Matching a donor heart with a recipient of the same gender seems to boost the odds of survival.
Researchers followed about 18,000 heart transplant patients for ten years.
They found gender matching reduced the risk of dying within 30 days of surgery by 25 percent, and lowered the one-year death rate by 20 percent.
Men who received a female heart had a 20 percent higher death rate than men who got a male heart.
Researchers say heart size seems to be the most logical explanation.
Experts say they are not recommending patients on a heart transplant list wait for a same-gender donor.
The risks of heart failure while waiting are far higher than the risk of organ rejection or death.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.