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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...

2009-06-29 09:53:40

Deterioration of renal function with CNI therapy has been widely reported in liver transplant recipients. Microproteinuria has been used to monitor the early changes of nephropathy in renal disease or cardiovascular events. However, whether microproteinuria could be used as an early and sensitive indicator to monitor CNI-related nephrotoxicity in liver transplant recipients has not been unequivocally addressed.A research article to be published in June 21, 2009 in the World Journal of...

2009-06-23 10:33:00

New Orleans' Ochsner Medical Center Offers Short Wait Times & High Survival for Liver Transplants NEW ORLEANS, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- (www.ochsner.org/transplant) - It's a little known fact that California resident and Founder/CEO of Apple, Inc., Steve Jobs, has brought to light: patients in need of transplants can be added to waiting lists in other states. New Orleans-based Ochsner Medical Center, which has some of the nation's shortest wait times and highest success rates, encourages...

2009-05-29 07:54:27

Two new studies address donor factors that could affect outcomes for liver transplant recipients, particularly those with chronic hepatitis C (HCV). One found that donor steatosis, or fat in the liver, does not affect liver disease progression or three-year survival in recipients with or without HCV. However, transplants from people higher on the Donor Risk Index did adversely affect the outcomes of HCV-positive recipients more than recipients without HCV.These studies are in the June issue...

2009-04-28 11:26:08

A British-led study has determined survival rates among HIV positive and HIV negative patients are similar following liver transplantations. The research led by Kosh Agarwal at the Institute of Liver Studies at Kings College Hospital in London showed no difference in survival rates at one and five years between HIV negative and HIV positive patients, suggesting a good prognosis for HIV positive patients following liver transplant. However, the researchers said their findings confirmed...

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2008-12-22 08:25:00

A recent scientific discovery could reduce liver damage and prevent deaths caused by paracetamol overdoses. Patients who suffer the greatest liver damage have higher levels of a protein known as cyclophilin A in their urine, researchers said treatments to block the harmful effects of the protein may aid such patients. The University of Edinburgh research team said about 200 people die each year in the UK following a paracetamol overdose. Around 20 overdose patients underwent a liver...

2008-11-13 12:00:25

Less than a week after making history as Children's Medical Center's 400th liver transplant patient, 10-month-old Serenity Stephens of North Richland Hills met the patient that started it all -- on the anniversary of the day the first patient received her liver. Melissa Lively, a 26-year-old special education teacher from Ft. Worth, was the first patient at Children's to undergo the life-saving liver transplant procedure. In 1984, at the age of two, Lively received a new liver after over...

2008-10-07 15:00:10

By SHARPE, Marty AN IHC organisation is being prosecuted after one of its workers suffered acute organ failure and needed a liver transplant after contracting hepatitis B from a patient. The Labour Department is prosecuting Idea Services -- the community service branch of IHC -- under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, for allegedly failing to take all practicable steps to prevent one of its employees from being exposed to the disease at work. A defended hearing began in Napier...


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