Investigational treatment provides hope for some chronic liver disease sufferers
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) A new study presented today provides hope for a new treatment in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare condition characterized by inflammation and scarring in the bile ducts of the liver and for which there are currently no medicines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 16, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Outdoorsman Lives Life to the Fullest After Liver Transplant
Being diagnosed with bile duct cancer that eventually necessitated a liver transplant wasn't enough to keep Steve Woodford down for long. A South African native living in Utah, Steve is professional skydiving instructor, backpacker and canyon guide in Zion National Park. He has always lived on the edge with his active outdoors lifestyle. Getting sick [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 9, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Liver brothers: Two lives linked by split-liver transplant
It is late in the evening on June 14, 2015. Kern Tyler and his wife Pasina Mazoka-Tyler sit in a waiting room at Boston Children’s Hospital, while their 11-month-old son Malambo Mazoka-Tyler, born with a life-threatening disease called biliary atresia, undergoes a liver transplant. To arrive at this moment, they have traveled vast distances, visited multiple hospitals, sought the advice and counsel of numerous doctors, packed all their belongings and moved more than 7000 miles from their home in Zambia, Africa, to Boston, Massachusetts. He had picked out what he wanted to wear, where he wanted to be buried, and he told ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 4, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories biliary atresia cystic fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Center end-stage liver disease Heung Bae Kim Khashayar Vakili liver failure Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program Rima Fawaz Split liver transplantation Source Type: news

Liver brothers: Two lives linked by split-liver transplant
It is late in the evening on June 14, 2015. Kern Tyler and his wife Pasina Mazoka-Tyler sit in a waiting room at Boston Children’s Hospital, while their 11-month-old son Malambo Mazoka-Tyler, born with a life-threatening disease called biliary atresia, undergoes a liver transplant. To arrive at this moment, they have traveled vast distances, visited multiple hospitals, sought the advice and counsel of numerous doctors, packed all their belongings and moved more than 7000 miles from their home in Zambia, Africa, to Boston, Massachusetts. He had picked out what he wanted to wear, where he wanted to be buried, and he told ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 4, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories biliary atresia cystic fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Center end-stage liver disease Heung Bae Kim Khashayar Vakili liver failure Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program Rima Fawaz Split liver transplantation Source Type: news

Genfit plans to test its drug in second liver disease
NEW YORK (Reuters) - French drugmaker Genfit SA on Thursday said it would begin a midstage trial this year of its experimental drug elafibranor to treat primary biliary cholangitis, a chronic disease in which bile ducts in the liver are gradually destroyed. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Test your USMLE Step 2 readiness with this most missed question
If you’re gearing up to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 2, this series is for you. Each month, we’re giving you an exclusive scoop on the most missed USMLE Step 2 test prep questions and expert strategies to help you beat them. Check out this month’s most challenging question, and view an expert video explanation of the answer from Kaplan Medical. Think you have what it takes to rise above your peers? Test your USMLE knowledge below. Ready. Set. Go. This month’s question that stumped most students: A 22-year-old African immigrant presents to the hospital with acute abdom...
Source: AMA Wire - March 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Chronic pancreatitis: Bently says he’s ‘ready for a new belly’
  Bently Barnes (center) with Dr. Victor Fox and Dr. Amit Grover, co-directors of the Pancreatic Disorders Program Four-year-old Bently Barnes needed to get ready. He opened the closet door, reached for his camouflage backpack, then scanned his bedroom for the essentials. He grabbed his favorite stuffed animal named, “Marshall,” a truck, tractor and his most prized possession – his blanket. He placed them in his backpack with care, zipped the travel bag and placed it next to his bed. Bently told his mom he was packed and ready to travel from their home in North Carolina to Boston Children’s Hospital. ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - March 25, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Amit Grover Chronic pancreatitis ERCP MD Pancreatic Disorders Program Second opinion Victor Fox Source Type: news

Doctor who failed to diagnose Type 1 diabetes in a teenager just hours before she died
Claire Taylor, 17, (left) from Angus, had been vomiting bile and suffering from abdominal pain. But Dr Michelle Watts, 47, suggested the pain was due to 'constipation', a tribunal found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hemobilia due to a portal vein to common bile duct fistula from a seatbelt injury - Weber DG, Pardhan A, Rao SV, Pachter HL.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

I Am My Mother's Chimera. Chances Are, So Are You.
For years the concept of a "genetic chimera" -- an individual with two genetically distinct cells lines in his/her body -- has sparked the imagination of writers: from Stephen King to Michael Crichton, from CSI to The Office. The idea that an individual could harbor his/her own twin is creepy and intriguing at the same time. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have allowed us to probe much deeper into a person's genome, to the point that today scientists believe that chimerism could be far more common than what we originally thought. Chances are, you could be your own twin. But how surprised would you be if I to...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

I Am My Mother's Chimera. Chances Are, So Are You.
For years the concept of a "genetic chimera" -- an individual with two genetically distinct cells lines in his/her body -- has sparked the imagination of writers: from Stephen King to Michael Crichton, from CSI to The Office. The idea that an individual could harbor his/her own twin is creepy and intriguing at the same time. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology have allowed us to probe much deeper into a person's genome, to the point that today scientists believe that chimerism could be far more common than what we originally thought. Chances are, you could be your own twin. But how surprised would you be if I to...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Primary Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Perihilar Bile DuctPrimary Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Perihilar Bile Duct
Neuroendocrine carcinomas derived from the perihilar bile duct are extremely rare with a poor prognosis. How can prognosis be improved for this neoplasm? BMC Surgery (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - March 16, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Angus teen died after doctor missed signs of undiagnosed diabetes
Claire Taylor, 17, from Angus, Scotland, had been vomiting bile and suffering abdominal pain and a purple complexion. But her GP repeatedly failed to carry out the appropriate tests. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New imaging method makes gall bladder removals, other procedures more safe
Researchers have discovered an optimal way to image the bile ducts during gallbladder removal surgeries using a tested and safe dye and a real-time near-infrared florescence laparoscopic camera. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New imaging method makes gall bladder removals, other procedures more safe
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) UCLA researchers have discovered an optimal way to image the bile ducts during gallbladder removal surgeries using a tested and safe dye and a real-time near-infrared florescence laparoscopic camera, (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news