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Liver Transplants From Donors Who Overdosed Rose During Pandemic

Organs from donors who died of drug overdoses helped keep the number of U.S. liver transplants steady during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds.

"When the pandemic began, we saw no decline in liver transplants, which seemed surprising since many surgeries were canceled or postponed," said lead author Peter Lymberopoulos, a fourth-year medical student at St. George...

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 from COVID-positive donors.

However,

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 experienced transplant centers, is extremely safe," said study co-author Dr. Timucin Taner, chair of transplant surgery at Mayo Cl...

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 University School of Medicine team assessed

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  • 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 had agreed to receive the experimental pig’s heart after he was rejected from several waiting lists to receive a huma...

    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 on their blood type," said senior study author Dr. Marcelo Cypel, surgical director of the Ajmera Transplant Centre, Univ...

    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 surgical team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to use his body for this research.

    The kidneys functio...

    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

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  • 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.

    Kidney transplants from deceased donors function for a median ...

    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 the pool of available organs.

    The surgery was conducted in September at NYU Langone Health in New York ...

    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 Association, suggest improving communication among family members about organ donation wishes could help increase ...

    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 1996 to the current era," said review author Dr. Sundaram Hariharan, a senior transplant nephrologist at the University...

    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 Moderna vaccines should help protect those patients who are considered most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection and most likel...

    Father and Son Caught Up in Severe Blood Shortage Hitting U.S. Hospitals

    As June 28 approached, David Beverley had been "psyching himself up" for major surgery, as a lifesaving liver donor for his ailing 60-year-old father, Peter.

    "But then they called us, literally the day before, and told us: 'We've got to stop this. We don't have any blood.'" the 32-year-old Utah resident said.

    That's the moment when both David and Peter came into the crosshairs ...

    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 thousands of Americans -- often young, otherwise healthy people. One result is that a rising percentage of potential donor...

    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 immediate.

    So the older donor doesn't act. Given that donor supply has never met demand, the loss of a golden opport...

    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 includes relatively younger people without other major medical conditions.

    In 2014, the U.S. kidney allocation system ...

    '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 doctors' orders. They said don't run, don't do this, but I did anyway, and I would turn blue and pass out, and my mother...

    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.

    It took four times as long to find Chelsea a suitable donor than it typically does for white patients, doctors said...

    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 more than 1.3 million adults with kidney failure listed in the United States Renal Data System from 1997 to 2016, and found...

    '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 recipient of the world's first successful double hand and face transplant, and on the road to recovery.

    The historic surg...

    Helmetless Bikers Ride 'Donorcycles,' Organ Transplant Experts Warn

    TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2020 (HealthDay) -- 'Donorcycles:' That what hospital trauma staff call motorcycles, since riding one without a helmet greatly raises the odds the driver will become an organ donor far too soon.

    A new study out of Michigan supports the grim nickname: It found that organ donations among unhelmeted riders rose three-fold after the state repealed its mandatory helmet law.

    How to Be a Living Liver Donor

    About one in five Americans waiting for a liver transplant dies before getting the organ. Their odds might be better if more people knew they could donate a portion of their liver in a process called living liver donation.

    Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., want to raise awareness of these living liver transplants.

    "About 12,000 to 13,000 people are on the liver transp...

    Allowing More Gay Men to Donate Corneas Could Save Sight for Thousands: Study

    U.S. and Canadian restrictions on cornea donations from gay and bisexual men prevent thousands of vision-restoring transplants and need to be changed, researchers say.

    A corneal transplant can cure some forms of blindness and visual impairment. The United States bans men from donating if they have had gay sex in the past five years; Canada has a 12-month restriction.

    The sa...

    COVID-19 Has Taken a Toll on Organ Donation

    Transplants of organs from dead donors haven't slowed during the coronavirus pandemic, but living donor transplants remain suspended in many places, an expert says.

    Dr. Fauzia Butt, a transplant surgeon at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., also said that organ donation and transplant surgery are safe during the pandemic.

    "We've put protocols...

    Hearts From Obese Donors Still Safe: Study

    Hearts donated by severely obese donors aren't more risky for recipients than hearts from people who aren't obese, a new study indicates.

    "These findings were somewhat surprising because the severely obese donors did tend to have more medical problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, than the non-obese donors," said study author Dr. Leora Yarboro. She's an associate professo...

    New Approach Allows Safe Transplant of Kidneys Tainted by Hepatitis C

    New hepatitis C medications are allowing people to receive a kidney transplant from a deceased donor who had the liver disease -- a strategy aimed at getting more lifesaving organs to patients languishing on waitlists.

    Two new studies are highlighting the promise of the approach, showing that if patients are given the drug Mavyret, they can safely receive the kidneys and the organs fu...

    Life-Saving Organ Transplants Plummet During COVID-19 Crisis

    The coronavirus pandemic has affected all areas of medical care, and a new study finds it has delayed potentially life-saving organ transplants.

    Across the United States, transplants from deceased donors dropped 51% from early March to early April, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the researchers found. In France, meanwhile, those procedures plummeted 91%.

    Experts said th...

    Are Doctors Discarding 'Injured' Kidneys That Might Be Used for Transplant?

    Many of the donor kidneys that are discarded each year in the United States could instead be effectively transplanted, a large new study suggests.

    At issue are kidneys from deceased donors that are acutely injured. Right now in the United States, about 30% of those organs are discarded, rather than being given to patients on transplant waitlists.

    But the new study found ...

    Machine Could Expand Pool of Livers for Donation

    Researchers report they have developed a machine that can repair injured livers and keep them alive outside the body for up to a week.

    They said the machine could one day increase the number of livers available for transplant and save the lives of many people with severe liver diseases or cancer.

    Until now, it was only possible to store livers safely outside the body for a f...

    Heart Transplants From Donors With Hepatitis C May Be Safe: Study

    One-year survival rates are similar for transplant patients who receive a heart from a donor with hepatitis C or one without the infectious virus, a new study finds.

    The researchers suggest that using hearts from donors with hepatitis C, a viral infection of the liver, may be safe and could help reduce a U.S. organ shortage.

    The study included nearly 7,900 adults with heart ...

    Racial Bias Seen in Heart Transplants

    Racial bias among health care providers limits black Americans' odds of receiving a heart transplant, a new study finds.

    Researchers asked 422 U.S. physicians, nurses and other hospital decision-makers to review the hypothetical cases of black men and white men with heart failure and to decide if the patients should be referred for a heart transplant.

    The hypothetical cases ...

    Veteran Who Received Penis Transplant Is Doing Well One Year Later

    A U.S. veteran who received a total penis and scrotum transplant last year is faring better than anyone expected, his doctors say.

    In March 2018, the soldier -- who was severely wounded after stepping on a bomb in Afghanistan -- underwent the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant. A team of 11 surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore performed the 14-hour procedure...

    Not All Transplant Centers Use Deceased-Donor Kidneys, Despite Growing Need

    Many U.S. transplant centers accept less-than-ideal kidneys from deceased donors, but their willingness to use such organs varies widely.

    That's the conclusion of a study that examined the use of deceased-donor kidneys at 182 transplant centers nationwide.

    Researchers found big differences among them in use of less-than-ideal kidneys that was not fully explained by the size ...

    Kidney Transplants Between People With HIV Are Successful

    There's good news for people with HIV who get a kidney from a donor who also has HIV: A new study reports high five-year survival rates.

    "A growing number of people with HIV have a need for kidney transplants. Unfortunately, these gifts of life are too often in short supply," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

    Could Profit Be a Factor in Kidney Transplant Decisions?

    In a finding that suggests money may sometimes guide whether someone gets a new kidney, researchers report that patients at U.S. for-profit dialysis centers are less likely to receive a transplant.

    "For-profit dialysis facilities have a higher profit margin when they have more patients on dialysis," while nonprofit centers don't have "the same emphasis on profit margins," explained s...

    Thousands of Kidneys Thrown Away by U.S. Transplant Centers

    When it comes to using kidneys from deceased donors, the United States might want to follow France's example.

    That's according to new research that found kidneys from older donors are much more likely to be used for transplants in France, and if more of those "lower-rated" kidneys were used in the United States, tens of thousands more Americans would receive a kidney transplant.

    ...

    New Moms Can Save a Life By Donating Cord Blood

    Pregnant women should keep in mind that donating their umbilical cord blood could save lives, a clinical cell therapy expert says.

    Cord blood is the blood collected from the umbilical cord and placenta after the birth of a healthy baby, said Fabio Triolo. He is director of the Cellular Therapy Core laboratories at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

    Cord bl...

    Face Transplants Improve Lives Years Later

    Not so long ago, face transplants were considered futuristic medicine, but a new report shows these patients are better off years after their groundbreaking operations.

    Six people who received full or partial face transplants have since had significant restoration of feeling and movement, along with an improved quality of life, surgeons say.

    "From the data, you can see the c...

    Injured Lungs Can Be Regenerated for Transplant: Study

    Severely damaged lungs can be regenerated to be suitable for transplantation, researchers say.

    A transplant is the only lifesaving treatment for people with end-stage lung disease, but donor organs are in short supply.

    Up to 80 percent of donor lungs are rejected due to serious but potentially reversible injuries. Researchers hope to increase the supply of lungs available fo...

    In a World First, Drone Delivers Kidney for Transplant

    In what researchers are calling a groundbreaking achievement, an unmanned drone delivered a new kidney for a 44-year-old Baltimore woman.

    On April 19, the aircraft delivered the donor kidney that was successfully transplanted by a surgical team at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The patient was discharged April 23. Before the operation, she had undergone eight ...

    All Her Organs Were in the Wrong Place, But Rose Bentley Lived to 99

    Before her recent passing at the ripe old age of 99, Rose Marie Bentley harbored a remarkable secret.

    Outwardly, nothing seemed out of place or extraordinary about this longtime resident of Oregon's rural northwest.

    Bentley and her husband had five children and ran a farm and pet supply store in the town of Molalla. She taught Sunday school and sang choir at their United Met...

    Lungs, Hearts Infected With Hepatitis C Still OK for Transplant

    Patients in dire need of an organ transplant can safely receive a new heart or lung from donors who have hepatitis C, a new clinical trial has shown.

    By swiftly administering powerful antiviral drugs, doctors can prevent the organ recipient from contracting hepatitis C following their transplant, said lead researcher Dr. Ann Woolley. She's an infectious disease doctor with Brigham and...

    Surgeons Perform First HIV-Positive Kidney Transplant From Living Donor

    Surgeons in Baltimore have performed the world's first kidney transplant in which both the living donor and the recipient are HIV-positive.

    The success of the operation could potentially make organs more widely available to patients infected with the AIDS virus.

    A 35-year-old Atlanta woman who contracted HIV as a newborn offered one of her kidneys to an HIV-positive stranger...

    Ancestry Matters When Seeking Matched Bone Marrow Donors

    The chances of finding an unrelated bone marrow donor are higher for U.S. patients of European descent than for those of non-European descent, a new study finds.

    A bone marrow transplant can sometimes help people with life-threatening blood cancers by replacing the patient's cells with healthy ones from a donor. A brother or sister with the same genetic markers as the recipient is the...

    Are Scientists Closer to Growing Made-to-Order Kidneys?

    Scientists who used stem cells to grow functional kidneys in rats say their research could point the way to growing new kidneys for humans.

    A shortage of donor kidneys means many people with kidney failure never get a transplant. In the United States alone, 95,000 people are waiting for a new kidney.

    To address shortages of donor organs, scientists are trying to find ways to...

    Someday, a Pig's Heart Might Save a Child's Life

    The supply of donor organs for infants needing a heart transplant is critically low, but researchers have taken a first step toward using pig hearts to fill the need.

    The concept of using animal organs to save human lives has been around for years. With donor organs in short supply, the hope is that animal organs can keep patients alive while they await a human donor.

    One ma...

    Race May Matter for Liver Transplant Success

    Black Americans who receive a liver transplant to treat liver cancer may survive much longer if the new organ comes from a black donor, a new study suggests.

    "Our data are intriguing. But our results require validation," said study author Dr. T. Clark Gamblin, chief of surgical oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

    The researchers analyzed data from near...