Good to see Sir Richard Branson now throwing his weight behind the Campaign for Organ Donations.
Transplant hope10.10AM Wed Oct 26 2011
A young mother from Lancashire is calling for more people to sign up to the organ donor register after being told its her only chance of survival. Natalie Kerr, suffers from a rare condition that makes breathing very hard, and puts an incredible strain on her heart. Two years ago Natalie managed to raise tens of thousands of pounds for stem cell treatment in America. Sadly its been unsuccessful and her condition has worsened. Now her only hope is a double lung transplant.By: Mel Barham
see Natalie`s Interview click on the links below:-
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Read this on the wall in the Transplant Centre -
' Organ's aren't needed in your final destination, so leave them behind without hesitation. Every person will someday be called home so leave them on earth to continue to roam. There's no need for organ's in heaven above so leave them on earth for others to love.
How very true.
please consider being a Organ Doner
Calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23
(Lines are open 24 hours a day all year round. Calls are charged at your contracted rate for local calls)
By texting SAVE to 84118
MONTREAL - A Canadian researcher may have discovered a breakthrough diagnosis - even a cure - for a devastating and deadly disease called pulmonary hypertension.
New research indicates a protein, dubbed PIM-1, is high in patients with the condition. The higher the PIM-1 levels, the more severe the patient's pulmonary hypertension, which narrows and scars pulmonary arteries and can stress the heart.
"The PIM-1 level in healthy patients is almost zero," Dr. Sebastien Bonnet, a researcher the Heart and Stroke Foundation, said in an interview Sunday. "Patients with severe pulmonary hypertension have PIM-1 levels through the roof."
Bonnet explained that somehow the protein makes cells sick. The research is ongoing.
"If you're able to knock down the expression of PIM-1, you'll be killing only the cells that are sick without harming the healthy cells," Bonnet said.
His research uncovered something even more exciting: by blocking the harmful protein, researchers were able to reverse the condition.
For the Quebec-based Bonnet, it's a ray of hope for patients struggling with the disease.
"The treatments now are limited and inefficient and the only way to cure someone with pulmonary hypertension is with a heart and lung transplant," he said.
The new discovery also might make it easier to diagnose the condition.
"This could be as simple as a blood test," he said. "You can just check the (PIM-1) levels."
Pre-clinical trials are now underway and Bonnet is optimistic human clinical trials on a drug cure will begin in a year.
According to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada, up to 5,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with the disease. Another 5,000 Canadians may be living with the illness and unaware they're sick.
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