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Team NorCal Strikes Gold at 2012 Transplant Games of America
August 31, 2012, Stanford Medicine News

Organ-transplant recipients Jill Nolen, Anna Modlin, Isabel Stenzel Byrnes and Anabel Stenzel won gold in the women's 4x50 medley relay at the 2012 Transplant Games of America. Read more...

Early Activation of Immune Response Could Lead to Better Vaccines
August 30, 2012, Einstein News

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered a new "first response" mechanism that the immune system uses to respond to infection. The findings challenge the current understanding of immunity and could lead to new strategies for boosting effectiveness of all vaccines. Read more...

When the Mango Bites Back
Gardiner Harris
August 27, 2012, NYTimes

Despite decades of immunological research and a recent surge of interest in the bacterial garden of the human gut, diarrhea remains the most unpredictable travel-related illness. Read more...

5 Questions: Yvonne Maldonado on Whooping Cough
August 27, 2012, Stanford Medicine News

In this Q & A, infectious disease expert Yvonne Maldonado discusses who should worry about pertussis and how parents can protect their families Read more...

Viral Paths Toward Cancer Charted By Field Guide To The Epstein-Barr Virus
August 27, 2012, Medical News Today

Researchers from The Wistar Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) have teamed to publish the first annotated atlas of the Epstein-Barr virus genome, creating the most comprehensive study of how the viral genome interacts with its human host during a latent infection. Read more...

U of T and SickKids first to grow lung cells using stem cell technology
August 27, 2012, University of Toronto News

Researchers at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) are paving the way towards individualized medicine for patients with cystic fibrosis. Read more...

Q & A on West Nile Virus
Anahad O'Connor
August 23, 2012, NYTimes

What are the symptoms of West Nile infection? When should you see a doctor? Expert answers to questions about the current outbreak. More than 1,100 reported cases of West Nile outbreak have been reported to the C.D.C. Read more...

The Widespread Problem of Doctor Burnout
Pauline W Chen, MD
August 23, 2012, NYTimes

Up to half of practicing doctors say they experience emotional exhaustion, detachment or a low sense of accomplishment, putting patients and doctors at risk, a new study reports. Read more...

A change of heart: Vincent waits, and finally receives his new heart
Lisa Dutton
July 9, 2012, H News (Canada's Health Care Newsletter)

Since September 4, 2011, Vincent has been kept alive by a mechanical heart—a Berlin heart. He's celebrated Christmas in hospital; he celebrated New Year's in hospital; he celebrated his 15th birthday in hospital. Read more...

Diseases From Animals Hit 2 Billion People a Year
Kate Kelland
July 5, 2012, Reuters

LONDON — A global study mapping human diseases that come from animals like tuberculosis, AIDS, bird flu or Rift Valley fever has found that just 13 such diseases are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths a year. Read more...

Illegal kidney trade booms as new organ is 'sold every hour'
Denis Campbell and Nicola Davison
May 27, 2012,

World Health Organisation estimates 10,000 black market operations involving human organs take place each year. Read more...

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Kidneys for sale: poor Iranians compete to sell their organs
Saeed Kamali Dehghan
May 27, 2012,

In the only country where the organ trade is legal, the streets near hospitals have been turned into a 'kidney eBay'. Read more...