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NIH-funded researchers extend liver preservation for transplantation - EurekAlert (press release)

NIH-funded researchers extend liver preservation for transplantation - EurekAlert (press release) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported online via EurekAlert is the news that NIH-funded researchers in the United States may have developed a new method for extending liver preservation for transplantation.

 

Transplants of skin, kidneys, hearts, lungs, corneas, and livers have become commonplace but due to a shortage of donor organs not all potential transplant recipients will receive a transplant in time.

 

Rat livers where able to be preserved for an extended period of time using a new super cooling method which is described in more detail in the report(click on banner headline).

 

For a more detailed report click on the following link to the NIH press release-

 

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2014/nibib-30.htm

 

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More research is now required to see whether this new process can be adapted for the cold preservation of human livers to allow for extended periods of storage prior to transplantation

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Free database of drugs associated with liver injury available from NIH - Scope (blog)

Free database of drugs associated with liver injury available from NIH - Scope (blog) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report via Scope (a blog) is about the free database of drugs associated with liver injury that is now available online via the NIH in the United States.

 

As drug-induced liver injury is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States, accounting for at least half of all cases, this is an important addition to online resources. Of note in the severe forms of acute liver injury liver transplantation may be required.

 

The link to the Livertox web site-

http://www.livertox.nih.gov

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