A new study published in Clinical Kidney Journal indicates that the usage of marijuana by kidney donors has no measurable effect upon the outcomes of kidney transplants for donors or recipients. This study is the first to investigate the effect of marijuana use by live kidney donors.
A new flexible sensor developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can map blood-oxygen levels over large areas of skin, tissue and organs, potentially giving doctors a new way to monitor healing wounds in real time. The sensor is made of organic electronics printed on bendable plastic that molds to the contours of the body.
The researchers at the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital have collected a globally unique KidCMP cohort of children with severe cardiomyopathies from the past 21 years, and characterized them genetically. The researchers discovered that the genetic knowledge had direct implications for predicting the disease course and treatment decisions.
Study could transform care for organ transplant recipients.
Sheets of fetal cells integrate into the retina and generate nearly normal visual activity in the brains of blind rats, reports new research published in JNeurosci.
Researchers at Northwestern Medicine have taken the first step in bioengineering the human uterus to treat endometriosis, uterine-factor infertility and endometrial cancer.
Scientists in Japan have found a skeleton key for congenital kidney disease research. Using iPS cells generated from the skin cells of a patient with a nephrin mutation, scientists have successfully developed kidney tissue that exhibits the early stages of congenital kidney disease. Since nephrin abnormalities are commonly found in other types of kidney diseases, these results are expected to unlock several doors in future kidney disease research.
Duke-NUS Medical School and the Singapore General Hospital have, for the first time, successfully cultured skin cells from human tissue-proteins to produce skin grafts for safer treatment of severe burns. The new technique could potentially replace the decades-old method of culturing skin grafts from combined human and animal biological material - the latter is considered high-risk under pharmaceutical GMP standards and the resulting 'xenografts' are limited to the treatment of severe burns or for compassionate use.
A new study has revealed that around one in 10 people are considering opting out of a proposed new system that aims to increase organ donation by presuming consent.
Accepting an organ that has an increased risk of potentially transmitting disease offers a higher one-year survival rate for candidates on the heart transplant list over waiting for an organ with less risk, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Increased risk donors make up a growing number in the donor pool for organs, offering a potential strategy to reduce waitlist mortality for patients awaiting transplant.