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Visceral Adipose Tissue Index IDs Risk of HCC in Cirrhosis

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:00
High VATI is also linked to risk of HCC recurrence in males with HCC who underwent liver transplant (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)

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Fatty liver disease fastest-growing reason for transplants in young U.S. adults

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:21
(Reuters Health) - Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and its more aggressive form, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, have become the fastest-growing reasons for liver transplants in young Americans, according to a recent study. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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New method creates liver bioscaffolds with intact ECM for reseeding and transplantation

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 03:00
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers have reported a method for successfully removing the cellular material from whole human livers while retaining the organ's three-dimensional structure and extracellular matrix (ECM) components. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Worse than liquor for your liver

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:19
Most people think liver disease only happens to alcoholics. But the truth is that being overweight or obese actually puts you at a much higher risk for liver damage than alcohol. In fact, alcohol contributes to only 6% of liver damage. But obesity contributes to 52% of liver disease. And if you’re obese, you’re 400% more likely to develop liver damage than a normal-weight individual.1 That’s why about 30% of people in America have some form of chronic fatty liver disease. It’s called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD causes painful swelling and scarring of the liver.  And I blame modern food companies. Our food supply is now drenched in Big Agra’s high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Just like alcohol, HFCS is toxic to the liver. Unlike other sugar...

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Complicated Recovery Awaits Victims Injured in Vegas Attack

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:44
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Their concert turned into a siege, and now their lives may become a battle. The staggering count of people injured in the shooting at a Las Vegas music festival means their recoveries are likely to be as varied as the victims themselves. Some injuries are as simple as broken bones, others gunshot wounds involving multiple surgeries and potential transplants, and all come with the added emotional scars of enduring the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, with 59 killed. At least 130 people remained hospitalized Tuesday, with 48 listed in critical condition. Hospitals said 185 others had already been released. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center alone, the count of those treated included 120 people who were struck by gunfire, a glimpse of the amount of ammunition ...
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Catch 22

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 21:23
Time is running out for Cary Gallant, who is going to court to get a liver transplant. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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‘ Collision Of 2 Crises ’ : Organ Donations Up Due To Opioid Overdose Deaths

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 20:30
BURLINGTON (CBS) – Doctors at Lahey Hospital told Matt Higgins a new liver was his only option for survival as chronic liver disease ravaged the Seabrook, New Hampshire man’s body. “My energy levels, I was down to nothing. I could barely walk a 100 yards without having to stop. I was jaundiced, completely yellow,” Higgins told WBZ-TV. When the call came that a liver transplant was available from a 24-year-old donor who had died from an opioid overdose, Higgins said, he did not hesitate. He immediately accepted it. “Being as sick as I was, of course I said yes. I’ll take anything that’s going to increase my chances of living,” Higgins said. Matt Higgins. (WBZ-TV) Higgins is the beneficiary of a striking trend in New England: a rise in the number of organ ...

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8 Transplants in 10 days for Solid Organ Transplant

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 20:08
The cases consisted of five kidney transplants, one pancreas transplant, and two liver transplants. Patients hail from Monroe County, Buffalo, Utica and Elmira. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)

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Pilot project to halt six-months sober requirement for liver transplants

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:21
The agency that runs Ontario’s organ transplant system will launch a three-year pilot program that could eventually overturn its policy requiring alcoholics to be sober for six months before they can be eligible for a new liver. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Hepatitis A Has Hit Los Angeles, a Week After Sickening Hundreds in San Diego

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:46
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
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Exertional heat illness resulting in acute liver failure and liver transplantation - Boni B, Amann CA.

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:05
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Boy, 12, now thriving after undergoing 3 liver transplants

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:50
Theo Bowens, from Guiseley, Yorkshire, was struck by a mysterious virus which caused acute liver failure when he was just 13 months old. He had three liver transplants before turning three. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Parents worry their four-year-old needs a transplant

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:28
Laura and Liam Keenan, both 29, from Leeds, watched their 14-month-old son Harry battle through a liver transplant operation in late August after being diagnosed with a rare disorder. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Hepatocellular carcinoma: Resection vs. transplantation

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 03:00
(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) Liver transplantation is the gold standard for treating early hepatocellular cancers. Because of the lack of donors, this option is, however, available to a limited degree only. Curative liver resection is an alternative in this setting. Markus B. Schoenberg, Julian N. Bucher, and coauthors investigated whether liver resection can yield results that are comparable to those of liver transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
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UCLA receives $8.4 million NIH grant to help liver transplant recipients stay healthier

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 03:00
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) UCLA has received an $8.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research ways to help donated livers last longer and improve outcomes for transplant recipients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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UCLA receives $8.4 million NIH grant to help liver transplant recipients stay healthier longer

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 17:11
UCLA has received an $8.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research ways to help donated livers last longer and improve outcomes for transplant recipients.The five-year grant is the fourth in a series from the NIH to the Dumont –UCLA Transplant Center to develop medications to prevent the body from rejecting a transplanted liver and help patients live longer, healthier lives. The grants have totaled more than $13 million.The initiative is headed by Dr. Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski, the Paul I. Terasaki Chair in Surgery and vice chair of research at the Department of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The project brings together the expertise and experience of researchers from the UCLA departments of surgery, pathology and laboratory medicine, and m...
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Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Epidemic Increasing Greatly Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Epidemic Increasing Greatly

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 19:58
The burden of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasing greatly, and the need for liver transplants is likely to outstrip the supply of donors, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)

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Franklin Square Medical Center wants to start doing liver, kidney transplants

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:51
The programs would not require any new building or renovation at the hospital, and comes with an equipment price tag of about $75,800. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
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New use of blood cleaning device saves high-risk patients with liver failure

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 03:00
(University of Maryland Medical Center) University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

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New Use of Blood Cleaning Device Saves High-Risk Patients With Liver Failure

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 23:00
Severe acute liver failure (ALF), a rare but life-threatening illness, is associated with high death rates if patients don’t receive timely treatment or a liver transplant. Unlike the heart or the kidneys, there is no established mechanical device to replace the liver’s function. Now, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought. (Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine News Headlines)
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