COPD, ILD patients may not benefit from bilateral lung transplant listing

(HealthDay)—While an unrestricted listing strategy does not seem to impact overall survival among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or interstitial lung disease (ILD) awaiting lung transplant, it may increase the number of transplants performed, according to a study published in the February issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Michaela R. Anderson, M.D., from the Columbia […]

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Study reveals gut microbes may help protect people having a bone marrow transplant

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) reported results from a new study that looks at the likelihood of complications for people undergoing bone marrow transplants (BMTs). The observational study found that people with lower gut microbiota diversity before having a transplant appear to be at higher risk for developing complications. These findings further support evidence that the connection […]

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Father with cystic fibrosis gets lung transplant fourth time lucky

Father with cystic fibrosis who recorded poignant messages for his twins to remember him by receives new lung after three false alarms James Beeching, 36, has had the incurable genetic condition since he was two  Three lung transplants fell through, as his condition deteriorated His heartwrenching video on Facebook, talking to his twins, got 16,000 shares He finally got a […]

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Donor hearts at increased disease risk offer better survival rates for transplant recipients

Accepting an organ that has an increased risk of potentially transmitting disease offers a higher one-year survival rate for candidates on the heart transplant list over waiting for an organ with less risk, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Increased risk donors make up a growing number in the donor pool […]

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