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.
Twenty-five minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise everyday may reduce prescription usage and hospital admissions, among men and women ages 70 and older.
Fine particulate matter air pollution, typified by vehicle exhaust, may hasten cognitive decline in older adults.
With a hearty texture, a bowl of instant oatmeal satiates hunger and can help you feel full longer.
MYC, a gene linked to cancer, interacts with a non-coding RNA, to fuel cancer growth.
Daily probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tract infections.
Neurobridge is an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, to enable voluntary and functional control of
Education, career, and interpersonal activities may be key to retaining memory and thinking skills later in life.