New Use of Blood Cleaning Device Saves High-Risk Patients With Liver Failure

Severe acute liver failure (ALF), a rare but life-threatening illness, is associated with high death rates if patients don’t receive timely treatment or a liver transplant. Unlike the heart or the kidneys, there is no established mechanical device to replace the liver’s function. Now, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought.
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Conclusions Our analysis does not confirm previously reported associations between traffic-related air pollution exposure and the risk of transplant failure.
Source: Journal of Transport and Health - Category: Occupational Health Source Type: research
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ConclusionsIn this study, we found that circulating complement-activating anti-HLA DSAs had a significant deleterious impact on solid organ transplant survival and risk of rejection. The detection of complement-activating anti-HLA DSAs may add value at an individual patient level for noninvasive biomarker-guided risk stratification. Trial registrationNational Clinical Trial protocol ID: NCT03438058.
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Conclusions: In intervention development directed at increasing the level of PA and reducing sedentary time in recipients of solid-organ transplantation, attention should be paid to physical limitations, fear of negative effects, low expectations and self-confidence, health and physical outcomes, and exercise self-efficacy. PMID: 29757444 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: Phys Ther Source Type: research
Conclusion: Telocytes attenuated UUO-induced renal fibrosis in rats, likely through enhancing the expression of HGF in an indirect manner.Cell Physiol Biochem 2018;46:2056 –2071
Source: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry - Category: Cytology Source Type: research
Background Chronic kidney disease is common after heart or liver transplantation, with calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) considered the key contributor. A possible influence of posttransplant blood pressure has not been extensively examined. Methods Data from adult recipients of a first heart or liver transplant were analyzed regarding the relationship between blood pressure at year 1, renal function at year 5, and CNI therapy. Results Although we confirmed the well-known detrimental effect of increased 1-year systolic blood pressure on 5-year kidney graft survival, heart or liver graft survival was not affected. Howeve...
Source: Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Original Clinical Science—General Source Type: research
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Source: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Arch Clin Neuropsychol Source Type: research
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