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Doctors Successfully Transplant Pig Kidney To Human Patient

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Doctors Successfully Transplant Pig Kidney To Human Patient

From people in comas waking up to diseases vanishing, medical miracles happen every day. But some doctors are advancing the methods we use to get needed organs. According to the New York Times, surgeons in New York City successfully attached a kidney grown inside a pig to a patient.

The unidentified patient apparently suffered from brain death. They were a registered organ donor. However, none of their organs were “suitable” for transplant. This patient’s body was used for research after the family gave their permission.

The Surgery 

While on a ventilator, the pig kidney was attached to blood vessels in the upper leg of the patient and covered with a shield. It functioned as it should. The kidney received the blood and processed urine and waste product creatinine  “almost immediately.” The surgery took place in September and the organ was studied for 54 hours.

The kidney was sourced from a pig genetically engineered to grow human organs that won’t be rejected by the human body. Xenotransplantation is the word for the medical procedure that took place. Per the Food & Drug Administration, this procedure “involves the transplantation, implantation or infusion”  of “live cells, tissues or organs from a nonhuman animal source.”

Transplants Needed

Scientists have been working overtime to find new ways to tackle the large demand for organ transplants. Estimates show that more than 100,000 Americans are waiting to receive organs from transplant lists. About 90,240 people on the list need kidneys.

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Robert Montgomery, who is the head of the Langone Health’s Transplant Institute at New York University, performed the recent kidney surgery.

“The field up to now has been stuck in the preclinical primate stage, because going from primate to living human is perceived as a big jump,” Dr. Montgomery said.

Why Pigs?

According to Vice, he received a $3.2 million grant from United Therapeutics to fund the medical project. The Maryland-based pharmaceutical company focuses on developing “novel pharmaceutical therapies” and “technologies that expand the availability of transplantable organs.”

Pigs are apparently a great match for organ procurement. NY Times reports that they’re “easier to raise, reach maturation faster, and achieve adult human size in six months.” Moreover, humans are not unfamiliar to using pig body parts. Medical procedures have previously used pig heart values, pig pancreas cells and pig skin.

Although the idea might be off-putting to some, United Therapeutics’ CEO  Martine Rothblatt doesn’t think so.

“Weird does not mean unethical. There’s a 45-degree line on a graph—as long as the utility exceeds the yuckiness, social acceptance wins,” Martine said. “Taking organs from dead people and putting them in living people once seemed weird, it’s not weird anymore. It would be stupid to abjure nature’s greatest invention since chemistry.”

 

 

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Ghana’s Ace Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas Wins 2021 Foreign Journalist Award in US

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Ghana's Ace Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas Wins 2021 Foreign Journalist Award in US

Ace Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has been named the 2021 NABJ Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist of the Year.

He will receive the award at an event to be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 in the United States of America.

This was made known in a letter addressed to the renowned investigative journalist, by the organizers of the event, National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Anas Aremeyaw Anas, known for his dangerous, daring and explosive investigative works, is being recognised for his outstanding and ground-breaking achievements in journalism over the years. This is according to the letter dated October 1, 2021.

“It is with great pleasure that I send you this message. We are excited that you have been selected the 2021 NABJ Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist of the Year Award recipient! The award recognizes your outstanding achievements in journalism,” says Dorothy Tucker, President, National Association of Black Journalists.

The award category is code named NABJ Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist of the Year Award.

The event, organised by National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), honours legendary black journalists who have made outstanding contributions to the industry every year.

This year’s event, scheduled to be virtual, will take place in the United States of America.

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It is named after Percy Peter Tshidiso Qoboza, an influential black South African journalist, author and outspoken critic of the government in South Africa during the early periods of world recognition of the problems evident in the racially divided land.

He was the editor of The World Newspaper in Soweto and his fluently persuasive editorials did much to challenge the white South Africans who were protected from the horrors of apartheid.

The event will be graced by the President of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Dorothy Tucker of WBBM-TV, Chicago, Illinois ; The Vice President-Broadcast, Ken Lemon of Cox Media Group-WSOC-TV, Charlotte, N.C.; The Vice President-Digital, Amir Vera, CNN, Atlanta, Georgia; and Vice President-Print, Kathy Chaney, YR Media, Chicago, Illinois.

Others are Secretary, Madison Carter, WXIA-TV, Atlanta, Georgia ; Treasurer, Walter Smith-Randolph, Connecticut Public, Broadcasting (CPTV & WNPR), Hartford, Conneticut ; Parliamentarian, Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig, Shades Magazine – Celebrating All Women Of Color, Oakland, California, among others.

 

 

 

 

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Student Sentenced To Death By Firing Squad For Smuggling Squid Game Into North Korea

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A man has reportedly been sentenced to death in North Korea for smuggling copies of Netflix’s blockbuster series “Squid Game” into the country.

According to Radio Free Asia (via Variety), authorities were led to the man after they caught high school students watching the series.

The report states that “Squid Game” was smuggled into the country from China through the use of a USB flash drive. “Squid Game” is not available in China but remains popular thanks to piracy websites.

The smuggler faces death by firing squad, while the students involved in bringing “Squid Game” in to school are facing prison sentences.

Radio Free Asia reports: “A student who bought a drive received a life sentence, while six others who watched the show have been sentenced to five years hard labor, and teachers and school administrators have been fired and face banishment to work in remote mines.”

Created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, “Squid Game” is a South Korean survival thriller that follows a group of contestants who agree to participate in a mysterious survival game with a grand prize total of nearly $40 million.

The game includes hundreds of contestants who play traditional children’s games with deadly twists. Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, and Wi Ha-joon star.

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All nine episodes of the show’s first season debuted in September, and the show became a word-of-mouth sensation.

“Squid Game” amassed 1.6 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days of release, making it the biggest Netflix original TV series in history and the single biggest piece of original Netflix content.

As noted by Variety: “In December 2020, North Korea passed the ‘Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture’ act, which prohibits the entry and dissemination of cultural material like films, plays, music, and books in the country.

The act is mainly aimed at preventing the spread of media from South Korea and the U.S. and those found distributing or consuming these are liable to be punished.

According to widespread reports, in April this year a man was publicly executed for selling drives and CDs containing South Korean material.”

Meanwhile, “Squid Game” is now streaming on Netflix globally. The streaming giant has yet to announce a second season, although its creator has said publicly that another round of episodes will happen.

 

 

 

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Cris Galera: Woman Who Married Herself, Divorces Herself After 3 Months

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Cris Galera: Woman Who Married Herself, Divorces Herself After 3 Months

A Brazilian woman, who made headlines earlier this year by marrying herself, is now heading for divorce after confessing she’s met someone else.

Cris Galera grew tired of relying on men, so decided to marry herself in a formal ceremony which was held in September 2021.

The 33-year-old model insisted she wasn’t “disappointed” not to have a groom and instead was embracing going it alone, but it wasn’t meant to be and 90 days later, she’s decided to divorce herself, The Daily Star is reporting.

Cris Galera

Cris Galera happily posed for pictures on her wedding day in front of a Catholic church in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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She said at the time she was tired of relying on men, so she decided to marry herself instead. Cris also said she was embracing being alone and wasn’t “disappointed” she didn’t have a groom.

Fortunately for Cris, who hails from Sao Paulo in Brazil, says she has since met “someone special” and has even started to fall in love, despite vowing to go solo.

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