Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital issued the following announcement on April 30.
Modern medicine moves fast, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with every new development. That’s why we round up the most exciting recent announcements, breakthroughs and innovations. Here’s the latest in healthcare news that you need to know:
Researchers “Print” a Human Heart Using Patient’s Biological Materials
In a major medical breakthrough that could revolutionize organ transplant technology, researchers from Tel Aviv University have successfully engineered a complete human heart with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers, reports Science Daily. Although the 3-D-printed organ was created at a smaller scale — about the size of a rabbit’s heart — a full-size version would use the same technology. Another benefit of this burgeoning technology is the fact that the “printing ink” was created from a biopsy of patients’ fatty tissue, minimizing the risk of organ rejection. The work isn’t done yet, however. Says lead researcher Professor Tal Dvir, "The cells need to form a pumping ability; they can currently contract, but we need them to work together … Maybe, in ten years, there will be organ printers in the finest hospitals around the world.”
AMITA Health Cardiologist Saves Woman’s Life with Groundbreaking New Surgery
Dr. Andrei Pop wasn’t the first cardiologist Rosalyn Davenport, 87, turned to when her heart valve replacement began to wear out. But he was the first who was willing to take on her case. After nine years, the valve wasn’t closing properly, leaving Davenport feeling dizzy, fatigued and unable to leave her house. Worse, the valve was very close to her main artery, making any repairs to the valve at least as dangerous as her condition. But with the help of experts from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Pop tried a novel technique that threaded catheters to the heart. The wires in the catheter used an electrical current to control Davenport’s heart valve leaflets and prevent her from losing blood flow to her heart during the surgery. Davenport knew the operation would be risky, but she took the leap of faith anyway. “I said, if I can get this and if it will help somebody else, that’s what will make me happy,” she told WGN 9. “I can’t believe it, it’s so wonderful!”
New Chicago-Area Initiative Provides Support to Survivors of Sexual Assault
The Chicago metro area’s largest rape crisis organization, Resilience, and AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago have announced a new collaborative initiative to extend support to survivors of sexual violence. When a survivor of sexual assault receives care at AMITA Health Resurrection, Resilience sends a volunteer to provide emotional and practical support, free of charge and in either English or Spanish. “Working with AMITA Health Resurrection’s [Emergency Department] staff members, our volunteers make a powerful difference in the lives of survivors during and after their hospital stay,” says Sarah Layden, Resilience’s director of programs and public policy. AMITA Health Resurrection is the latest Chicagoland hospital to partner with Resilience, which provided assistance to more than 2,300 survivors in 2018. Now, these vulnerable patients will have access to information about counseling, future medical treatments and resolving hospital bills, along with help navigating the legal system if they decide to file a police report.
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Source: Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital