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Improving Survival In African-Americans Undergoing Liver Transplant

Among African-American adults undergoing a liver transplant to treat liver cancer, patients whose organ donor was also African-American lived significantly longer than those with a racially unmatched donor, report authors of a new study using national data. The study is published online as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication.

Probiotics Effective for Functional Abdominal Pain in Children

 Probiotics can ease pain short-term in children with recurrent abdominal pain (RAP), according to a new report. One in four schoolchildren will experience RAP, a collective term for functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal migraine, functional abdominal pain and functional abdominal pain syndrome – Dr. Tamsin Newlove-Delgado of the University of Exeter Medical School in the U.K. and her colleagues note in a "clinical evidence synopsis" in JAMA Pediatrics, online December 28.

Crocetin Inhibits Proliferation Of Colon Cancer Cells

The current study was designed to investigate the effect of crocetin on the proliferation inhibition of colon cancer cells and the underlying mechanism. MTT assay showed inhibition of proliferation of colon cancer cells in a dose based manner by crocetin treatment. At 30 µM concentration of crocetin proliferation rate of colon cancer cells was reduced to 14% after 24 h.