Technological advancements extend long-term survival of transplanted hearts across species – Medical News Today

Tuesday 29 April 2014 – 2am PST Cardiac transplantation is the treatment of choice for end stage heart failure. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health, approximately 3,000 people in the US are on the waiting list for a heart transplant, while only 2,000 donor hearts … Continue reading “Technological advancements extend long-term survival of transplanted hearts across species – Medical News Today”

Applying lessons from NASA helps manage threats and errors in pediatric cardiac surgery – Medical News Today

Tuesday 29 April 2014 – 2am PST All high-stakes industries that function at very high “6-sigma” safety levels have a pre-occupation with human error. The aviation industry epitomizes this concept; during the 1970s NASA and aviation researchers realized that humans are the least reliable resource in the cockpit. Subsequent research into >30,000 flights has confirmed … Continue reading “Applying lessons from NASA helps manage threats and errors in pediatric cardiac surgery – Medical News Today”

Parents of severely ill children see benefits as caregivers, says study – Medical News Today

Tuesday 29 April 2014 – 12am PST Benefits often coexist with the negative and stressful outcomes for parents who have a child born with or later diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, says a recent study led by a researcher at the University of Waterloo. While the challenges are numerous and life-changing and stress levels high, … Continue reading “Parents of severely ill children see benefits as caregivers, says study – Medical News Today”

Researchers investigate ways to improve transplant outcomes – Medical News Today

There are 107,653 people awaiting a kidney transplant in the US, while 16,420 await a liver transplant. Although the waiting lists are long, health care professionals face the difficult task of ensuring organ donations are suitable in order to maximize longevity and health of patients, as well as ensuring transplant procedures do not affect the … Continue reading “Researchers investigate ways to improve transplant outcomes – Medical News Today”

HeartWare: Saving kids waiting for transplants | abc30.com

Margot KimĀ  Sunday, April 27, 2014 FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — When children experience heart failure, they often need a transplant to replace their defected organ, but waiting can take time. Now, there’s a new device that helps the heart do its job — without stopping a kid from being a kid. It doesn’t look like … Continue reading “HeartWare: Saving kids waiting for transplants | abc30.com”

High school graduation for heart transplant baby

Jamie Lampros, Standard-Examiner correspondent Apr 27 2014 – 12:21pm SYRACUSE – Alex Douthett came into this world with very little chance of surviving. Even after he received a heart transplant, his parents were told he probably wouldn’t make it past the age of 8. In May, Alex will graduate from Syracuse High School. The 18 … Continue reading “High school graduation for heart transplant baby”