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Fecal microbiota transplants improve cognitive impairment caused by severe liver disease

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:49
Fecal transplantation of bacteria from one healthy donor into patients that suffer from hepatic encephalopathy, is safe and improves cognitive function compared with standard of care treatment for the condition, new research concludes. The study results also demonstrated that the number of hospitalizations following fecal transplantation plus antibiotics was two, compared to the standard of care arm, which was 11. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
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Treatment of HCV allows for sustained removal from the liver transplant waiting list

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 03:00
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A new European study presented today demonstrated that patients with chronic HCV and severe liver damage, taken off the liver transplant list as a result of successful DAA therapy, had a favorable outcome over a year later. The study, presented at The International Liver Congress ™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, showed that 26.7 percent of patients could be removed from the waiting list due to clinical improvement. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)

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Fecal microbiota transplants improve cognitive impairment caused by severe liver disease

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 03:00
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A study presented today found that fecal transplantation of bacteria from one healthy donor into patients that suffer from hepatic encephalopathy, is safe and improves cognitive function compared with standard of care treatment for the condition. Presented at The International Liver Congress ™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the study results also demonstrated that the number of hospitalizations following fecal transplantation plus antibiotics was two, compared to the standard of care arm, which was 11. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
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UAB performs Alabama's first transplant where cadaver liver is 'kept alive' outside body

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 03:00
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) A new clinical trial seeks to determine whether a machine that pumps warm, oxygenated blood in cadaver kidneys outside of the body can improve quality of the organ prior to transplant. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
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A life taken. A life given. A life shared.

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:17
Kaitlyn and Hannah When she read the article in the Cape Cod Times about the 11-year-old girl who underwent a life-saving liver transplant, Melissa Dunphe knew. “Too many pieces fit for it not to be.” She knew that the child, who was at the same hospital on the same floor on the same day, had to be the one who received her five-year-old daughter Kaitlyn’s liver. Five years earlier, at eight months old, Kaitlyn was in a car accident that left her without the use of her limbs and unable to breathe on her own. During her short life, her parents made moments matter. “She was a very happy child,” her mom Melissa says. “She loved life — going for walks, having her nails painted and going to the beach. “We knew she wouldn’t live long, but I never expected it to be so soon.” Tw...
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Younger Donor Age and Survival After Living-donor Liver Transplant Younger Donor Age and Survival After Living-donor Liver Transplant

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:38
In adult-to-adult living-donor partial liver transplantation (LDLT), younger donor age is associated with better recipient survival, researchers from Japan report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
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Allergan Expands Leading Research and Development NASH Program with Novartis Clinical Collaboration

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:26
Collaboration Focused on Phase 2b Clinical Trial to Evaluate Use of Allergan's Cenicriviroc (CVC) and Novartis Lead FXR Agonist to Treat NASH NASH Fastest Growing Cause of Liver Cancer and Liver Transplant in the U.S. DUBLIN, April 18, 2017 -- (Healt... Biopharmaceuticals Allergan, Novartis, cenicriviroc, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

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Woman saves her husband's life with liver donation

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 21:33
Shortly before his 30th birthday in 2010, Matt Ragaini, from Connecticut, began to plummet in weight. He was put on the years-long transplant list, given months to live. But his wife Jen was a match. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Patient makes dramatic recovery from amputation to transplanted hand

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 17:45
In October 2016, Jonathan Koch, a 51-year-old entertainment executive from Los Angeles, underwent a 17-hour procedure to replace the hand he lost to a mysterious, life-threatening illness. Six  months after surgery by the UCLA hand transplant team and countless hours of physical therapy, Koch continues to make remarkable strides in his recovery.Already, he has used his new hand to hold a jump rope, dribble a basketball, unscrew a bottle top  and swing a tennis racquet.His remarkable story about the illness that nearly took his life and the rare transplant procedure that helped him recover is chronicled by writer Amy Wallace in the April issue of  Los Angeles Magazine.Koch ’s story opens with the description, “In just 30 hours, a super fit Hollywood executive went from the top of hi...
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Smithfield Makes Move On Market For Pig-Human Transplants

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:23
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has established a separate bioscience unit to expand its role in supplying pig parts for medical uses, with the ultimate goal of selling pig organs for transplantation into humans. Routine pig-human organ transplants are years away, ...
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Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Hepatitis - The CON View Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Hepatitis - The CON View

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 06:48
Should liver transplantation be considered an option for patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis? This author weighs the cons.Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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The Boston Marathon: Brave and beyond

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:00
Brave. It’s the word inscribed on the simple band Mary Tremper wears on her left wrist. The band is a reminder from her son Shane that she possesses the strength and courage to bravely face the future. When Mary, a Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles runner, found the band in the hospital gift shop she knew it was from Shane. And as Mary has shared her son’s story with her teammates and listened to theirs, they have redefined brave, together. A few of their stories, including the Tremper’s, follow. Brave: Remembering Shane Shane in the Boston Children’s NICU. “I run for Shane. I run because he can’t. I run because I can. I run for Shane.” This is Mary Tremper’s mantra. Shane, born May 6, 2016, was the Tremper’s second beautiful baby boy. The day af...
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Consumer Health Tips: Living donor transplant

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 23:00
Living donor transplant There are about 6,000 organ transplants from living donors?in the U.S. each year. Kidney and liver are the most common types of living donor organ procedures, but living people also can donate blood, skin, bone marrow and other tissues for transplantation. Learn more about the different categories of living organ donation. *** [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
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Birth weight is risk factor for fatty liver disease in children

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 15:50
The impact of low and high birth weights in developing Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), a chronic disease that often leads to a need for organ transplantation, has been demonstrated in a new research study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
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Young Doctor Diagnosed With A Death Sentence Hopes To Cure Himself -- Before It's Too Late

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:38
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); David Fajgenbaum has nearly died five times. He’s had his last rites read to him, and he knows he could relapse at any moment. Still, the 32-year-old doctor doesn’t waste energy on self-pity. He can’t. He’s too busy trying to find a cure for the rare disease that...
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Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Hepatitis - The PRO View Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Hepatitis - The PRO View

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 06:36
The viewpoint in support of the use of liver transplantation for patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis is presented here.Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Birth weight is risk factor for fatty liver disease in children

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 03:00
(University of California - San Diego) Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with a cohort of clinical collaborators from across the United States, have demonstrated the impact of low and high birth weights in developing Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), a chronic disease that often leads to a need for organ transplantation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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Worse Waitlist, Liver Transplant Outcomes for 18- to 24-Year-Olds Worse Waitlist, Liver Transplant Outcomes for 18- to 24-Year-Olds

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 21:34
Compared with younger and somewhat older liver transplant candidates, 18- to 24-year-olds have poorer waitlist and posttransplant outcomes, researchers in Seattle say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
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HCV Testing Still Lags

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 13:43
Hepatitis C virus is the leading indication for liver transplant in the US. Is it time for state-mandated HCV testing? (Source: ConsultantLive)
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'Brave Gowns' Let Kids In The Hospital Dress Like Superheroes And Rock Stars

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:15
After her brother died from pediatric cancer when he was just 10 years old, Summer Germann vowed to give back to kids in the hospital. Now, she’s providing young patients with more options than the average hospital attire with “Brave Gowns.” With help from graphic designers, Germann turns hospital gowns into colorful and fun creations. Patients can choose from designs that make them look like mermaids, superheroes, rock stars, baseball players and more.  Germann told The Huffington Post that she felt motivated to do something for kids with cancer and various other diseases that require them to stay in the hospital for long periods of time to honor her brother Mac, who died from pediatric cancer when Germann was 27.  “When Mac died, I promised to myself th...
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