Month: June 2021

Liver-Cleansing Foods that Help Detox the Body


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3D-printed liver to help surgeons prepare for life-saving operations

3D-printed liver to help surgeons prepare for life-saving operations
Senior Research Fellow Richard Arm. Credit: Nottingham Trent University

Surgeons will perform liver resections with greater accuracy and deliver improved patient outcomes thanks to new research by Nottingham Trent University.

Senior Research Fellow Richard Arm has developed a way to 3D-print scan data of cancer-hit patient organs so that clinicians can rehearse difficult operations on lifelike models.

The aim is for them to become familiar with the hidden complexities of an operation—which are unique from patient to patient—prior to the real surgery.

A prototype 3D-printed model liver—based on an anonymised cancer patient—features the tactile qualities of a real diseased organ, including imitation blood and different tissue hardnesses, such as the blood vessels, liver tissue and the tumor itself.

The model—made from synthetic gels and fibers—even allows surgeons to use real surgical tools to practice endoscopies and laser ablation techniques, during which arteries are resealed by laser to prevent a

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Rosa Parks Farmers Market opens for business to address food accessibility in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Rosa Parks Farmers Market in Historic West End opened for the season on Tuesday. About a dozen vendors showed up – some with fresh produce to offer people who live in food deserts healthy options.

It is estimated about 15 percent of the households in Mecklenburg live in a food desert.

The Rosa Parks Food Market is set up in the middle of a neighborhood that is in the middle of a food desert. This food market is not your typical one – vendors accept EBT and food stamps. Shoppers say this market will make a difference for neighbors.

“If you put a Farmer’s Markets in a food desert,” Shopper Elena Sepulveda said. “A lot of people can’t afford what they are selling, but this is very affordable and reasonable.”

Sepulveda was happy with what she got at the Market. She doesn’t live in a food

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Understanding what drives cell typing

Understanding what drives cell typing
The transcription factor GATA6 is a DNA-binding protein that opens genes to promote their expression during embryonic development. When GATA6 is absent the genes remain closed and silent. Credit: Cell Reports.

Scientists know that developing cells in a healthy embryo will transform into a variety of cell types that will make up the different organ systems in the human body, a process known as cell differentiation. But they don’t know how the cells do it.

A Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) study in Cell Reports led by Stephen Duncan, D.Phil., examines how an endodermal cell—a type of developing cell—becomes a liver cell and not some other type of cell. Duncan and his team found that the development of naive cells into differentiated liver cells was dependent on the transcription factor GATA6. Duncan is the SmartState Endowed Chair in Regenerative Medicine and chair of the Department of Regenerative Medicine and

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