Home Videos Photos

All tag results for organs

Growing Organs — Cyborg Style!

Filed under: Tech TalkHealthScience!

growing-organs-cyborg-style

Imagine this: you need an organ, but there aren't any available to you. The organ store is fresh out of organs, because they just had a huge organ sale.

What do you do?

Well, if these scientist have their way… you build one!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Permalink / Comments Off / Email this  »

Controversy Surrounds New Organ Donor Guidelines

Filed under: Medicine

Donate life

The United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit organization that coordinates organ donation under a contract with the federal government, has proposed "controversial" changes in guidelines governing “donation after cardiac death.”

At least, that's what some news sources labeled the changes.

A Washington Post article published on Monday stated the changes will do away with a suggested two-minute wait time after the donor’s heart has stopped beating to assure death before donation begins.

UNOS is saying otherwise after calling the article "a hysterical and inappropriate reaction to a very minor change in some standards."

According to UNOS spokesman Joel Newman:

“UNOS offers guidance on the different elements that hospitals should cover in their own organ donation policies, but the one thing we shouldn’t be weighing in on is how a hospital should be determining when death occurs. We are there to facilitate donation only after the medical care team has independently determined that death is inevitable."

The organization feels that the article may have stirred fears and changed some people's minds about signing up to be an organ donor. Charles Alexander, the former president of the group, said:

"If people misunderstand the message sent in the Post article, we end up losing public trust. When we don’t have public trust, there are families that may not opt to pursue organ donation and when that happens, people die.”

So no need to be alarmed! People aren't being unnecessarily killed off so their organs can be harvested quicker.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Permalink / Comments Off / Email this  »

5 Taiwanese Transplant Patients Given HIV-Infected Organs

Filed under: Sad SadSurgery

Ugh! This is so tragic!

HIV-infected organs were accidentally transplanted into 5 patients at a Taiwan hospital!

It is likely the patients will now contract HIV, while the doctors and nurses who operated on them are at a high risk as well.

Check out the video above to find out how such an awful thing was allowed to happen!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Permalink / Comments Off / Email this  »

New Study Shows Skinny Does Not Always Mean Healthy

Filed under: HealthBodyScience!

body fat study

A new study has proven that skinny doesn't necessarily mean healthy.

While it is well known that excess fat can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, it isn't well known that fat can sometimes be hiding in places other than underneath our skin!

Research involving more than 75,000 people has found that lean people with a specific genetic variant were at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease despite their lower body fat.

Evidence is showing that fat under the skin doesn't contribute to the development of such disorders as much as fat deposited in deeper tissues and organs like the liver.

Unfortunately for some, a specific gene may curse their bodies to store visceral fat in deep tissue as opposed to under the skin, as study author Ruth Loos explained:

“We think the gene we found causes an error such that it's harder for these people to store fat under the skin. So the fat is stored elsewhere, around the organs and in muscle where it disturbs the normal function of these organs.”

People possessing the gene often showed normal BMI measurements, but consistently had higher levels of blood cholesterol and were more likely to show resistance to processing insulin, a sign of diabetes.

The study highlights the importance for EVERYONE, regardless of size and weight, to regularly have their blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked!

[Image via AP Images.]

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Permalink / Comments Off / Email this  »

Scientists Successfully Force Cells To Change Their Identity

Filed under: HealthMedicine

Scientists Successfully Force Cells To Change Their Identity

As far as we’re concernd, scientists can perform magic!

They’ve figured out how to make one type of cell transform into another, opening up the possibility of one day being able to repair patients' organs instead of getting them new ones from donors.

While stem cells have long been thought to be the answer to this type of problem, scientists are starting to believe that we can bypass stem cells altogether and just trick normal cells into turning into something else.

We hope they continue to make progress in this area! So many people could be helped by this!!

[Image via AP Images.]

Tags: , , ,

Permalink / Comments Off / Email this  »