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The Power of Two

A story of twin sisters, two cultures, and two new chances at life.

Inspired by their 2007 memoir, "The Power Of Two" offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) and miraculous survival through double lung transplants. Defying all odds, Ana and Isa have emerged as authors, athletes and global advocates for organ donation, and their connection to the CF and transplant communities provides rare insight into the struggles - and overlooked joys - of chronic illness. Read more ...

Pa. girl doing well after 2nd lung transplant

Boston.com, June 29, 2013

A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose parents sued to challenge national lung transplant rules received a second set of lungs after the first failed, and her family said she has taken some breaths on her own. However, she faces another operation because of complications from previous procedures. Read more ...

Lung transplant in the offing at PGI

The Times of India, June 25, 2013

CHANDIGARH: If all goes well, PGI will be the first public sector hospital to introduce lung transplant in the country. With it, the institute will be equipped with all organs' transplant facilities. Recently, the Centre had given approval to start heart transplant in the institute. Read more ...

Change of heart makes case for donors

Grateful: Magistrate Brian Maloney now needs a liver.

The Sydney Morning Herald, June 16, 2013

The sun was shining, his beloved Sydney Roosters had flogged NRL grand finalists the Bulldogs 38-nil the night before, and magistrate Brian Maloney could not wipe the smile off his face. "What a great day to have a heart transplant," he said as his wife drove him across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was Saturday, April 13, and he was on his way to St Vincent's Hospital. That morning, he had received a life-changing phone call: "We have a possible donor, could you please come in sometime in the next two hours?" He was there in just one. The phone call had floored the usually ebullient magistrate. "My god. It's happening now," was all he could think. "You don't jump around like you've had a lotto win." Read more ...

HHS releases new Public Health Service guideline to reduce disease transmission through organ transplantation

Updated recommendations can reduce unexpected disease transmission in organ recipients

HHS.gov Press Release, June 19, 2013

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new guideline to improve patient safety by reducing unexpected disease transmission through organ transplantation. This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) guideline for preventing transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through organ transplantation and adds guidance for reducing unexpected transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) through organ transplants. Read more ...

Selling Your Organs: Should it be Legal? Do You Own Yourself?

Forbes, June 13, 2013

Imagine your little girl needs a heart transplant. If she gets it in time, she'll live a long, healthy life. Without it, your child has, at most, one year to live. You put her on a heart donor waiting list, full of hope. A year—surely that's plenty of time. But then, the days bleed into weeks, the weeks into months and you watch your child slowly lose her valiant battle. Time is running out. You don't want to believe it. You tell yourself a donor will be found, has to be found. Read more ...

Would You Accept DNA From A Murderer?

NPR, June 10, 2013

Modern medicine and technology can change the way we define our physical and psychological selves. Is a prosthetic arm "your own arm" in the same sense that its biological predecessor seemed to be? Might taking antipsychotic medication fundamentally change your personality? Could an organ transplant from a pig, or from a violent murderer, somehow change who you are? Read more ...

SLU research team awarded $1.4M to develop novel mechanical circulatory support device

News Medical, Jun 6, 2013

A research team led by Theodosios Alexander, Sc. D., Dean of Parks College Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University, was awarded $1.4 million (GBP886k) by the Invention for Innovation (i4i) Program of the National Institute for Health Research to develop a novel mechanical circulatory support device. The proposal is titled TURBOCARDIA: Mechanical Circulatory Support Installed via Minimally Invasive Surgery. Read more ...

Poop Transplants: Do They Really Work?

My Health News Daily, May 30, 2013

The benefits of "poop transplants" for treating the bacterial infection Clostridium difficile may not be quite as great as some recent studies have suggested, researchers responding to a study on the treatment published earlier this year say. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January, tested the effectiveness of fecal transplants in patients with recurring Clostridium difficile (or C. diff), a condition that causes severe diarrhea. During fecal transplants, fecal matter from a donor is mixed with water and delivered to patients' colons through a tube. Read more ...

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