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Paying it 26.2 miles forward

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:37
There is a spot on the Boston Marathon route called “The Liver Mile.” It’s where the grind begins, where the storied course starts to tests runners and where legs often weary from pounding 16.8 miles of punishing roads. Yet, it’s also where 21-year-old Tom Williams, a liver transplant recipient from Dracut, Massachusetts, first fell in love with the idea of running the Boston Marathon. “I wasn’t thinking about the difficulty of it,” he says. “I was just thinking, I want to run for other people who are sick.” Located in front of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, “The Liver Mile” is where volunteers hand out water and gather in support of the Run for Research team, which raises money to benefit the American Liver Foundation. For years, while someone else ran for him as pa...

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Masimo touts study of SpHb monitoring tech

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 19:55
Masimo (NSDQ:MASI) today released results from a study which compared the company’s noninvasive SpHb measurement to conventional laboratory HbL measurements for patients undergoing liver transplantation, touting equivalence between the 2 methods. Researchers in the study reported that Masimo’s SpHb monitoring had “clinically acceptable accuracy of hemoglobin measurement [compared] with a standard laboratory device when used during LT,” according to the company. Masimo said that monitoring a patient’s hemoglobin is essential during liver transplants because shifts in blood and fluid can cause graft dysfunction due to hypo-perfusion and tissue hypoxia, and that over-transfusion can cause end organ damage and graft dysfunction. “In prior studies using SpHb...
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Recurrent Autoimmune Liver Diseases After Liver Transplant Recurrent Autoimmune Liver Diseases After Liver Transplant

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 04:36
How often do autoimmune liver diseases recur after liver transplantation, and how might the risk of recurrence be reduced?Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
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Transplant Pioneer Thomas E. Starzl Dies at 90 Transplant Pioneer Thomas E. Starzl Dies at 90

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 20:55
Dr Starzl performed the first successful liver transplant and helped advance antirejection drugs that led to improved patient and graft survival rates for liver and other organ transplants.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
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Surgeon who pioneered liver transplants at CU has died at 90

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 13:29
Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, known as the "father of transplantation" for his pioneering work on liver transplants at the University of Colorado, died Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 90, according to The New York Times. Starzl performed the first successful liver transplant at CU in 1967 after several previous attempts failed beginning in 1963. Those early attempts at what was then known as Colorado General Hospital were both a “test of endurance” and “a curious exercise in brutality,"… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
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Thomas Starzl, liver transplant pioneer, dead at 90

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 04:16
Starzl performed the world ’s first liver transplant in 1963 and the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967 (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)

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Thomas Starzl, first surgeon to perform a liver transplant, dead at 90

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 04:01
Dr. Thomas Starzl, who pioneered liver transplant surgery in the 1960s and was a leading researcher into anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90. (Source: CBC | Health)
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Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, Pioneering Liver Surgeon, Dies at 90

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 00:15
In the 1960s, Dr. Starzl performed the first successful liver transplant on a human patient and later helped advance drugs that made organ transplants more survivable. (Source: NYT Health)
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Liver transplant pioneer Thomas Starzl dies aged 90

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 17:37
The surgeon carried out the first successful liver transplant in 1967 and helped normalise the surgery. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
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Thomas Starzl, Trailblazer In Organ Transplantation, Dies At 90

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 17:13
The doctor, who performed the world's first liver transplant surgery in 1963, eventually earned the moniker "father of transplantation."(Image credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
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Thomas Starzl, liver transplant pioneer and drug researcher, dies aged 90

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 15:52
University of Pittsburgh says doctor who carried out first transplant and gave baboon livers to humans ‘died peacefully’ at home on SaturdayThomas Starzl, who performed the first liver transplant and was the driving force behind the world ’s first baboon-to-human liver transplants and research on anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90.The University of Pittsburgh, speaking on behalf of Starzl ’s family, said the renowned doctor “died peacefully” on Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)

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Liver transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl dies

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 15:25
Dr. Thomas Starzl, the pioneer of liver transplantation and the driving force behind the world's first baboon-to-human liver transplants and research on anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90.The University of Pittsburgh, speaking on behalf of Starzl's family, says the renowned doctor “died... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
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Use of opioid pain medications may affect liver transplant patients' survival

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 04:00
(Wiley) An analysis of nearly 30,000 patients undergoing liver transplantation in the United States between 2008 and 2014 found elevated death and organ loss rates in the first 5 years after transplantation among recipients with the highest use of opioid pain medications while on the waiting list. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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Anaesthesia for Liver Transplantation Anaesthesia for Liver Transplantation

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 06:39
Review the pathophysiology of end-stage liver disease as it relates to anesthesia. How does surgical technique impact anesthetic management and transfusion support for liver transplantation?BJA Education (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
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Dad Writes Heartbreaking Tribute To Wife Who Is Carrying Baby Without Brain To Term

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 20:16
An Oklahoma father paid tribute to his pregnant wife’s selflessness in a beautiful viral post. On Feb. 17, Royce Young posted a photo of his wife, Keri, on Facebook. The photo shows Keri, who is seven months pregnant with their second child, sleeping peacefully on their couch. In the long caption, Royce explained why his wife is so inspiring to him and shared the tearjerking details of this pregnancy. Keri is pregnant with a baby girl, whom she and her husband have decided to name Eva. Tragically, the couple learned at their 19-week ultrasound that their daughter did not have a brain. Royce described that moment in his Facebook post. “Somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, ‘If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?’ ... Ther...
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What Causes Hyperammonemia?

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 23:25
Discussion Reye’s syndrome (RS)is named for Dr. Douglas Reye who along with Drs. G. Morgan and J. Baral described encephalopathy and fatty accumulation and degeneration in children in a 1963 Lancet article. RS usually affects children but can occur at all ages. All organs can be affected but the liver and brain are primarily affected causing liver failure and encephalopathy as toxic metabolites (especially ammonia) accumulate, and intracranial hypertension and cerebral edema occurs. As the ammonia levels begin to rise (> 100 mg/dL) patients lose their appetite, have nausea and emesis and mental status changes which includes personality changes, agitation/combativeness, disorientation and insomnia. As the levels continue to rise (150-200 mg/dL) loss of consciousness and seizures ca...

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#MayoClinicRadio Podcast: 2/18/17

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 22:00
Listen: Mayo Clinic Radio 2/18/17 On Mayo Clinic Radio, transplant surgeon Dr. Charles Rosen discusses liver transplant and the importance of organ donation.?Also on the program, Toni Mangskau,?clinical trials referral coordinator at Mayo Clinic?s Cancer Education Center in Rochester, Minnesota, explains how clinical trials are conducted. And gastroenterologist Dr. Michael Camilleri offers prevention tips for [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
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New Score Predicts Liver Cancer After Transplant New Score Predicts Liver Cancer After Transplant

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:44
Adding the MORAL score to Milan criteria identifies new subset of patients at high risk and identifies patients who should not undergo liver transpant with a living donor.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
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New Insights Into Liver Disease and Transplantation New Insights Into Liver Disease and Transplantation

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 16:46
Findings on new therapeutic options, long-term outcomes, and diagnostic tools were on view at the recent Liver Meeting. Dr William Balistreri reports what you need to know most.Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
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[In Brief] News at a glance

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 22:00
In science news around the world, the U.S. Department of Agriculture faces a lawsuit after pulling animal welfare records from its website, a study of liver transplantations revives concerns that China has in the past allowed the use of organs from executed prisoners for transplants, Venezuela faces a shortage of medicines including anti-HIV drugs, a Japanese space probe fails to deploy technology that could help collect space junk, and more. Also, an Iranian-born researcher employed at two European institutes now faces the death penalty in his home country for "espionage." And Massachusetts Institute of Technology students stage a revival of a musical that celebrates the school's campus prank culture, or hacking. (Source: ScienceNOW)
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