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The BiVACOR artificial heart: developed in Queensland Australia

The BiVACOR artificial heart: developed in Queensland Australia | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This story is about a new type of artificial heart which has been developed in Australia and is now being trialed in a large animal model. This type of heart is unusual in that the flow of blood is not intermittent, hence there is no pulse which can be detected in the recipient.

 

The full article contains information about the developers, the collaborative partnerships that have been required to ensure the research could get to this stage as well as more information about the device itself. This can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline.

 

The hope is that this type of device will ultimately be trialed in humans. If it is successful then it could be an alternative to conventional heart transplantation in selected cases.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Well put together article, containing fine graphics. A must read for anyone interested in medical technology

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New antiviral treatment could significantly reduce global burden of hepatitis C - University of Bristol

New antiviral treatment could significantly reduce global burden of hepatitis C - University of Bristol | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

New antiviral treatment could significantly reduce global burden of hepatitis C University of Bristol Findings, published in Hepatology, reveal the impact of a new antiviral treatment that could potentially reduce HCV rates in some cities affected around the world (including in the United Kingdom and Australia)...

 

The challenge is to lift the rates of treatment of chronic hepatitis C such that the rates of chronic liver disease requiring ongoing medical treatment are then subsequently reduced

 

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With chronic hepatitis C being the current leading underlying disease indication for liver transplantation, implementing effective strategies to treat hepatitis C will become increasingly important.

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Bedfordshire professor authors new organ donation strategy in the United Kingdom

Bedfordshire professor authors new organ donation strategy in the United Kingdom | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Bedfordshire University's Professor of Diversity in Public Health, Gurch Randhawa, has authored a new action plan aimed at boosting organ donation rates among different religious communities in the United Kingdom.

 

For more on the story along with a downloadable summary of the strategy along with the response from NHSBT click on the banner headline.

 

For a story of how similar challenges in different ethnic communities are also being addressed and met in Australia click on the following link

 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/12/13/overcoming-cultural-qualms-over-organ-donation

Deborah Verran's insight:

Delivering accurate information about organ donation to community members of differing religious affiliations and/or ethnic backgrounds is a challenge in many countries across the world. The challenge is being addressed by both professional organizations and healthcare professionals by establishing collaborative partnerships with both religious and community leaders.

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