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New British-designed dialysis machine that can reverse liver disease may be rolled out to NHS hospitals within three years University College London is trialling a new dialysis machine to treat liver failure 'Dialive' filters toxins from patients' blood - allowing the liver time to regenerate

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A dialysis machine that can cure liver failure has been developed by British scientists in a major boost for millions of patients.

In a world first, early trials of the equipment found it stopped twice as many patients from going into organ failure than existing treatments.

Developed by University College London researchers, the device filters toxins from the blood of patients with liver failure. This allows the liver time to regenerate itself in as little as a month, stopping the need for a transplant.

Experts hope it could be rolled out in NHS hospitals within three years by modifying existing kidney dialysis equipment, if further trials are successful. Professor Rajiv Jalan, of the UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health who invented Dialive, said it was the culmination of ‘50 years of failure’.

He said: ‘As academics it can be difficult to define a disease then translate this knowledge into a clinical solution that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

Experts hope Dialive (pictured) could be rolled out in NHS hospitals within three years by modifying existing kidney dialysis equipment

Experts hope Dialive (pictured) could be rolled out in NHS hospitals within three years by modifying existing kidney dialysis equipment

Developed by University College London researchers, Dialive filters toxins from the blood of patients with liver failure. This allows the liver time to regenerate itself

Developed by University College London researchers, Dialive filters toxins from the blood of patients with liver failure. This allows the liver time

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