Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Editorial: US needs organ donors - UI The Daily Iowan


Editorial: US needs organ donors
UI The Daily Iowan
April is National Donate Life Month, sponsored by the donor advocacy group Donate Life America and meant to encourage people to donate organs, tissues, or eyes in order to save people with life-threatening medical conditions. The month came to Iowa ...

Synthetic collagen promotes natural clotting

Synthetic collagen promotes natural clotting
Synthetic collagen may help wounds heal by directing the natural clotting of blood. The material, KOD, mimics natural collagen, a fibrous protein that binds cells together into organs and tissues. It could improve upon commercial sponges or therapies based on naturally derived porcine or bovine-derived collagen now used to aid healing during or after surgery.

Study Finds Sicklier Enrollees in Earliest Stage of Health Law

Study Finds Sicklier Enrollees in Earliest Stage of Health Law
The review suggests that the first to sign up through the new insurance marketplaces were more likely to face serious health problems than those who get coverage through their employer.

Pain Relievers Tied to Heart Rhythm Disorder

Well: Pain Relievers Tied to Heart Rhythm Disorder

A new study found that the popular pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or Nsaids, may increase the risk for the most common type of irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation.

Innovative kidney transplant technique developed by Henry Ford Hospital

Innovative kidney transplant technique developed by Henry Ford Hospital
An innovative kidney transplant technique developed by Henry Ford Hospital is credited as the first in the world to use a new set of patient safety standards coordinated by the University of Oxford...

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Living organ regenerated for first time: Thymus rebuilt in mice

Living organ regenerated for first time: Thymus rebuilt in mice

Scientists have succeeded in regenerating a living organ for the first time. Researchers rebuilt the thymus -- an organ in the body located next to the heart that produces important immune cells. The advance could pave the way for new therapies for people with damaged immune systems and genetic conditions that affect thymus development. The team reactivated a natural mechanism that shuts down with age to rejuvenate the thymus in very old mice. After treatment, the regenerated organ had a similar structure to that found in a young mouse.

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