Finding your perfect organ match online
Today's Baltimore Sun has an article about a patient, frustrated over the long wait for a kidney transplant, who typed into Google I NEED A KIDNEY and much to his surprise he received a response that resulted in a matching donor coming to his aid. Read the article.
Transplants dip as China takes criticism to heart
The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia posted a story indicating there may be a slow down in organ transplants in China because fewer prisoners are being executed for their organs. They say this is due to world criticism of the practice. Read the article.
Heart Surgery: Device Helps Patients Survive, Regain Function Until Transplant
Science Daily reports that a new generation of implanted heart-assisting pump does very well at helping severely ill heart-failure patients survive, and thrive, until they receive a heart transplant, a new study shows. The experimental device is called the HeartMate II® left ventricular assist device or LVAD. It is one of four in a new generation of heart-assisting implants that push the blood out of the heart in a continuous flow, rather than a pulsing flow approach used in older devices already on the market. Read the story.
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