Turin is the European leader of liver transplantsby Roberta Lunghini - 2017.07.18
Yesterday, in Turin, the record figure of 3,000 liver transplants was touched. This is a historic milestone that made Turin’s Molinette hospital the first center in Europe for the number of liver transplants performed. Worldwide it ranks fifth after Cambridge, Dallas, Birmingham and London Kings College. Since October 10, 1990, when the first liver transplant was performed on a 44-year-old man, Turin is a center of excellence in this field. Furthermore, on January 10, 1993, pediatric liver transplantation started and on October 14, 1999, transplants became routine even on very little children affected by congenital diseases. But it's not just a matter of quantity but also of the quality of the results: over these 27 years, 91% of the patients survived 1 year after the transplant, 81% after 5 years and 73% after 10 years . This means that, after a decade from the surgery, 73 out of 100 patients were still alive.
Blood donation rules relaxed for UK gay men
Blood donation restrictions for gay men are to be relaxed in England and Scotland under a series of equalities reforms. Gay men will be allowed to donate blood three months after sexual intercourse instead of a year. Advances in testing for blood-borne viruses, including hepatitis B and C and HIV, Read More.
Even for organ transplants clandestinity needs to be stopped
Spain, world leader in organ donations, has appealed to the United Nations to put a stop to tourism for illegal transplants, by passing a new resolution. To totally eliminate this hateful crime, Madrid proposes two lines of action: to fight unscrupulous traffickers on all fronts and to create mass public awareness Read More.
British medicine deserves gold medal for organ transplants
More than 50,000 English citizens are alive today, thanks to an organ transplant. As for the distribution of organs: 36,300 have a new kidneys; 9,800 livers, 3,900 hearts, lungs, or both. These official data were just published in NHS Blood and Transplant that underlines, in addition, the record that was reached, in Read More.
Italian hospital performs highest number of pediatric transplants in Europe
Bambino Gesù located in Rome, is the only pediatric hospital in Europe that is able to perform every type of transplant that exists today. Gaining maximum visibility in the world press recently for its offer to assist little Charlie Gard, the hospital recently published data regarding the number of transplants Read More.
Italian athletes receive 8 medals at Olympics of Atheletes with Transplants
Already 8 medals won by Italian athletes two days from the opening ceremonies of the 21° World Transplant Games. The international sports competition taking place in Malaga, Spain, for athletes from around the world who have received organs and/or tissue transplants. The games which will come to a conclusion on Read More.
“Give blood, give now, give often” World Blood Donor Day 2017
Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. This year’s campaign will focus on blood donation in emergencies. Read More.