Physicians at the Cleveland Clinic have begun trials for uterus transplants to help women suffering from infertility conceive. The process is highly similar to a typical transplant surgery, which requires intensive screenings and follow up care, and has a high financial cost. The benefits outweigh the risks for many women featured in the story; babies are typically born healthy and the uterus will come from an organ donor, leaving the potential mother with the most risk. With the success of pregnancies following transplants in Sweden, there is hope that uterus transplants could begin if the Cleveland Clinic trials are successful.
Researchers are testing a new experimental device for patients with kidney failure- the Wearable Artificial Kidney, or WAK. Instead of having a dialysis treatment several times a week, the patient wears the WAK 24/7, and it filters the blood continuously. The WAK filtrates almost exactly like an actual kidney and patients have not reported side effects.
By: Lynne Shallcross
A recent study in The BMJ compared the use of traditional cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) with a human to computer-based CBT programs. The study found that the computer programs, which are thought to be easier to access and more cost-effective, were no better than in-person CBT. Researchers note there is still something important about person-to-person contact in the treatment of depression.
By: CBC News
Researchers revived the long debate over whether BMI(body mass index) is an appropriate measurement of body fat. In a study conducted by Mayo Clinic, participants with the highest risk of dying were patients with normal BMI, but carried most of their fat in their abdomen. The explanation is that central obesity is linked to fat infiltrating the pancreas and liver.
Dieters don't have to banish junk food and soda, study suggests
Researchers looked into whether or not those in the U.S. who have a large intake of junk food and soda have a higher BMI and in a study that observed 5,000 men and women between 2007-2008. The study found that those of an obese or overweight BMI did not consume more fast-food or fatty meals than those of a normal BMI. The conclusion - there can be a way to lose weight without giving up on junk food.
Who We Are
The Center is the hub of the science of human health for students, faculty, and staff at Emory University.