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January 29, 2013 | By Monte Morin
As Iraq war veteran Brendan Marrocco recovers from an extremely rare double arm transplant, experts in the field of reconstructive transplantation say the surgery's ultimate success depends heavily on a patient's immune system response and nerve tissue regeneration. Marrocco, 26, underwent the 13-hour procedure Dec. 18 and appeared at a news conference Tuesday to answer questions with his surgeon, Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee. The procedure, which involved 16 surgeons, was performed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
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NATIONAL
January 29, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
From the moment he entered the room at Johns Hopkins Hospital for his news conference, Brendan Marrocco was a picture of determination. He pushed his wheelchair using his arms and wrists and he smiled, showing off the new limbs. “It feels amazing,” said Marrocco, the only U.S. soldier from the Iraq war to survive losing all four limbs in combat and the recipient of a rare double-arm transplant. “It's something I was waiting for for a long time,” he said of the operation, a first for the hospital . “I don't know what to say,” he said.
SCIENCE
January 17, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
A new study has found that an infusion of feces from a healthy person into an ailing patient's gut was significantly more effective than a traditional antibiotic treatment - raising hopes that the unconventional approach could one day help combat obesity, food allergies and a host of other maladies. The study, published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated that the fecal transplant cleared up a recurrent bacterial infection far more reliably than the routinely prescribed medication.
IMAGE
January 13, 2013 | By Nora Zelevansky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If there were a social hierarchy for independent boutiques in the proverbial school lunchroom that is L.A., the cool kids would likely sit on West 3rd Street - and not just for close proximity to the Chinese chicken salad at Joan's on Third. Though stores from Abbot Kinney to Echo Park may be equally shoppable, the West 3rd shopping district between Fairfax and La Cienega boasts untouchables such as Satine and Milk that have long set the standard for respected West Coast style, emitting a vibe at once hipster, California-relaxed and refined (nothing macrame here unless it's Isabel Marant; nothing studded unless it's Alexander Wang)
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
For those of you struggling with your weight, here's a future transplant list you will want to be on: Receive some brown fat from a lean, healthy donor, have it injected in or around your belly fat, and quickly see your metabolic function improve, your white-fat deposits make way for lean muscle and your scale show a downward trend. That tantalizing prospect for fighting fat took a small step closer to reality Monday with the publication of a study that found that, in chubby mice, at least, such as procedure worked.
SCIENCE
December 3, 2012 | By Eryn Brown
In a small but hopeful step for researchers working on therapies to treat Parkinson's disease, a team in Japan has used stem cells harvested from bone marrow to restore function in monkeys with the debilitating condition. The cell transplants didn't cure the macaques, but did improve motor skills in the animals and appeared to do so safely, the scientists wrote Monday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation - suggesting that stem cells from bone marrow might someday be a useful source for treatments of Parkinson's in humans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Special to The Times
Since ancient times, surgeons have dreamed of transplanting healthy organs into patients disabled by disease and injury, but the human body's powerful immune system stymied all such attempts, leading many observers to conclude that the procedure was impossible. But on Dec. 23, 1954, Dr. Joseph E. Murray of Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston removed a healthy kidney from 23-year-old Ronald Herrick and implanted it in his identical twin, Richard, who was dying of severe kidney disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
E. Donnall Thomas, a physician who pioneered the use of bone marrow transplants in leukemia patients and won the 1990 Nobel Prize in medicine, died Saturday in Seattle of heart disease. He was 92. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, which Thomas joined in 1974, announced his death. Thomas' work is among the greatest success stories in the treatment of cancer. Bone marrow transplantation and its sister therapy, blood stem cell transplantation, have improved the survival rates for patients with some blood cancers to around 90% from almost zero.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2012 | By Don Lee, Larry Gordon and Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
For years, transplant surgeons have struggled with a vexing problem: seriously ill patients desperate for new kidneys and healthy people who were willing to donate an organ but had the wrong tissue type. Somewhere in the country, they knew, the right combinations of donors and recipients existed, but matching them often proved impossible. With most other items, freely set prices enable markets to allocate goods efficiently. But in areas such as organ transplants, societies shun the idea of a cash transaction.
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