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Biliary-hepatic Vein Fistula in a Living Donor Candidate Biliary-hepatic Vein Fistula in a Living Donor Candidate

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 04:15
This case report highlights a potentially serious complication of percutaneous liver biopsy for the evaluation of a living donor candidate.Applied Radiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
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Not just small adults: Pediatric liver transplant recipients need special care

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 04:00
(Wiley) A new review discusses important consideration when caring for children who have received liver transplants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
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Police Officer Drives Surgeon, Liver to Emergency Transplant After Crash

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 19:23
DENVER, Pa. (AP) — A police officer responding to a crash wound up driving a surgeon, an assistant and a donated liver to a Philadelphia hospital for an emergency transplant. East Cocalico Township police Sgt. Darrick Keppley says he came upon a disabled vehicle Saturday afternoon that had skidded off the icy road. The team was transporting a liver from York to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where a patient already was in the operating room. Keppley says he offered to help. The doctor and assistant piled into his vehicle, he switched on his lights and sirens and navigated the snowy 60 miles east to Philadelphia. Keppley says he was hoping to get a cheesesteak but had to get back to work. The surgeon told the York Daily Record the transplant went "very, very well." &nbsp...
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Police Officer Drives Surgeon, Liver to Emergency Transplant After Crash

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 19:23
DENVER, Pa. (AP) — A police officer responding to a crash wound up driving a surgeon, an assistant and a donated liver to a Philadelphia hospital for an emergency transplant. East Cocalico Township police Sgt. Darrick Keppley says he came upon a disabled vehicle Saturday afternoon that had skidded off the icy road. The team was transporting a liver from York to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where a patient already was in the operating room. Keppley says he offered to help. The doctor and assistant piled into his vehicle, he switched on his lights and sirens and navigated the snowy 60 miles east to Philadelphia. Keppley says he was hoping to get a cheesesteak but had to get back to work. The surgeon told the York Daily Record the transplant went "very, very well." &nbsp...

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Duke University Hospital has nation ' s best outcomes for adult liver transplants

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 16:02
Treatment TermsLiver transplant Author William Stagg Overview Duke University Hospital has the nation's best outcomes for adult liver transplants from deceased donors, according to data from 2016. Content Blocks Header Duke patients move from waiting list to transplant faster than national average ContentDuke ' s transplant center, which in 1986 became the first in North Carolina to provideliver transplants, is among the nation ' s most efficient centers. It moves patients from the waiting list to transplant more than 2.5 times faster than the national average.  " That ' s an important statistic  because about one-fourth of patients listed throughout the nation die without getting a transplant, " saidDr. Stuart Knechtle, MD, a liver transplant specialist at Duke. Knechtle sa...
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Man Opts To Receive Liver From Donor With Hepatitis C After First Transplant Fails

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 22:17
BOSTON (CBS) – After his first transplant failed, 26-year old Ben Blake was in need of another liver and fast. So he made the courageous decision to take one that is infected with a treatable disease in order to save his life. “Ben is my only son and he was very sick at birth,” says Duane Blake. Ben, had biliary atresia, a rare disease that eventually causes liver failure. At just seven months of age, he needed a liver transplant. “Every day was really a blessing and a gift,” says Duane. But by the end of college, Ben’s donor liver began to fail and he started to waste away. He lost 40 pounds, could barely walk, and was becoming forgetful. “He was dying,” says Duane. “I had to watch that. My wife watched that. It was heart breaking. It was heart-wrenching.” B...
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Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for GI Disorders Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for GI Disorders

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:05
Might fecal microbiota transplantation be an effective treatment for gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, NAFLD, and alcoholic liver disease?Current Opinion in Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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All-Oral DAA Therapy in HCV-Advanced Liver Disease All-Oral DAA Therapy in HCV-Advanced Liver Disease

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 04:37
Chronic hepatitis C virus therapy in patients with advanced liver disease remains challenging. Are all-oral therapies of direct acting antivirals effective in real-world practice?Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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Post-transplant tips & tricks from families who ’ve been through it

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:13
Transplant recipients typically feel stronger and more energetic following transplant recovery. But returning to regular activities, sports and travel can be challenging. A few “transplant moms,” who’ve already been through the experience, share their wisdom and advice. Charlene, mom to Brent, 19, liver transplant recipient Planning a first vacation post-transplant is easier said than done. Charlene Newhall knows. And, she has a handful of advice, following a family summer trip to Arizona from their home in Maine: Work with your pharmacy to ensure you have enough medications. Research the closest major hospitals. “I was shocked to learn that two of the labs I called didn’t even check immunosuppressant levels.” Know your insurance coverage. “If we needed labs or anything...
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Liver disease: Eastenders transplant storyline highlights danger of alcohol misuse

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 01:21
LIVER transplants have been highlighted by an Eastenders storyline featuring Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden, who has been suffering with alcohol-related liver disease – where the liver becomes scarred because of years of persistent alcohol misuse. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
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Deferring DDAs until after liver transplant cost effective

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 22:00
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
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Harry Maceachen and dad on liver transplant

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 10:56
Harry, who caused chaos in the BBC Breakfast studio last year, on his vital transplant. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Some babies die waiting for a liver transplant. This baby was matched in 40 minutes.

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 13:27
Before Daniel McCabe defied the odds and got a new liver, his parents braced themselves for months of exhausting hospital visits to try to keep their infant alive. The 4-month-old's life was an endless parade of weekly blood work, interspersed with mad dashes to the emergency room when his condition deteriorated. By December, Melody and Joseph McCabe just […]Related:This won’t hurt a bit: Good news about health that was overshadowed in 2016An opioid epidemic is what happens when pain is treated only with pillsEbola vaccine shown to be ‘highly protective’ against deadly virus in major trial (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
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Four patients die in Seattle Genetics cancer trial, stock plummets

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 20:30
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has suspended three Seattle Genetics drug trials after four patients died from liver damage. Seattle Genetics’ stock has fallen more than 15 percent and was trading at $52.36 at market close Tuesday afternoon. The FDA suspended the trials to assess the risk of liver damage in patients who were treated with the company’s experimental leukemia drug vadastuximab talirine and had stem ce ll transplants before or after starting the treatment. Six patients treated… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
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The Current State of Liver Transplantation in the US The Current State of Liver Transplantation in the US

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 04:40
Get up-to-date on the current state of knowledge in the field of liver transplantation.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
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Death, extortion and hope: 1 man's fight for a new liver

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 09:00
In Ontario, someone dies every three days while waiting for an organ transplant. Right now, 220 people in this province are waiting for a new liver and Arch Walsh of Mississauga is one of them. (Source: CBC | Health)

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New approach to liver transplantation: Using a damaged liver to replace a dying liver

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 04:00
(Intermountain Medical Center) There's new hope for patients with liver disease who are waiting for a donor liver to become available for transplantation. Doctors at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City have found a way to safely use a damaged liver to replace a dying liver, then cure the damaged liver of its disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
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Virus Eradication in Compensated HCV-Related Cirrhosis Virus Eradication in Compensated HCV-Related Cirrhosis

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 04:41
Is the achievement of a sustained viral response associated with a reduction in liver disease progression and liver-related mortality in patients with HCV-related cirrhosis?Liver International (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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Hertfordshire mum spends second Christmas waiting for a new liver

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 19:21
A mother who has waited for a year and a half for a liver transplant said she hopes a donor comes forward this Christmas. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
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‘Turbocharged artificial intelligence’ could personalize combination therapy in pediatric leukemia

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 17:00
In this study, patient records were obtained on the dosing of 6-mercaptopurine and methotrexate, as well as on the corresponding  absolute neutrophil count, or levels of a subset of white blood cells called neutrophils that are vital for staving off potentially life-threatening infections. These records showed multiple instances where conventional chemotherapy doses caused deviations from acceptable neutrophil levels. Using the personalized medicine technology, individualized three-dimensional maps were generated to determine the optimal 6-mercaptopurine/methotrexate drug ratios.The team members found that their technology-suggested drug dosages were as much as 40 percent lower compared to clinical chemotherapy dosages, while still maintaining target neutrophil levels. The parabolas showe...
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