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Surgeon says first head transplant could be only 2 years away

Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero predicts that he will be ready to carry out the first head transplant in just two years from now. He says the various medical techniques already exist and he only has to bring them together to succeed.

China renews pledge to stop using executed prisoner organs

Bejing - China will stop its controversial practice of using executed prisoners as a source of transplant organs from next month, a Chinese newspaper reported Thursday, a promise it has made repeatedly in the past.

Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough

Sydney - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

Woman gives birth to world's first womb transplant baby

Paris - A 36-year-old Swede has become the world's first woman to give birth after receiving a womb transplant, doctors said Saturday, describing the event as a breakthrough for infertile women."It was breathtaking.

Woman has baby after womb transplant in world first

Paris - A 36-year-old Swede has become the world's first woman to give birth after receiving a womb transplant, doctors said Saturday, describing the event as a breakthrough for infertile women."It was breathtaking.

Heart cell transplants show 'less promise'

London - A new report argues that using bone marrow stem cells to treat heart disease is less promising than other research findings have suggested.

Swiss team scent breakthrough in nose implant surgery

Paris - Surgeons in Switzerland on Friday said they had carried out the first-ever operations to repair cancer-ravaged noses using tissue grown from the patient's own cartilage cells.

Four women with transplanted wombs receive embryos

Stockholm - Four Swedish women with transplanted uteruses have received test-tube embryos in a cutting-edge bid to fall pregnant, Swedish researchers said Monday."I cannot verify if any of them are pregnant or not," Mats Braennstroem, head of the research team at ...

Could lung transplant rates improve?

Organ transplant patients routinely receive drugs that stop their immune systems from attacking newly implanted hearts, livers, kidneys or lungs, which the body sees as foreign. However, the drugs used might actually trigger the organ rejections.

Canadian transplant survivor launches omega-3 shake Special

Paul Underhill has recently launched a shake that’s formulated with omega 3's, which makes it the first beverage of its kind on shelves in Canada. He developed the shake based on his own formula, designed to help him to recover for a major illness.

Bone marrow transplant did not cure HIV

The HIV virus is back in two patients in Boston who received bone-marrow transplants. The patients did not have detectable levels of virus for months and were thought, by some, to have been 'cured'.

Doctors denied disabled baby a heart transplant

Maverick, six months old, was born with a severe heart defect. He has received two surgeries, but still went into heart failure. Doctors discussed a heart transplant with parents Autumn Chenkus and Charlie Higgs. However, Maverick ended up being denied.

Bone marrow transplant for Gaurav Bains following Asian appeal

Tipton - An appeal for more Asian bone marrow donors in the UK has resulted in a huge increase to the donor register and one little boy looking at a life-saving operation.

New kidney transplant safety test

A simple test that can reveal whether a kidney transplant recipient is at imminent risk of organ rejection has been developed. The test checks urine levels of an immune protein.

FDA issues fecal transplant guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a guidance note about fecal transplants. A fecal transplant involves transferring the stool of a healthy person into the gut of someone with an antibiotic resistant microbe infection.

New support for fecal transplants (update) Special

Fecal therapy is a new method of treating people with infection. However, it is still at the early stages. Now a leading U.S. medical association has come out in support.

High success rate for fecal transplant

Scientists have shown that fecal transplant, transferring the stool of a healthy person into the gut of someone with an antibiotic resistant microbe infection, has a high success rate.

Doctors amazingly grow ear on a cancer victim

While medical science has performed miracles, the ingenuity of innovative medical practitioners can do wonders. This is the case of Sherrie Walter, who lost her ear to cancer two years ago.

Robin Roberts takes leave of absence for bone marrow transplant

Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts announced on Monday that her last day on the show prior to taking a leave of absence will be on Friday. Roberts is taking the medical leave into order to receive a bone marrow transplant.

Video: Avatar inspires scientists to plan brain transplants

Moscow - In the wake of the recent popular movie "Avatar", Russian scientists now have plans to transplant people's brains into robots.

Op-Ed: 'Sorry, Mr. Undocumented Alien! No green card, no kidney.'

Oakland - Don't you hate it when illegal immigrants sneak into our country just so they can get our precious, precious internal organs?

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.

Mother agrees to donate womb to daughter

Eva Ottoson, a 56-year-old from Sweden, is set to become the first woman to have her womb transplanted into her own daughter.

How organ donors are heroes that live on Special

Toronto - It's the hardest time for two families both waiting for doctors to walk down those long hospital corridors. For one the news will be heartbreaking and for the other the words will fill their hearts with hope.

Laboratory-constructed liver offers hope for human transplants

Boston - A team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston succeeded for the first time in building a transplantable liver in the laboratory with the same characteristics as the original organ.

Barcelona hospital announces successful full face transplant

A spokesperson from Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain announced a man injured in a shooting accident had received the entire facial skin and muscles - including cheekbones, nose, lips and teeth - of a donor.

Latin American singer Sandro has died at age 64

In November Sando, the famous Latin America entertainer had a heart and lung transplant. By Monday the entertainer had taken a turn for the worst. Reports now say Sandro has died at age 64.

Kidneys with Cancerous Masses Removed Used in Transplants

A team of surgeons from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have performed transplants on five patients using kidneys from which small cancerous masses had been removed.

Organ transplants can lead to later cancers

Organ transplants save lives. There can also be complications when it comes to having a new organ. The medication that stops the body from rejecting the new organ can also at times cause the body to develop cancer.

Soldier dies after receiving cancerous lung transplant

British soldier, Matthew Millington, 31, died at home in Brown Lees, England after receiving lungs from a donor who was known to have smoked between 30 and 50 cigarettes per day.
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