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May 2, 2012 |
Episcopal Bishop J. Jon Bruno, head of the six-county Los Angeles diocese, has been diagnosed with leukemia and is undergoing aggressive treatment to fight the disease. The 65-year-old bishop said in an open letter that he had been suffering from what he thought was a bout of pneumonia since March. He underwent further tests after treatment failed to cure the "nagging problem. " Doctors at Good Samaritan Hospital discovered that Bruno had acute monocytic leukemia, a form of blood cancer.
April 27, 2012 |
Medical errors tend to occur more frequently at night and on weekends due to increased sleepiness, shortage of staff and a variety of other factors. Overall, such errors represent a significant problem for the medical community. A 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine showed that all medical errors -- including daytime errors, as well as night and weekend mistakes -- cause as many as 98,000 deaths each year and cost as much as $29 billion annually. Transplants are considered a source of concern by many experts because the surgeries occur when organs become available, and that is just as likely to be at an off-hour as during normal business hours.
April 26, 2012 |
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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April 11, 2012 |
A business dispute between two aviation companies at Van Nuys Airport is threatening emergency helicopter flights for injured and severely ill children from around Southern California to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The disagreement could result in flight delays or even cancellations, according to executives at Helinet Aviation, which owns and operates 15 helicopters at the airport. Flights carrying donated organs for transplantation could also be affected, Helinet executives said.
April 3, 2012 |
Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital Tuesday, 10 days after receiving a heart transplant, his office announced. The surgery on Cheney, who has had a long history of heart troubles, was performed at Inova Fairfax Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute in Falls Church, Va. In a prepared statement, Cheney thanked his doctors and the unknown donor. "Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released today from Inova Fairfax Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute ten days after heart transplant surgery.
March 28, 2012 |
Richard Lee Norris, who received the most extensive full face transplant to date, is continuing to recuperate from the marathon surgery, the University of Maryland Medical Center said Wednesday. Norris, 37, of Virginia was disfigured in a gun accident and had been wearing a mask for 15 years, living the life of a recluse, according to the medical center where the procedure was performed. During 36 hours of surgery, he received a new face, nose, teeth and jaw, according to the hospital.
March 27, 2012 |
Dick Cheney has been adjusting well to his new heart, talking and standing less than two days after receiving it Saturday. The former vice president "is doing very well" and his doctors are "very pleased" with his recovery from the transplant surgery, according to his aide, Kara Ahern. The 71-year-old Cheney received his new heart at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after a lifetime of heart disease, including five heart attacks. He joined the waiting list for a transplant in 2010.
March 26, 2012 |
(This post has been corrected. See note at bottom.) Is it unusual for senior citizens to receive heart transplants? The question is being asked in the wake of news that former Vice President Dick Cheney just got one at age 71. The short answer: less unusual than it used to be. Consider the following numbers, courtesy of the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the national transplant system for the federal government....
March 24, 2012 |
Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a heart transplant Saturday, according to a statement released from his office. Cheney, 71, received the new organ after being on a transplant list for more than 20 months, the Associated Press reported . Cheney's office said he was recovering in the intensive care unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. Aide Kara Ahern said in the statement that Cheney and his family do not know...