LOS ANGELES — UCLA is launching a hand transplant program and is seeking amputees to undergo the rare experimental procedure.
Don't miss these Health stories
More women opting for preventive mastectomy - but should they be?
Rates of women who are opting for preventive mastectomies, such as Angeline Jolie, have increased by an estimated 50 percent in recent years, experts say. But many doctors are puzzled because the operation doesn't carry a 100 percent guarantee, it's major surgery -- and women have other options, from a once-a-day pill to careful monitoring.
- Larry Page's damaged vocal cords: Treatment comes with trade-offs
- Report questioning salt guidelines riles heart experts
- CDC: 2012 was deadliest year for West Nile in US
- What stresses moms most? Themselves, survey says
- More women opting for preventive mastectomy - but should they be?
The program announced this week will involve clinical trials to study transplant techniques. It's only the fourth such program in the United States.
Officials at the University of California, Los Angeles say the program could help injured war veterans, among others.
Besides surgical techniques, the program will study the effectiveness and safety of drugs that patients must take to keep their bodies from rejecting their new hands.
French surgeons performed the first successful hand transplant in 1998. Nine have been performed in the U.S.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.