eMEMBERSHIP  LOGIN

Surgeons Perform First Living-Donor Nerve Transplant

Posted on Oct. 11, 2002, 6:43 a.m. in Neurology

Surgeons in Houston, Texas, have completed the world's first living-donor nerve transplant. The procedure was carried out on an infant who had suffered an injury during birth, which left him without sensation or movement in the left shoulder. Head of the transplant team, Dr. Scott A. Gruber, said, "this is the first time a nerve transplant has been done with the nerves being taken from a living donor, and we fully expect that the patient will have full use of his arm, wrist and hand." Doctors believe the technique could offer hope to the thousands of people who suffer nerve damage each year.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.yahoo.com on the 20th November 2000

  

Health Headlines MORE »

About an hour of ballroom dancing 3 days a week, for 3 months, resulted in a 50% improvement in balance and fall reduction.
Sugar sweetened beverages such as sodas and juice cocktails may elevate blood pressure.
Not only did collegiate-trained swimmers recover better with chocolate milk after an exhaustive swim, they swam faster in time trials later that same day.
Regardless of speed or distance, runners tend to have lower rates of heart-disease related deaths – translating to a potential of 3 additional years of lifespan
The leaves and bark of the Voacanga africana tree may hold potential to ward off Alzheimer’s Disease.
A daily glass of beetroot juice may boost the aerobic fitness of swimmers.
USDA Forest Service calculates that trees save over 850 human lives a year and prevent 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.
A lack of sleep may trigger errors in memory.
Daily magnesium supplementation enhances performance-boosting effects of a fitness regimen, among healthy older women.
MIT scientists create a special class of tiny gold particles can easily slip through cell membranes.