RSNA 2018 Roundup: GE Healthcare
A new artificial intelligence platform called Edison, a new CT scanner platform,...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: GE partners with VA Puget Sound on 3D imaging New AI platform, CT scanner pace GE launches at RSNA 2018 GE completes gamma camera recall after detector issue Report: GE could sell bigger stake in healthcare division U.K., Perspectum, GE invest in liver software (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 12, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Elevated hormone flags liver problems in mice with methylmalonic acidemia
(NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute) NHGRI researchers have discovered a hormone in a mouse study that can be used immediately to can help doctors predict how severely patients with the rare disease methylmalonic acidemia are affected and when to refer them for liver transplants. The findings, published December 6 in JCI Insight, also might shed light on more common disorders such as fatty liver disease, obesity and diabetes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 6, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Elevated hormone flags liver problems in mice with methylmalonic acidemia (MMA)
NHGRI researchers have discovered a hormone in a mouse study that can be used immediately to can help doctors predict how severely patients with the rare disease methylmalonic acidemia are affected and when to refer them for liver transplants. The findings, published December 6 in JCI Insight, also might shed light on more common disorders such as fatty liver disease, obesity and diabetes. (Source: NHGRI Homepage Highlights)
Source: NHGRI Homepage Highlights - December 4, 2018 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: news

South Africa: Liver Transplant From HIV+ Living Donor to Negative Recipient - the Unanswered Questions
[The Conversation Africa] A lifesaving partial liver transplant from an HIV-infected mother to her uninfected child - the first of its kind - was conducted last year at the University of the Witwatersrand's Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg. More than a year later, both mother and child are doing well. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - November 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liver Transplants for Noncitizens/Nonresidents Liver Transplants for Noncitizens/Nonresidents
Should liver transplants be provided to non-resident patients? This editorial explores the issues.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Early Liver Transplantation in Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis Early Liver Transplantation in Severe Alcoholic Hepatitis
Liver transplantation for severe alcoholic hepatitis remains controversial in the USA in patients without 6 months of sobriety. Can earlier transplantation provide good outcomes in these patients?Alcohol and Alcoholism (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - November 19, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Liver Disease Risk Factors in Patients Treated for Alcohol and Drug Dependence
Conclusion As this was only a pilot study, further data collection involving a larger, representative sample of clients should be undertaken to explore these results further. References Bennett, H. et al., 2015. Assessing the Long-Term Impact of Treating Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)-Infected People Who Inject Drugs in the UK and the Relationship between Treatment Uptake and Efficacy on Future Infections. PLoS ONE, 10(5), p.e0125846. Edeghere, O. et al., 2015. Retrospective cohort study of liver transplantation in the United Kingdom between 1994 and 2010: the impact of hepatitis C infection. Public Health, 129(5), pp.509–5...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

The Impact of DAAs on Transplant Costs and Outcomes The Impact of DAAs on Transplant Costs and Outcomes
A new study provides insight into the costs of HCV treatment in liver and kidney transplant recipients and the impact of these agents on longer-term transplant outcomes.American Journal of Transplantation (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - November 15, 2018 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Are Smoothies Healthy? Here ’s What the Experts Say
Smoothies have a health glow about them. They’re often an integral part of cleanses, and they’re ubiquitous at health food stores and health-centric restaurants. And the smoothie trend is still going strong. Workout studios serve them up post-class, dietitians preach their powers and fit celebrities tout their nutritional prowess. But are smoothies healthy? Here’s what you should know about the drink, whether you’re picking one up or making your own. How to make healthy smoothies You can put nearly anything into a smoothie. But most consist of liquid (like water, non-dairy milk or kefir), fruits, ve...
Source: TIME: Health - November 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cassie Shortsleeve  Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition Source Type: news

Minorities Sicker than Whites at Liver Transplant Referral
(MedPage Today) -- Blacks had highest MELD scores at waitlist registration among racial-ethnic groups (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - November 14, 2018 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

NIH scientists illuminate causes of hepatitis b virus-associated acute liver failure
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) National Institutes of Health scientists and their collaborators found that hepatitis B virus (HBV)-associated acute liver failure (ALF) -- a rare condition that can turn fatal within days without liver transplantation -- results from an uncommon encounter between a highly mutated HBV variant and an unusual immune response in the patient's liver that is mainly sustained by antibody-producing B cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Obese Transplant Recipients Fare Worse With Fatty Livers Obese Transplant Recipients Fare Worse With Fatty Livers
Fat in a donor liver and obesity in a recipient increase mortality.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

'The food supplement that ruined my liver'
Jim McCants took a food supplement to help him get healthy in middle age, but it left him in need of an urgent liver transplant. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transplants From HBV+ Donors: Is It Safe? Is It Ethical? Transplants From HBV+ Donors: Is It Safe? Is It Ethical?
Should prior exposure to HBV make a liver donor ineligible? This review explores the safety and ethical considerations surrounding the transplantation of anti-HBc+ donor livers.Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Age of Liver Transplant Donor Might Not Matter
Title: Age of Liver Transplant Donor Might Not MatterCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/22/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/23/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - October 23, 2018 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Sarcopenia in Liver Disease Sarcopenia in Liver Disease
Patients with end-stage liver disease are at an increased risk of developing sarcopenia; however, early recognition and management prior to liver transplantation may improve post-transplant outcomes.Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Expert Column Source Type: news

Age of Liver Transplant Donor Might Not Matter
MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 -- Patients who get a liver transplant from an older donor have better long-term survival than those who refuse this type of transplant, new research shows. Transplant surgeons mainly use livers from donors under age 70 to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 22, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Revealing the molecular mystery of human liver cells
(University Health Network) A map of the cells in the human liver has been created by University Health Network Transplant Program and University of Toronto researchers, revealing for the first time differences between individual cells at the molecular level which can have a profound impact on their behaviour in tissue, tumours and disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Liver transplant survival rate sees improvement among older adults
(American Geriatrics Society) To learn more about older adults and liver transplants, a team of researchers studied information recorded by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) from 2003 to 2016. The team's study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Second Opinion at Duke Offers Hope for Liver Transplant
Treatment TermsLiver transplant Sub-Title Patient Turned Down Elsewhere Is Placed on Duke Waiting List Overview Lemuel Stewart was on track to being approved for a liver transplant when he got the bad news: His age and previous heart surgery disqualified him for a transplant at a local medical center. That changed a few weeks later, when he sought help at Duke Health. “In three days, Duke did the testing that took six months at the other center,” said Stewart, who is 71 and lives near Richmond, VA. “The next week, Duke called and said, ‘We’re going to put you on the list.’” He...
Source: dukehealth.org: Health Features - October 16, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: mf205 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Nine-year-old is in agony after his belly swelled to THREE TIMES the size of a beach ball
Aneet Ur Rehman, of Karachi, Pakistan, suffers from Budd-Chiari syndrome, which blocks the veins that drain the liver. He has been told he will die unless he has an urgent liver transplant. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Predictors of poor outcomes in 488 patients with herbinduced liver injury - Zhu Y, Niu M, Wang JB, Wang RL, Li JY, Ma YQ, Zhao YL, Zhang YF, He T, Yu SM, Guo YM, Zhang F, Xiao XH, Schulze J.
This study aimed to identify the predictors of poor HILI outcomes, especially chronic HILI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clinical da... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

In medical first, HIV-positive mother donates liver to her uninfected baby, in South Africa
A liver transplant from an HIV-positive woman to her uninfected baby in South Africa has the potential to widen the country's organ donor pool, experts say. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:What You Need to Know About SA's Historic Liver Transplant From an HIV-Positive Donor
[Bhekisisa] How could a baby get an organ from a person living with HIV and not automatically contract the virus? The experts weigh in. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa:Liver Transplant From HIV+ Living Donor to Negative Recipient - Key Ethical Issues
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has a dire shortage of organ donors. This means that doctors struggle to find suitable donor organs for critically ill patients who would die without receiving a transplant. Sometimes they have to make tough calls such as using a blood group incompatible organ to save a patient's life - even if this comes with additional risk. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa:World's First Intentional HIV+ Liver Transplant
[Wits University] Wits doctors transplanted the liver from a mother living with HIV to her critically ill HIV negative child, who had end-stage liver disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa:First Liver Transplant From HIV+ Living Donor to Negative Recipient
[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has a dire shortage of organ donors. This means that doctors struggle to find suitable donor organs for critically ill patients who would die without receiving a transplant. Sometimes they have to make tough calls such as using a blood group incompatible organ to save a patient's life -- even if this comes with additional risk. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Littler girl saved by her mother's HIV-infected liver in world first transplant
Doctors at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre successfully transplanted the liver of an HIV-positive mother in South Africa to her dying daughter. The girl seemed to contract HIV, but may beat it yet. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Would you rather die of liver failure or live with HIV?
(University of the Witwatersrand) In 2017, doctors from the Transplant Unit at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre performed what is believed to be the world's first intentional liver transplant from a mother living with HIV to her critically ill HIV negative child, who had end-stage liver disease. Now, more than a year later, the mother and child have fully recovered, however, doctors are unsure the HIV-status of the child. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Chronic Allograft Injury Common Among Pediatric Liver-transplant Recipients Chronic Allograft Injury Common Among Pediatric Liver-transplant Recipients
A substantial proportion of pediatric liver-transplant patients with normal liver tests have varying degrees of subclinical chronic allograft injury, according to new findings.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - October 2, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Liver transplant, weight-loss surgery combination benefits obese patients in long term
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Obese patients who underwent a life-saving liver transplant and weight-loss surgery at the same time were better able to keep the weight off long term and had fewer metabolic complications than those who lost weight on their own before undergoing a liver transplant, Mayo Clinic research shows. The findings were recently published [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - October 2, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Primary Liver Transplant May Best Drainage in Infants With Biliary Atresia Primary Liver Transplant May Best Drainage in Infants With Biliary Atresia
Primary liver transplantation is associated with better long-term survival than is biliary-enteric drainage (BED) in infants with biliary atresia, according to a new study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease Score Underestimates Mortality
FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 -- The Pediatric End-stage Liver Disease (PELD) score underestimates the actual probability of 90-day pretransplant mortality for children undergoing a primary liver transplant, according to a study published online Sept. 17... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Enhancing Cancer Immunotherapy with Artificial Intelligence
Physicians may soon use artificial intelligence (AI) and medical images to study tumors without a biopsy. The techniques developed to study tumors in this new way are described in the September 1 issue of The Lancet Oncology. Along with helping physicians learn more about tumors without surgery, the new approach should help identify which cancer patients will respond best to cutting-edge immunotherapy treatments. The AI techniques could be useful for “predicting clinical outcomes of patients treated with immunotherapy when validated by further prospective randomized trials,” the authors wrote. Immunotherapy tre...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 19, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Children disadvantaged by liver transplant wait list scores
The scoring system used to determine who has priority for receiving a liver transplant disadvantages children compared to adults, a new study indicates. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Living Healthy After Liver and Kidney Transplant at Duke
Treatment TermsLiver transplantKidney transplant Overview Kenn Wiggins, 40, doesn ’t take his good health lightly. For years, he lived with autoimmune hepatitis that eventually led to a liver transplant. Then his disease returned, causing him to develop both liver and kidney failure. When the center that had performed his first transplant judged his condition too complex, he tu rned to Duke’s transplant team as his last hope. Today, after successful kidney and liver transplants, Wiggins feels great. “Duke saved my life,” he said. Hero Image2018_liver_ken.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks CTA He...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - September 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mf205 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Research to address the shortage of donor livers: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
Right now, just in the United States, between 10 and 15 thousand people are waiting for a liver transplant. In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute,?Dr. Scott Nyberg,?director of the liver program at the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine,?discusses research efforts that could make more transplants possible. To listen, click the link below. Research [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Doctors explore lifting barriers to living organ donation
People who receive a kidney ​ or part of a liver transplant from a living donor cut years off their time on the wait list and those organs tend to survive longer (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors explore lifting barriers to living organ donation
Terra Goudge's liver cancer was too advanced for the transplant list. Few hospitals allow living donors. She and her friend had to travel from LA to Pennsylvania to find doctors who would do it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors explore lifting barriers to living organ donation
and increasing kidney, liver transplants (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Doctors explore lifting barriers to living organ donation
Doctors are exploring ways to lift some of the barriers to living organ donation and boost kidney, liver transplants (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Contrast ultrasound is effective for liver, kidney lesions
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound offers an effective, low-cost way to further evaluate...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Contrast ultrasound identifies early cervical cancer AIUM: Double dose of US contrast helps find gastric lesions Can CEUS differentiate between IBD and colon cancer? Artificial intelligence may help bridge experience gap for liver CEUS Contrast ultrasound clears up picture for renal lesions (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 6, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

More With Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis Receiving Liver Transplants More With Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis Receiving Liver Transplants
More patients with severe acute alcoholic hepatitis (SAH) are receiving early liver transplants (LTs), new research shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - September 5, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Preemptive DAAs for HCV+ Donor Livers Found Cost Effective
(MedPage Today) -- Direct-acting antiviral therapy in seronegative liver recipients could shorten transplant waiting lists (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - August 24, 2018 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Parents close GoFundMe for son's liver transplant after discovering it will cost $1.1 MILLION  
Charlie Proctor, five, from Church, Lancashire, in the UK was diagnosed in February 2016 with hepatoblastoma, a rare tumor that begins in the liver usually during early childhood (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anti-cancer drug offers potential alternative to transplant for patients with liver failure, study finds
Patients suffering sudden liver failure could in the future benefit from a new treatment that could reduce the need for transplants, research published today shows. The study by scientists at University of Edinburgh MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow, and the University of Bristol, is published in Science Translational Medicine. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - August 16, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research, Health; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news

Liver transplants 'may be unnecessary thanks to new drug treatment'
A cancer drug can unlock the liver's ability to regenerate, early stage research suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Timing of HCV Therapy in Liver Transplant-Eligible Patients Timing of HCV Therapy in Liver Transplant-Eligible Patients
The authors developed a decision tree model to compare the cost-effectiveness of three strategies for timing of DAA treatment for HCV in liver transplant candidates.Journal of Viral Hepatitis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Pediatric LT and Transition to Adult Healthcare Service Pediatric LT and Transition to Adult Healthcare Service
This study examined the outcome of liver transplant recipients after their transition from pediatric to adult healthcare services. How common was non-adherence, and what were the contributing factors?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation Journal Article Source Type: news

Organ Transplant in the Direct-acting Antiviral Era
Can DAA therapy remove patients from transplant waiting lists? Are HCV-infected livers--and hearts--safe for uninfected organ recipients? Three new studies explain. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - August 3, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Andrew D. Bowser Tags: Hepatitis C Source Type: news