June 4, 2011

Black Market for Organs

1 Chinese Teen Trades Kidney for an IPad

A 17-year old boy arranged, through an internet broker, to trade his kidney for an iPad. The boy, identified only by his last name Zheng, lives in China. The surgery was performed at a hospital near his home, reports the Shanghai Daily, and Zheng went home minus one kidney but in possession of an iPad and new laptop. The boy’s story is unusual but black market organ trading is big business in China, say newspaper sources that report that more than a million people in China need transplants every year. Fewer than 10,000 receive them. A donor organ shortage exists in the US too. Currently, 111,563 Americans are on the waiting list to receive a transplant, says the United Network for Organ Sharing that reports that the current wait time for a kidney is about three and a half years.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Ways Your Body Is Useful After Death

Tags: Black Market Body Parts, Kidney Transplant, Boy Trades Kidney for IPad, Organ Donor, Organ Transplant, Shanghai Daily, United Network for Organ Sharing

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High-Risk Women Benefit

2 Drug Prevents Breast Cancer

Exemestane, a drug used to prevent recurrences of breast cancer, has been shown to prevent breast cancer in high-risk women. Among high-risk women in the study, the drug cut invasive breast cancer by 65 percent and precancerous lesions by 60 percent. MSNBC reports that the study involved 4,500 postmenopausal women with at least one risk factor for breast cancer, such as family history or a prior breast abnormality. One benefit of exemestane is that it has no serious effects, unlike the breast cancer drug tamoxifen. While exemestane has been used for years to treat breast cancer, this is the first study to show that it can be used for breast cancer prevention. The study was published online by New England Journal of Medicine.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Beta-Blockers Up Survival with Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer Prevention, Precancerous Lesions, Tamoxifen, Invasive Breast Cancer, Exemestane, Prior Breast Abnormality

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The Pill. . .For Men

3 Male Birth Control Successful in Mice

Scientists have tested a drug that inhibits sperm production without decreasing testosterone levels, and therefore libido, in male mice may lead to a birth control pill for men. It prevents retinoic acid, the active metabolite of vitamin A, from binding to the retinoic acid receptor. Retinoic acid is important for such things as eyesight, a healthy immune system and the generation of sperm in men. When the mice stopped taking the drug they were able to make sperm again. No side effects were observed which is important because the safety standard for male contraceptives is higher since the health risks due to an unintended pregnancy are non-existent. Another research team is currently trying to find a drug that will only block vitamin A metabolism in the testes.

More at Yahoo! LiveScience | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Yasmin Poses Higher Venous Thromboembolism Risk

Tags: Birth Control, Birth Control Pill, Male Fertility, Vitamin A, Male Birth Control, Male Contraceptives, Contraception, Sperm Production, Retinoic Acid, Retinoic Acid Receptor

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