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Expanding donor list shortens heart transplant wait times, study finds

Expanding donor list shortens heart transplant wait times, study finds

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Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Accepting hearts from older donors and those with some chronic health conditions allowed surgeons at Yale New Haven Hospital to perform more transplants and reduce the time recipients spent on the waiting list, without negatively impacting safety and health, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. With the changes, the hospital was able to more than quadruple the number of heart transplants it performed and cut the average time recipients were on the waiting list by nearly 200 days, the researchers said. Advertisement The findings suggest that a more "inclusive" approach to selecting donor hearts and transplant recipients can enable hospitals to successfully treat more patients who need transplants, they said. "We ... made strategic changes in donor an...
Two-thirds of people on heart transplant lists survive at least a year, study finds

Two-thirds of people on heart transplant lists survive at least a year, study finds

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Aug. 12 (UPI) -- More than two-thirds of people on a waiting list for heart transplants survive for at least one year until a donor organ becomes available, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Cardiology found. Thirty years ago, just over 33% of people on waiting lists lived for a year or more, the researchers said. Advertisement "In the decades of evolution and growth since heart transplantation began as a field, patients have a greater chance of living longer while waiting for a heart transplant," study co-author Elizabeth Godfrey, a student at Baylor College of Medicine, told UPI. "We believe this is due to many factors, but one likely contributing factor is that the care of patients with end-stage heart disease -- from technology, to medications, to the protocols we use -- has advance...
Connie Culp, 1st US partial face transplant recipient, dies

Connie Culp, 1st US partial face transplant recipient, dies

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The recipient of the first partial face transplant in the U.S. has died almost a dozen years after the groundbreaking operationBy RON TODT Associated PressAugust 1, 2020, 6:01 PM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Connie Culp, the recipient of the first partial face transplant in the U.S., has died at 57, almost a dozen years after the groundbreaking operation. The Cleveland Clinic, where her surgery had been performed in 2008, said Saturday that Culp died Wednesday at the Ohio clinic of complications from an infection unrelated to her transplant. Dr. Frank Papay, who is the chair of Cleveland Clinic’s dermatology and plastic surgery institute and was part of Culp's surgical team, called her “an incredibly brave, vibrant woman and an inspiration to many." “Her st
Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

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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...
Pembrokeshire girl, 10, dies waiting for lung transplant

Pembrokeshire girl, 10, dies waiting for lung transplant

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Media playback is unsupported on your device A 10-year-old girl on a waiting list for an emergency double lung transplant has died before a donor could be found.Belle Curran had the rare condition Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), which meant she required a constant supply of oxygen and had to use a wheelchair.Belle, from Pembrokeshire, was diagnosed aged two and had been on the Great Ormond Street transplant list for 18 months.The Belle's Story Facebook page confirmed she died on Friday.Belle, from Wolf's Castle near Haverfordwest, had won lots of bravery awards and inspired many groups and individuals to raise money for charity.She was taken behind the scenes at her favourite TV show Masterchef, visiting the studio in London and met presenter...