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Suburban Chicago woman guilty of not giving son proper care

May. 10, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A jury convicted a suburban Chicago woman of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday for failing to give her son the medical care he required after a heart transplant. Jennifer Stroud, 41, of Park City, also was found guilty of endangering the life of a child. She...

How a stranger’s donation saved a Georgia woman’s life

May. 07, 2022 00:08 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — When Piedmont Columbus Regional recently raised a flag at 1:08 p.m. to highlight the importance of organ donation, the timing was intentional. It represented the impact one donor can have on up to eight people. One of the people attending the ceremony was Pat...

CDC probing 109 liver illnesses in kids, including 5 deaths

May. 06, 2022 15:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are looking into more than 100 possible cases of a mysterious and severe liver disease in children, including five deaths. About two dozen states reported suspected cases after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a call for...

HBCU medical schools to tackle organ transplant disparities

May. 06, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

A new initiative aimed at increasing the number of Black Americans registered as organ donors and combating disparities among transplant recipients was announced Thursday by a coalition that includes the four medical schools at the nation's historically Black colleges and universities. ...

Virus found in pig heart used in human transplant

May. 05, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

Researchers trying to learn what killed the first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig have discovered the organ harbored an animal virus but cannot yet say if it played any role in the man’s death. A Maryland man, 57-year-old David Bennett Sr., died in March, two months...

Mysterious pediatric liver disease found in Minnesota

Apr. 30, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health said it's investigating several severe cases of hepatitis among children and has reported the cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC continues to investigate cases of the sudden liver disease in nearly...

Sweden trial starts in stem-cell windpipe transplants case

Apr. 27, 2022 08:09 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An Italian surgeon who made headlines in 2011 for carrying out the world’s first stem-cell windpipe transplants at Sweden's leading hospital went on trial Wednesday accused of aggravated assault against three of his patients. Stem-cell scientist Dr. Paolo...

EXPLAINER: What's known about sudden liver disease in kids

Apr. 26, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

A puzzling outbreak of sudden liver disease in nearly 200 children has health authorities in Europe and the U.S. racing to find answers. The illnesses have no known connection, although a possible link with a virus that can cause colds is being investigated. At least one child died...

UK: More links between common virus, hepatitis in children

Apr. 25, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British health officials investigating the cause of a spike in acute hepatitis, or liver inflammation, among children said there is increasing evidence that it is linked to a common virus. The U.K. Health Security Agency has recorded 111 cases of unexplained hepatitis...

Mysterious liver illness seen in kids in US, Europe

Apr. 15, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials in several countries are investigating mysterious cases of severe liver disease in children, and they think it may be related to a kind of virus usually associated with colds. The U.K. has been investigating at least 74 cases in which children came...