In a first, liver and kidney from HIV-infected donor are transplanted into HIV-positive patients

In a first, liver and kidney from HIV-infected donor are transplanted into HIV-positive patients In a first that gives HIV-infected patients yet another chance for long lives, surgeons at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center have transplanted a kidney and a liver from a dead donor who was HIV-positive into two HIV-positive recipients. The transplant surgeries, which used organs donated by the family of an HIV-positive woman, ended a 25-year stretch in which the organs of HIV-infected people willing to donate them were rejected for use in transplants. The experimental procedure follows...
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Brendan Marrocco, US quadruple amputee, gets new arms

Brendan Marrocco, US quadruple amputee, gets new arms   The first US soldier to survive losing four limbs in Iraq has said he is looking forward to swimming and driving after having a double arm transplant. Brendan Marrocco, 26, was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009. He also received bone marrow from the deceased donor of his arms, a therapy intended to help his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication. His surgeon says it will take more than a year to know how fully Mr Marrocco will be able to use the new arms. “The maximum...
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Exercise Guidelines for Transplant Patients

Exercise Guidelines for Transplant Patients “When I was in the operating room before my liver transplant surgery, my team of doctors told me that I was quite healthy except for being in liver failure,” says liver recipient Debbie Pinjuv.  “It seemed like an odd statement to me then, but now I understand what my doctors were saying.  My other organs were still functioning, and I didn’t have a lot of additional medical problems.  The thing that kept me strong and helped me survive the seven year wait on the UNOS National Transplant List...
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National Donor Sabbath: Bringing Awareness and Saving Lives

National Donor Sabbath: Bringing Awareness and Saving Lives You have the ability to help people and save lives during National Donor Sabbath! Partner with your your faith leader and share the message about the critical need for more organ and tissue donors.  Encourage members of your community to register to become organ donors. It is one of the greatest opportunities today for those who seek to do good, pass along life, and help their fellow human beings. Choosing to become an organ donor reflects one’s deepest beliefs about the sanctity and...
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The ‘Facebook Effect’ On Organ Donation

The ‘Facebook Effect’ On Organ Donation Facebook is taking its campaign to boost organ donations to Canada and Mexico this week, four months after its premiere. The feature allows Facebook users to tell their friends and family that they’re registered organ donors.  It also directs people who aren’t signed up as organ donors to the official registries where they live. How’s it working so far?  Between May 1 and middle of September, around 275,000 Facebook users posted their donor status on the site, according to...
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