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  • 3D printed liver transplants one step closer

    07/28/2016 2:31:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    3D Printing Industry ^ | July 28, 2016 | Nick Hall
    3D printed organ transplants have been in the cards for a while, but deep tissue printing has proved problematic. Now a team of scientists in Korea think they have cracked the code for producing functional liver tissue by printing functional mouse liver cells. Simply put, we need more livers than we currently have as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasingly prevalent. The donor system, meanwhile, is inherently flawed. Patients face agonising treatment while they wait for a suitable liver. There is simply no guarantee they will get a matching organ in time and even if they do, there can...

    07/18/2016 1:14:23 PM PDT · by knarf · 96 replies
    right now !
  • James Earl (Jimmy) Carter has metastasized Liver Cancer

    08/12/2015 1:51:08 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 129 replies
    FoxNews Cavuto | 08/12/15 | Fox News
    Verbal announcement that the previous surgery for a liver tumor has now been diagnosed as a cancer and it has apparently spread beyond the liver.
  • U.S. Government ‘Humanized’ Mice With Tissue Taken from Babies at 17- to 22-Weeks Gestational Age

    08/05/2015 6:48:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/5/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - A group of government researchers working for a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana made “humanized mice” by implanting the mice with tissues cut from human livers and thymuses taken from babies at 17 to 22 weeks gestational age. The researchers then published a paper describing how they constructed this particular type of “humanized” mouse, saying they hoped their description of the process would help other researchers seeking to make such mice in the future. The same government researchers had collaborated on another journal article about the “humanized” mouse with an NIH-funded researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital--which...
  • Former President Jimmy Carter Undergoes Liver Operation

    08/03/2015 11:05:32 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 3, 2015
    The Carter Center says former President Jimmy Carter has undergone a medical procedure to remove a small mass in his liver, and that he's expected to make a full recovery.
  • Confused about the Pepsi/fetal cell issue? Here are the facts (2012 flashback)

    07/29/2015 10:10:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    life site news ^ | 7/29/15 | Apr 3, 2012 -
    I have received a few requests from pro-lifers like Vicki:Can you provide some clarity to the Pepsi/cells from aborted babies controversy.  I cannot sort out whether this is valid or not. Yes and NoBottom line: There are no aborted embryonic or fetal cells in any of PepsiCo’s final products.But: Aborted cells are used in the development of artificial flavor enhancers by biotech company Senomyx, with which PepsiCo signed a four-year, $30 million agreement in 2010 for research and development. No Pepsi products containing Senonymx flavor enhancers should be expected until 2013.Senomyx’s disputed cell line is HEK-293, derived from the kidney...
  • Planned Parenthood Defends Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies: “But We’re Not Making a Profit”

    07/29/2015 8:30:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 59 replies ^ | Sarah Zagorski Jul 29, 2015 |
    Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) has responded to the video released by the Center for Medical Progress showing their abortionist negotiating the price of aborted babies’ body parts. The footage features Dr. Savita Ginde, the Vice President and Medical Director of PPRM in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Ginde tells actors posing as buyers from a fake human biologics company known as Biomax that payment per organ will be the most financially beneficial for Planned Parenthood. She said, “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”...
  • The Retail Value of Fetal Organs Harvested by Planned Parenthood

    An undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood has turned up evidence that it sold “intact” fetal organs to at least one California company known as Stem Express... However, she added that the national organization does not offer clients a “menu” because their own lawyers don’t, “want us to be the middle people for this issue right now.” Dr. Nucatola then mentions that another buyer called Stem Express had approached them with the same request. Stem Express is a California-based company started in 2010. Its website was apparently put into a maintenance mode on Tuesday after the story broke. However, the Internet...
  • Today's lunch: Liver, eggplant and turnips.

    07/07/2015 10:34:32 AM PDT · by fishtank · 50 replies
    Right here. ^ | 7-7-15 | Fishtank
    Today's lunch: Liver, eggplant and turnips. Just FYI. I really felt I needed to share this today.
  • More than 3,000 epigenetic switches control daily liver cycles

    12/14/2012 2:34:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 11, 2012 | NA
    Thousand of epigenetic switches in the liver control whether genes turn on or off in response to circadian cycles. The figure illustrates daily changes, every six hours, in five different...When it's dark, and we start to fall asleep, most of us think we're tired because our bodies need rest. Yet circadian rhythms affect our bodies not just on a global scale, but at the level of individual organs, and even genes. Now, scientists at the Salk Institute have determined the specific genetic switches that sync liver activity to the circadian cycle. Their finding gives further insight into the mechanisms behind...
  • Newly discovered hormone points to potential treatment for obesity, diabetes, NAFLD

    11/22/2014 8:52:21 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 21 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/17/14 | University of Michigan
    Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered how a previously unknown hormone serves as a messenger from fat cells to the liver and are investigating the potential of developing a new treatment for metabolic disorders.
  • This Grandfather Allegedly Cured Liver Cancer With Homemade Cannabis Oil

    07/23/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 86 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 7-13-2014 | Lizette Borreli
    Mike Cutler, a 63-year-old grandfather, allegedly killed his cancer cells with homemade cannabis oil, after receiving his second liver cancer diagnosis in five years. The cancer survivor was first diagnosed with liver cancer in 2009 after he blacked out at work, after which he then received an organ transplant in November of that year. However, last year, his health took a turn for the worst when he found out new cancerous cells were attacking his new organ. A liver transplant and a second cancer diagnosis later, Cutler decided to buy marijuana from a dealer and make his tablets from the...
  • Biotech Firm: We Will 3D Print A Human Liver In 2014

    12/31/2013 11:59:16 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    2014 could be a landmark year for an amazing medical technology: human organs built by 3D printers. San Diego biotech firm Organovo promises that its "bioprinting" technology will successfully print a human liver by the end of 2014, the company told Computerworld's Lucas Mearian. Mearian reports: Like other forms of 3D printing, bio-printing lays down layer after layer of material -- in this case, live cells -- to form a solid physical entity -- in this case, human tissue. The major stumbling block in creating tissue continues to be manufacturing the vascular system needed to provide it with life-sustaining oxygen...
  • Dad Loses 40 Pounds To Become Daughter’s Liver Donor

    12/29/2013 6:45:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Newsone ^ | Dec 27, 2013 | Dec 27, 2013
    A year ago, Eduardo Camargo (pictured) was on one of the toughest missions of his life, but it was a battle he had to win at all costs. Camargo needed to lose forty pounds in less than two months so that he could be a liver donor for his baby girl, Jazlyn (pictured), according to ABC News. The 35-year-old dad, who weighed in at 210 pounds, had a fatty liver, which is common in people who are overweight. People who are obese in general are also not good candidates for organ donation because they have a greater risk of complications...
  • Surgeon suspended over claims he branded a patient's liver

    12/24/2013 11:13:47 AM PST · by steelhead_trout · 41 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 24, 2013 | Miranda Prynne
    A surgeon has been suspended after allegedly branding his initials into a transplant patient's liver. Consultant Simon Bramhall, 48, is accused of burning 'SB' onto a patient's liver as he operated on him. The letters were spotted by a colleague during routine surgery on the unnamed patient. It is now feared the letters may have been imprinted onto hundreds of other transplant recipients.
  • Need a new liver? Just print one: 3D printer makes working human liver

    11/09/2013 7:21:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Metro ^ | November 9, 2013
    A group of US scientists have created the world’s smallest human liver which can survive for forty days and works like the real thing – using a 3D printer. The mini-livers, made by California-based medical research company Organvo, are just half a millimetre deep and four millimetres wide but can perform most of the functions that a real liver can. The printer builds up 20 layers of hepatocytes cells, which carry out liver functions, along with two major types of liver cell. It also adds cells from the lining of a blood vessel. This allows the liver cells to receive...
  • Tylenol maker tries new warning cap to curb overdoses

    08/30/2013 8:59:41 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 48 replies
    Morning Sentinel Online ^ | 30 August 2013 | Matthew Perrone-AP
    WASHINGTON — Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever. The unusual step, disclosed by the company that makes Tylenol, comes amid a growing number of lawsuits and pressure from the federal government that could have widespread ramifications for a medicine taken by millions of people every day. [snip]The new cap is designed to grab the attention of people who don't read warnings that already appear in the fine print on the product's label, according to company executives. [snip] Overdoses...
  • Miniature human liver grown in mice

    07/04/2013 1:26:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Nature News ^ | 03 July 2013 | Monya Baker
    Cells self-organize and grow into functional organs after transplantation. Transplanting tiny 'liver buds' constructed from human stem cells restores liver function in mice, researchers have found. Although preliminary, the results offer a potential path towards developing treatments for the thousands of patients awaiting liver transplants every year. The liver buds, approximately 4 mm across, staved off death in mice with liver failure, the researchers report this week in Nature1. The transplanted structures also took on a range of liver functions — secreting liver-specific proteins and producing human-specific metabolites. But perhaps most notably, these buds quickly hooked up with nearby blood...
  • 3D printer makes tiniest human liver ever

    04/23/2013 12:29:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 4/23/13 | Andy Coghlan
    Lab-grown livers have come a step closer to reality thanks to a 3D printer loaded with cells (see video above). Created by Organovo in San Diego, California, future versions of the system could produce chunks of liver for transplant. The mini-livers that Organovo made are just half a millimetre deep and 4 millimetres across but can perform most functions of the real thing. To create them, a printer builds up about 20 layers of hepatocytes and stellate cells – two major types of liver cell. Crucially, it also adds cells from the lining of blood vessels. These form a delicate...
  • Gene therapy and stem cells unite

    10/13/2011 6:30:34 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | October 12, 2011 | James Gallagher
    Two of the holy grails of medicine - stem cell technology and precision gene therapy - have been united for the first time in humans, say scientists.It means patients with a genetic disease could, one day, be treated with their own cells. A study in Nature corrected a mutation in stem cells made from a patient with a liver disease. Researchers said this was a "critical step" towards devising treatments, but safety tests were still needed. At the moment, stem cells created from a patient with a genetic illness cannot be used to cure the disease as those cells would...
  • I have cirrhosis of the liver

    07/03/2012 8:29:13 PM PDT · by fourth and three · 103 replies
    I lurk here a lot but don't really post. I just thought I would post here to see if anybody is familiar with all this. I learned about 3 months ago that I have cirrhosis of the liver, probably caused by alcohol use. I never thought I drank that much -- maybe 4 or 5 beers a night -- but I had such a habit for many years. I had no warning of such a problem, and only learned about it when my abdomen started becoming oddly swollen, and uncomfortable. Finally, when I was looking like a pregnant woman (literally},...
  • New compound discovered that rapidly kills liver cancer

    03/14/2012 7:10:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 14, 2012 | Provided by Virginia Commonwealth University
    Scientists have identified a new compound that rapidly kills hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, the most common form of liver cancer and fifth most common cancer worldwide, while sparing healthy tissue. The compound, Factor Qunolinone Inhibitor 1 (FQI1), works by inhibiting an oncogene originally discovered by a team of researchers led by Devanand Sarkar, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Harrison Scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center, Blick Scholar and assistant professor in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics and member of the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine. Recently published in the journal Proceedings of...
  • Green tea flavonoid may prevent reinfection with hepatitis C virus following liver transplantation

    12/01/2011 9:15:36 AM PST · by decimon · 1 replies
    Wiley-Blackwell ^ | December 1, 2011
    German researchers have determined that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)—a flavonoid found in green tea—inhibits the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from entering liver cells. Study findings available in the December issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, suggest that EGCG may offer an antiviral strategy to prevent HCV reinfection following liver transplantation. HCV infection can lead to chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or primary liver cancer. HCV is one of the most common causes of chronic liver disease and a primary indication for liver transplantation, affecting up to...
  • Milk thistle stops lung cancer in mice

    11/15/2011 1:03:55 PM PST · by decimon · 22 replies
    Colorado Cancer Blogs ^ | November 15, 2011 | Garth Sundem
    Tissue with wound-like conditions allows tumors to grow and spread. In mouse lung cancer cells, treatment with silibinin, a major component of milk thistle, removed the molecular billboards that signal these wound-like conditions and so stopped the spread of these lung cancers, according to a recent study published in the journal Molecular Carcinogenesis. Though the natural extract has been used for more than 2,000 years, mostly to treat disorders of the liver and gallbladder, this is one of the first carefully controlled and reported studies to find benefit. Here is how it works:Basically, in a cell there can be a...
  • Spell-Checked Stem Cells Show Promise Against Liver Disease

    10/13/2011 6:56:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 12 October 2011 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    Enlarge Image Gene fix. Red cells in this slice of mouse liver are making a human protein called A1At. Credit: K. YUSA ET AL., NATURE (ADVANCED ONLINE EDITION) ©2011 MACMILLAN PUBLISHERS LTD. Researchers have taken a step toward showing how stem cells might one day be used to help patients born with a deadly liver disease. The researchers corrected a DNA spelling error in patient skin cells that had been converted into so-called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, then coaxed the cells to form liver cells that seemed to function normally in mice. The approach is still a long...
  • Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets

    07/09/2011 2:48:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 09 Jul 2011 | Nick Squires
    A first-aid kit found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck has provided a remarkable insight into the medicines concocted by ancient physicians to cure sailors of dysentery and other ailments. A wooden chest discovered on board the vessel contained pills made of ground-up vegetables, herbs and plants such as celery, onions, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa and chestnuts – all ingredients referred to in classical medical texts. The tablets, which were so well sealed that they miraculously survived being under water for more than two millennia, also contain extracts of parsley, nasturtium, radish, yarrow and hibiscus. They were found in 136 tin-lined wooden vials...
  • Type 2 diabetes in newly diagnosed 'can be reversed'

    06/26/2011 4:20:02 AM PDT · by Clairity · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 23, 2011 | BBC
    An extreme eight-week diet of 600 calories a day can reverse Type 2 diabetes in people newly diagnosed with the disease, says a Diabetologia study. The 11 participants in the study were all diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the previous four years. Newcastle University researchers found the low-calorie diet reduced fat levels in the pancreas and liver, which helped insulin production return to normal. Three months after the end of the diet, when participants had returned to eating normally and received advice on healthy eating and portion size, most no longer suffered from the condition.
  • Worsening health of terror cleric could spark attacks, FBI warns

    12/14/2006 12:20:51 PM PST · by WestTexasWend · 25 replies · 691+ views
    WASHINGTON -- The health of terrorist cleric Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik, is deteriorating _ renewing fears that his death in prison could trigger an attack on the United States, officials said Thursday. There is no credible indication that an attack on the U.S. is imminent, said several law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation. In a two-page bulletin, dated Dec. 8, the FBI reported to federal intelligence officials that Rahman was rushed from prison to a Missouri hospital two days earlier for a blood transfusion. There, doctors discovered...
  • Absolute Best Liver and Onions

    04/01/2011 12:10:17 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Ingredients 2 pounds sliced beef liver 1 1/2 cups milk, or as needed 1/4 cup butter, divided 2 large Vidalia onions, sliced into rings 2 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed salt and pepper to taste Directions 1. Gently rinse liver slices under cold water, and place in a medium bowl. Pour in enough milk to cover. Let stand while preparing onions. (I like to soak up to an hour or two - whatever you have time for.) This step is SO important in taking the bitter taste of the liver out. 2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a...
  • A Cure For Diabetes: Medicine's Next Big Thing?

    10/11/2010 8:51:51 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 37 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/11/10 | Ivanhoe News
    Now, for the first time, researchers are using diabetes and "cure" in the same sentence. Doctor Donald Jump at Oregon State University eliminated diet-induced diabetes -- or type two diabetes -- in lab mice. "We saw that certain enzymes were being repressed by the high-fat diet," Donald Jump, Ph.D., department of nutrition and exercise sciences, said. The enzyme he's talking about is called fatty acid elongase-five. The more fat we eat, the less of the enzyme we produce. So, when researchers boosted the production of the enzyme in mice livers, they were cured of their diabetes in five days. "The...
  • A Brother's Ultimate Sacrifice-A Story of Faith Amidst Suffering (Ryan and Chad Arnold)

    08/21/2010 7:39:36 PM PDT · by nmh · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News Opinion ^ | 8/21/10 | Rev. Bill Shuler
    In Denver, Colorado two brothers embraced before going into surgery for a liver transplant. Ryan Arnold, age 34, was donating a part of his healthy liver so that his older brother Chad Arnold, who had an incurable liver disease, could live. This type of surgery is rare and not without risk. After what seemed to be a successful surgery complications arose. Within four days, the donor Ryan Arnold died while his brother Chad lived. Ryan and Chad’s father fought back tears as he broke the news to Chad with the simple words, “I have some bad news. Ryan’s gone but...
  • Beyond liver transplants: Acutely damaged livers may be repaired via transplanted hepatocytes

    02/01/2010 10:52:12 AM PST · by decimon · 5 replies · 367+ views
    Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 01, 2010) – A research team from the National Taiwan University Hospital has evaluated the efficiency of transplanted hepatocyte (liver) cells in animal models severely damaged by two kinds of chemical toxicity to see whether and how transplanted hepatocytes were able to efficiently repopulate the toxin-induced, severely damaged livers. The results of this study are published in the current double issue of Cell Transplantation (18:10/11) and are freely available on-line at . The study was carried out in the on-going effort to evaluate hepatocyte transplantation as an alternative to liver transplantation, not only because of the...
  • Man with donated liver hits 0.39 BAC

    12/09/2009 3:20:49 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 22 replies · 782+ views
    lacross tribune ^ | 12-9-09 | Tribune staff
    A liver transplant recipient was given a public intoxication warning Monday afternoon after he registered a 0.39 percent blood-alcohol level, according to La Crosse police reports. The 34-year-old man was found on a curb at Springbrook Way and Cliffside Drive about 3 p.m., reports stated. He could not stand or walk unassisted when a family member took him home, police noted. He was taken to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center for detoxification.
  • A few coffees a day keep liver disease at bay: study

    10/21/2009 7:35:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 614+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Researchers in the United States have found another good reason to go to the local espresso bar: several cups of coffee a day could halt the progression of liver disease, a study showed Wednesday. Sufferers of chronic hepatitis C and advanced liver disease who drank three or more cups of coffee per day slashed their risk of the disease progressing by 53 percent compared to patients who drank no coffee, the study led by Neal Freedman of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) showed. For the study, 766 participants enrolled in the Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-Term Treatment...
  • Nigerian Infant, Indian in Swap Liver Transplants

    08/19/2009 2:01:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 272+ views
    Times of India ^ | 20 August 2009 | Kounteya Sinha
    They were strangers living in different parts of the world till about three months ago, when terminal liver failure brought them together in Delhi. Now, 18-month-old Nigerian boy Dike and 44-year-old Mumbai resident Priya have become India's first patients to successfully undergo a swap liver transplant surgery. Unable to find suitable donors with a matching blood group for either Dike or Priya, doctors from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital decided to try out a liver swap, much on the lines of a swap kidney transplant, which has now become common. Five months after his birth, doctors diagnosed Dike with Billiary Atresia...
  • Scientists stop the ageing process

    08/12/2008 2:16:21 PM PDT · by BGHater · 10 replies · 75+ views
    ABC/AFP ^ | 11 Aug 2008 | ABC/AFP
    Scientists have stopped the ageing process in an entire organ for the first time, a study released today says. Published in today's online edition of Nature Medicine, researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York City also say the older organs function as well as they did when the host animal was younger. The researchers, led by Associate Professor Ana Maria Cuervo, blocked the ageing process in mice livers by stopping the build-up of harmful proteins inside the organ's cells. As people age their cells become less efficient at getting rid of damaged protein...
  • Daily Glass Of Wine Could Improve Liver Health

    05/21/2008 6:50:11 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 449+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-22-2008 | National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health
    Daily Glass Of Wine Could Improve Liver HealthFor individuals who reported drinking up to one glass of wine per day, as compared to no alcohol consumption, the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease was cut in half, according to a new study. (Credit: iStockphoto)ScienceDaily (May 22, 2008) — Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine are challenging conventional thinking with a study showing that modest wine consumption, defined as one glass a day, may not only be safe for the liver, but may actually decrease the prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). The study, which appears in the...
  • Fast-Food Liver Damage Can Be Reversed, Experts Say

    05/02/2008 2:40:30 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies · 175+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5-2-2008 | Saint Louis University Medical Center
    Fast-Food Liver Damage Can Be Reversed, Experts SayDiets high in fast food can be highly toxic to the liver and other internal organs, but that damage can be reversed, says one of the country's leading experts on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, who offers four steps to undo the effects of a 'super-size me' diet. (Credit: iStockphoto/Marketa Ebert) ScienceDaily (May 2, 2008) — Diets high in fast food can be highly toxic to the liver and other internal organs, but that damage can be reversed, says one of the country’s leading experts on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, who offers four steps...
  • 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.
  • Man-Made Molecules Reverse Liver Cirrhosis in Rats

    03/30/2008 12:28:08 PM PDT · by anymouse · 20 replies · 1,056+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3.30.08 | Tan Ee Lyn
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists in Japan have designed artificial molecules that when used with rats successfully reversed liver cirrhosis, a serious chronic disease in humans that until now can only be cured by transplants. Cirrhosis is the hardening or scarring of the liver, and is caused by factors such as heavy drinking and Hepatitis B and C. The disease is especially serious in parts of Asia, including China. Cirrhosis occurs when a class of liver cells starts producing collagen, a fibrous material that toughens skin and tendons. Such damage cannot be reversed although steps can be taken to prevent...
  • 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...
  • Marine donates 2/3 of liver, saves mother's life

    01/28/2008 4:38:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 164+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Mikaela M. Bravo-Cullen, USMC
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2008) -- Marines put their lives on the line in battle so that millions around them don’t have to. They’ve been doing this for 232 years, and continue, to this day, to sweat, bleed and fight to ensure the safety of this country. Putting one’s life on the line for another is a selfless act that comes straight from the heart. For Lance Cpl. Nathan J. Williamson, a warehouse clerk with Supply Company, 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, being a live organ donor allowed him to save his mom’s life...
  • Liver damage 'can be reversed'

    12/27/2007 3:25:45 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 33 replies · 904+ views
    Belfast Tellegraph ^ | 12/27/07 | Gary Fennelly
    Remarkably, the death of overactive hepatic stellate cells may also allow recovery from liver injury and reversal of liver fibrosis. Our latest finding proves we can actually reverse the damage. Drug could benefit heavy drinkersScientists in California have made a breakthrough in the treatment of liver damage. They are developing a drug for cirrhosis of the liver, the scarring caused by severe alcohol abuse. The scientists have developed a drug that not only slows progression of the disease but also reverses damage to the organ. Their discovery, published in PLoS Online on December 26, opens the door to treating...
  • New liver without transplant, from bone marrow stem cells

    10/01/2007 10:06:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 94+ views
    There's finally some hope for patients across the globe needing an urgent liver transplant but are unable to find a compatible donor organ. Scientists have, for the first time, found that stem cells, taken from the patients' bone marrow and injected into the diseased liver, can keep them alive until donor organs become available. Miraculously, the cells can also support liver function, until the organ is able to regenerate itself, eliminating the need for a transplant at all. The demand for liver donors is very high and many patients die waiting for one or are taken off because their condition...
  • Saved by a Stranger (bishop given new liver)

    08/11/2007 6:29:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 174+ views
    SLTRIB ^ | August 10, 2007 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    We have been blessed tenfold by this gift of life. . . . It has been one of the most spiritual experiences we have ever experienced in our lives."     Terri Haverty, whose husband, Dan, donated part of his liver to Bishop William Weigand     The nausea began in 1981, three months after Bishop William Weigand became shepherd to Utah's 80,000 or so Catholics.     Others might just have wolfed down Maalox, but Weigand sensed he needed a doctor. Trouble was, he didn't know one. In fact, the shy bishop didn't know anyone yet, so he turned to Salt Lake...
  • Second miracle approved - Dun Gorg canonisation process

    01/11/2007 10:29:14 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 534+ views
    Times of Malta ^ | January 11, 2007 | Michael Testa
    The late Pope John Paul II praying in front of the remains of Blessed Gorg Preca at the MUSEUM chapel in Blata l-Bajda in May 2001 The Congregation for Sainthood Causes in Rome has approved a second miracle that should lead to the canonisation of the Blessed Gorg Preca, the Archbishop's Curia said yesterday. The decision was taken following a discussion held at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican headed by Cardinal José Saraiva Martins on Tuesday. The decision was originally expected in the middle of last year but was delayed. Pope John Paul II beatified Dun Gorg in...
  • British scientists grow human liver in a laboratory

    10/30/2006 11:57:24 PM PST · by MadIvan · 39 replies · 1,111+ views
    The Evening Standard ^ | October 31, 2006 | Staff
    British scientists have grown the world's first artificial liver from stem cells in a breakthrough that will one day provide entire organs for transplant.The technique that created the 'mini-liver', currently the size of a one pence piece, will be developed to create a full-size functioning liver. Described as a 'Eureka moment' by the Newcastle University researchers, the tissue was created from blood taken from babies' umbilical cords just a few minutes after birth. As it stands, the mini organ can be used to test new drugs, preventing disasters such as the recent 'Elephant Man' drug trial. Using lab-grown liver tissue...
  • First liver grown from stem cells offers hope for transplant patients

    10/30/2006 4:39:17 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 59 replies · 1,556+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 10-31-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    AN ARTIFICIAL liver has been grown for the first time from stem cells, it emerged last night.The breakthrough by British scientists is considered the vital first step towards creating a fully artificial liver that could be used to tackle ever-growing waiting lists for transplants within as little as ten years.
  • 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....
  • N. Korea:Kim Jong-il in bad health, serious walking problem

    09/06/2006 8:37:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 62 replies · 2,616+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 09/06/06 | Lee Seung-woo
    /begin my excerptKim Jong-il in bad health, serious walking problem"Kim Jong-nam said to be involved in missile sales" (Kyungju = Yonhap News) Lee Seung-woo = Chung Hyung-geun, a Supreme Councilman of Hannara Party(conservative opposition) claimed, "Kim Jong-il has liver and heart problem, and is seriously diabetic, causing him to have a walking problem." Mr. Chung, a lawmaker on Intelligence Committee of National Assembly, made this comment while attending a dinner/conference at Ulsan branch of Hannara Party as one of the speakers, which was held at a resort in Kyungju. He went on to say, "As a result, Kim can only walk 20~30 meter at a time, and then take a...