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Heart transplant patients at risk for serious skin cancers
A new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation reveals that there is a significant risk of serious skin cancers, including cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, in heart transplant patients. (2011-06-30)

Lung transplant patients face elevated lung cancer risk
In an American Journal of Transplantation study, lung cancer risk was increased after lung transplantation, especially in the native (non-transplanted) lung of single lung transplant recipients. (2018-12-19)

Lung cancer risk particularly high for heart and liver transplant recipients
Heart and liver transplant recipients are at particularly high risk of developing lung cancer after receiving the donated organ (2010-05-01)

New drug is safer and more effective in preventing heart tranplant rejection
Findings presented Thursday (April 22, 2004) at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation show that the immunosuppressant everolimus is not only more effective but also safer than standard therapy in preventing heart transplant rejection. (2004-04-23)

Women given liver transplants outlive male recipients by around 4 years
Female liver transplant recipients outlive men given the same procedure by an average of 4.5 years, suggests research published ahead of print in Gut. And while younger people tend to live longest of all, they also stand to lose more years of their life compared with those who have not had liver transplants, the research shows. (2006-09-27)

Facial transplants are justified, say experts
With news of the world's first facial transplant hitting the headlines, experts in this week's BMJ debate whether the benefit of this procedure to someone with severe facial deformity outweighs the risk of long term suppression of the immune system. (2005-12-08)

Law reform in Canada may help curb organ transplant tourism
Creating a confidential reporting system in Canada about organ transplant tourism could help reduce the practice and disrupt international networks, argues a commentary published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2016-06-06)

Does greater scrutiny of transplant centers create disparities for the sickest patients?
A new study indicates that transplant centers that receive low scores on performance evaluations tend to remove more patients from the transplant waiting list. (2016-01-19)

Racial, gender disparities observed in heart transplant recipients with COVID-19 infection
Researchers suggest focusing on disparities to help identify which patients with a heart transplant may be at higher risk for a worse course of COVID-19 infection. (2020-06-09)

Using smaller hearts could increase donor pool
The donor heart pool could be expanded by including undersized hearts, according to a study presented today at the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. (2004-04-24)

Boy recovering after receiving small bowel transplant
A 3-year-old boy is recovering after receiving a small bowel transplant by surgeons at Indiana University's Riley Hospital for Children. He is the first person in Indiana to undergo the life-saving procedure. Intestinal transplants are among the mIost difficult to perform. (2003-07-24)

The 'Break Even' Cost Of Kidney Transplants Is Shrinking
The cost of a kidney transplant has dropped so significantly that University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers say it is cheaper to have a transplant than to stay on dialysis for more than two and a half years, even among the sickest patients. (1999-05-20)

Phase I Trial Promising For Cord Blood Transplant "Booster"
Adding a dose of slightly more mature stem cells to an umbilical cord blood transplant shows promise for increasing the success of transplants in children, Duke researchers reported Friday. (1998-12-04)

Does the new heart transplant allocation policy encourage gaming by providers?
A new national policy was created to make determining who receives a heart transplant more fair. But new data shows it changed some practice patterns, too. (2020-10-20)

Medicare Approves UM Medical Center For Lung Transplants
The federal Health Care Financing Administration has designated the University of Maryland Medical Center as a Medicare-approved lung transplant center, which means that elderly patients who need the surgery no longer have to travel outside the mid-Atlantic region. (1998-01-13)

First case of heart recovery with VentrAssist reported
Ventracor today reported the first case of recovery of a patient's heart allowing removal of the VentrAssist left ventricular assist device after providing support for over 12 months. (2006-10-16)

Study: Burnout impacts transplant nurses
More than half of nurses who work with organ transplant patients in the United States experience high levels of emotional exhaustion, a primary sign of burnout, according to a study published by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. (2015-10-06)

Sibling Cord Blood May Offer Best Match Chance For Some Patients
Children needing bone marrow transplants may find their best chance in umbilical cord blood from a sibling, even if the transplant is only partially matched to the recipient's blood type, according to Duke researchers. (1998-12-04)

Mayo Clinic study finds heart transplant patients benefit from new approach to immunosuppression
A new immunosuppression regimen for heart transplant patients can improve kidney function and prevent transplant coronary artery disease, according to two new Mayo Clinic studies. Mayo researchers will report their findings on April 26 at the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation Annual Meeting and Scientific Session in San Francisco. (2007-04-26)

Racial disparities exist in access to kidney transplantation
A new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation reveals that racial disparities exist in both the early and late steps in access to kidney transplantation. This study is part of the February special themed issue of the journal on racial disparity. (2012-02-09)

Valve disease impacts survival while awaiting heart transplant
In a study presented Thursday (April 22, 2004), Temple University researchers reported that survival to transplant rates decreased significantly when patients had abnormal or diseased aortic valves before receiving a left ventricular assist device or LVAD. (2004-04-23)

Inhaled anti-rejection drug preserves lung function in lung transplant patients
Lung transplant patients who received an inhaled version of the anti-rejection drug cyclosporine had significantly better lung function than those who inhaled a placebo drug in the two years after transplant, according to a study to be presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 22. (2006-05-22)

Major inequalities in access to kidney transplant waiting list revealed
Major inequalities exist in access to the kidney (renal) transplant waiting list and renal transplantation in Scotland, finds a study in this week's BMJ. These inequalities may also exist elsewhere in the United Kingdom. (2003-11-27)

Successful pregnancy possible after kidney transplant
A new study recently published in the American Journal of Transplantation reveals that the ability to successfully carry a pregnancy after kidney transplantation is very high, with 73.5 percent live birth rates. (2011-10-20)

Kidney transplants less successful at night
Kidney transplants should be carried out during the day if possible. At least this is the conclusion suggested by a survey just published by urologists and internists at the University of Bonn. Hence operations carried out at night require a further operation more than twice as often as other operations. (2008-07-15)

Transplant patients have worse cancer outcomes, analysis shows
After comparing two patient cancer registries -- one featuring transplant patients and the other the general population -- researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that transplant patients experience worse outcomes from cancer. (2009-05-15)

dnDSA and ethnicity linked with thickening of blood vessels after kidney transplant
Children who developed anti-human leukocyte antibodies against their donor kidney, known as de novo donor-specific antibodies, were more likely to experience carotid intima-media thickening than those without these antibodies, according to preliminary research presented May 7, 2019, during the 10th Congress of the International Pediatric Transplant Association. (2019-05-07)

Obese kidney failure patients receive survival benefit from transplantation
Most obese individuals with kidney failure can prolong their lives by receiving a kidney transplant, although this survival benefit is lower in severely obese individuals. That's the conclusion of a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. The findings will hopefully decrease differences in access to transplantation for obese patients. (2013-07-25)

ACHRI study finds CellCeptĀ® improves survival in pediatric heart transplant patients
Pediatric heart transplant recipients taking the medication CellCeptĀ® (mycophenolate mofetil) as part of their anti-rejection treatment regimen experienced significantly fewer early rejection episodes and greatly improved survival, according to a study of nearly 400 pediatric patients, beginning two weeks post-transplant. The study was led by researchers at the Arkansas Children's Research Institute (ACHRI) and results were presented today at the 25th annual meeting of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation in Philadelphia. (2005-04-11)

Noninvasive Test Detects Heart Rejection
Findings of a multicenter study indicate that Pacemaker Guided Monitoring has a high predictive value for determining heart rejection. The use of an implanted pacemaker can serve as an early warning for future rejection in heart recipients. The use of a pacemaker to detect heart transplant rejection is less invasive, more cost effective with less severe side effects as compared to endomyocardial biopsy which results in localized bleeding, infection and arrhythmias. (1998-04-17)

Alcohol abuse history influences quality of life following liver transplant
A history of alcohol abuse significantly impacts quality of life for patients after liver transplant, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. (2011-03-09)

Loyola receives Medal of Honor for Organ Donation and Transplantation
Loyola University Medical Center has received a Medal of Honor for Organ Donation and Transplantation from the US Department of Health and Human Services. (2012-10-19)

International Study Raises Hopes For Heart Transplant Patients
Preliminary six month findings of a multicenter international study indicate that the organ rejection drug, Neoral, offers significant benefits to heart transplant recipients. This two-year study compares Neoral with conventional Cyclosporine A in 380 heart transplant recipients. Patients receiving Neoral experienced significantly fewer infections and a reduced number of rejections requiring antibody therapy. (1998-04-18)

Cedars-Sinai immunotherapy expert honored for work in kidney transplantation
Ashley Anh Vo, PharmD, administrative director of the Transplant Immunotherapy Program at the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai, has been named the 2014 Clinician of Distinction by the American Society of Transplantation for her work in developing anti-rejection drug protocols for patients. (2014-08-08)

'Molecular microscope' system safer, more effective in heart and lung transplant biopsies
A transplant biopsy system that uses gene chips to read molecules is far safer and more effective than existing approaches used for heart transplant biopsies and is showing promising results for lung transplant biopsies, new University of Alberta-led research shows. (2018-04-12)

Study finds once-daily Valcyte prevents serious viral infection after kidney transplant
Research conducted in the Division of Transplantation at the University of Miami School of Medicine has found that at least three months of therapy with a single daily dose of the antiviral medication Valcyte (valganciclovir HCl tablets) safely and effectively prevents cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common infection in kidney transplant patients taking highly potent immunosuppressive therapy. The results were presented today at the American Transplant Congress in Boston. (2004-05-18)

Transplanted livers help body defend against organ rejection, Mayo Clinic study finds
When patients undergo a dual kidney-liver transplant, the liver has a protective effect on the kidney, the study found. (2018-04-18)

Henry Ford study: Burnout impacts transplant surgeons
Despite saving thousands of lives yearly, nearly half of organ transplant surgeons report a low sense of personal accomplishment and 40 percent feel emotionally exhausted, according to a new national study on transplant surgeon burnout. The findings will be presented at the 2014 World Transplant Congress on Wednesday in San Francisco. (2014-07-28)

Time Spent On Dialysis May Predict Transplant Patients' Longevity
The longer kidney disease patients remain on dialysis before receiving a transplant, the more likely they are to die prematurely. In a study of 523 people, researchers found that only 7 percent of those who had never been on dialysis died within seven years after receiving a kidney transplant (1998-04-22)

Some patients are candidates for combined heart bypass, lung transplant surgeries
For patients who have been precluded from receiving a lung transplant because of their underlying coronary artery disease, Duke University Medical Center researchers have shown that they can achieve similar positive outcomes by performing revascularization procedures such as coronary bypass operations immediately prior to the transplant surgery. (2002-05-20)

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