Faith in God is associated with improved survival after liver transplantation, according to Italian researchers. This study also finds that religiosity-regardless of cause of death-prolongs the life span of individuals who underwent liver transplantation. "Our study tested the hypothesis that religiosity-seeking God's help, having faith in God, trusting in God, trying to discern God's will even in the disease-improves survival of patients with end-stage liver disease who underwent liver transplantation," said Franco Bonaguidi, D.Psych., and lead author of the study. The study team selected 179 patients who received a liver transplant between January 2004 and December 2007, and who also completed the religiosity questionnaire. Participants had a media age of 52 years and were followed for 4 years post-transplantation. Results indicate that the Search for God factor and length of stay in the intensive care unit were independently associated with survival. Furthermore, it was the personal relationship between the patient and God, regardless of religious creed rather than formal church attendance that positively affected survival. Dr. Bonaguidi concluded, "We found that an active search for God-the patient's faith in a higher power rather than a generic destiny-had a positive impact on patient survival." The findings have been published in the October issue of Liver Transplantation, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).Source: ANI << Protein That Helps Reduce Blood Pressure Discovered Pet Dogs May Help Prevent Eczema in Kids >> Recommended Reading Quiz on Liver How many of us know that the liver is a vital organ the size of an American Football? To understand more about the liver and its functions spend a few minutes taking part in this ... READ MORE Liver Cancer - Animation Liver is the largest organ inside the human body. It performs 500 different functions and processes 720 liters of blood per day. The important functions of the liver, the development of liver cancer and it's symptoms are presented in this ... READ MORE God Helps…..But Only Those Who Believe In Him! Thinking about God may make you psychologically more comfortable, less upset about making errors. But then to attain that equilibrium you have to believe in God first! READ MORE Alcoholic Liver Disease Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general information about Alcoholic Liver Disease. READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Liver Transplantation Liver transplantation is a surgical option for the treatment of liver failure where the diseased liver is replaced with a healthy one. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Transplantation Organ and tissue transplantation can give a second chance at life to thousands of people. Learn more about this interesting procedure. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Indian Medical Journals Accident and Trauma Care Blood Pressure Calculator More News on: Alcoholic Liver DiseaseHepatitis ALiver TransplantationLiverWilson's DiseaseTransplantationMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?