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Female lung transplant recipients at greater risk of acute lung injury
Female lung transplant recipients are significantly more likely to suffer from a type of injury to the transplanted lung called primary graft dysfunction than male lung transplant patients, according to a study to be presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 24 in San Diego. (2005-05-24)

Liver transplant, weight-loss surgery combination benefits obese patients in long term
Obese patients who underwent a life-saving liver transplant and weight-loss surgery at the same time were better able to keep the weight off long term and had fewer metabolic complications than those who lost weight on their own before undergoing a liver transplant, Mayo Clinic research shows. The findings were recently published in Hepatology. (2018-10-02)

Weaning transplant recipients from their immunosuppressive drugs
Transplant surgeons live in the hope that one day they will be able to wean at least some of their patients off the immunosuppressive drugs that must be taken to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ. Researchers in Spain have now identified markers that might make this possible for patients who receive a liver transplant. (2011-12-12)

Adult liver transplant eligibility criteria
Dr. Karen Kroeker is looking for change in liver eligibility criteria. (2008-10-22)

New use of artificial lung device pioneered at University of Kentucky
Surgeons at the University of Kentucky on Aug. 3 announced that they were among the first to use artificial‑lung technology to demonstrate the feasibility of a lung transplant, using a device invented by two university faculty members, Dr. Joseph Zwischenberger and Dr. Dongfang Wang. (2011-08-04)

Successful pregnancies possible for women following liver transplantation
New research confirms that successful pregnancies are common for female liver transplant recipients. (2012-06-07)

Supercharging stem cells to create new therapies
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a new method for culturing stem cells which sees the highly therapeutic cells grow faster and stronger. (2015-07-02)

Are organ transplant recipients at greater risk of death from COVID-19?
A new study analyzes death risk from COVID-19 in organ transplant recipients and finds one treatment method greatly increased the risk. (2020-10-01)

U-M News: Kidney failure risk higher for liver transplant patients following policy change
Research from the University of Michigan Health System shows the risk for kidney failure among liver transplant recipients is higher following the implementation of Model of End Stage Liver Disease (MELD), a policy change in 2002 that altered how liver transplant allocation is decided. (2012-01-17)

U of MN doctors uncover treatment for advanced ALD patients
Continuing with more than a decade of research, doctors at the University of Minnesota have discovered a treatment to help patients with advanced cases of adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare disorder affecting the nerves. The results are published in the late February issue of Bone Marrow Transplantation. (2007-02-20)

Research suggests that medications for kidney transplants increase risk of skin cancer
A study led by researchers at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) has analysed the pattern of skin cancer rates in kidney transplant patients, which suggests the increased risk is related to the anti-rejection medications. (2019-02-27)

UCSF marks a milestone with 500th transplant in heart and lung program
UCSF marked a milestone this week with the 500th procedure in its Thoracic Transplant Program, which specializes in transplantation of the heart and lung. (2008-04-24)

Johns Hopkins is first and only center in the United States approved for HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants
Johns Hopkins recently received approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing to be the first hospital in the US to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants. The institution will be the first in the nation to do an HIV-positive to HIV-positive kidney transplant and the first in the world to execute an HIV-positive to HIV-positive liver transplant. (2016-02-09)

Transplanted kidney survives longer
The lifespan of a transplant kidney has significantly improved over the last thirty years. Between 1986 and 1995, 75 percent of the transplanted kidneys still functioned five years after the transplant. Between 2006 and 2015, this number had already risen to 84 percent. However, an international study lead by kidney specialist Maarten Naesens of KU Leuven shows that the progress is stagnating. (2018-07-24)

Women, Ethnic Groups Wait Longer For Liver Transplantation
A Johns Hopkins School of Public Health study of the factors that influence how long a person who needs a liver transplant has to wait has shown that women, Hispanic-Americans, Asian- Americans, and children waited longer than other groups for transplants. (1998-03-05)

Measuring quality of life after pediatric kidney transplant
After receiving a kidney transplant, children may experience worrisome quality-of-life changes that underscore the importance of screening transplant recipients for psychosocial function, according to Children's research presented during the 10th Congress of the International Pediatric Transplant Association. (2019-05-10)

Unemployment restricts access to kidney transplants, UNH research finds
People in end-stage kidney failure in need of a kidney transplant are much less likely to be placed on a waiting list for a new kidney or to actually receive a new kidney once on the list if they are unemployed or work part time, according to new collaborative research from the University of New Hampshire. (2013-08-20)

New anti-rejection drug reduces weight gain and enhances outcomes for liver transplant recipients
Researchers have discovered that a new anti-rejection drug that is gentler on the kidneys after liver transplant also reduces weight gain, which is common after surgery and can lead to serious problems for transplant patients. (2017-05-02)

Heart transplant recipients can improve fitness and perform high intensity workouts
Heart transplant recipients' cardio-respiratory fitness is around 30 to 50 percent lower than age-matched healthy sedentary individuals. As a result, exercise rehabilitation should be very important to these patients, and a University of Alberta study shows they can improve their overall physical fitness. (2009-07-02)

Older women less likely than men to be listed for kidney transplants
A Johns Hopkins transplant surgeon has found strong evidence that women over 45 are significantly less likely to be placed on a kidney transplant list than their equivalent male counterparts, even though women who receive a transplant stand an equal chance of survival. (2009-01-12)

Israel Penn Registry marks 3,000 consults for transplant care providers
An international registry of patient data established in 1968 has reached 3,000 consults from transplantation physicians and care providers across the world. (2010-06-23)

Tobacco use persists after liver transplant for alcoholic liver disease
A new report finds a need for more stringent monitoring of tobacco use in liver transplant populations and calls for more intervention. (2005-05-24)

Mayo Clinic makes kidney and pancreas transplant available to HIV-infected patients
Mayo Clinic in Florida is now offering kidney and pancreas transplants to HIV positive patients with advanced kidney disease and diabetes. (2011-12-06)

Study's findings could help expand the donor pool for liver transplantation
Organ donation after circulatory death, in which transplant organs are taken from donors after ay period of no blood circulation or oxygenation, is often considered inferior to donation after brain death, in which circulation and oxygenation are maintained until organs are removed for transplantation (2015-09-08)

FDA awards $2.25M grant to study immunosuppresive drug in high-risk patients
University of Cincinnati Research Professor Rita Alloway, PharmD, has been awarded a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to study the safety and efficacy of the generic immunosuppressive drug tacrolimus in transplant patients. As a (2013-11-07)

Baylor team discovers reason for heart transplant failure
A common virus that infects the heart is a major reason for heart transplant failure in children, Baylor College of Medicine reports. The discovery shows why many children suffer heart transplant failure months and even years after surgery, including cardiac rejection and the development of transplant coronary artery disease. (2001-05-16)

Researchers standardise test for predicting transplant rejection
Researchers from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research have developed a standardised method of measuring the immune response in islet transplant recipients, helping predict patient outcomes. (2019-05-29)

Pioneering dual surgery a safe option for patients with polycystic kidney disease
Patients with large polycystic kidneys in need of a kidney transplant can have their diseased kidneys safely removed laparoscopically at the same time as their transplant surgery. That is the finding of a Mayo Clinic study recently published in the American Journal of Transplantation. (2020-09-29)

Road traffic pollution doubles risk of rejection after lung transplant
Lung transplant patients have double the risk of organ rejection and death within five years of the procedure if they live near a main road, indicates research published online in Thorax. (2011-03-23)

After lung transplantation: Go back to work and feel better
In an original article in Deutsches Ă„rzteblatt International, Hendrik Suhling and coauthors report the findings of the first study ever performed in Germany on the percentage of lung-transplant patients who resume employment after transplantation and the reasons that keep the others from going back to work. (2015-04-14)

Kidney transplant patients who develop diabetes show poor short-term outcomes
Patients who develop diabetes shortly after kidney transplantation have poorer short-term outcomes than those who had the disease before transplant, according to a Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center study. (2004-02-23)

New approach to liver transplantation: Using a damaged liver to replace a dying liver
There's new hope for patients with liver disease who are waiting for a donor liver to become available for transplantation. Doctors at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City have found a way to safely use a damaged liver to replace a dying liver, then cure the damaged liver of its disease. (2016-12-14)

Early transplants are no better than chemotherapy followed by transplant for NHL patients
Patients with a very aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma who receive a stem cell transplant after standard chemotherapy during their first remission have comparable survival rates to those who receive the same standard therapy alone and, if needed, a transplant when they relapse. (2011-06-03)

Targeting frailty in pre-lung transplant patients might improve survival rates, patient outcomes
Frailty can affect people of all ages and demographics. Defined simply as 'an increased vulnerability to adverse health outcomes,' frailty can affect a patient's chances of surviving a surgical procedure or needing a nursing home. A new study from physicians at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., published recently in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, is among the first to show a definitive connection between frailty and survival after a lung transplant procedure. (2015-12-17)

Certain physical disabilities may affect outcomes in kidney transplant recipients
Compared with kidney transplant recipients who did not report a disability, recipients with a visual disability were at higher risk of organ failure and recipients with a walking disability were at higher risk of early death. Results from the study will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2018 Oct. 23-28 at the San Diego Convention Center. (2018-10-25)

Study finds large disparity in access to kidney transplants for UK patients
Large variations exist in access to kidney transplants for patients in the UK, which cannot be explained by case mix (differences in a patient's condition), according to a new study published on bmj.com today. (2010-07-20)

Transient Maternal Cell Growth In Cord Blood Recipients Can Be Treated
Mothers' cells may begin to grow and form bone marrow in children receiving umbilical cord blood transplants, but any resulting rejection problems can be dealt with, researchers from Duke University Medical Center said. (1998-12-07)

Kidney Transplants From Living Donors Reduce Long-Term Costs Of Care
Dialysis is much costlier to maintain than giving a person a kidney from a living donor, according to a study of more than 50,000 transplant recipients. The study suggests that the total cost of care within five years of transplant surgery is roughly $47,000 less than dialysis treatments would be for five years. (1999-05-21)

Some antibiotics may worsen complications in transplant patients
Some broad-spectrum antibiotics that disrupt the gut microbiome may raise the risk of complications from stem cell transplantation, according to a new study evaluating data from more than 850 transplant patients, as well as from mice. (2016-05-18)

JDRF awards Emory $2.5 million to develop islet transplant technology
Using a $2.5 million, three-year grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Emory transplant researchers plan to develop pig islets as an alternative to human islets for transplant into patients with Type 1 diabetes. If their research is successful, clinical trials of the porcine islet transplants into humans could begin within the next three years. (2007-02-26)

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