FRIDAY, May 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Even before the pandemic, the demand for donor kidneys far exceeded supply. That shortfall only worsened when hospitals started refusing to use kidneys from COVID-positive donors. However, new research now suggests that kidneys from deceased COVID-19 patients have almost zero risk of viralContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) — As health experts around the world try to understand why nearly 200 children in 12 countries have fallen seriously ill with severe hepatitis, doctors in Alabama are investigating nine such cases in that state. In each case, seemingly healthy kids ended up inContinue Reading

MONDAY, April 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The World Health Organization said it is investigating an outbreak of acute hepatitis among children that now involves 11 countries, including the United States. Among the 169 reported cases, at least one child has died from this inflammation of the liver and 17Continue Reading

SATURDAY, April 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) — As Americans stepped up their drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic, liver disease and transplants surged. Between March 2020 and January 2021, the number of U.S. patients with alcohol-associated liver disease who received a new liver or were wait-listed for a transplant was 50%Continue Reading

FRIDAY, April 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Alcohol abuse is a known cause of liver disease. But one in four adults worldwide has a liver condition not connected to drinking that ups the risk of heart disease, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)Continue Reading

THURSDAY, Feb. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) — It’s possible to create “universal” donor organs that would eliminate the need to match transplant donor and recipient blood types, researchers report. “With the current matching system, wait times can be considerably longer for patients who need a transplant depending on their bloodContinue Reading

MONDAY, Feb. 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic brought a big jump in hospitalizations for life-threatening alcoholic hepatitis at a Detroit health system, new research shows. Alcoholic hepatitis is a liver disease caused by heavy drinking, and these findings add to mounting evidence thatContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Jan. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) — In response to claims that a man was denied a heart transplant because he refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said Wednesday that its transplant policies mirror those used across the United States. In a crowdfunding appealContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Jan. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) — COVID-19 is changing medicine in yet another way: A new study finds that patients with COVID-related lung damage now account for nearly one in 10 lung transplants in the United States. The researchers analyzed data on more than 3,000 lung transplants nationwide betweenContinue Reading