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Apple observers noticed that CEO Steve Jobs' health dramatically decreased in 2008. Mr. Jobs reportedly has received a liver transplant and is currently recovering, eagerly awaiting a return to Apple at the month's end.  (Source: WSJ)
Apple's CEO and cofounder hopes to put his health problems behind him

Founding one of tech industry's biggest players -- Apple -- and personally turning the company around in the late nineties was nothing compared to the challenge that Apple CEO Steve Jobs faced in 2004.  Battling a rare and deadly form of pancreatic cancer, Mr. Jobs recovered thanks to surgery and reassumed his leadership role at the company, integrally helping to conceive, develop and release hit products such as the iPhone and MacBook Air.

Last year, though, many observers took note that Mr. Jobs looked sickly at public appearances.  Sure enough, in January of this year he took medical leave, announcing he would be gone from Apple on medical leave until the end of June.  In his absence Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook took over many of the day to day duties.

Now details of Mr. Jobs' medical battle, veiled in secrecy, have at last emerged.  According to a report by the Wall Street Journal Mr. Jobs received a liver transplant in Tennessee two months ago.  Mr. Jobs had earlier this year had relocated from California to Tennessee, a state known for having a shorter waiting list for organ transplants.  At the time Bloomberg had reported that Mr. Jobs was applying for a liver transplant.

Apple spokespeople contacted by the WSJ to seek confirmation of the sourced reports refused to comment, merely reiterating that Apple "continues to look forward to returning at the end of June, and there's nothing further to say."  According to the WSJ report, COO Cook may take over additional roles to help Mr. Jobs during his recovery.

Earlier this year it was discovered that Mr. Jobs was receiving hormone therapy.  Reportedly he was unable to digest food properly and receive nutrients.  The liver is an integral part of hormone production, and also produces bile, needed for digestion.  The liver is very sensitive to toxins, and can be damaged by chemotherapy, which Mr. Jobs likely received during his cancer treatment.

Liver transplant recipients have a 58 percent chance of surviving 15 years.  Liver transplants have been performed since 1967; the liver was the second organ to be successfully transplanted, with the kidneys being the first.

Mr. Jobs is currently 54.  Apple fans are eagerly awaiting his return, as he has always pushed the company and given it a creative spark.  Apple released its latest hot offering -- the iPhone 3G S -- this Friday.  Apple also announced new MacBook Pros, detailed its new OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and revealed Quicktime X.  Speculation has already begun that the company is preparing a major refresh to its iPod lineup for the fall.

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RE: good luck to him
By Snow01 on 6/20/2009 10:06:53 PM , Rating: -1
I hate calling someone a liar, but ChristopherO, for as much as you claim to know about blood types as it relates to matching "as someone in queue for donation", you couldn't be more wrong, which makes me disbelieve everything else you've said, which makes me believe you're one of those people who feigns hurt feelings to try to manipulate people, which leads me then to conclude that you're a female masquerading as a male. Normally I wouldn't care, but after the novella in passive-aggressive comments you've added, I had to say something.

O blood type is a universal donor, not acceptor. AB is a universal acceptor. Which means that AB can take any blood/organ from any other blood type, while O will have the hardest time finding a compatible donor as they can only take O type. Look it up. "And please excuse me for being so sensitive"...

RE: good luck to him
By ChristopherO on 6/21/2009 1:30:45 AM , Rating: 5
O blood type is a universal donor, not acceptor. AB is a universal acceptor.

Yep, that's true. However you have it totally backwards... I never said I'm a solid organ recipient, just going to be a marrow recipient.

I can get A positive marrow because the blood in my organs is O positive. Thus I actually donate my old O-blood to my "new" marrow and type (type matching is not necessary with marrow donations, only high resolution DNA, provided you don't go the wrong way on the type-classification).

However, you can't put A blood in an O body. Meaning I can't get O marrow *if* I already had A marrow to begin with. Because all the blood in your system would already be type-A. Meaning an A blood type has a heck of a lot harder chance at finding a marrow donor than an O. AB is of course the worst since you can only use an AB marrow donor.

For example, if I were to go from A marrow (my new type) back to O (my old type), my organs would be flooded with new O blood. As soon as the new marrow, "O" started producing blood, I'd clot and die since the A type already present in the organs would kill me. A can't donate blood to O, as you said.

Essentially marrow donation flips the rule. Yes, you are correct that an O organ could go to any blood type (but generally wouldn't except in the most extreme cases since type and cross is important and some people still have an allergic reaction to an off-type they should in theory be able to accept). The only exception to this rule is platelets -- you can accept any type since it doesn't follow the same rules as hemoglobin, however you can still have a reaction and destroy off-type platelets but they wouldn't be fatal.

Your conspiracy theories are admirable but untrue. How about you accept the fact there can be sick 30-somethings in the world and sometimes crappy happens? Do you think I'm happy to have this disease? Are you kidding me? I went into the hospital in early February with a WBC count of 70, where 90% of the count were blast cells. I had a sinus infection for 3 weeks and thought I needed antibiotics. Instead I had cancer.

"We’re Apple. We don’t wear suits. We don’t even own suits." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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