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Costa Rica trial starts in organ trafficking case

San Jos - A trial of four doctors and a Greek pizzeria owner accused of running an illegal organ trafficking ring in Costa Rica for wealthy foreigners began on Monday in the capital San Jose.

Medical device heals organs with a single touch

Medical technologists have developed a new device that can switch cell function in order to save failing body functions, via a single touch. The device is a Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT) and injects genetic code into skin cells.

3D printing could solve organ transplant shortage

In U.S., over 10,000 people die every year either awaiting transplantation, or as a result of deteriorating health exacerbated by the shortage of organs, according to a review by Randolph Beard and colleagues.

Wealth, poverty propping up Pakistan's illegal kidney trade

Panjeri - When Pakistani authorities burst into a makeshift hospital in Lahore this year, doctors were caught mid-way through two illegal kidney transplants, the local donors and Omani clients still unconscious on the tables.

Wealth, poverty propping up Pakistan's illegal kidney trade

Panjeri - When Pakistani authorities burst into a makeshift hospital in Lahore this year, doctors were caught mid-way through two illegal kidney transplants, the local donors and Omani clients still unconscious on the tables.

Wealth, poverty propping up Pakistan's illegal kidney trade

Panjeri - When Pakistani authorities burst into a makeshift hospital in Lahore this year, doctors were caught mid-way through two illegal kidney transplants, the local donors and Omani clients still unconscious on the tables.

Essential Science: How pythons regenerate their organs

Pythons are remarkable in many ways and this includes the ability to regenerate their organs. Unlocking the genetic secret of this could aid medics who seek to improve the way people, recover from injuries.

Why researchers need donated brains for study

Organ donation is well-established with many people willing to donate various body parts. Brains are a different matter, with many people unaware they can donate their brain. Yet researchers need brains; we look at why this is important.

Vatican row as China invited to organ transplant meet

Vatican City - Ethics experts and human rights lawyers slammed the Vatican for inviting a top Chinese health official to an organ trafficking summit despite concerns the Asian giant still uses tissue from executed prisoners.

Brazil's Lula to hold vigil for late wife Saturday

S - Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will hold a vigil Saturday for his late wife Marisa Leticia before her remains are cremated, he said.

New organ discovered in the human body

Part of the human digestive system has been reclassified — and, as part of the process, a new organ has been declared. This means the human body now has 79 organs.

China jails 16 for trafficking in organs

Bejing - Sixteen people including two surgeons have been jailed for between two and five years in China for trafficking in human organs, a practice still widespread in the country.

University hospital offers futuristic lung donation tune-up

A novel method has been developed that could double the number of available lungs for transplantation in the U.S. The method renders lungs that might otherwise be rejected as suitable for use.

Top Indian hospital says duped in kidney sale racket

New Delhi - One of India's top hospitals unwittingly removed the kidneys of organ-trafficking victims believing they were donating them to relatives, a hospital spokesman said Saturday, after police arrested five over the racket.

HIV-infected organs successfully transplanted in the U.S.

Members of a Johns Hopkins Medicine team have performed a landmark surgery, successfully transplanting a kidney and liver from an HIV-positive donor to two HIV-positive recipients.

3D printed vertebrae used in pioneering surgery

Sydney - In a pioneering medical study, a patient has been fitted with 3-D printed artificial vertebrae. This is the first time replacement bones for the spine have been created and used in this way.

Cotton candy machine could produce artificial livers

Scientists are using a bizarre device for a key step in the process to produce artificial livers and kidneys: a cotton candy machine.

Fully functional human liver grown in lab

The search for artificial organs continues. In a recent step-forwards, scientists have produced the most realistic lab-grown liver tissue yet seen. This is through lab-on-chip technology.

Laboratory grown intestines 'a success'

Using stem cells taken from the small intestines of human babies and mice, scientists have grown intestinal linings on gut-shaped scaffolds. The breakthrough adds to other research projects where artificial organs have been created.

Blood clot miniaturized onto a chip for drug research

A medical technology company has created a remarkable series of "mini organs," the size of computer chips. The latest development involves creating a blood clot to allow for stroke research.

Serb gangster in Spain 'tried to buy immigrant's kidney'

Madrid - A Serb gangster in Spain was arrested after he attempted to buy a poor immigrant's kidney for 6,000 euros ($6,835) and threatened to kill him if he pulled out of the deal, police said Monday.

Coffee could lower risk of endometrial cancer

New research has found a link between regularly drinking coffee and a 20% decreased risk of endometrial cancer which currently affects around 1 in 37 US women in their lifetime, adding to the potential health benefits of consuming the popular beverage.

DNA smart glue could fix organs together

Researchers are working on creating a so-called DNA ‘smart glue’ that could one day be used to hold together 3-D-printed materials, such as tissues or even organs grown in the laboratory.

New technology for making living tissue

A new method for constructing large tissues from living components of three-dimensional micro-tissues has been developed. Researchers hope that the process can one day building entire organs.

Scientists find new method of diagnosing pancreatic cancer

Scientists appear to have found a more accurate laboratory method for diagnosing pancreatic cancer, based on visual analysis of patient specimens.

3-D method grows miniature pancreas

An innovative 3D method has been used to grow miniature pancreas from progenitor cells. The aim is to use this model to help in the fight against diabetes.

Calls for action against live organ harvesting of Falun Gong Special

Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are said to die each year in China. Evidence reportedly indicates these prisoners are also victims of having their organs harvested by force. Calls for action are being voiced from various corners of the world.

Celebrities back organ donation campaign

The UK government has announced the launch of a new celebrity-backed campaign aimed at increasing organ and stem cell donation rates.

Can sweet music help with organ transplants?

Experiments on mice have shown that playing soothing music during organ transplants leads to faster recoveries and extended life expectancies. The same positive effect could work on people.

HIV-infected organs transplanted to 5 patients in Taiwan

Taipei - Five people are now being treated with anti-AIDS drugs after a hospital mistake resulted in them receiving organs from an HIV-infected man in Taiwan.
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