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nov links image Abbas Ardehali, MD
UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA, USA

First 'breathing lung' transplant in US performed at UCLA
27 Nov 2012, ABC News

A local man became the first in the country to receive a "breathing lung" transplant in mid November. A team of doctors and nurses at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center were able to keep a set of donor lungs alive and breathing outside of the body as they're transported into the operating room. Experts said it's a medical breakthrough that could save thousands of people who die every year waiting for a transplant. Read more...

links image Charles D Fraser, Jr, MD
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas, USA

Baby Born with Heart Outside Body Makes Medical History
23 Nov 2012, Fox News Latino

A baby girl born with her heart outside her chest survived a high-risk surgery and doctors believe she will have a healthy, long life. "I personally have only seen this condition a few times in my career and these are always very tricky cases," said Surgeon-in-Chief Dr. Charles D. Fraser. "In fact, many of these babies do not survive." Read more...

links image Harold Lazar, MD
Boston University Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Relevance Of SCIP Benchmarks Questioned Among Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patients
13 Nov 2012, Medical News Today

Cardiothoracic surgeons and endocrinologists from Boston Medical Center (BMC) have found that among patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, achieving Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) benchmarks for glycemic control may be irrelevant when perioperative continuous insulin infusion protocols are implemented. These findings appear on-line in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Read more...

links image Sir Magdi Yacoub
Imperial College London, Harefield, Middlesex, United Kingdom

The heart swap patient given five years to live ... 30 years ago! Longest surviving patient celebrates anniversary with surgeon who saved his life
8 Nov 2012, Mail Online

After John McCafferty had a heart transplant he was told he could hope to live for five more years. Yesterday he broke down in tears as he was reunited with the surgeon who performed that operation—30 years ago. Mr McCafferty, Britain's longest-surviving heart transplant recipient, cried during the celebration at Harefield Hospital where he was joined by his surgeon, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub. Read more...

links image Gregor Warnecke, MD
Hannover Medical University, Hannover, GERMANY

Portable Storage Device Points to Better Lung Transplants
10 Oct 2012, Reuters via

Scientists have successfully tested a portable device to prepare lungs for transplant, potentially boosting the number of organs available and reducing the risk the operation will fail. The Organ Care System, which has been tested on 12 patients in Germany and Spain, allows donor lungs to be prepared and preserved for transplant at body temperature, keeping them in better condition than the usual practice of cooling them down, according to results of a study published in the Lancet. Gregor Warnecke at the Hanover Medical School in Germany told Reuters the device could significantly increase the number of lungs available for transplant. Read more...

links image Eugenia Raichlin, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Man needing new heart has 'miracle' recovery
25 Sep 2012, Victoria Cavaliere, New York Times

A 23-year-old Nebraska man suffering from toxic blood poisoning stunned doctors after undergoing a "miraculous" recovery in which his failing heart suddenly mended itself. Doctors still don't have any medical answers as to how Michael Crowe overcame a dangerous and untreatable viral infection that caused his heart to shut down. Read more...

links image Nahush A. Mokadam, MD
University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, USA

Alaska man with artificial heart gets transplant at UW
12 Sep 2012, The Seattle Times

Christopher Marshall the first total-artificial-heart patient in the Northwest who was able to leave the hospital while waiting for a donor heart, received that new heart Wednesday in a seven-hour surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center. Read more...