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Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project - via the use of stem cells

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project - via the use of stem cells | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
Stem cells have been used to try and treat a number of neurological disorders including Parkinsons disease as well as damage to the spinal cord leading to paralysis.

However in what may be currently considered a giant leap of faith a United States biotech company (Bioquark), has gone through the initial stages of seeking regulatory approval for a trial utilizing stem cells to treat patients following the declaration of brain death. The aim is to restore neurological function via a combination of supportive medical treatments along with the injection of stem cells into the spinal cord.

The initial proof of concept study titled the 'Reanima project' will be carried out in India. The study protocol can be viewed via the following link-


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In addition an ethicist asks the question as to whether this planned trial can truly deliver acceptable results-



Deborah Verran's insight:
It seems highly unlikely that any patient in whom a sound diagnosis of brain death has been made, will have their brain function restored to any significant degree via this approach in the near future.
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Less Liver Cancer in HCV Patients Given Antiviral Therapy : IMNG Oncology Report

Less Liver Cancer in HCV Patients Given Antiviral Therapy : IMNG Oncology Report | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

One of the most common underlying causes of liver disease which leads on to patients requiring liver transplantation is hepatitis C. One of the complications of end stage liver disease due to hepatitis C is the development of hepatocellular carcinoma which in itself can also be an indication for liver transplantation.

 

Hence any report on favorable outcomes being achieved with the treatment of hepatitis C is now significant. Particularly if this impacts on patient morbidity and mortality. Antiviral therapy may reduce the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with hepatitis C infections, as reported in the Oct. 22 2012 issue of BMJ Open, published online.

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