Health woes plague Nepalese organ donors

Nov 17, 2014

Health woes plague Nepalese organ donors

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a ...

Oct 21, 2014

Cell transplant allows paralyzed man to walk again

A Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of a frame after receiving pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose. The technique, described as a breakthrough by a study in the ...

Jul 10, 2014

Europe tightens curbs on organ trafficking

The Council of Europe adopted a new international convention on Wednesday making organ trafficking a criminal offense, giving the police greater scope to hunt mafia groups involved in cross-border trade. The new convention calls on governments to make it illegal for donors to be ...

Light ahead in fight against eye disease

Jun 22, 2014

Light ahead in fight against eye disease

Once doomed to a life of darkness, dozens of people stricken by retinal diseases are rediscovering a world of light as scientists push ahead on cures for blindness. Already, bionic retinas enable blind people to “see” sidewalks, doorways and even oversized text while gene ...

Superbug threat requires urgent world action: scientists

May 23, 2014

Superbug threat requires urgent world action: scientists

Superbugs resistant to drugs pose a serious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scale as efforts to combat climate change, specialists on infectious diseases said on Thursday. Warning that a world without effective antibiotics would be “deadly,” with routine surgery, organ ...

Welsh biker has face rebuilt using 3-D parts

Mar 14, 2014

Welsh biker has face rebuilt using 3-D parts

A British man who suffered horrific facial injuries in a motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to rebuild his face using 3-D printed parts. Stephen Power from Cardiff, Wales, is thought to be one of the first trauma patients to have a procedure in ...

Dec 21, 2013

Human trials start for artificial heart

French biomedical firm Carmat said Friday it had begun the first human implant trial of its prototype artificial heart, which aims at overcoming shortages of organs available for transplant. The operation, which took place Wednesday at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, “went satisfactorily,” ...