Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Worth it? A faster transplant but a kidney with hepatitis C

A bold experiment is giving some patients a chance at cutting years off their wait for a kidney transplant if they agree to a drastic-sounding option—getting an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C.

Medical research

British girl's heart heals itself after transplant

(AP) -- British doctors designed a radical solution to save a girl with major heart problems in 1995: they implanted a donor heart directly onto her own failing heart.

Other

Chain results in 10 kidney swaps among strangers

(AP) -- When Matthew Jones decided to donate a kidney to a stranger, the Michigan father of five had no idea he'd be starting a lifesaving, "pay it forward" chain. His kidney donation to a Phoenix woman in 2007 set off a ...

Surgery

New liver transplant rules begin amid fight over fairness

Wilnelia Cruz-Ulloa spent the last months of her life in a New York City hospital, waiting for a donated liver that never came. Doctors had urged the 38-year-old to move to another state that has more organs to go around. ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

First birth via robot-assisted uterus transplant

A boy 48 centimeters long, weighing 2900 grams, is the first baby born after the technological shift in Swedish research on uterine transplantation. The birth, with the planned cesarean delivery (C-section), took place on ...

Cardiology

Sugary stent eases suturing of blood vessels

Reconstructive procedures and organ transplants demand nimble fingers that can restore blood flow by stitching together millimeter-scale arteries. It's a tough ask and time-consuming task for even the most skilled surgeon.

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