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Undergoing surgery with COVID-19 can lead to serious lung complications, study says

Undergoing surgery with COVID-19 can lead to serious lung complications, study says

Health
May 29 (UPI) -- More than half of those who undergo surgery with COVID-19 develop lung complications like pneumonia and serious breathing problems, according to a study published Friday by the journal The Lancet. In addition, nearly 40 percent of those patients died within 30 days, the authors found. Advertisement "Although the risks associated with COVID-19 need to be carefully balanced against the risks of delaying surgery for every individual patient, our study suggests that the thresholds for surgery should be raised, compared to normal practice," co-author Dr. Aneel Bhangu said in a statement. "Medical teams should consider postponing noncritical procedures and promoting other treatment options, which may delay the need for surgery or sometimes avoid it altogether," said Bhangu, a su...
Machine ‘could quadruple’ heart and lung transplants

Machine ‘could quadruple’ heart and lung transplants

Science
The number of heart and lung transplants could quadruple thanks to a "reanimation" machine used in a pioneering operation, a hospital says.The device, developed at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, managed to pump oxygenated blood into both organs in a world-first procedure. The machine can revitalise deteriorating organs allowing "donation after circulatory death" (DCD).Hospital surgeon Pedro Catarino said it was like "recharging the batteries"."It is reanimation and then it replenishes the energy stores of the heart, what we call reconditioning, which allows it be transplanted," he said."We think it could at least double and perhaps quadruple the number of [heart and lungs] available for transplant."He said it was desperate...
Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

Health
Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vapingBy COREY WILLIAMS Associated PressNovember 12, 2019, 3:19 AM3 min read Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping. No other details of the transplant were released Monday by Henry Ford Health System, which has scheduled a news conference Tuesday. The patient has asked his medical team to share photographs and an update to warn others about vaping. The team of medical experts that performed the procedure believes it is "the first double lung transplant in the world for a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged from vaping," the health system said in a news r...
Sandy Ratcliff: Lung condition and excess morphine killed ex-EastEnders actress

Sandy Ratcliff: Lung condition and excess morphine killed ex-EastEnders actress

Entertainment
Former EastEnders actress Sandy Ratcliff died after taking an excessive amount of morphine while suffering from two terminal lung conditions, an inquest has heard.She was one of the BBC soap's original cast members, appearing as cafe owner Sue Osman from 1985 to 1989.Off-screen she battled a heroin addiction for 20 years, an inquest at Poplar Coroner's Court was told.Ratcliff died aged 70 in April, in sheltered housing in north-east London.The actress's first major role was in Ken Loach's Family Life in 1971, in which she played a schizophrenic teenager. Her EastEnders character Sue Osman contended with cot death and her husband's infidelity before she was sectioned and written out of the BBC soap.Ratcliff's other TV appearances after EastEnders included ...
Ground-breaking blood test could reduce lung cancer deaths

Ground-breaking blood test could reduce lung cancer deaths

Technology
A ground-breaking blood test could cut the number of people who die from lung cancer each year.Lung cancer is the third most common cancer but it has a very high mortality rate. Less than 9% of patients survive more than five year after diagnosis - often because it is spotted too late. A trial of 12,209 high-risk patients in Scotland found that those who took the blood test were diagnosed at an earlier stage than those who received standard care.Oncimmune Holdings, the global company that designed the test, said it works by detecting autoantibodies made by the body's immune system as a natural defence against cancer cells.In a statement, it said: "Lung cancer was chosen as the first target of the technology because it is the world's leading cause of cancer-related death and is often detect...