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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...

HIV-positive organ donation findings

In the first-of-its-kind study since the passage of the US HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (the HOPE Act), which lifted the ban on organ donations from one HIV-positive person to another, researchers report on the quality of these organs.

Technique may extend donor organ life

Researchers at the RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology have developed a new technique that extends in rats the time that donor organs last and can also resuscitate organs obtained after cardiac arrest.

Discarded kidneys more viable than thought

Kidneys from deceased donors that have acute injuries are frequently discarded instead of being used for transplant. However, a Yale University-led study finds that such kidneys may be more viable than previously thought.

World's first successful penis transplant

South African doctors have successfully performed the world's first penis transplant on a 21-year-old man whose organ had been amputated three years ago after a botched circumcision. The nine-hour operation, which took place in December, was part of a pilot study by Tygerberg Hospital and the University of Stellenbosch to help the 250 or so young South African men who lose their penises each year after coming-of-age rituals go wrong.

Study looks at 25 years of transplants

Baylor College researchers analysed 25 years of organ transplant data up to 2012 to concluded organ transplantation saved 2.3m years of life in the US. Each transplant  saved around 4.3 years of life.