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Electrocuted man gets new face

BOSTON (AFP) – A young man horrifically injured by an electric shock while working in a cherry picker has successfully received the United States’ first full face transplant, a Boston hospital said Monday. Dallas Wiens, 25, can look forward to a new life with a donated face attached last week…

Transplant patients a target of Arizona budget cuts

PEORIA, Arizona (Reuters) – A pacemaker and defibrillator fitted to carpenter Douglas Gravagna’s failing heart makes even rising from the couch of his Phoenix-valley home a battle. But it is not congestive heart failure that is killing him, he says. It is a decision by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to…

In medical breakthrough, HIV-positive man ‘cured’ by stem cell transplant

An HIV-positive man who received a stem cell transplant for leukemia has been cured of HIV infection, doctors announced recently. While the case was first reported at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, doctors have now published an updated report in the journal Blood, which affirms…

Arizona ‘death panel’? State Medicaid cuts poised to let some poor patients die

A law in Arizona that cuts Medicaid funding for certain transplant operations is likely to bring about the deaths of poor residents in need of such procedures. Starting in October, a measure passed by the Republican-led state legislature began denying Medicaid funds for organ transplants such as bone-marrow, lung, heart…

Howard Dean: Democrats ‘need a spinal transplant’

WASHINGTON — One year after being swept into the White House and bestowed huge majorities in Congress, Democrats have seen their towering lead over Republicans evaporate. Why? According to previous DNC chairman Howard Dean, they’re just not tough enough. Dean declared Thursday that Democrats “need a spinal transplant” as the…

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