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A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE

KOCHI: When their son was born, Manjunath and Deepika’s joy knew no bounds. Manjunath who worked as a cab driver, in Hebbagodi, a small suburb of Bengaluru, offered sweets to all his customers that day. The happy parents decided to name their son Thanmay, meaning engrossed or absorbed, as he always seemed to be captivated by whatever he was doing! Everything was fine for the first few months. Then in June 2015, when Thanmay was around 10-months-old, Deepika noticed a swelling

IN A FIRST, 11-MONTH-OLD UNDERGOES LIVER TRANSPLANT

KOCHI: In a milestone achievement, 11-month-old girl Hazal Mariam has successfully undergone a liver transplant at Aster Medcity in Kochi. Hazal is the youngest person who underwent the surgery in the state . The infant had been suffering from a congenital condition, ‘Biliary Atresia’ in which bile flow from the liver to the gallbladder is blocked causing the bile to be trapped inside the liver resulting in damage and scarring of the liver cells (cirrhosis), and if left untreated, liver failure. A

INDIAN STARTUP GROWS HUMAN LIVER IN LAB

Large pharma firms on an average spend about $10 billion on R&D to get a new drug to the market. Pandorum Technologies, a Bengaluru-based biotech startup, has developed an artificial tissue that performs the functions of the human liver. Pandorum said these 3D-printed living tissues made of human cells would enable affordable medical research with reduced dependence on animal and human trials. It will also eventually lead to full scale transplantable organs. Arun Chandru, 30-year-old co-founder of Pandorum said liver toxicity and drug

HOW TO AVOID FATTY LIVER

Bangalore, May 26, 2012 Kaiser RajaFatty liver disease is the accumulation of excess fat in the liver. It is well known that excessive alcohol consumption leads to an enlarged liver and this can lead to serious liver damage if an individual continues to drink alcohol in excess. But in the last 30 years, doctors have noted that there are a large number of patients who drink very little or no alcohol, but continue to have excess fat in the liver.