In The News - Volume 1 - Issue 22 - December 13, 2015

Penis Transplants Being Planned to Help Wounded Troops
Within a year, maybe in just a few months, a young soldier with a horrific injury from a bomb blast in Afghanistan will have an operation that has never been performed in the United States: a penis transplant.
The organ will come from a deceased donor, and the surgeons, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, say they expect it to start working in a matter of months, developing urinary function, sensation and, eventually, the ability to have sex.
Dec 7/15

Respiratory virus infections linked to complication in lung transplant recipients
Recent findings published in Clinical Infectious Diseases suggested that symptomatic respiratory virus infection is independently associated with the occurrence of chronic lung allograft dysfunction, a complication in lung transplant recipients that causes long-term allograft failure and death.
Researchers evaluated 250 adults who received a lung transplant at the University of Washington Medical Center between January 2007 and May 2012 to determine whether patients who develop respiratory virus infections were more likely to develop CLAD. They adjusted the results for age, type of transplantation (bilateral vs. single lung), acute rejection and cytomegalovirus (CMV) pneumonia.
Dec 9/15

Scots government 'not opposed' to opt-out organ donation
The Scottish government would consider an organ donation opt-out if a similar system trialled in Wales goes well.
Health minister Maureen Watt said she was not opposed to the idea of an opt-out system "in principle".
However, she voiced concerns about the Transplant Bill featuring a "soft opt-out" put before the Health and Sport Committee by Labour's Anne McTaggart.
She said "real progress" has been made, with transplant numbers up and the waiting list down 20% since 2007.
Dec 8/15

Hyderabad : 1st heart transplant at Nims
HYDERABAD: In a first, a team of doctors at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (Nims) performed a heart transplantation on a 30-year-old woman on Thursday, thereby becoming the first state-run hospital in Telangana to achieve this feat. The team led by Dr R V Kumar, head of Cardio Thoracic Surgery department, and Dr Gopinath, head of anaesthesiology department, Nims, swung into action at 11pm on Wednesday when they received information about the availability of a donor heart at Yashoda Hospital. The donor heart came from P Vinay Kumar, 20, a resident of Adilabad, who met with an accident in Warangal on Saturday and was undergoing treatment at Yashoda. He was declared brain-dead on Tuesday.
Dec 11/15