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Latest Islet cell transplantation Stories

2011-06-30 19:20:39

A new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation reveals that there is a significant risk of serious skin cancers, including cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, in heart transplant patients. When people receive heart transplants, they need immune medications to keep their body from rejecting the transplant. The changes to the immune system they experience as a result of the medications can also make them more susceptible to developing cancers. Led by Murad Alam,...

2011-02-17 21:23:06

Two studies published in the current issue of Cell Transplantation (19:12) investigate frontiers of islet cell transplantation for treating diabetes. Researchers in Milan, Italy re-examine the role of bone marrow stem cells in diabetic therapy and islet cell regeneration and Canadian researchers offer improved strategies for optimizing pancreatic islet culture in vitro. Both studies are in the current issue of Cell Transplantation, freely available on-line at...

2011-01-26 11:23:00

HACKENSACK N.J., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The MOLLY and LINDSEY Diabetes Research Foundation at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) and the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have joined forces to find the cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Together they will form the Hackensack-Miami DRI Federation Project, a think tank of East Coast specialists who will fast-track the best research ideas coming out of...

2011-01-20 16:02:16

Experimental human model advances liver cell transplantation A new study reports on the success of growing human liver cells on resorbable scaffolds made from material similar to surgical sutures. Researchers suggest that this liver tissue could be used in place of donor organs during liver transplantation or during the bridge period until a suitable donor is available for patients with acute liver failure. Findings of this study appear in the February issue of Liver Transplantation, a...

2010-11-12 15:24:00

Makes Promise to Cure Millions Living with Diabetes MIAMI, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Diabetes Research Institute is joining the International Diabetes Federation, the United Nations and millions of concerned people around the world this Sunday, November 14, 2010, to recognize World Diabetes Day, the primary global awareness campaign for diabetes. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101112/DC00803) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101112/DC00803)...

2010-11-03 08:28:39

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Kidney failure affects nearly half a million individuals in the United States, and 48 percent of sufferers are 60 years of age or older. Kidney disease patients who receive a transplant live longer than those that remain on dialysis. Elderly people with kidney failure are getting kidney transplants more often than they did a decade ago. This suggests that the chances of receiving a kidney transplant are better than ever for older people. Living and deceased organ...

2010-10-28 15:22:37

Lower survival rate for thin pediatric patients in first year after transplant A new study from the University of Washington reported obese children are at increased mortality risk in later years following primary liver transplantation (LT). Pediatric patients who are thin or severely thin, experience an early mortality risk"”within the first year post-LT. Details of the ten-year survival analysis are published in the November issue of Liver Transplantation, a peer-reviewed journal of...

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2010-06-29 10:42:26

No immune suppression drugs needed In a step toward curing diabetes in humans, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have alleviated the disease in rats using transplants from both embryonic and adult pigs. The rats adopted the pig transplants as their own and produced enough insulin to control their blood sugar "“ all without the need for anti-rejection drugs. The researchers report their findings online in the American Journal of Pathology. Using a...

2010-06-04 13:34:43

A team of researchers from several collaborating Baylor University research centers and from Japan's Okayama Graduate School of Medicine have found a way to more consistently isolate pancreatic islet cells from brain dead donors using ductal injection (DI), a process that immediately cools donor islet cells at the injection site. The more successful islet isolation process resulted in the three type 1-diabetes patients, who received islet cell transplants, becoming insulin independent. Their...

2010-05-25 08:06:13

Three new reports describe biomarkers that identify either kidney transplant recipients likely to maintain excellent and stable allograft function in the absence of immunosuppressive drugs or those at risk of losing their transplants. Peter Heeger and Bernd Schröppel, at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, describe in an accompanying commentary, the importance of these studies and how they might impact the management of patients in the clinic to provide a more personalized...