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Exposure To Industrial Printing Chemical Raises Risk Of Bile Duct Cancer

Exposure To Industrial Printing Chemical Raises Risk Of Bile Duct Cancer | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
1,2-dichloropropane, a chemical used in the printing industry, turns carcinogenic when it is metabolized by the liver and then excreted into bile.

This finding has been confirmed in research which has now been published in the Journal Nature-


This important research was undertaken following confirmation of there being an increased incidence of cholangiocarcinoma, particularly  in individuals who had worked in the printing industry in Japan. Hence the attention of the researchers was directed towards elucidating the possible underlying mechanism as well as establishing which chemicals were most likely involved.
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This important research now establishes that there is a link between chemicals that have been used in some industrial processes and the risk of development of this particular rare form of bile duct/liver cancer.
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The UAE may soon allow organ donation from deceased donors

The UAE may soon allow organ donation from deceased donors | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
Steps are being undertaken within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to explore whether it is feasible to establish processes and procedures in order to facilitate organ donation from deceased donors.

The results of a survey have now been available publicly. Some 68% of respondents on a UAE national survey said they were willing to donate organs if they were brain-dead.

Surgeon Dr Farhad Janahi (pictured) who is the senior researcher responsible for this survey, is now optimistic that progress can be made within the UAE for organ donation from deceased donors to become a reality.


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Shameful organ-donation rates push Hong Kong to excel in transplant surgery

Shameful organ-donation rates push Hong Kong to excel in transplant surgery | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The challenges posed by Hong Kong's shamefully low organ-donation rate has inspired groundbreaking surgery in the city, but still hundreds die on transplant waiting lists.

 

Journalist Stuart Heaver investigates the cultural reluctance to saving strangers and what this has meant for the local transplant programmes, particularly the liver transplant unit. This detailed article can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.

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This detailed article will be of interest both to transplant professionals as well as  professionals who have an interest in the challenges faced by organ donation systems around the world.

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Heart Transplant Footage Shows How Far Medical Science Has Come

Heart Transplant Footage Shows How Far Medical Science Has Come | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report is about how heart transplantation has progressed over the last 45 years and contains video footage of a Heart Transplant procedure. 

Since the first transplant at one programme in the United States,

Stanford University Hospital in 1968, doctors and scientists have refined the operation to an astounding degree. The video can also be viewed by clicking on the following link-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGtLYtOwtxA

 

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An example of quality video footage of a transplant procedure which has been posted online. Not for the squeamish however.

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Beating new life into a heart transplant - Medical Xpress

Beating new life into a heart transplant - Medical Xpress | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported online via Medical Xpress is this article: Beating new life into a heart transplant, which reports on research efforts within the United Kingdom.

 

The aim of this type of research is to explore how donor hearts which would not be medically suitable for transplantation, can then be 're-conditioned'.  This could lead to an increase in the number of donor hearts which are then utilised for transplantation.

 

As Professor James Neuberger, Associate Medical Director at NHS Blood and Transplant said: "Surgeons are very keen to transplant every donated organ that can be transplanted safely...

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The First Successful Kidney Transplant in Dubai From a Deceased Donor Has Just Happened

The First Successful  Kidney Transplant in Dubai From a Deceased Donor Has Just Happened | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA) today announced that the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) has successfully carried out the first organ transplant surgery in Dubai in collaboration with Mediclinic City Hospital.


The deceased donor kidney from Saudi Arabia was successfully transplanted into a woman who was requiring dialysis for end stage kidney disease.


For more on the story including information on the co-operation required between authorities in both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates click on the following link-

http://mediaoffice.ae/en/media-center/news/15/6/2016/dubai-healthcare-city.aspx


Interviews with some of the healthcare professionals who were involved in this particular case can be found by clicking on this link-

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/health/how-dubai-achieved-its-first-cadaver-kidney-transplant-1.1847549


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In a first, liver and kidney from an HIV-infected donor are transplanted into HIV-positive patients in the USA

In a first, liver and kidney from an HIV-infected donor are transplanted into HIV-positive patients in the USA | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
In a first that gives HIV-infected patients yet another chance for long lives, surgeons at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center have transplanted a kidney and a liver from a deceased donor who was HIV-positive into two HIV-positive recipients.

This represents the culmination of efforts by both professional organizations and community groups to lift the previous ban that was in place which prohibited the transplantation of organs from HIV positive organ donors.

For more on the story including additional information, click on the banner headline to this story.
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New Bio-Sensors May Save Lung Transplant Patients from Organ Failure

New Bio-Sensors May Save Lung Transplant Patients from Organ Failure | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

In the future a new system of sub classifying donor lungs, based on molecular profiling, could make more donor lungs available for transplantation purposes. 

 

This report is of new research on using a molecular probe in order to detect whether donor lungs may be at risk of poor early function following transplantation .

 

This is the first step in the use of this very modern technology in order to provide this particular type of extra information which can be used to assist with making decisions on whether donor lungs are suitable for transplantation. In addition the information may also be used to subclassify the donor lungs into whether they are considered normal or high risk organs for initial poor graft function following transplantation. More on this story can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline

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This new molecular probe type of technology will need to be subjected to further trials so that a clearer picture can be gained of both its accuracy and validity 

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Croatia assists Serbia with organ transplant surgeries - Southeast European Times

Croatia assists Serbia with organ transplant surgeries - Southeast European Times | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Report of co-operation between two Eastern European countries to facilitate a much needed increase in organ transplants.

 

As a leader in organ transplant procedures and surgeries, Croatia is providing both doctors and training to help its Southeast European neighbours perform more...

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