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16 Jun
Doctors Transplant Kidneys to Children Without Need for Immune-Suppressing Drugs

Doctors Transplant Kidneys to Children Without Need for Immune-Suppressing Drugs

Researchers have figured out a way to safely give children a donor kidney without the need for

02 Jun
Woman Receives 3-D Printed Ear Transplant Made of Human Cells

Woman Receives 3-D Printed Ear Transplant Made of Human Cells

A 3-D printed ear made with the patient's own cells has been transplanted onto a 20-year-old woman, the company that made the ear says.

The achievement announced June 2 by 3DBio Therapeutics of New York City is believe...

13 May
Kidney Transplant Safe When Organ Donor Has COVID: Study

Kidney Transplant Safe When Organ Donor Has COVID: Study

Even before the pandemic, the demand for donor kidneys far exceeded supply. That shortfall only worsened when hospitals started refusing to use kidneys fr...

06 May
Virus Found in Pig Heart Transplanted Into Man Who Later Died

Virus Found in Pig Heart Transplanted Into Man Who Later Died

An investigation into the death of the first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig has discovered that the organ had an animal virus, but it's not clear if the virus was a factor in the patient's death, University of Maryland Medical Center doctors say.

They fo...

29 Apr
Thinking of Donating a Kidney? New Data Shows It's Safe

Thinking of Donating a Kidney? New Data Shows It's Safe

If you're thinking about donating a kidney, new research could alleviate your concerns.

"The results of this study are extremely reassuring for individuals who are considering being living kidney donors. We found that this lifesaving surgery, when performed at experience...

16 Apr
How Too Much Drinking Harms the Liver

How Too Much Drinking Harms the Liver

As Americans stepped up their drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic, liver disease and transplants surged.

Between March 2020 and January 2021, the number of U.S. patients with alcohol-associated liver disease who received a new liver or were wait-listed for a transplant...

23 Mar
Organs Donated by People Who Had COVID Are Safe: Study

Organs Donated by People Who Had COVID Are Safe: Study

For those waiting during the pandemic for a new kidney or liver, new research is reassuring: Organs from deceased donors who had COVID-19 did not cause infection in recipients and posed no risk to health care workers.

In a study that began in September 2021, the Duke Uni...

09 Mar
Man Who Received First Pig Heart Transplant Has Died

Man Who Received First Pig Heart Transplant Has Died

The first person to receive a pig heart transplant in a groundbreaking procedure performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center in January has died, hospital officials said Wednesday.

David Bennett, a 57-year-old Marylander, suffered from severe heart disease and...

17 Feb
Scientists Create 'Universal' Donor Organs Where Blood Type Doesn't Matter

Scientists Create 'Universal' Donor Organs Where Blood Type Doesn't Matter

It's possible to create "universal" donor organs that would eliminate the need to match transplant donor and recipient blood types, researchers report.

"With the current matching system, wait times can be considerably longer for patients who need a transplant depending o...

27 Jan
Hospital Defends Decision to Deny Heart Transplant to Unvaccinated Man

Hospital Defends Decision to Deny Heart Transplant to Unvaccinated Man

In response to claims that a man was denied a heart transplant because he refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Wednesday that its transplant policies mirror those used across the United States.

In a crowdfunding appeal f...

27 Jan
Almost 1 in 10 U.S. Lung Transplants Now Due to COVID

Almost 1 in 10 U.S. Lung Transplants Now Due to COVID

COVID-19 is changing medicine in yet another way: A new study finds that patients with COVID-related lung damage now account for nearly one in 10 lung transplants in the United States.

The researchers analyzed data on more than 3,000 lung transplants nationwide between A...

20 Jan
Doctors Transplant Gene-Modified Pig Kidneys Into Brain-Dead Patient

Doctors Transplant Gene-Modified Pig Kidneys Into Brain-Dead Patient

In another breakthrough for animal-to-human organ transplantation, U.S. researchers say they've transplanted two genetically modified pig kidneys into a living human.

The recipient was Jim Parsons, 57, a brain-dead man on life support whose family agreed to allow the sur...

11 Jan
In Breakthrough Transplant, Man Receives Genetically Modified Pig Heart

In Breakthrough Transplant, Man Receives Genetically Modified Pig Heart

In a medical first, doctors from the University of Maryland have implanted the heart of a genetically modified pig in a 57-year-old man facing the final stages of heart disease.

The surgical feat, known as

28 Dec
When Kidney Transplant Fails, Trying Again Is Best Option: Study

When Kidney Transplant Fails, Trying Again Is Best Option: Study

You were lucky enough to receive a kidney years ago, but now it is failing. Is it better to opt for another transplant or go on dialysis?

New research suggests a second transplant may be the better option.

16 Dec
Heart Transplant Successful in Young Man Who Survived Severe COVID-19

Heart Transplant Successful in Young Man Who Survived Severe COVID-19

After nearly dying from a severe case of COVID-19, a young male patient received a successful heart transplant even as he was recuperating from his infection while on a ventilator, a new case study reports.

The transplant was performed on the 31-year-old patient at the H...

05 Dec
With Holidays Ahead, COVID Boosters a Must for People With Weak Immune Systems

With Holidays Ahead, COVID Boosters a Must for People With Weak Immune Systems

If you're a patient with a weakened immune system, roll up your sleeves to stay safe over the holidays and winter months.

"Immunocompromised patients absolutely should get a flu shot as well as an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose," said Dr. Marwa Kaisey, a neuroimmunolog...

22 Nov
People on Immune-Suppressing Meds Fare Equally Well With Severe COVID

People on Immune-Suppressing Meds Fare Equally Well With Severe COVID

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who take medications that suppress the immune system don't have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 than those with normal immune systems, a new study finds.

Early in the pandemic, it was feared that people taking immunosuppressive drugs were ...

17 Nov
Demand for Liver Transplant Rises Sharply Among Older Americans

Demand for Liver Transplant Rises Sharply Among Older Americans

More older folks are winding up on liver transplant waiting lists than ever before, as obesity and alcoholism supersede hepatitis C as the main cause of liver failure in the United States.

The percentage of liver transplant candidates aged 65 or older rose from 9% in the...

03 Nov
More Evidence COVID Shots Less Effective for People With Weak Immune Systems

More Evidence COVID Shots Less Effective for People With Weak Immune Systems

Transplant patients and certain other folks may need four shots of COVID-19 vaccine for optimal protection, new research suggests.

People with weakened immune systems who've received both doses of two-dose COVID-19 vaccines aren't adequately protected against severe illn...

27 Oct
Many Blood Cancer Patients Get Little Protection From COVID Vaccine

Many Blood Cancer Patients Get Little Protection From COVID Vaccine

Anti-vaxxers felt their suspicions confirmed when former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell died from COVID-19 complications in mid-October despite being fully vaccinated.

But Powell, 84, was being treated for blood cancer at the time of his death, and a new study repo...

20 Oct
Doctors Report That Kidney Grown in Pig Worked in a Human

Doctors Report That Kidney Grown in Pig Worked in a Human

A kidney grown in a genetically altered pig functioned normally after being attached to a human patient during a groundbreaking procedure performed by U.S. doctors.

If the technique proves generally successful it could revolutionize organ transplant, greatly expanding th...

24 Sep
AHA News: Women May Be More Willing Than Men to Donate Organs

AHA News: Women May Be More Willing Than Men to Donate Organs

Men and women have similar reasons for becoming -- or not becoming -- an organ donor, according to a new study. Yet women appear more willing to donate their organs to family members or strangers.

The results, published Sept. 24 in the Journal of the American Heart...

02 Sep
Kidney Damage Another Consequence of 'Long COVID,' Study Finds

Kidney Damage Another Consequence of 'Long COVID,' Study Finds

People hospitalized for COVID-19, and even some with milder cases, may suffer lasting damage to their kidneys, new research finds.

The study of more than 1.7 million patients in the U.S. Veterans Affairs system adds to concerns about the lingering effects of COVID -- par...

24 Aug
U.S. Kidney Transplant Outcomes Are Improving

U.S. Kidney Transplant Outcomes Are Improving

Here's some hopeful news for those who have kidney transplants: Long-term survival rates have improved over the past three decades, a review shows.

"There has been a gratifying improvement in kidney transplant survival, both for patients and the kidney graft itself, from...

13 Aug
FDA OKs Third COVID Shot for Vulnerable Americans

FDA OKs Third COVID Shot for Vulnerable Americans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized a third "booster" shot of coronavirus vaccines for people with weakened immune systems, as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to surge across the country.

Expanding the emergency use of the Pfizer an...

13 Aug
Need a New Liver? Your Survival Odds May Depend on Race

Need a New Liver? Your Survival Odds May Depend on Race

Black American liver transplant recipients have a lower survival rate than Hispanic or white patients, and a new study suggests that alcohol-related liver disease and insurance coverage are key reasons.

"Our findings are a huge wake-up call that physicians and other heal...

12 Aug
FDA to OK COVID Booster Shots for Vulnerable Americans

FDA to OK COVID Booster Shots for Vulnerable Americans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans on Thursday to authorize a third "booster" shot of coronavirus vaccine for people with weakened immune systems, as the highly contagious Delta variant surges across the country.

Expanding the emergency use of the Pfizer and Mod...

12 Aug
Third Vaccine Dose Can Help Shield Transplant Patients From COVID

Third Vaccine Dose Can Help Shield Transplant Patients From COVID

A third dose of a two-shot COVID vaccine significantly boosts transplant patients' protection against SARS-CoV-2, according to a new study.

"We knew from previous studies that two doses were not enough to produce a good immune response against COVID-19 in transplant pati...

29 Jul
Hearts From Drug Abusers Can Be Used for Transplants

Hearts From Drug Abusers Can Be Used for Transplants

In a finding that could mean more patients desperate for a heart transplant get a new lease on life, two new studies show that hearts from donors who abused drugs can be safely donated.

In the past two decades, the U.S. opioid crisis has taken the lives of hundreds of th...

16 Jul
CDC Advisors to Discuss 3rd COVID Vaccine Dose for Immunocompromised

CDC Advisors to Discuss 3rd COVID Vaccine Dose for Immunocompromised

Giving a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines to adults with weakened immune systems -- the immunocompromised -- will be up for discussion during a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel meeting next week.

At the meeting scheduled for July 22, the Advi...

07 Jul
Immunocompromised? Why the COVID-19 Vaccine Might Still Protect You

Immunocompromised? Why the COVID-19 Vaccine Might Still Protect You

COVID-19 vaccinations may not offer as much protection to people with compromised immune systems, but just how much appears to be driven by the type of underlying condition, new research suggests.

"People with conditions that compromise their immune systems exhibit a wi...

29 Jun
CRISPR Therapy Fights Rare Disease Where Protein Clogs Organs

CRISPR Therapy Fights Rare Disease Where Protein Clogs Organs

Early research suggests that CRISPR gene-editing technology may some day lead to dramatic relief for patients struggling with amyloidosis, a rare but serious disease that can trigger organ failure.

"There are many different types of amyloidosis," explained study author D...

25 Jun
Liver Cirrhosis Much More Deadly for Black Americans

Liver Cirrhosis Much More Deadly for Black Americans

Black Americans with cirrhosis -- late-stage liver disease -- are much less likely to receive a liver transplant and more likely to die than white patients, new research reveals.

For the study, researchers at Northwestern Medicine analyzed data from all cirrhosis patien...

24 Jun
Innovative Kidney Donor 'Voucher' System Is Saving Lives

Innovative Kidney Donor 'Voucher' System Is Saving Lives

In the world of chronic kidney disease, the dilemma is not uncommon: A relatively young patient with kidney trouble may need a transplant down the road, and an older family member is more than ready to step up. But the need for a kidney transplant, while predictable, is not im...

18 Jun
Many 'High Priority' Patients Aren't Getting Put on Kidney Transplant Lists

Many 'High Priority' Patients Aren't Getting Put on Kidney Transplant Lists

Many Americans who stand to benefit most from a kidney transplant may be missing a key window of opportunity, a new study finds.

The study focused on kidney failure patients who would be expected to live many years after receiving a kidney transplant. That generally incl...

17 Jun
Red Cross Warns of Severe Blood Shortage

Red Cross Warns of Severe Blood Shortage

There's a severe blood shortage in the United States due to a recent surge in trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries, the American Red Cross says.

The Red Cross is appealing to Americans to roll up their sleeves and donate blood immediately.

"Our te...

15 Jun
Third Dose of COVID Vaccine Boosts Protection in Transplant Recipients

Third Dose of COVID Vaccine Boosts Protection in Transplant Recipients

Researchers say an extra dose of two-dose COVID-19 vaccines may improve immune system protection for organ transplant patients, a group that's so far responded poorly to two-dose vaccines.

"Our findings suggest clinical trials are warranted to determine if transplant rec...

11 Jun
COVID Antibody Treatment Is Safe, Effective in Transplant Patients

COVID Antibody Treatment Is Safe, Effective in Transplant Patients

Antibody treatments are safe and effective for transplant patients with mild to moderate COVID-19, a new study shows.

Monoclonal antibodies help prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from attaching to cells, which helps block the spread of infection.

The findings are import...

11 Jun
Old Age No Bar to Successful Heart Transplant, Study Finds

Old Age No Bar to Successful Heart Transplant, Study Finds

People over 70 are far less likely to be considered for or to receive a new heart -- even though new research suggests their survival rates after transplant are similar to those of younger patients.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data on more than 57,000 adults ...

08 Jun
'Breakthrough' COVID Infections May Be Common in Vaccinated Transplant Patients

'Breakthrough' COVID Infections May Be Common in Vaccinated Transplant Patients

New research suggests that many people who've undergone an organ transplant do not get an immune response from COVID-19 vaccines that's strong enough to ward off a "breakthrough" infection.

In a new review of 14 such cases, these breakthrough COVID-19 infections occurred...

10 May
COVID Vaccines May Still Leave Organ Transplant Recipients Unprotected

COVID Vaccines May Still Leave Organ Transplant Recipients Unprotected

Organ transplant recipients remain vulnerable to infection with the new coronavirus even after receiving both doses of two-dose vaccines, new research shows. That could mean they should continue following safety measures such as wearing a mask and physical distancing.

In...

08 Apr
'Heart-in-a-Box' Can Be Lifesaving, Matching Up Distant Donors With Patients

'Heart-in-a-Box' Can Be Lifesaving, Matching Up Distant Donors With Patients

A few days after his 74th birthday, Don Stivers received his dream gift -- a new heart.

"I was born with a very lousy heart," he explained. "Growing up, I decided I was going to overcome it and go to the Olympics and be a strong boy. And so everything I did was against ...

17 Mar
World's First Face Transplant in a Black Patient Brought Special Challenges

World's First Face Transplant in a Black Patient Brought Special Challenges

Robert Chelsea needed a new face, having lost most of his in a horrific Los Angeles traffic accident years ago.

But Chelsea is Black, and the process to give him the first-ever face transplant wound up posing novel challenges for his doctors, according to a new report.

03 Mar
Patients With Sickle Cell Disease Often Overlooked for Life-Saving Kidney Transplants

Patients With Sickle Cell Disease Often Overlooked for Life-Saving Kidney Transplants

People with kidney failure related to sickle cell disease are less likely to receive a transplant than those without sickle cell disease, but it could be life-saving for them, a new study finds.

Sickle cell disease is a risk factor for kidney failure, and adults with sic...

12 Feb
Why Are Wait Times for Donor Kidneys Not Improving?

Why Are Wait Times for Donor Kidneys Not Improving?

Despite widespread efforts to increase access and awareness, new research shows there's been virtually no change in the number of people on waiting lists for potentially lifesaving kidneys over the past two decades.

For their study, scientists analyzed information on mor...

12 Feb
COVID Vaccines Safe for Organ Transplant Recipients: Study

COVID Vaccines Safe for Organ Transplant Recipients: Study

Here's some good news for people who've had solid organ transplants and have weakened immune systems: mRNA coronavirus vaccines are safe for these vulnerable folks, new research shows.

The study included 187 transplant recipients who received an initial dose of either th...

03 Feb
'So Happy:' World's First Hand/Face Transplant Patient Doing Well

'So Happy:' World's First Hand/Face Transplant Patient Doing Well

Joe DiMeo's life changed forever when he fell asleep at the wheel on U.S. Route 22 in New Jersey on July 14, 2018.

The horrific crash left him with third-degree burns on 80% of his body and a grim prognosis.

Now, more than two years later, DiMeo, 22, is the recipie...

02 Feb
Race Affects Outcomes for Young Heart Transplant Patients

Race Affects Outcomes for Young Heart Transplant Patients

Heart transplants may be particularly risky for young Black Americans, with new research suggesting they are twice as likely to die after they receive their new organ.

To reach that conclusion, researchers analyzed the outcomes of nearly 23,000 adults, aged 18 to 80, who...

05 Jan
On Waitlist for Liver Transplants, Women Die More Often Than Men

On Waitlist for Liver Transplants, Women Die More Often Than Men

Frailty may explain why women awaiting a liver transplant are more likely than men to become too sick for a transplant or die before transplantation, a new study suggests.

Exercise and a healthier diet may help narrow that gender gap, researchers say.

For the...

30 Dec
Giving Back: Once a Lung Transplant Recipient, Now a Surgical Nurse

Giving Back: Once a Lung Transplant Recipient, Now a Surgical Nurse

Nurses are known for being kind, caring and sympathetic, but Brianna Fogelman brings an uncommon empathy to her nursing job at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

Fogelman, 27, underwent a double lung transplant last year to treat a rare lung disease and returned this f...