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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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Zimbabwe: 8-Year-Old in Urgent Need of Liver Transplant

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 12:28
[The Herald] AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Masvingo baby is in urgent need of help to undergo a liver transplant in India as more minors continue to be diagnosed of severe Jaundice (Liver Cirrhosis and Biliary Atresia).Thayel Makatendeka Botsa (pictured right with her mother) requires $50 000 to cover medication and travel expenses. The baby's mother Mrs Adelaide Botse said Thayel was first diagnosed of severe Jaundice soon after her birth in March this year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Four-Year Entecavir Therapy in Chronic Hepatitis B Patients Four-Year Entecavir Therapy in Chronic Hepatitis B Patients

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 04:40
This study assessed outcomes of long-term entecavir therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis B. Does it reduce development of hepatocellular carcinoma and cirrhotic complications?Liver International (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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Catching up with Kenslie: Life after  midaortic syndrome surgery

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:45
We last saw Kenslie Shealy in the spring of 2015, as she was settling back into life at home in South Carolina after a long stay at Boston Children’s Hospital. Kenslie, now 4, had emergency surgery for midaortic syndrome (MAS), a rare condition that affects the heart and kidneys. Untreated, the condition can lead to damage in the brain, intestines and limbs. At Boston Children’s, Kenslie’s multi-disciplinary team included specialists in cardiology, interventional cardiology, nephrology, transplant and vascular surgery, interventional radiology, genetics and rheumatology. She recovered well after her first surgery, performed by kidney and liver surgeon Dr. Heung Bae Kim, but her parents, Lori and Calvin, knew she wasn’t “out of the woods” quite yet. Kenslie woul...
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Promising Treatments on the Horizon for NAFLD and NASH Promising Treatments on the Horizon for NAFLD and NASH

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 19:45
Endoscopic magnets, a semisynthetic bile analog, and a receptor agonist in development are offering hope to patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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Occult HCV May Persist in Treated Patients After Liver Transplant Occult HCV May Persist in Treated Patients After Liver Transplant

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:31
Despite a sustained virologic response for 12 weeks (SVR12) to direct-acting antiviral agents for recurrent hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection following liver transplantation, some patients continue to have occult infection.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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Nanotechnology a 'green' approach to treating liver cancer

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 04:00
(University of Missouri-Columbia) According to the American Cancer Society, more than 700,000 new cases of liver cancer are diagnosed worldwide each year. Currently, the only cure for the disease is to surgically remove the cancerous part of the liver or transplant the entire organ. However, an international study led by University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers has proven that a new minimally invasive approach targets and destroys precancerous tumor cells in the livers of mice and in vitro human cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Mon, 11/28/2016 - 06:00
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All about Oxy

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 08:15
  RX PAD With the death of the entertainer Prince attributed to a fentanyl overdose, and new FDA warnings, opioids have been making headlines. Since the most common reason patients visit the emergency department is for pain, it is not surprising that emergency physicians prescribe and administer medications such as oxycodone on a daily basis. Here are some of the basics about how oxycodone works, and also the reason why chronic users may be at even higher risk of unexpected respiratory depression. HOW IT WORKS: Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid with analgesic properties. Oxycodone binds to mu, kappa, and delta opioid receptors in the central nervous system, causing inhibition of ascending pain pathways, alteration of pain perception, and producing generalized CNS depression. The me...
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New Score Helps Predict HCC Recurrence After Liver Transplant New Score Helps Predict HCC Recurrence After Liver Transplant

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 01:59
A new scoring system based on tumor characteristics can help predict the risk of recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after liver transplantation, new research shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
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Timing for HCV Therapy in Liver Transplantation Timing for HCV Therapy in Liver Transplantation

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 05:23
Should patients be treated for hepatitis C prior to liver transplant, preemptively after transplant, or after HCV recurrence? Which is most cost-effective?Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
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Father captures powerful photos of his four-year-old daughter proudly showing off her 'battle scars' after receiving a life-saving liver transplant  

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 11:18
Indi Warner was born with Biliary Atresia and had to undergo a liver transplant at just seven months old. Now four, the plucky Sydney youngster wears her battle scars with pride. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Model Predicts Portal Vein Thrombosis Risk Before Transplant Model Predicts Portal Vein Thrombosis Risk Before Transplant

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 20:18
A model can predict the risk for portal vein thrombosis in patients on the waiting list for liver transplantation, a large database study shows, but whether prophylaxis can help has to be determined.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
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Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplant Care Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplant Care

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 04:40
A new study examines the geographic distribution of candidates for liver transplant -- many of whom may not be waitlisted.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
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Silicon Valley hospitals are emerging as organ transplant pioneers for children

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 23:40
Think your job is stressful? Imagine performing seven organ transplants on children using organs from just two donors; transplanting a heart and liver into a child — at the same time; or discovering an unborn baby has no kidneys, administering dialysis from the time the newborn enters the world, and then performing a lifesaving kidney transplant. Medical teams from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford have established their bona fides — and re ceived national recognition — through… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
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How To Boost Melatonin Naturally

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 20:18
Most people know melatonin as the sleep hormone. And that’s right. It helps your body cycle down every night so you can rest. But melatonin is so much more than that… It’s also one of your body’s most powerful cancer killers. Studies show melatonin boosts the immune system. It protects against the toxic side effects of chemo and radiation. It improves wound healing after surgery. And it even increases cancer survival rates.1 And new research proves that melatonin suppresses the growth of breast cancer tumors. How does melatonin affect breast cancer? Mammograms detect cancer. In a lab at Michigan State University, researchers grew breast cancer tumors called “mammospheres.” They fed the tumors with chemicals that we already know fuel growth. They used re...
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High Mortality Among Young Children Awaiting Liver Transplantation High Mortality Among Young Children Awaiting Liver Transplantation

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 20:31
Young children awaiting liver transplantation, mostly for biliary atresia (BA), face"unacceptably high" rates of wait-list and early post-liver-transplant mortality, according to a 10-year United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) review.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
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Belle Vue Clinic & Medanta-Medicity to set up advanced Liver Clinic in Eastern India

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:55
The Medanta Liver Team, having performed nearly 2,500 liver transplants, runs one of the world ’s largest liver transplant centres, with more than 95% success rate. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Woman whose liver transplants failed is set to have pioneering stem cell treatment

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:25
Alex Keel, 29, from Cheltenham, has been told that she is unlikely to be offered a fourth liver  transplant if another liver fails again. But without one doctors have said she will die. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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