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Nephrologists urge early screening for high-risk kidney disease

South African experts believe it is crucial to get the balance right between scaling up kidney dialysis capacity and investing in transplantation, and called...

Pig kidney transplant patient discharged from hospital

The recipient of the world’s first pig kidney transplant was discharged from Massachusetts General Hospital last week, nearly two weeks after the surgery, to continue his...

US team performs first pig-to-human kidney transplant

An American man with end-stage renal disease has become the first person to receive a new kidney from a genetically modified pig, marking huge...

Organ harvesting syndicates exploit Kenyan youth

Poverty is driving young men to sell their kidneys to organ harvesting syndicates in Kenya, with one man saying he earned nearly US$1 000...

World’s first human eyeball transplant

American surgeons have performed the world’s first transplant of an entire human eye, an extraordinary addition to a face transplant – although it’s too...

Man survives a day without lungs, thanks to breast implants

In an innovative procedure recently, the diseased lungs of a 34-year-old American man were completely removed from his body, an “artificial lung” did their...

Pig-heart transplant patient dies

The US man who had received a new heart from a genetically modified pig nearly six week ago died on Monday, University of Maryland...

UK girl gets kidney transplant without lifelong drugs

A “reprogrammed” immune system, thanks to a stem cell transplant from her mother, means an eight-year-old girl in Britain is spared the ordeal of...

Kidneys from dying newborns could save more lives, experts say

While some countries – like Britain and America – carry out a few transplants each year using kidneys from babies who died during or...

Second pig-into-human heart transplant in US

Baltimore surgeons have transplanted the heart of a genetically altered pig into a man with terminal heart disease who had no other hope for...

Pig kidney functions in brain-dead man’s body

A pig’s kidney transplanted into a brain-dead man is still functioning normally after more than a month, a critical step towards an operation the...

First UK womb transplant with donated uterus

In the first British case of its kind, surgeons carried out a womb transplant on a woman with a rare condition who received a uterus donated...

Donor liver protects heart transplant in US dual organ surgery

In a historic surgical procedure, an American patient received two donor organs, a liver and a heart, to prevent the extreme likelihood that her...

Higher mortality in heart transplants from Covid donors, analysis finds

Adult heart transplant recipients from donors with active Covid-19 infection had higher mortality at six and 12 months than those with transplants from donors...

Scientists a step closer to building artificial heart for human transplantation

Heart disease is deadly, in part because the heart, unlike other organs, cannot repair itself after injury. That is why tissue engineering, ultimately including the...

Kidneys infected with hepatitis C can be safely transplanted

Kidneys from deceased donors with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection can be safely transplanted into non-infected recipients when a regimen of direct-acting antiviral therapies...

'Piggy-backing' extends human lung survival and healing

A Vanderbilt and Columbia universities team extended the current six-hour window for human lungs outside the body to 24, as well as triggered damaged...

Liver perfusion could save 7 in 10 rejected donor livers

A major study investigating the effectiveness of liver perfusion as a technique to improve the function of donor livers that would have otherwise been...

New cell therapy prevents immunosuppression-related side effects

A large international study coordinated by University Hospital Regensburg and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has demonstrated the safety of new cell therapy approaches for...

Swiss transplantation breakthrough keeps human livers alive for a week

Until now, livers could be stored safely outside the body for only a few hours. With the novel perfusion technology, livers – and even...

Less-than-perfect kidneys can be successfully used for transplants

Based on findings from researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine it has been strongly recommended that harvested kidneys with acute kidney injury (AKI) no longer...

Chinese organ donation statistics may have been falsified

The Chinese government may have been systematically falsifying its organ donation numbers, raising renewed concerns over the use of executed prisoners and other forced...

Wits boosts organ donor numbers with new procurement strategy

The Wits Transplant Unit substantially increased organ donor numbers after revising the way they communicate with families and medical staff after a potential donor...

Transplanting hep-C kidneys to uninfected donors new standard of care — study

Transplantation of kidneys from hepatitis C-infected donors to uninfected recipients is safe and can be successfully implemented as a standard of care, according to...

Severely damaged lungs can be regenerated to transplant criteria

Lung transplantation, the only life-saving therapy for an increasing population of patients with end-stage lung disease, is severely limited by the number of available...

Hepatitis C eradicated in patients following heart transplants

Nine patients at Penn Medicine have been cured of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) following lifesaving heart transplants from deceased donors who were infected...

The complex reasons behind SA's organ donor shortage

While religious and cultural practices play a role in the acute shortage of organ donations, her extensive research as identified other critical factors, writes...

World-first SA liver transplant results support a review of ethics policies

The successful, world-first liver transplant between an HIV-positive woman and her HIV-negative infant, undertaken in South Africa has delivered results, reported in the academic journal...

Transplants with hepatitis C-infected kidneys disease free at 1 year

In a small study, doctors at Johns Hopkins have successfully transplanted 10 hepatitis C-infected kidneys into patients without hepatitis C and prevented the patients...

Transplanting lungs from those over 60 a viable option

With a scarcity of lungs available for transplantation, the use of lungs from donors older than age 60 has been shown to achieve reasonable...

Top UK university used overseas patients as research guinea pigs

Experimental implants that should only have been used in laboratory or animal tests were sent abroad and used on patients who were treated like...

Penile transplant surgery in SA questioned – Stellenbosch study

Roughly 250 traditional circumcisions lead to penile amputation every year in South Africa, with one response being penile transplantation, as carried out in 2014...

SA penile transplant man leading a normal life

Pen ile transplantation restored normal physiological functions in a South African man who is the world's first transplant recipient, without major complications in the...

Gene-edited piglets opening door to animal organ transplants

In a striking advance that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might...

First double hand transplant child can now write, feed and dress independently

The world's first double hand transplant in a child has been successful under carefully considered circumstances, according to a study in The Lancet. The study...

Patients transplanted with HCV kidneys successfully cured

Ten patients at Penn Medicine have been cured of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) following lifesaving kidney transplants from deceased donors who were infected...

Desensitising antibodies lowers heart rejection risk

The risk of heart transplant rejection can be reduced by desensitising patient antibodies, according to research presented at Heart Failure 2017 and the 4th...

Why I gave my kidney to a stranger — and why you should, too

Becoming part of a chain of donations can unlock literally dozens of life-saving interventions. Dylan Matthews explains in Vox why he donated his kidney...

Team finds way to keep lung functioning outside the body

A multidisciplinary team for the first time maintained a fully functional lung outside the body for several days. In a US study, they describe...

World first lung surgery saves Canadian woman's life

In what is believed to be the first procedure of its kind in the world, doctors in Canada have saved a young mother’s life...