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Michael Eberlein, MD, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Bigger Lungs are Best for Transplant
University of Iowa, August 1, 2013

When it comes to lung transplants, bigger may be better. That's the main finding from a Univ. of Iowa study, which found that oversized lungs lead to improved survival following lung transplants, particularly among patients receiving double-lung transplants. Currently, in the U.S. height is used as a surrogate for lung size for transplant candidates. But Michael Eberlein, clinical assistant professor in internal medicine at the UI, and colleagues came up with a new formula, called "predicted total lung capacity ratio," to find out which size lungs matched best with patients who are candidates for transplants. Read full article →



Oztekin Oto, MD, Dokuz Eylul University Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

Turkey's 1st Pediatric Patient to Receive the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Celebrates 18th Birthday
heraldonline.com, August 1, 2013

Turning 18 years old is an important milestone in any young man's life, but even more so for Yusuf Enec (photo). This time last year, Yusuf wasn't sure he'd live to see it. However, thanks to the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, today he has the chance to celebrate. On Oct. 17, 2012, Yusuf, then 17, became Turkey's first pediatric patient to receive the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart. The surgery was performed by Prof. Oztekin Oto in order to save Yusuf's life and bridge him to a heart transplant. Read full article →



David P Nelson, MD, Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

INTEGRIS Physician is First Oklahoman to Serve on American Society of Transplantation Board of Directors David Nelson, M.D.
integrisok.com, July 25, 2013

David Nelson, M.D., is the chief of the Heart Transplant Medicine Division at the INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute. He was recently selected as the first Oklahoman to serve on the American Society of Transplantation (AST) Board of Directors. Founded in 1982, the AST is an international organization of more than 3200 transplant professionals dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving care by promoting research, education, advocacy, and organ donation. Read full article →



Matthew Fenton, MRCPCH, Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children, London, United Kingdom

Kuwait hospital reaches 500 transplants mark
tradearabia.com, July 14, 2013

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children NHS Foundation Trust in Kuwait have performed their 500th transplant operation involving hearts and lungs. The world-famous hospital reached the milestone after a 25-year history of heart and lung transplants which has been shaped along the way by new technologies and breakthroughs. The 500 transplants figure includes a total of 351 heart transplants, 68 lung transplants and 81 heart-and-lung transplants. Dr Matthew Fenton, consultant paediatric cardiologist and heart transplant doctor at GOSH, said: "During the past 25 years we have made huge progress in technology, treatment and outcomes for children undergoing heart and lung transplants..." Read full article →



Joseph Rogers, MD, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

The Artificial Heart Is Getting a Bovine Boost
New York Times, July 13, 2013

Scientists have long searched for a durable artificial heart that can work as efficiently as the one supplied by nature. Now Carmat, a company based in Paris, has designed an artificial heart fashioned in part from cow tissue. The device, soon to be tested in patients with heart failure, is regulated by sensors, software and microelectronics. And its power will come from two external, wearable lithium-ion batteries. Fifteen years in development, the heart has been approved for clinical trials at cardiac surgery centers in Belgium, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Slovenia, where staff members are receiving training and patients are being screened, said Dr. Piet Jansen, medical director at Carmat. In France, where the device is not yet cleared for human implantation, regulators have requested more animal tests, Dr. Jansen said; those tests are continuing. Artificial hearts aren't new, of course, but the Carmat heart is unusual in its design, said Dr. Joseph Rogers, an associate professor at Duke University and medical director of its cardiac transplant and mechanical circulatory support program. Read full article →



Takahiro Oto, MD, Okayama University Hospital, Okayama, Japan

Three-year-old Japan boy gets lung part from mother
authintmail.com, July 10, 2013

Part of a Japanese woman's lung was transplanted to her three-year-old son Monday in what was described as the world's first successful graft of a middle lobe from a living donor, a hospital said. Lung transplants from living donors usually involve transferring the inferior lobe which has greater breathing capacity. But a middle lobe was transplanted in this case as it is smaller than an inferior lobe and is of the right size for the boy, the Okayama University Hospital said. Takahiro Oto, associate professor of respiratory surgery at the state-run university hospital, said the transplant of a middle lobe would pave the way for saving the lives of babies who have not been able to undergo other types of lung transplant, Kyodo reported. Read full article →



Guilherme H Oliveira, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Acquired viral cardiomyopathy: Country singer Randy Travis' heart condition explained
FoxNews.com, July 9, 2013

Country singer Randy Travis is currently in critical condition at a Dallas hospital, where he is being treated for a serious heart condition called acquired viral cardiomyopathy, according to his publicist. While heart disease is most commonly caused by conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or genetics, Travis' condition is unique. It was caused by a virus. "A virus, like the same type that can sometimes cause the flu, can affect your heart and cause myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart muscle," Dr. Guilherme Oliveira, director of the heart failure and transplant service at University Hospitals Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, told FoxNews.com. Read full article →



Hartmuth B Bittner, MD, PhD and Ahmad Z Chaudhry, MD
Florida Hospital Transplant Institute, Orlando, Florida, USA

Florida Hospital Transplant Physicians Present Lecture
SpaceCoastDaily.com, July 8, 2013

Brevard County physicians attended a special in-depth presentation on heart and lung transplant options available in Central Florida. The presentation, which was held at Amici's restaurant in Suntree, is the first in a new lecture series hosted jointly by BIMDA and the Brevard County Medical Society. "The lectures will be held quarterly, and the goal and purpose is to bring the best of medicine in Florida to the physicians of Brevard County," said Glad Kurian of BIMDA. Featured speakers at the presentation were Dr. Hartmuth Bittner and Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry. Dr. Bittner is the Surgical Director for Heart and Lung Transplants at the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute. Dr. Chaudhry is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Institute. Read full article →



Richard C Daly, MD, Mayo Clinic/St Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Transplant doc says Sandeen doing fine
The Free Press, July 4, 2013

You wouldn't think a world-class transplant surgeon would get tongue-tied and speechless about anything. But that's just what happened when Dr. Richard Daly was asked about the most recent recipient of his heart-transplanting ways. "What's your take on Alyssa Sandeen? What do you make of her?" he was asked. Silence. Then laughter. "That's a funny question," he said. More laughter. Read full article →



John M Ransom, MD, Baptist Health Transplant Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Man inspires others to become an organ donor
KTHV News (CBS), July 3, 2013

The need is real and eye-opening. About 20 people die in the U.S. every day waiting for transplants because of a shortage of donated organs. Mike Strong, 61, has been a patient at Baptist Health since January. He spent 133 days in the intensive care unit... His doctor, John Ransom is Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant Program, was on the team that performed the state's first heart transplant in 1989. "I would like to have seen it come to a finish a lot quicker, but because of our delay in donations, or lack of donations, it's still rewarding to see him do well," said Ransom. Read full article →



Doris A Taylor, PhD, Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas, USA

Tissue engineering: How to build a heart
nature.com, July 3, 2013

Doris Taylor doesn't take it as an insult when people call her Dr Frankenstein. "It was actually one of the bigger compliments I've gotten," she says—an affirmation that her research is pushing the boundaries of the possible. Given the nature of her work as director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Taylor has to admit that the comparison is apt. She regularly harvests organs such as hearts and lungs from the newly dead, re-engineers them starting from the cells and attempts to bring them back to life in the hope that they might beat or breathe again in the living. Read full article →



Robert L Spicer, MD, Children's Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Infant receives first heart transplant at Children's Hospital
KETV via YouTube, July 1, 2013

A 4-month-old girl is the first to receive a heart transplant at Omaha's Children's Hospital and Medical Center. Watch links image




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