>> Two months with a transplanted pig kidney
>> Poisonous weight loss supplements
>> Deadly infection from splash pad
The Med & Mic™ 09.15.23
MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC
Pig Kidney in Human Makes History
A pig kidney transplanted into a brain dead human at NYU Langone Health continued to function for two months. In addition, surgeons transfered the pig’s thymus gland, an immune system organ. The experiment was terminated, and the donated body of the recipient was then returned to the family for cremation. This is the longest a genetically modified pig kidney has functioned in a human being. This case study with a deceased recipient cannot predict if the experience would be the same for a living patient. (Source: AP, L. Neergaard and S. Lum, 9.14.23)
Contaminated Weight Loss Supplements
The CDC and FDA have issued warnings about weight loss supplements containing yellow oleander, which is toxic. Candlenut supplements sold through Amazon, Walmart, or eBay may contain the poisonous compound. Ingesting yellow oleander can cause a burning sensation in the mouth, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, irregular heartbeat, and death. Cases have been identified in Minnesota and Maryland. Also, a two-year-old in New Jersey became ill after eating their mother’s weight loss supplement. (Source: NBC News, A. Bendix, 9.14.23)
Brain-eating Ameoba from Country Club Splash Pad
A person has died after contracting an infection with Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that destroys brain tissue. The Arkansas Department of Health sent multiple samples from the Country Club of Little Rock’s splash pad to the CDC. The CDC confirmed that one sample had viable Naegleria fowleri. The country club has shut down its pool and splash pad. People acquire the infection when the amoeba enters the body through the nose during swimming or diving in freshwater. It is not contagious. Only three people a year are infected, and it is typically fatal. (Source: CBS News, 9.15.23)
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