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  • Kidney grown from [adult] stem cells by Australian scientists [skin stem cells]

    12/16/2013 1:18:13 PM PST · by topher · 11 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | 10:28AM GMT 16 Dec 2013 | By Jonathan Pearlman
    Scientists in Australia have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants. The breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, followed years of research and involved the transformation of human skin cells into an organoid – a functioning "mini-kidney" with a width of only a few millimetres.
  • JOHN STOSSEL: We should sell human organs, as they do in Iran

    11/11/2013 2:28:06 PM PST · by JediJones · 50 replies
    The Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | 11/11/2013 | John Stossel
    I say: Privatize everything. Regulations forbid buying and selling organs, so the market cannot operate. Desperate patients must wait and hope someone gives an organ out of sheer generosity, that someone dies at just the right time, and that hospital administrators bump their case to the top of the list. In the United States, 100,000 people are on waiting lists for kidneys. Kidneys make up 80 percent of the organ shortage. We have two kidneys but need only one. Donors could save many lives, but not enough choose to donate. By contrast, in Iran, there’s often a waiting line of...
  • Man dies after doctor takes lunch during kidney operation

    09/07/2012 6:07:40 AM PDT · by rawhide · 27 replies
    The incident, which took place at the Lidköping hospital, has prompted stinging criticism from Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen). The 72-year-old went under anesthetic at 10.45am on the day of the operation, which took place in January 2011. At noon sharp, the head anesthetist left the operating room to go for lunch. Fifteen minutes later, the head nurse anesthetist also left the patient and went for lunch. No other anesthetist was called in to take over responsibility for the doctor who was on his lunch break. And while another nurse was brought in to cover for the...
  • High-fat diet: Ketogenic diet reverses kidney damage from diabetes

    04/03/2012 10:05:04 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 38 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 04/21/12 | Eryn Brown
    A high-fat "ketogenic" diet may reverse the kidney damage caused by diabetes, a study published online Wednesday by the journal PLoS One reports. Past research has shown that lowering blood sugar through diet can prevent kidney failure but not reverse it in patients with diabetes. Lead author Charles Mobbs, a neuroscientist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, said that this study -- in which mice were fed a high-fat diet of 5% carbohydrate, 8% protein and a whopping 87% fat -- was the first to show that dietary intervention alone is enough to reverse kidney failure...
  • Lottery winner in need of a kidney nearly didn't claim $14.3 million

    01/24/2012 8:34:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal and MSNBC ^ | 1-24-12 | Scott Stump
    A military veteran in need of a kidney transplant had $14.3 million sitting on a table in his house and didn't know it. For three days after it was announced that the winning Megabucks ticket from the Jan. 14 drawing had been sold at a Wisconsin Mobil station, Napolean Elvord had no idea a life-changing sum of money was right at his fingertips. The clerks at the Madison store that Elvord visits daily asked him if he was the one who bought the winning ticket. But he said it wasn’t him — and as the days passed, no one came...
  • Joey 6 yo son follow up - kidneys

    01/23/2012 12:35:43 AM PST · by schwingdoc · 69 replies
    1/22/2012 | schwingdoc
    Hello everyone. I am so truly humbled and sincerely lifted by eveyone's responses. What a new world of connectivety we have. Real prayers and teams of warriors whom I've never met, have come from everywhere, based only on a few common grounds, besides logging in to the same (wonderful) website. (Thank you Freeper!!) 1. We love and fear God. 2. We love and hold our children so close to our hearts. 3. We look to grow our faith based on God's constant interactions in our lives. 4. Our hope in humanity is elevated by the notable responses of sincere prayers...
  • Gangs Are Pillaging Europe's Poor And Selling Their Kidneys (and even making a killing)

    11/03/2011 9:23:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/03/2011 | Robert Johnson
    <p>Europe's most poverty stricken residents, from the corners of countries like Belarus and the Ukraine,are being lured by easy money and empty promises to donate vital organs to smugglers.</p> <p>Bloomberg reports the practice is becoming a near epidemic in Israel where religious practices keep the organ donor pool at one of the lowest level in developed countries.</p>
  • Pennsylvania Mom Who Lost Job After Donating Kidney Is Put Back on Salary

    09/14/2011 3:30:21 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 14th 2011 | Staff
    The Philadelphia mom who lost her job after donating a kidney to her son has been put back on full salary until another position opens up at her company, MyFoxPhilly reported Wednesday. Claudia Rendon lost her job after taking time off to give one of her kidneys to her son Kyle. She also used her vacation time to care for her terminally ill mother, and then had to take leave to help her son with the donation "Any parent in the world would do that for your son. If they say your son needs your heart, you would give it...
  • Welcome To The Organ Bazaar – Lahore, Kidney Capital Of The World…

    07/26/2011 2:25:23 PM PDT · by sussex · 5 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 26/07/11 | The Aged P
    Just a few days ago in the Pakistan city of Lahore Muhammad Riaz was feeling very depressed. A very friendly and concerned stranger asked him why he was so unhappy. Mr Riaz told him that with no regular income he was desperate for money. Don’t worry, the man said, I can fix you up with 110,000 Rupees (about £800) by this evening – and all you have to do is sell one of your kidneys to a wealthy Arab.
  • Kidney dopamine regulates blood pressure, life span

    07/19/2011 12:34:34 PM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center ^ | July 19, 2011 | Unknown
    The neurotransmitter dopamine is best known for its roles in the brain – in signaling pathways that control movement, motivation, reward, learning and memory. Now, Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have demonstrated that dopamine produced outside the brain – in the kidneys – is important for renal function, blood pressure regulation and life span. Their studies, published in the July Journal of Clinical Investigation, suggest that the kidney-specific dopamine system may be a therapeutic target for treating hypertension and kidney diseases such as diabetic nephropathy. Previous studies had suggested a role for dopamine in regulating kidney function and total body...
  • Transplant patient got AIDS from new kidney (Gay kidney doner - Outrage!)

    03/20/2011 8:42:35 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 101 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3-20-11 | AP via Yahoo! News
    A transplant patient contracted AIDS from the kidney of a living donor, in the first documented case of its kind in the U.S. since screening for HIV began in the mid-1980s. It turns out the donor had unprotected gay sex in the 11 weeks between the time he tested negative and the time the surgery took place in 2009. In a report Thursday on the New York City case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that organ donors have repeat HIV tests a week before surgery. "The most sensitive test needs to be done as close as possible...
  • Study shows vitamin D deficiencies may impact onset of autoimmune lung disease

    01/04/2011 6:27:35 AM PST · by decimon · 75 replies
    CINCINNATI—A new study shows that vitamin D deficiency could be linked to the development and severity of certain autoimmune lung diseases. These findings are being reported in the Jan. 4 edition of the journal Chest. Brent Kinder, MD, UC Health pulmonologist, director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Center at the University of Cincinnati and lead investigator on the study, says vitamin D deficiencies have been found to affect the development of other autoimmune diseases, like lupus and type 1 diabetes. "We wanted to see if lack of sufficient vitamin D would also be seen in patients who are diagnosed with...
  • Prayers for Steve0113

    05/06/2010 1:38:38 PM PDT · by nina0113 · 66 replies · 920+ views
    self
    Steve0113 is having surgery tomorrow morning, 7 am Eastern Daylight, to prep his arm for dialysis. The dialysis may end up being unnecessary, but they want him to be ready, and the healing time is 8 weeks. Prayers greatly appreciated, both for successful surgery/recovery from anesthesia, and healing of kidneys so that this operation will turn out to have been completely useless. Thanks.
  • Stoughton man to receive kidney transplant

    02/10/2010 11:32:03 AM PST · by Radix · 2 replies · 118+ views
    Brockton Enterprise ^ | 10 February, 2010 | Maureen Mccarthy
    STOUGHTON — Jordana Bryan traveled over 2,500 miles from Twin Falls, Idaho, to Massachusetts for one, selfless purpose: to donate her kidney to someone she met via the Internet. Bryan, 56, met Charles “Chickie” Hoffman, a 69-year-old electrical contractor from Stoughton, on the Canton-based Web site MatchingDonors.com, a nonprofit organization that connects organ donors with patients in need of transplants. Several months since their initial Internet meeting and dozens of invasive tests later, Thursday morning, Bryan and Hoffman will undergo a kidney transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Bryan, a professional caregiver by trade, is no stranger to the...
  • Prayer Request for My Mom

    12/17/2009 6:14:35 AM PST · by cammie · 49 replies · 1,057+ views
    I've seen in the past how Freeper prayers work, as I think you all prayed my Dad back from the brink a few years ago, but now my Mom is sick in the hospital with a severe kidney infection. She only has one kidney (having lost the other to cancer in 1965 when she was in her 20s), she seems not to be responding to the antibiotics (she's allergic to most antibiotics anyway), and now she's severely short of breath. The docs don't seem to be all that sure of what's causing this to be so resistant to treatment so...
  • 13 patients receive kidney transplants in historic 26-operation swap [Never happen under Obamacare]

    12/15/2009 7:00:35 PM PST · by delacoert · 10 replies · 451+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | December 14, 2009 | Rosemary Black
    Thirteen extremely sick patients. Highly skilled surgeons who performed 26 operations, a quick-thinking organ transplant expert and big-hearted donors. They were all part of a recent record-setting kidney swap in the nation's capital that was part of a major push to get transplants to patients who might not usually qualify. And when it was over, all 13 people had received lifesaving kidneys, the Associated Press reports. So Georgetown University Hospital's kidney transplant director, Dr. Keith Melancon, came up with an unusual option: If both Williams and Irene Otten could get a near- perfect donor kidney (a kidney that just a...
  • Landlord donates kidney to her tenant

    10/24/2009 8:12:49 AM PDT · by Saije · 20 replies · 503+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/24/2009 | Amanda Marrazzo
    The subject of James Love's precarious health came up one day last winter when his landlord was chatting with Love's wife about a leaky faucet. Barbara Thomas, who rents a home to the couple and their six children in Sleepy Hollow, asked Shira Love what her husband needed to avoid kidney dialysis. Born with sickle cell anemia, he had endured years of excruciating pain and renal failure. Shira Love told Thomas that he desperately needed a kidney but that it was hard to find a match because of his O-positive blood type. "The second Shira said James needed a kidney,...
  • Roe V Wade : The right to choose ........ Organ Sales?

    08/23/2009 1:59:03 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 8 replies · 534+ views
    Now, I did a little bit of digging, and here's what I came up with. According to our president: Obama Statement on 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision =========="Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, it's never been more important to protect a woman's right to choose. Last year, the Supreme Court decided by a vote of 5-4 to uphold the Federal Abortion Ban, and in doing so undermined an important principle of Roe v. Wade: that we must always protect women's health. With one more vacancy on the Supreme Court, we could be looking at...
  • N. Korea's Kim undergoing kidney dialysis: report

    07/31/2009 12:57:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 844+ views
    AFP ^ | 07/30/09
    NKorea's Kim undergoing kidney dialysis: report (AFP) – 1 day ago SEOUL — North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il is undergoing kidney dialysis twice a week as a result of his diabetes, a South Korean activist said Thursday, quoting unidentified sources in Pyongyang. The health of Kim, 67, is the subject of intense interest as he has not formally named someone to succeed him at the helm of the secretive communist state. "His illness suddenly became worse last May, forcing him to receive dialysis," Ha Tae-Keung, president of the Open Radio for North Korea, said on a radio talk show. "The...
  • Priest shares gift of life through kidney donation

    07/08/2009 3:34:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 392+ views
    Catholic Spirit ^ | July 8, 2009 | JULIE FILBY
    Father Steven Voss has been given a second chance at life, and he owes it to a fellow priest. Father Voss, parochial vicar at Spirit of Christ Parish in Arvada, underwent a successful kidney transplant April 22 at the University of Colorado Hospital. The kidney donor was Father Matthew Hartley, 31, parochial vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Northglenn. The transplanted kidney may add anywhere from 10 to more than 20 years to the life of Father Voss, 30, who has suffered severe health problems since the age of 1. On April 8, Father Voss was on his way...
  • Kidney cancer patients denied life-saving drugs by NHS rationing body NICE (UK Socialized Medicine)

    07/02/2009 9:05:06 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 8 replies · 805+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 29th April 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Thousands of kidney cancer patients are likely to lose out on life-prolonging drugs. The NHS rationing body, NICE, has confirmed a ban on three out of four new treatments. It has reversed its position on just one, Sutent, which will now be allowed for patients with advanced cancer. But campaigners who fought NICE's original blanket ban said this was not enough. They said some patients with heart problems cannot tolerate Sutent. Kate Spall, head of the Pamela Northcott Fund campaign group, said the ruling meant that fewer than half of newly diagnosed patients would be eligible for therapy. She added:...
  • Face of Defense: Sergeant Gives Kidney to Fellow Airman

    02/05/2009 3:21:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 219+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Master Sgt. Darryl Bush, USAF
    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., Feb. 5, 2009 – On April 30, 2008, Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Jones became what some would call the "ultimate wingman." Left to right, Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Jones, 58th Maintenance Operations Squadron; Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley; Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam Johnson, 58th MOS; and Air Force Master Sgt. Harold Anderson, 58th MOS first sergeant, pose for a photo at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 12, 2008. Jones donated one of his kidneys to Johnson, who was suffering from a rare immune system disorder....
  • Donate a kidney; you'll feel good and be just as healthy

    01/28/2009 9:24:45 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies · 1,037+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 1/28/09 | JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY
    People who donate a kidney live just as long and are just as healthy as those with two kidneys, according to a new study by University of Minnesota researchers that is the largest ever done on the long-term health consequences of donation. The study provides reassurance about the safety of kidney donation that could encourage more organ donations at a time when the need for such transplants is on the rise. Today there are 78,000 people on the kidney transplant list, and most will not survive the five- to seven-year wait for a kidney from a deceased donor. "I'm hoping...
  • I Want The House, The Kids And The Kidney!

    01/08/2009 10:22:55 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 838+ views
    CBS News ^ | December 8, 2009
    A Long Island man's quest to end his messy divorce took a new turn this week as he demanded his estranged wife give back the kidney he donated to her in 2001. It's a touching tale and one that has been met with ridicule from area divorce attorneys. "She ripped out his heart, but he doesn't get to rip out her kidney," says Lisa Bloom, a legal analyst for CBS' The Early Show. Calling this a publicity stunt by the scorned husband, Dr. Richard Batista, Bloom says there is absolutely no chance his soon-to-be ex-wife, Dawnell, will have to give...
  • Long Island doctor Richard Batista to estranged wife: Give me my kidney back or $1.5M

    01/07/2009 6:26:24 PM PST · by doug from upland · 57 replies · 1,974+ views
    nydailynews ^ | 1-7-08 | Larry McShane, Dave Goldiner
    Long Island doctor Richard Batista to estranged wife: Give me my kidney back or $1.5M By LARRY McSHANE and DAVE GOLDINER DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Updated Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 5:36 PM Warga/News Dr. Richard Batista donated his kidney to his wife, Dawnell, in 2001. A Long Island surgeon who donated a kidney to his wife wants it back - or $1.5 million in cash - because she cheated on him. Dr. Richard Batista said Wednesday he felt nothing but joy when he gave his wife, Dawnell, the lifesaving organ transplant in 2001. "Theres no value you can put on...
  • An ‘Angel’ From Alabama

    07/04/2008 11:52:56 AM PDT · by Alouette · 26 replies · 181+ views
    Jewish Week ^ | July 2, 2008 | Sharon Udasin
    For Marisa Hester, a Pentecostal Christian from Prattville, Ala., choosing an outfit for an ultra-Orthodox Crown Heights wedding wasn’t easy. Sorting through her two sets of formalwear, she eventually opted for a knee-length floral skirt and a high-necked black chiffon blouse, embellished with sparkling beads. She worried, however, that her slightly sheer sleeves were too revealing and would insult her newfound family. But at the June 24 wedding, the bride and her relatives could not have been less offended. A year ago, Hester, 26, gave an invaluable gift to the bride’s father, Hershey Fellig, 47, whose struggle she had read...
  • True Brotherhood: Marine Donates Kidney to Fellow Marine (Video available)

    05/23/2008 9:28:34 PM PDT · by Stoat · 10 replies · 162+ views
    Fox News / Newsday ^ | May 23, 2008 | Karlie Pouliot
    (edit)Kelly, 61, who is also a retired Marine sergeant, was immediately tested to see if he was a match, and as luck would have it, he was.“It was really admirable to see these two men who had defied fear in battle and situations of severe adversity to come together,” Molmenti told FOXNews.com. “Now they’re fighting the biggest fight of their whole lives and they're helping each other with this precious gift.” (edit)
  • Alamo-Girl: urgent prayer request for my niece, she needs a liver

    04/07/2008 6:09:26 PM PDT · by Alamo-Girl · 635 replies · 652+ views
    self | April 7, 2008 | Alamo-Girl
    I have just received word that my niece is in the hospital and in very, very, very bad health. Her liver has failed and her kidneys are now failing. She is on the transplant list, but without a new liver she won’t be leaving the hospital. Please join with me in lifting her up to God for His healing and blessing, asking for a new liver for her. Prayers for her family are also appreciated.
  • New kidney 'changed my whole personality'

    03/17/2008 8:48:13 AM PDT · by BGHater · 60 replies · 2,046+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 16 Mar 2008 | Telegraph
    A woman claims to have undergone a complete "personality transplant" after receiving a new kidney. Cheryl Johnson, 37, says she has changed completely since receiving the organ in May. She believes that she must have picked up her new characteristics from the donor, a 59-year-old man who died from an aneurysm. Now, not only has her personality changed, the single mother also claims that her tastes in literature have taken a dramatic turn. Whereas she only used to read low-brow novels, Dostoevsky has become her author of choice since the transplant. Miss Johnson, from Penwortham, in Preston, Lancs, said: "You...
  • Bill would require NJ drivers to make organ donation choice

    02/14/2008 9:00:14 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 86 replies · 246+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | February 14, 2008 | Susan K. Livio
    New Jersey would become the first state in the country to require people renewing or obtaining a driver's license to decide whether they are willing to become registered organ donors under a bill a Senate committee approved today. The "New Jersey Hero Act" (S755) also would make New Jersey the first state to require high school health classes to teach the importance of organ donation. The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee unanimously approved the bill over the objections of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. MVC Chief of Staff Denise Coyle said neither the commission's 30-year-old computer...
  • Kidney Thefts Shock India (Offered work, Kidney taken)

    01/29/2008 7:46:58 PM PST · by frankjr · 17 replies · 161+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/20/08 | AMELIA GENTLEMAN
    As the anesthetic wore off, Naseem Mohammed said, he felt an acute pain in lower left side of his abdomen. Fighting drowsiness, he fumbled beneath the unfamiliar folds of a green medical gown and traced his fingers over a bandage attached with surgical tape. An armed guard by the door told him that his kidney had been removed. Mr. Mohammed was the last of about 500 Indians whose kidneys were removed by a team of doctors running an illegal transplant operation, supplying kidneys to rich Indians and foreigners, police officials said. A few hours after his operation last Thursday, the...
  • Kidney Shortage Inspires A Radical Idea: Organ Sales

    11/13/2007 4:24:55 PM PST · by leadpencil1 · 26 replies · 349+ views
    Wall Street Hournal ^ | November 13, 2007 | LAURA MECKLER
    Amid a severe kidney-donor shortage, an idea long considered anathema in the medical community is gaining new currency: payments for people willing to give up a kidney. One of the most outspoken voices on the topic isn't a free-market libertarian, but a prominent transplant surgeon named Arthur Matas. Dr. Matas, 59 years old, is a Canadian-born physician best known for his research at the University of Minnesota. Lately, he's been traveling the country trying to make the case that barring kidney sales is tantamount to sentencing some patients to death. "There's one clear argument for sales," Dr. Matas told a...
  • British Practitioner Who Botched Abortion Won't Get Medical License Back

    09/01/2007 7:51:24 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 3 replies · 283+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 31, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorAugust 31, 2007London, England (LifeNews.com) -- British abortion practitioner Andrew Gbinigie nearly killed a woman in a botched abortion and was the subject of charges of sexual harassment from 35 women. He has been unable to find a job since multiple hearings were held on the cases and has now lost an appeal to get his medical license reinstated.In May 2006, the British General Medical Council determined that Gbinigie, a 51-year-old, could practice medicine again if he underwent retraining to update his medical skills.He also faced restrictions including only working at hospitals with intensive care facilities and...
  • Mysterious Kidney Disease Blamed On Bad Bread

    07/09/2007 2:33:52 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 704+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7-9-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Mysterious kidney disease blamed on bad bread 22:00 09 July 2007 NewScientist.com news service Roxanne Khamsi Contamination of wheat by Aristolochia clematis, pictured here, could be the cause of deadly kidney failure among thousands of people in the Balkans. (Image: Kurt Stüber) Farmers in the Balkans are failing to weed out the cause of a kidney disease, according to a new study that appears to have resolved a decades-long mystery. The contamination of the region's wheat by the birthwort plant seems to be the source of an unusual form of kidney failure and urinary tract cancer that afflicts many people...
  • Kidney donor TV show planned

    05/26/2007 1:10:16 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies · 745+ views
    AFP ^ | May 26, 2007
    The Hague - Dutch broadcaster BNN plans to air a television show next week where a terminally ill woman will decide who out of three young patients will get her kidney, Dutch media said o Saturday. Viewers will be able to advise the 37-year-old woman, known as Lisa, via text messages which of the candidates to pick, the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper said. The show is scheduled for next Friday in a prime time spot. BNN, whose former director died from kidney failure and spent years on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper that the...
  • Adult stem repair of damaged brain, pancreas, kidney cells newly understood

    05/10/2007 7:04:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 347+ views
    Huliq ^ | 04.30.07
    New studies in the laboratory of Dr. Darwin J. Prockop, Director of Tulane University’s Center for Gene Therapy, are shedding light on the previously mysterious mechanism through which even relatively small amounts of stem/progenitor cells taken from a patient’s own bone marrow enhance repair of damaged tissues. The cells not only differentiate to replace injured cells, as had been understood, but they also stimulate the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells already present in the injured tissue and they transfer mitochondrial DNA to local cells in which the mitochondria (the energy of the cell) is not working. Better understanding of...
  • Study explores stem-progenitor cells

    05/10/2007 6:53:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 152+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 05.01.07
    NEW ORLEANS, May 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. study has partly resolved the mystery of how small amounts of adult stem/progenitor cells can repair damaged brain, pancreas, and kidney cells. The researchers in the laboratory of Darwin Prockop, director of Tulane University's Center for Gene Therapy, found the cells not only differentiate to replace injured cells, but also stimulate the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells already present in the injured tissue. Prockop said a better understanding of the different mechanisms of the stem/progenitor cells suggests multiple strategies for developing new therapies for a broad range of diseases, as well...
  • Kidney donation ends couple's separation [Chip needed a kidney and Cindy offered him one of hers]

    05/04/2007 6:40:24 AM PDT · by bedolido · 2 replies · 219+ views
    mercurynews ^ | 05-04-2007 | staff writer
    ALLENTOWN, Pa.- A couple who grew apart and had agreed to split up were reunited by a life-threatening crisis. After more than 10 years of marriage, Chip and Cindy Altemos agreed about 5 years ago to separate, see other people, and begin divorce proceedings. But when 48-year-old Chip was hospitalized with kidney failure in September, Cindy, 49, offered him one of hers.
  • Renal patients’ hope may ‘stem’ from here

    03/04/2007 3:16:52 PM PST · by Coleus · 192+ views
    Indian Express ^ | 03.03.07
    Ahmedabad, March 3: THE illusive grafting of stem cells for kidney transplantation to ensure complete withdrawal of drugs for patients who have undergone this critical transplantation has finally been reached by a team led by Dr HL Trivedi at the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC). The team infused new kind of stem cells called “Mesenchymal Stem Cells” on one Hetal Mewada who underwent transplantation at the institute on February 9 last. “These cells are infused to create tolerance in the recipient’s body for the donor’s organ,” said Dr Trivedi, Director of IKDRC. Transplanters across the globe have...
  • Human Kidney Found 2 Months After Theft From 'Bodies' Exhibit in Seattle

    02/23/2007 3:08:50 PM PST · by Stoat · 16 replies · 531+ views
    Fox News / AP ^ | February 23, 2006
    A human kidney stolen from an exhibit of preserved bodies and organs was recovered after two months, thanks to an anonymous tip, police said.Police interviewed and released a 26-year-old Tacoma man about the case and were waiting for prosecutors to decide whether to bring charges, Officer Jeffery R. Kappel said. Police declined to say why the kidney was taken or where it had been kept. (snip)The kidney was part of an interactive area where visitors can touch some body parts.
  • Methodist minister donates kidney to rabbi

    01/21/2007 3:53:51 PM PST · by Alouette · 8 replies · 278+ views
    YNet ^ | Jan. 20, 2007
    Both donor, recipient say although people feel religion a barrier to organ donation, saving lives is encouraged Reuters Published: 01.20.07, 19:15 When a New Jersey Methodist minister heard a local rabbi needed a kidney transplant, religious differences did not stop her from stepping forward to offer him one of her own. Rabbi Andrew Bossov is one of nearly 70,000 Americans currently awaiting a kidney transplant, and is set to receive a kidney from minister Karen Onesti on January 23., at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "I asked him how he was, he said he needed a...
  • Another New Drug Approved For Kidney Cancer

    10/22/2006 9:38:05 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 248+ views
    Cancer Decisions ^ | 10.01.06 | Ralph Moss, Ph.D.
    In late July, the European Commission (EC) approved the drug Nexavar (sorafenib, formerly known as BAY 43-9006) for the treatment of advanced kidney cancer. Nexavar is classified as an oral multikinase inhibitor targeting tumors and their blood supply. It is similar in many ways to Pfizer's new drug Sutent. In December 2005, Nexavar was given "fast track" approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the same indication as Sutent. (A "fast track" review is aimed at speeding up the approval process for drugs designed to treat patients with serious or life-threatening diseases, where there is an unmet...
  • Italians in ADULT stem-cell advances

    09/06/2006 9:51:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 302+ views
    Ansa ^ | 09.06.06
    Adult kidney, liver cells can repair organs, studies say (ANSA) - Florence, September 6 - Two teams of Italian scientists have made important advances in stem-cell research that could pave the way for new treatments for kidney and liver disease. What is more, the researchers say the cells appear able to turn into an array of other body cells. Importantly, amid controversy over the use of embryos for stem-cell research, both discoveries were made in adults. A Florence team led by top immunologist Sergio Romagnani has identified kidney stem cells that have proved capable of helping damaged kidneys repair themselves....
  • New research demonstrates bone-marrow derived stem cells can reverse genetic kidney disease

    04/24/2006 9:21:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 258+ views
    Eurek Alert ^ | Bonnie Prescott
    Animal study shows promise for treatment of Alport syndrome BOSTON -- The discovery that bone-marrow derived stem cells can regenerate damaged renal cells in an animal model of Alport syndrome provides a potential new strategy for managing this inherited kidney disease and offers the first example of how stem cells may be useful in repairing basement membrane matrix defects and restoring organ function. Led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the findings are described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which appears on-line the week of April 24, 2006. Symptoms of Alport syndrome,...
  • He's a lumberjack and he's not OK

    01/17/2006 10:11:00 AM PST · by ShorelineMike · 60 replies · 1,681+ views
    Stjepan Lizacic says he was a manly lumberjack until doctors saved his life and made him a laughing stock. The 56-year-old Croatian claims he started "enjoying housework and knitting" after doctors replaced his pickled and diseased kidney with a female kidney. Instead of enjoying a night of heavy drinking with his pals, Lizacic now prefers housework. "The kidney transplant saved my life, but they never warned me about the side effects,'' the lumberjack told his local paper. "I have developed a strange passion for female jobs like ironing, sewing, washing dishes, sorting clothes in wardrobes and even knitting." Lizacic, who...
  • Soldier gives Marine a kidney

    01/05/2006 3:38:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 544+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 5, 2005 | Sandy Miller
    BUHL, Idaho -- You never call a Marine a Soldier and you never call a Soldier a Marine. And never confuse a Marine's "oohrah" with a Soldier’s "hooah." In fact, one of the few things a Marine and a Soldier will agree on is how much fun it is to make jokes about the Air Force. But when it comes down to the wire, they come through for each other.
  • SV man's sister gives him an early gift (The Gift of Life)

    12/25/2005 8:49:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 321+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | Dec 25, 2005 | Amanda Baillie
    SIERRA VISTA — When Jay Record woke up this morning, he already had the gift he wanted — a new kidney. Now the Sierra Vista dad hopes to be starting 2006 with a new lease of life after receiving the kidney from his sister Juliann. The siblings are now recovering from the Dec. 15 operation, which took place at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. “I felt great knowing that I would be getting a healthy kidney, especially coming from a family member. That made it really special,” said Jay, 34, who first learned his kidneys were not...
  • Second chance: Active-duty father donates kidney (Tissues at the Ready)

    11/30/2005 3:22:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 269+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Nov 29, 2005 | Airman 1st Class Stephen Cadette
    11/29/2005 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- It’s evening, and the Pitman family is playing Candyland in their living room. Devin, 5, bounces from the sofa to the gameboard and pulls a card. “Ice cream!” the blue-eyed boy shouts, and moves his yellow pawn toward the end of the trail. “My turn,” his father says, leaning over the board to pull a card. In two moves, he catches up with Devin, placing his pawn side by side with his son’s. They share the same purple square. But that’s not all they share. Devin and his father, Tech. Sgt....
  • Irish man who died of overdose had kidney removed in Spain (Urban Legend Comes True??)

    11/26/2005 8:31:55 PM PST · by Murtyo · 16 replies · 917+ views
    The Sunday Tribune (Dublin, Ireland) ^ | Sunday, Nov 26, 2005 | Isabel Hayes
    A KIDNEY was removed from the body of a 27-year-old Irish man who died from a drug overdose in Ibiza last August, the Sunday Tribune has learned. The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to the family of Finbarr Kelly that one of his kidneys was removed before his body was returned home to Ireland last August. His family had not given permission for such a procedure. The report of the autopsy carried out in Spain failed to record this information. Kelly, a business graduate from Sligo town, travelled to Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza, last August with a group of 11...
  • A desperately ill doctor bets on a miracle (uses adult stem cells for a very rare kidney disease)

    06/23/2005 7:57:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 4,061+ views
    The Record ^ | 09.26.04
    A desperately ill doctor bets on a miracle Sunday, September 26, 2004 First of four partsOne patient was on the table and another was in the next exam room when the phone rang for Dr. Robert Manzi, a Ridgefield internist. He took it in the hallway and said, "Hi, Joe, what's up?"It was his kidney specialist, a colleague at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, calling with results from Manzi's biopsy. Manzi hoped to find out why he'd been losing weight, feeling tired, and seeing suds in his urine."Bob,'' the specialist said, "you have primary systemic amyloidosis.''Manzi had read a brief...