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First ever opposite lung, living donor lung transplant takes place thanks to 3-D printing
We all are aware that 3-D printing has been helping advance several different types of surgeries. It's doing this in two ways; first by giving surgeons the option of a variety of new types of 3-D printed implants, and second by allowing surgeons to print replica organs for a better understanding of the procedures that they are about to initiate. A ground breaking new surgery was performed at Kyoto University Hospital in Japan. It was the world's first ever living donor lung transplant in which the opposite lung of the donor was implanted into the recipient.
Tiny transplant patient's new heart going strong
The new heart began beating on its own for the first time over the weekend, just a week after it was implanted in Natalie Davis' tiny body.
"I think she did it just for Mother's Day," an elated Jane Davis said. "We could not ask for things to be better."
Diagnosed with a rare life-threatening condition in January that caused her to suffer heart failure, the 5-year-old Greenville girl was put on the transplant waiting list nearly three months ago. She received her new heart on May 3 at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Study weighs leukemia transplant benefits
According to scientists, on average blood stem cell transplants help leukaemia patients survive just as long as those who undergo a bone marrow transplant, a more invasive procedure.
However, scientists say there are long-term benefits to the more complex treatment, as patients with acute forms the blood cancer seem to benefit far more from having bone marrow rather than blood stem cell transplants.
Survey of nurses shows dedicated workforce, but spending more time away from patients
Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily
Preliminary results from a nationwide survey show nurses are widely satisfied with their career paths, although a third report spending more of their time on administrative tasks not directly related to the care of patients than they did five years ago.
Chicago-based CareerBuilder polled more than 900 U.S. nurses between March 11 and March 28 to gauge their current feelings toward their job and its duties while also cataloguing attitudes toward the changes to the industry. Final results will be released in June, although the preliminary statistics depict a workforce that remains dedicated to the job despite being wary about the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
More in need of organ transplants seek their own donors
Paula Campolargo regularly updates her Facebook page, tweets, posts ads on Craigslist, hands out fliers at church and hangs signs on grocery store bulletin boards.
But her two-year-long search has failed to turn up anyone able to give her the kidney that she so desperately needs. "It's disappointing, but I'll never stop," she said. "I can't. There has to be someone out there willing to do it."
As the need for donor organs, especially kidneys, continues to outstrip the supply, more and more people are launching their own searches, with many of them, like Camplargo, turning to social media.
Research to tackle complications of transplantation
Irish Medical Times
NUI Galway's Regenerative Medicine Institute and Orbsen Therapeutics will lead a €6 million EU-funded project to develop new diagnostic tests and a cell therapy for the prevention of immunological complications in people receiving corneal transplants.
Significant decline in portal vein flow velocity observed at 1 month after liver transplantation
Liver transplant patients monitored by Doppler ultrasound showed a significant decrease in portal vein flow velocity 1 month after transplantation that continued to decline during the next 3 years, according to recent study data.
New graduate nursing jobs — A word of encouragement and a bit of advice
By Lori Havens via NursesUSA
"There are no jobs out there for us!" "I thought nursing was supposed to be such a sure thing for job-security, but I can't get a job anywhere!" "All the positions are for experienced nurses only...how am I supposed to get any experience if no one will hire me?" "Nursing shortage? What nursing shortage? If there's such a shortage, why aren't there any jobs?"
This is a typical lament of the newly-graduated nurse, looking for his or her very first job out of school, at least in some parts of the country, and in some situations. I believe that some encouragement is needed, as well as some "sage advice."
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