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U-M surgeons perform transplants of hearts, lungs, pancreases, livers, hands, kidneys, and corneas.
A center that performs 50% or more of its transplants in a 12-month period on adult patients must be approved to perform adult transplants in order to be approved for pediatric transplants.
Similar rigor could aid researchers seeking to transplant brain cells into people with Parkinson's disease and other neurological problems, he says.
Michael Lill, director of the Cedars-Sinai Blood and Marrow Transplant Program and medical director for the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Center Institute.
Margaret Ragni, a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh who helps HIV-positive patients win transplants, agreed that discrimination has been an overwhelming obstacle.
Hence, transplants have a tendency to become high profile issues for health plans and providers.
Other transplants are much more expensive: $172,000 for a kidney, $317,000 for a heart, $394,000 for a liver (including five years of follow-up).
For if persons with alcohol dependency are achieving similar successful outcome rates compared to other groups, and consume alcohol in similar proportions (a leading exclusion criterion), then the denial of liver transplants to persons with alcohol dependency is likely to be based more on values than on objectivity or science.
However, people with diabetes who must take these medications because of kidney transplants for end-stage renal disease can benefit from simultaneous pancreas transplant.
Human organs available for transplant are an extremely scarce resource.
This problem, called immune rejection, is common with transplants - even when the donor is human.
The scientists are transplanting the oligos from healthy animals into the central nervous system (CNS) of myelin-deficient ones and witnessing the spread of the myelin-makers, with no evidence of transplant rejection.