Science Fiction Comes Alive as Researchers Grow Organs in Lab – WSJ.com

By GAUTAM NAIK MADRID—Reaching into a stainless steel tray, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles lifted up a gray, rubbery mass the size of a fat fist. It was a human cadaver heart that had been bathed in industrial detergents until its original cells had been washed away and all that was left was what scientists call the scaffold. … Continue reading “Science Fiction Comes Alive as Researchers Grow Organs in Lab – WSJ.com”

Doctors track stem cells with nanoparticles during cardiac therapy | Ars Technica

by Akshat Rathi – Mar 22 2013, 8:25am USMST Heart-related diseases are the leading cause of death in the industrialized world. Cardiac stem cell therapy is a promising new way of reducing those numbers, but its application has proven to be less effective than hoped. Now researchers at Stanford University have developed nanoparticles that can … Continue reading “Doctors track stem cells with nanoparticles during cardiac therapy | Ars Technica”

Catholic Church gives its blessing to stem cell research in new book | Fox News

By Jessica Ryen DoylePublished March 22, 2013FoxNews.com In the past 20 years, stem cell research has been thrust into the medical spotlight as celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Christopher Reeve have advocated for it. Also, numerous studies have shown stem cell therapies have successfully treated a plethora of diseases. And now, with the release … Continue reading “Catholic Church gives its blessing to stem cell research in new book | Fox News”

Edinburgh Rugby supporting organ donation : The Edinburgh Reporter

In a bid to help the 600 Scots who are desperately waiting on a life-saving transplant, Edinburgh Rugby is urging fans to have a chat about organ donation and sign-up to the NHS Organ Donor Register. With the team set to take on Ulster at Murrayfield later today, rugby fans are going to be encouraged … Continue reading “Edinburgh Rugby supporting organ donation : The Edinburgh Reporter”

Engineering 3D-Printed Stem Cells | Gizmodo UK

Engineering 3D-Printed Stem Cells Humans Invent – While much has been said on the topic of 3D printing within the context of the maker movement, it is in the medical world where arguably the most important advances are being made. Scientists at the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have recently proven they can print human embryonic … Continue reading “Engineering 3D-Printed Stem Cells | Gizmodo UK”

Energy drinks may increase blood pressure, disturb heart rhythm

Researchers analyzed data from seven previously published observational and interventional studies to determine how consuming energy drinks might impact heart health. In the first part of the pooled analysis, the researchers examined the QT interval of 93 people who had just consumed one to three cans of energy drinks. They found that the QT interval … Continue reading “Energy drinks may increase blood pressure, disturb heart rhythm”

Transplant recipient’s courageous fight

Updated: Thursday, 21 Mar 2013, 6:09 AM EDT Published : Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013, 12:19 PM EDT Pat Hoffmann FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – One of Indiana’s most vocal supporters for organ donation is once again locked into a battle for her life, but Leah Smith is used to beating long odds. The Auburn native … Continue reading “Transplant recipient’s courageous fight”

Organ transplant law gives hope to dialysis patients :: cayCompass.com

By: Norma Connolly | norma@cfp.ky21 March, 2013 Just two days after World Kidney Day was observed in the Cayman Islands, lawmakers passed legislation legalising kidney and other organ donations and transplants. The new law will, for the first time, allow the removal and implantation of organs and tissue from living or dead people to a … Continue reading “Organ transplant law gives hope to dialysis patients :: cayCompass.com”

Pittsburgh researchers aim to create compact, portable artificial lung in 5 years | TribLIVE

By Debra Erdley Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 11:56 p.m. Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Pittsburgh researchers have set a five-year goal to develop a compact artificial lung that could be worn in a fanny pack and received a $3.4 million federal grant to help make it happen. William Federspiel, a professor of bioengineering at the … Continue reading “Pittsburgh researchers aim to create compact, portable artificial lung in 5 years | TribLIVE”

Saving lives: Professor’s revolutionary transplant machine – The Express Tribune

By News DeskPublished: March 19, 2013 A machine invented in Oxford that breathes life into organs outside the body could transform the way transplant operations are carried out, The Oxford Times reported. The device, which has already been used to help transplant a liver but could be adapted for organs such as kidneys and lungs, … Continue reading “Saving lives: Professor’s revolutionary transplant machine – The Express Tribune”