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Type 1 diabetes: New pancreatic cell transplant system shows promise
A new way of preparing insulin-producing implants of donor pancreatic cells promises to improve transplant effectiveness and reduce ensuing complications.
Where antibiotics fail, 'bacteria-eating' viruses may prevail
Researchers have successfully used a mix of 'bacteria-eating' viruses to treat a dangerous, antibiotic-resistant infection in a chronically ill patient.
New stem cells could be 'universally transplanted'
Researchers have designed a type of stem cell that should be able to withhold transplantation into any recipient without facing rejection.
World's first penis and scrotum transplant complete
The first total penis and scrotum transplant has now been performed by a team of Johns Hopkins surgeons. The recipient, they say, 'is recovering well.'
Organ donations from overdose deaths could alleviate crisis
We are facing an organ donation crisis, with patients on the waiting list at high risk of early death. How safe is the use of organs from overdose deaths?
Under-skin transplants show promise for type 1 diabetes
Using tissue engineering, researchers show a way forward for treating type 1 diabetes by implanting insulin-producing islet cells under the skin.
New method for organ transplant monitoring promises better care for patients
Using a combination of DNA sequencing and computer science techniques, a team of researchers has developed a new method for monitoring the health of organ transplant patients - one that promises to...
US transplant centers frequently refuse deceased donor kidneys
A new study indicates that deceased donor kidneys are typically offered and declined many times before being accepted for transplantation.
Donor-recipient tissue mismatch analysis may help personalize treatment after transplant
Researchers have found that a detailed examination of the degree of tissue type mismatch between donors and recipients can help determine how much medication an individual recipient will need after...
Engineered liver tissue expands after transplant
Tiny implantable 'seeds' of tissue produce fully functional livers.Many diseases, including cirrhosis and hepatitis, can lead to liver failure.
18 months after double hand transplant, child is now able to write, and feed and dress himself independently
The world's first double hand transplant in a child has been successful under carefully considered circumstances.
Graft-versus-host disease: Types, treatment, and outlook
Graft-versus-host disease, or GVHD, is a serious condition that can be fatal. It is an immune response, and it can be chronic or acute. It arises as a complication of stem cell transplant treatment, which is given for some types of cancer. Treatment aims to suppress the immune system. Find out more.
Kidney transplants: Many discarded kidneys could prolong life
A new study shows that many discarded kidneys, even those with poor biopsy results, could have been kept for transplants in the future, research shows.
Earliest molecular events leading to organ rejection identified in mice
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Toronto have uncovered the first molecular steps that lead to immune system activation and eventual rejection of a...
Kidney graft success - does age and sex matter?
New study hints at the role of estrogen in graft success and suggests that patients could benefit from personalized immunosuppression strategies.
3-D-printed scaffolds restore ovary function in infertile mice
Infertile female mice ovulate, mate, give birth to pups, and nurse them, after researchers implant them with bioprosthetic ovaries made using 3-D printing.
Study finds low rate of cancer screening among transplant patients
People who have received organ transplants are at higher risk of developing and dying of cancer than the general population.
New anti-rejection drug reduces weight gain and enhances outcomes for liver transplant recipients
Researchers have discovered that a new anti-rejection drug that is gentler on the kidneys after liver transplant also reduces weight gain, which is common after surgery and can lead to serious...
Testing urine for particular proteins could be key to preventing kidney transplant failure
Testing for molecular markers in the urine of kidney transplant patients could reveal whether the transplant is failing and why, according to research presented at the 27th European Congress of...
Pancreas transplant: Use, what to expect, and recovery
The pancreas is a key organ in the body, responsible for converting food into energy and secreting hormones. However, some conditions mean that the pancreas needs to be removed and replaced. Who needs a pancreas transplant, and what should be expected? This article explores the benefits and risks of pancreas surgery.
Donor-recipient weight and sex mismatch may contribute to kidney transplant failure
A new study indicates that the success of a kidney transplant may rely in part on a kidney donor's weight and sex, factors that are not typically considered when choosing a recipient for a deceased...
Researchers discover test for earlier detection of transplant rejection
Approximately 30,000 organ transplants occur in the United States each year.
Use of opioid pain medications may affect liver transplant patients' survival
An analysis of nearly 30,000 patients undergoing liver transplantation in the United States between 2008 and 2014 found elevated death and organ loss rates in the first 5 years after...
Timing of anti-donor antibody responses affects the survival of kidney transplants
New research provides insights on transplant recipients' antibody responses against donor kidneys and how the timing of those responses can have important implications.
Exploring the cause of chronic lung transplant rejection, in a quest to stop it
For patients affected by lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis and others, cures for their diseases are incredibly rare, if not...
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