May 17, 2022

Surgeons Successfully Performed Pig Kidney Transplant in a Human Patient; Mila Kunis Shares Her Biggest ‘Parenting Fail’; Alicia Silverstone Reveals That She was ‘Banned’ Twice from a Dating App; Leonardo DiCaprio and Prince Harry Join Forces to Fight an ‘Imminent Threat’ to an African Region; Kraft Is Introducing a Macaroni and Cheese Club, and Members Get to Try New Flavors

Surgeons in the United States Successfully Performed Pig Kidney Transplant in a Human Patient

New York surgeons successfully attached a kidney developed in a genetically modified pig to a human patient and discovered that the organ functioned normally, a scientific milestone that could one day result in a massive new supply of organs for critically ill people.

Although many uncertainties remain regarding the long-term effects of the transplant, which involved a brain-dead patient who was monitored for only 54 hours, specialists in the field acknowledged the procedure was a watershed moment. Because the patient was a registered organ donor and the organs were unsuitable for transplantation, the patient’s family agreed to allow research to test the experimental transplant process.

“We need to know more about the longevity of the organ,” said Dr. Dorry Segev, Professor of transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who was not involved in the research. Nevertheless, he said: “This is a huge breakthrough. It’s a big, big deal.”

The pig’s kidney, which is attached to the blood vessels in the upper leg outside the abdomen, began to function almost immediately, producing urine and the waste product creatinine, according to Dr. Robert Montgomery, the Director of NYU Langone’s Transplant Institute. He performed the procedure in September.

“It was better than I think we even expected,” he said. “It just looked like any transplant I’ve ever done from a living donor. A lot of kidneys from deceased people don’t work right away and take days or weeks to start. This worked immediately.”

Although the organ was not put into the body, specialists cautioned that complications with so-called xenotransplants from animals such as monkeys and pigs typically arise when human blood starts to flow through pig veins.

Researchers have long sought to generate humane organs in pigs. A regular supply of organs, which might ultimately include hearts, lungs, and livers, would provide a lifeline to the more than 100,000 Americans currently on transplant waiting lists, including 90,240 who require a kidney. Each day, twelve people on waiting lists die.

A total of 39,717 people in the United States underwent an organ transplant last year, with the majority, 23,401, receiving kidneys, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.

“Genetically engineered pigs could potentially be a sustainable, renewable source of organs — the solar and wind of organ availability,” Montgomery added.

Mila Kunis Shares Her Biggest ‘Parenting Fail’ That Stunned Husband Ashton Kutcher

Mila Kunis is speaking out about her most glaring ‘parenting fail.’ Mila, 38, offers a piece of advice she provided daughter Wyatt Isabelle, six years old, in a new segment of Ellen Digital’s Mom Confessions web series, which she believes may “get [her] in trouble.”

“There was a little kid in my kid’s preschool that wasn’t very kind and pushed my daughter,” she begins. “My daughter came back and was like, ‘Such and such little kiddo pushed me.’ And I instinctually said, ‘Did you push her back?’ And my daughter’s like, ‘No!’ “

Kunis, who is also the mother to 4-year old Dimitri Portwood with husband Ashton Kutcher, advises her daughter to “push her back next time and say no thank you and walk away.”

Following her advice, the mother of two recalls “seeing Ashton’s face, and he’s like, ‘No!'” she says, mimicking Kutcher’s head shaking in disapproval.

“You stand up for yourself and say no thank you,” she remembers telling her daughter at the time. “Don’t push her off of a ladder, off of a swing, or off of a slide, but on the ground, even Steven, you push her back.”

“I’d say that that’s a parenting fail,” she continues.

The actress also discussed how her kid reminds her of herself in the Mom Confessions video.

“My daughter is me. She is independent and feisty and wonderfully smart, and it is an incredible trait to have as an adult but really hard to wrangle as a kid,” she shares. “She has a million answers to one question, and she’s not wrong.”

Regarding the guidance she would provide to new parents, Kunis is guarded, “Kids are like little terrorists. Don’t negotiate with them. It’ll go nowhere.”

In a September interview with ET, Kunis discussed how she and Kutcher handle their hectic lives.

“We tag team!” she said. “We never work at the same time. We only shoot on location during summer breaks, and the rest of the time, we shoot at home.”

Alicia Silverstone Reveals on The Drew Barrymore Show That She was ‘Banned’ Twice from a Dating App

Alicia Silverstone appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show, where she revealed to presenter and friend Drew Barrymore and dating counselor Damona Hoffman that she had previously been banned from a dating app.

“A few years ago, I tried to get on one of the dating apps, and I put up a fake profile because I wasn’t comfortable yet being me,” Silverstone said. “And then I got kicked off; I got banned.”

Silverstone was unfazed. “I tried again,” she stated.

“I got the courage up because I heard that you were on, and I heard that Sharon Stone was on, so I was like, ‘Well, if they can be on, I can be on,’ ” Silverstone told Barrymore. “So I went on as myself, and it took a lot of courage to do it. And then I did it, and I had a date with someone planned, and the day I went in to find out about the date where we were meeting or whatever, I had been banned. Poor guy. I got kicked off as myself, too.”

Silverstone joined Bumble in September and told PEOPLE that the new initiative had given her a renewed “hope” for relationships.

“I just think it’s a great way for people to meet,” she said at the time. “You know, I think that it’s really nice that we have friends that can connect us. You can be set up by friends, you can be at a party and tell people, ‘Hey, do you know anyone?’ You can do things like that. I have an experience where I’ll go to an in-person event, and no one’s really engaged. They’re sort of on their phones, and it’s a bit discouraging.”

She added, “It can be like, how are you supposed to meet anyone in the real world? You know what I mean? I mean, sometimes people are, and sometimes you do meet people out in the real world, and I certainly have, and it’s been wonderful, but I think that it’s just a really nice way for people to meet.”

Silverstone, who divorced Christopher Jarecki in 2018, stated that she finds dating apps intriguing.

“I always thought it sounded so fascinating. It sounded like it opened up a lot of possibilities for people and created hope,” she said. “And I’ve heard tons of beautiful stories from people. I think it’s very much the norm now. And it makes sense. It’s kind of like going to a bar, but it’s more effective.”

Silverstone, who is currently juggling several projects, including the second season of Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club, confessed she was looking forward to totally immersing herself in Bumble.

“It’s an adventure,” she explained.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Prince Harry Join Forces to Fight an ‘Imminent Threat’ to an African Region

According to a Press statement from Re:wild, Leonardo DiCaprio, Forest Whitaker, and Djimon Hounsou have joined Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, 37, and renowned conservationists in calling for an emergency halt to oil and gas extraction in the Okavango River Basin. Prince Harry’s effort to end African oil drilling has gained some high-profile supporters.

The Okavango River Basin is a network of river systems that span Angola, Botswana, and Namibia, providing water to roughly one million people and the region’s animals. Additionally, it includes the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its biodiversity, as well as two critical Ramsar wetland reserves.

Reconnaissance Energy Africa (ReconAfrica), a Canadian oil and gas corporation, began drilling in the Okavango River Basin in late 2020 after obtaining a license for exploratory drilling across a 13,200-square-mile area amid opposition from local communities.

DiCaprio, 46, published an Instagram video asking people to sign an open letter opposing drilling in the area.

“Re:wild stands with the people of the Okavango River Basin, who depend on the health of the watershed for their survival,” the caption said. “ReconAfrica is poised to pollute their farms and destroy a beautiful landscape—one that benefits all life on Earth—forever. Join us by signing the open letter at the link in bio. Together, we can #SaveTheOkavango. For all wildkind.”

Prince Harry and Namibian environmental activist, naturalist, and poet Reinhold Mangundu wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post on October 14 warning of the drilling’s “permanent destruction.”

“We believe this would pillage the ecosystem for potential profit,” they said. “Some things in life are best left undisturbed to carry out their purpose as a natural benefit. This is one of them.”

Prince Harry and Mangundu point to a recent pipeline leak off the California coast that spilled over 140,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean and a July fire in the Mexican Gulf to be caused by oil extraction.

Kraft Is Introducing a Macaroni and Cheese Club, and Members Will Be the First to Try New Flavors

Kraft has made a significant promotional push from their relatively plain macaroni and cheese during the last year. Kraft introduced Pumpkin Spice Mac & Cheese to America in September 2020, followed by candy-flavored, pink Mac & Cheese for Valentine’s Day. Then, over the summer, Kraft Mac & Cheese Ice Cream became an unexpected smash, completing the viral trifecta.

Kraft has devised a novel strategy for getting fans psyched about their upcoming mac and cheese iteration: a Kraft Mac & Cheese Club to maintain this momentum.

The Kraft FLVRS Club is being marketed as an opportunity to sample the brand’s latest innovation prior to its release on store shelves next year. That’s when Kraft will introduce Flavor Boosts, a limited-edition seasoning blend for their classic Mac & Cheese.

“We know die-hard fans of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner are always excited by new ways to enjoy a comforting bowl of our iconic mac and cheese,” Maya McDonald, Kraft Heinz’s marketing activation lead, explained in the announcement. “The FLVRS Club is for those fans willing to expand their mac and cheese horizons with these limited-edition packets that bring flavors we love to our favorite comfort food.”

According to Kraft, while anyone can join the club, obtaining the “drops” is a multistep process. To begin, visit kraftflvrs.com and register any time before November 3. Following that, keep an eye on Kraft Mac & Cheese’s social media outlets to learn when the “drops” will occur.

Once the time comes, anyone in the club can enter to win that “drops” for free, but winners will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis, so members will need to act quickly. If you win, you’ll not only get to test the new pasta for free, but you’ll also receive a complimentary piece of limited-edition apparel featuring the flavor’s buffalo, ranch, or pizza: a sports jersey for buffalo, a plush hoodie for ranch, or a jacket for pizza.