shed light on why exercise slows progression of Parkinson's disease
While vigorous exercise on a treadmill has been shown to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease in patients, the molecular reasons behind it have remained a mystery. (2017-12-22)
Mental stress-induced constricted blood vessels more likely in women
In women with heart disease, constriction of peripheral vessels during mental stress affects the heart circulation more than men's, potentially raising women's risk of heart-related events and death. (2017-12-21)
Researchers find key to making transplant rejection a thing of the past
Houston Methodist researchers have cracked a code in T-cells that could make autoimmune diseases and organ transplant rejection a thing of the past. (2017-12-20)
Clinical decision support app helps improve quality of life and longevity for heart failure patients
A clinical decision support application developed by Intermountain Healthcare researchers that more quickly identifies when heart failure becomes advanced and a heart patient's care needs have changed is successful in helping to improve patient's quality of live and longevity, according to a new study. (2017-12-19)
Should uninfected patients accept hepatitis C-infected livers to reduce waiting time?
A modeling study by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators finds that the availability of directly-acting antiviral drugs to treat hepatitis C virus infection could allow the transplantation of livers from HCV-positive donors into HCV-negative recipients without posing undue risk. (2017-12-19)
Simple tool may expedite transplants in kids with kidney failure
An easy-to-use tool to predict the likelihood of a child with kidney disease progressing to kidney failure has a high degree of accuracy and could be used to reduce the burden of dialysis and increase transplantations, according to a study led by researchers at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. (2017-12-18)
Despite removal of many obstacles, UK child organ donation rates remain low
Despite the removal of many logistical/professional obstacles, and clear guidance from national bodies, UK child organ donation rates remain lower than in other comparable countries, say experts in a leading article published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2017-12-14)
New MRI tech could help doctors detect heart disease with better accuracy
Doctors might be able to better detect any disease or disorder that involves inflammation thanks to a new MRI imaging technology co-developed by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2017-12-13)
Genomic blood test predicts survival rates after surgery for advanced heart failure
An experimental blood test developed at UCLA that uses gene activity data from immune cells was 93 percent accurate in predicting survival rates for people with advanced heart failure who had surgery to implant mechanical circulatory support devices. (2017-12-13)
Research reveals how diabetes in pregnancy affects baby's heart
Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have discovered how high glucose levels -- whether caused by diabetes or other factors -- keep heart cells from maturing normally. (2017-12-12)
Spinal cord injury affects the heart
Spinal cord injury affects the heart, that's what research published in Experimental Physiology and carried out by researchers from University of British Columbia, Canada has found. (2017-12-12)
Using software, researchers predict tumor markers that could be immune targets
Researchers report at the 59th Annual American Society for Hematology Annual Meeting in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. (2017-12-11)
Survivorship care plan improves cancer care-related distress levels for HCT recipients
Survivorship care plan improves patient cancer care-related distress levels for hematopoietic cell transplant recipients. (2017-12-11)
Study identifies barriers to transplant therapy to treat multiple myeloma among racial minority groups
A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Fla., has found that barriers to patients receiving stem cell therapy as part of their treatment for multiple myeloma include income, education, insurance status and access to care at an academic center or facility that treats a high volume of patients. (2017-12-11)
Low-dose treatment with Il2 across studies shows benefits in chronic graft-versus host
Daily low doses of the immune signaling protein interleukin-2 (IL-2) can safely benefit patients who develop chronic graft-versus-host disease following stem cell transplants, including particular benefit in pediatric patients in one small study, report scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. (2017-12-10)
Immunotherapy drug nearly eliminates severe acute graft-versus-host disease
Results from a phase 2 clinical trial, presented by Seattle Children's Research Institute at the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting, show that the drug Abatacept (Orencia) nearly eliminated life-threatening severe acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) in patients receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplants. (2017-12-09)
International team identifies genetic model for predicting primary myelofibrosis outcomes
A group of investigators from Mayo Clinic and multiple academic research centers in Italy have identified a genetic model for predicting outcomes in patients with primary myelofibrosis who are 70 years or younger and candidates for stem cell transplant to treat their disease. (2017-12-09)
Study explores use of checkpoint inhibitors after relapse from donor stem cell transplant
Immunotherapy agents known as checkpoint inhibitors have shown considerable promise in patients with hematologic cancers who relapse after a transplant with donor stem cells. (2017-12-09)
A common virus may help inform treatment planning for stem cell transplant patients
a team of scientists from VCU Massey Cancer Center have shown a genetic relationship between the reactivation of the human cytomegalovirus and the onset of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a potentially deadly condition in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue following a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. (2017-12-07)
Amount or intensity? Study examines potential benefits of exercise for patients with heart failure
Physical activity can benefit patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, a common condition with no pharmacological treatment, but no clear recommendations exist on the optimal amount or intensity of physical activity for these patients. (2017-12-06)
Brain remaps itself in child with double hand transplant
The first child to undergo a successful hand transplant also is the first child in whom scientists have detected massive changes in how sensations from the hands are represented in the brain. (2017-12-06)
Routing gene therapy directly into the brain
The technique, which could be used to transplant donor-matched hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) or a patient's own genetically-engineered HSCs into the brain, was reported in Science Advances today by researchers from the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy. (2017-12-06)
Implementation of newborn screening for congenital heart disease associated with decrease in infant cardiac deaths
Statewide implementation of mandatory policies to screen newborns for the most serious congenital heart defects was associated with an estimated decrease in infant cardiac deaths. (2017-12-05)
Mitochondrial protein in cardiac muscle cells linked to heart failure, study finds
Reducing a protein found in the mitochondria of cardiac muscle cells initiates cardiac dysfunction and heart failure, a finding that could provide insight for new treatments for cardiovascular diseases, a study led by Georgia State University has shown. (2017-12-05)
Successful implantation of heart pump with power cable behind the ear, a Japan first!
In March 2017, the Cardiovascular Surgery Group at Osaka University successfully implanted a left ventricular assist device with an internal power cable tunneled through the neck to the head in a patient who was ineligible for a cardiac transplantation, destination therapy (DT) trial, a Japan first. (2017-12-04)
The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation: 50 years of heart transplantation progress
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the world's first human heart transplant performed at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town by South African surgeon, Christiaan Barnard. (2017-12-04)
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