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2010-06-17 14:21:00

Dual Heart/Liver Transplant Performed At Montefiore NEW YORK, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Juan Farias, left Montefiore Medical Center in time for Father's Day with his four children, and with the present of a new heart and a new liver. Mr. Farias was able to be discharged June 11, 2010 because of the extraordinary work of Montefiore physicians and surgeons over a wide range of medical disciplines. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100617/DC22956 ) (Photo:...

2010-06-10 15:16:53

The Liver Center at Baylor College of Medicine, already renowned for having the highest liver transplant survival rate in Texas among high-volume programs, has something new to celebrate. Dr. John Goss, professor of surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at BCM, has performed his 1,000th liver transplant since joining the BCM faculty. This milestone was reached on June 7 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. Goss is director of liver transplant programs at St. Luke's, Texas...

2010-05-05 15:00:22

Study finds approximately 50 percent drop in need for second liver transplant Treatment to reduce recurrence of hepatitis B appears to improve liver transplant outcomes for some patients, according to a Mayo Clinic study presented at the American Transplant Congress under way May 1-5 in San Diego. "We found that in patients with hepatitis B, the number of patients who were listed for a second transplant within three years decreased by 50 percent between 1996 and 2005," says Ray Kim, M.D., the...

2010-05-03 10:48:22

Patients should do research before deciding where they will get their transplant, study suggests For patients in need of a liver transplant, their choice of a transplant center can make a noteworthy difference in their outcomes, according to a Mayo Clinic study presented at the American Transplant Congress under way May 1-5 in San Diego. "We did find significant variation between centers in patient outcomes in the first year after transplant," says Ray Kim, M.D., one of the lead investigators...

2010-05-03 08:13:12

Extending hepatitis C treatment for liver transplant patients beyond current standards results in high clearance rates of the hepatitis C virus from the blood, and a low relapse rate, according to a study by Henry Ford Hospital. "We found that patients who achieved a sustained virological response were more likely to have had extended treatment after transplant," says Matthew Moeller, M.D., gastroenterology fellow at Henry Ford Hospital and lead author of the study. "In the study, we saw a...

2010-02-25 12:30:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Evidence uncovered this week in the Los Angeles trial of Anthem Blue Cross, subsidiary of WellPoint Inc., which denied a grocer payment for an out-of-state liver transplant, shows the insurance giant will only approve exceptions to its in-state transplant network if patients "push back." Consumer Watchdog, which posted the internal Anthem Blue Cross protocol at http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org/resources/BlueCrossPushBack.pdf, said Blue...

2010-01-07 14:31:52

Living liver donors share their stories -- more step forward to donate A recent study found that living donation increased 42% and the number of individuals who presented for donation evaluation increased 74% at centers in New York. The surge in live donation and donor evaluation occurred after additional education was provided to liver transplant candidates. Those candidates exposed to the peer-based intervention (education) reported significantly greater knowledge, greater likelihood to...

2010-01-05 20:06:42

Life-saving therapeutic interventions possible with early detection of hepatitis C recurrence A recent study by doctors from the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona, Spain determined that repeated liver stiffness measurements (LSM) in the first year following liver transplant (LT) could discriminate between slow and rapid "fibrosers" (patients with fibrosis stage of F2-F4 one year post LT). LSM were extremely accurate, particularly at the 6-month post LT point, in detecting...

2009-11-01 06:03:41

Extending hepatitis C treatment for liver transplant patients beyond current practice results in high rates of clearance of the hepatitis C virus from the blood, as well as a low rate of relapse, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. "We found that patients who achieved a sustained virological response were more likely to have had extended treatment," says Kimberly Brown, M.D., Division head of Gastroenterology at Henry Ford Hospital and senior author of the study. "In addition,...

2009-08-28 09:43:27

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1.5 to 2 million Americans are infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Prior studies have shown there to be significant racial differences in access to and outcomes of liver transplantation. Recently, doctors from across the U.S. conducted a multicenter retrospective-prospective study of the waitlist status and outcomes of liver transplant patients with HBV infection. This study led by Natalie Bzowej from California Pacific...