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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.

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

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Global Observatory on Donation & Transplantation (GODT)

Global Observatory on Donation & Transplantation (GODT) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Overseen by the World Health Organization and ONT in Spain is the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation.

 

For data on global organ donation rates as well as as the rates of solid organ transplantation click on the banner headline. To access slides from the most recent annual report click on the graphic (pictured) on the GODT home page

Deborah Verran's insight:

Accurate, reliable data presented via graphics which allow for a ready comparison of both the rates of organ donation and organ transplantation

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An About-Face on a Risky Transplant - New York Times

An About-Face on a Risky Transplant - New York Times | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

An About-Face on a Risky Transplant. This report outlines in detail how medical professionals have now come to accept that face transplantation has a place in the management of patients who have sustained severe disfiguring facial trauma. It is accompanied by a series of detailed graphics which can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline.

When patient Richard Lee Norris, 37, received a full face transplant in 2012, years after a gun accident destroyed his chin, lips, teeth and nose. Doctors gave him a new jaw, teeth, tongue, skin and muscles.

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Progress is being made with the understanding of how face transplantation has a role in the management of selected patients

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Tissue engineering: How to build a heart - Nature.com

Tissue engineering: How to build a heart - Nature.com | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

An update on the status of Tissue engineering titled: How to build a heart is published online via Nature.com

 

The heart is the third most needed organ after the kidney and the liver, with a waiting list of about 3,500 in the United States alone, but it poses extra specific challenges for transplantation. The research into bio-engineering a heart in the laboratory is still at a very early stage as outlined in the article...

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A very good update as to where organ and tissue engineering has currently got to

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