Can transplant recipients be “weaned” off anti-rejection drugs?

Lifesaving it may be, organ transplantation carries a life sentence, so to speak — that is, anyone who receives a donor organ also gets a lifetime prescription for anti-rejection medication. It’s for good reason: These drugs suppress your immune system’s natural defenses so that your body doesn’t attack (or “reject”) the new organ. But in … Continue reading Can transplant recipients be “weaned” off anti-rejection drugs?

Restoring hope for patients with severe chronic pancreatitis

What is chronic pancreatitis? The pancreas is a vital organ necessary for the production of insulin, a hormone that helps control blood sugar, which is known medically as glucose. When the pancreas becomes inflamed due to illness or injury, pain can result — pain that can easily become chronic and debilitating. “Non-cancer pancreatic diseases account … Continue reading Restoring hope for patients with severe chronic pancreatitis

Baylor University Medical Center to offer uterus transplants in clinical trial

They say motherhood is a gift. It’s that surreal and unforgettable moment of holding your newborn in your arms for the first time, gazing into a tiny face you feel like you’ve known your whole life. But for some, life throws a curve ball, extinguishing high hopes of motherhood for many women diagnosed with infertility. … Continue reading Baylor University Medical Center to offer uterus transplants in clinical trial

The fascinating story behind 30 years of organ transplants

It’s been more than 30 years since the first transplant was performed at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, launching a program that has saved thousands of lives. Back then, “Dr. Goran Klintmalm was 34-years-old and living in Sweden. Liver transplants were considered human experimentation, a last-ditch effort with an 80 percent fatality rate to save … Continue reading The fascinating story behind 30 years of organ transplants