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October 18, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
David Trujillo's torso is a web of scars. Shunts in his arms, hoses in his stomach, garish gashes left from biopsies and scalpel incisions. In the summer when he goes shirtless, people often stare. Sometimes, to lighten the mood, he'll say he was bitten by a shark. In reality, his body tells the tale of multiple bouts of kidney failure. David recently received yet another transplant. No. 4. He is 29 years old. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, only about 150 people since 1988 have received four kidney donations.
October 9, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  Former Detroit Lions All-Pro and actor Alex Karras has been given only a few days to live because of kidney failure. “The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras,” Lions President Tom Lewand said. “Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex. The 77-year-old Karras has been suffering from dementia . He is among the many former NFL players suing the league regarding the treatment of head injuries . Detroit drafted him 10th overall out of Iowa in 1958 and he was a standout for 12 seasons.
October 9, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Friends of Alex Karras say the former NFL great suffered kidney failure in the last two weeks and has been given only a few days to live. Tom McInerney, a Detroit-area car dealer and a friend of Karras' since the 1950s, said Karras' wife, Susan Clark, told him of her husband's failing health in a phone call Monday. The 77-year-old Karras has suffered from a variety of health problems in recent years, including dementia and cancer, and is part of the mass concussion lawsuit more than 3,000 former players have filed against the NFL. Catherine Lincoln, general manager of Clark Karras Properties, said Karras was released from Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica over the weekend and is at his California home on hospice care.
October 5, 2012 | Wire reports
The Boston Red Sox thought Bobby Valentine would restore order to a coddled clubhouse that disintegrated during the 2011 pennant race. Instead, he only caused more problems. The brash manager was fired on Thursday, the day after the finale of a season beset with internal sniping and far too many losses. Valentine went 69-93 in his only year in Boston, the ballclub's worst season in almost 50 years. :: Sandy Alomar Jr. , who guided Cleveland in its final six games after Manny Acta was fired last week, interviewed to become the Indians' full-time manager.
September 19, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
North Carolina basketball Coach Roy Williams was recovering from surgery Wednesday to remove a tumor from his right kidney and is expected to be on the sideline when the season starts. Still, the coach might need another operation to remove another tumor from his left kidney. "I fully expect him to coach this season and for years to come," Dr. Eric Wallen said in a statement. "He could miss some practice time if we perform another procedure sometime in October, but he would be able to resume his coaching duties prior to the start of the regular season.
August 15, 2012
Prince Philip, the 91-year-old consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is back in the hospital, this time for a recurrence of a urinary tract infection he suffered earlier in the summer. Buckingham Palace says he'll be in for a few days for observation and treatment, according to the Associated Press. Bladder infection sounds like a minor problem, but it can be serious -- particularly among the elderly. In a worst-case scenario , urinary tract infections can result in acute or chronic kidney infection -- causing permanent kidney damage or failure -- or sepsis, a possibly deadly infection of the bloodstream, according to health websites.
July 31, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Total removal of a kidney during cancer treatment increases the risk of developing erectile dysfunction nearly four-fold compared with patients who have only a partial removal, researchers reported Tuesday. In light of other research, which shows that partial removal (known as partial nephrectomy) is at least as effective and probably more effective than complete removal (radical nephrectomy), it now seems reasonable that radical nephrectomy should be reserved as a last resort. Dr. Ithaar Derweesh, a urologic surgeon at the UC San Diego Health System, and his colleagues studied 264 patients who underwent a radical nephrectomy and 168 who underwent a partial nephrectomy at either the UC San Diego Medical Center or the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis between January 1988 and December 2007.
June 13, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
"#calebskidney is almost ready to arrive in Caleb's surgery room!" So says a Twittercast of a kidney transplant now underway at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Kristofer Karol, public relations coordinator at Indiana University Health, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday morning that this isn't the first time a hospital has live tweeted a surgery -- laying bare on a social media platform what goes on behind the closed doors of an operating room -- but it's a first for Indiana.
June 5, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Three patients at a Los Angeles County dialysis center developed serious infections last summer because of improper cleaning and disinfection of a reusable medical device called a dialyzer, researchers reported Tuesday. The dialyzer -- in effect, an artificial kidney -- removes toxic substances from the blood in patients whose own kidneys are not functioning.  All three infections were traced to one machine, and the center has decided to stop using that type of machine, which is more difficult to disinfect than others.
April 26, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II / For the Booster Shots blog
In what is claimed to be the first operation of its kind, surgeons at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago have removed a transplanted kidney from its original recipient and implanted it in a second recipient. The kidney was failing in the first patient, but began fluorishing in the second and is now healthy. The first recipient of the kidney was Ray Fearing, a 27-year-old Arlington Heights, Ill., resident who suffers from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), in which scar tissue develops on the kidney and prevents the organ from filtering waste from the bloodstream.
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