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Stem cell transplant offers hope for scleroderma patients

MIAMI: A stem cell transplant works better than medicine to extend the lives of people with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease in which the skin hardens and organs break down, researchers said Wednesday. The findings in the New England Journal of Medicine point to a new way of treating the incurable disease, which affects some 2.5 million people worldwide, most of them women of childbearing age. "Scleroderma hardens the skin and connective tissues and in its severe form leads to fatal organ failure, most often the…

VIDEO: World’s first child with double hand transplant now able to write, eat himself

WASHINGTON: The first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplant is now able to write, feed and dress himself, doctors said Tuesday, declaring the ground-breaking operation a success after 18 months. The report in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health provides the first official medical update on 10-year old Zion Harvey, who underwent surgery to replace both hands in July 2015. "Eighteen months after the surgery, the child is more independent and able to complete day-to-day activities," said Sandra…

In ‘world first’, man born without hand gets one: surgeons

WARSAW: Surgeons in Poland said on Thursday they had successfully attached a hand from a deceased donor to a man born without one, in what they claimed was a world first. "It is the first graft in the world of an upper limb onto an adult with this congenital defect," said Adam Domanasiewicz, who headed the team of surgeons at Wroclaw Medical University Hospital. "We are talking about a man who lived 32 years without this member." Up to now, a similar procedure had been performed only on newborn conjoined twins in…

Pakistan infant becomes youngest bone marrow donor in India

BENGALURU: A Pakistani infant has become the youngest bone marrow donor in India after donating healthy bone marrow stem cells to his elder sister, who underwent successful transplant at a hospital in Bengaluru. Eight-month-old Rayan donated to his two-and-a-half-year-old  sister Zeenia, who was suffering from a rare disease in which the bone marrow produces some abnormal cells which eat away the normal cells, resulting in high fever, low blood counts, liver and spleen enlargement. Zeenia was suffering from…

New lung transplant technique could save lives: study

PARIS: A new technique could help nearly double the precious few hours surgeons have to carry out lung transplants, raising hopes for saving more lives, said a study released Friday. Doctors typically rush to complete a transplant within about six hours of the lungs being taken from a donor, with time being of the essence because the tissue starts to break down. But the new method, which uses a process called ex-vivo lung perfusion (EVLP), could help keep lungs outside the human body for over 12 hours without…

Pakistani doctor transplants hope to millions for free

KARACHI: Camped on the baking concrete outside a gleaming transplant centre, Karachi's sick have come from miles around in desperate hope for a last chance at life. There, Dr. Adeeb Rizvi provides free medical care to hundreds of thousands of people each year, providing a much-needed alternative to Pakistan's public health sector, which critics dismiss as chaotic, corrupt and vastly under-resourced. Rizvi, with a thatch of white hair as springy as his step, roams the crowded halls of his life's work every day from 8:00…