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Age may no longer be a barrier in kidney donation
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VideoBriefThe overhauled United Network for Organ Sharing kidney transplant allocation guidelines will likely remove a controversial age-matching component from its algorithm, researchers said here. The requirement that 80 percent of deceased-donor kidneys be matched with a patient whose age is within 15 years, plus or minus, the donor's age will be taken out, largely because of substantial public criticism, Kenneth Andreoni, M.D., of Ohio State University and chair of the kidney guideline committee, said during a session at the National Kidney Foundation meeting. More



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ASTS Transplant Center Policy Library now available
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Are you looking for a centralized place to access standard business operating procedures you need in running your transplant center? The ASTS Business Practice Services Committee has developed a dynamic subscription service of sample policies and templates to provide transplant centers with the building blocks they need to successfully manage and navigate the growing regulatory and quality improvement environment. The ASTS Transplant Center Policy Library is now available as an annual subscription in the ASTS Store. More

Spring issue of Chimera: See what's new
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The Spring 2012 issue of the Chimera ASTS member magazine is available at www.asts.org/Chimera. Check out this issue's exciting new feature, Across the Field, which spotlights ASTS members and their transplant programs. The summer issue will again feature Across the Field, as well as a new People and Places section devoted to career news of ASTS members. To suggest a subject for Across the Field or to let your peers know about your latest career move, email diane.mossholder@asts.org. More

Workplace for Life Hospital Campaign Extended to 2013
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HRSA, in consultation with the Workplace for Life Hospital Campaign leadership team, has decided to extend the campaign through May 2013. This will give OPOs, DLAs, and hospitals who are just joining the campaign an opportunity to run full campaigns and report results. NATCO recently became a national partner in the campaign, joining ASTS and several other transplant-related organizations. More


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Poll: Americans show support for compensation of organ donors
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The shortage of organs for transplant continues to grow, despite years of work to get more donors on board. Facebook jumped in by making organ-donation status something you could add to your profile. And the social media giant made it easy to connect with a registry to sign up as a donor. More

Risk of advanced fibrosis with grafts from hepatitis C antibody-positive donors: A multicenter cohort study
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Over the last decade, the use of liver grafts from hepatitis C virus antibody–positive donors [HCV(+)Ds] has tripled in the United States. Although previous studies have demonstrated no association between an HCV(+)D status and graft loss, the effects of an HCV(+)D on histological outcomes are not well known. More

Obesity a barrier to living kidney donation
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Morbid obesity often is a barrier to living kidney donation, researchers reported at the National Kidney Foundation 2012 Spring Clinical Meetings. Mala Sachdeva, MD, and colleagues at Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine in Great Neck, N.Y., reviewed data on 104 potential living kidney donors and stratified them according to body mass index (BMI). The researchers looked at the outcomes of those with a BMI of 35 kg/m2 or higher, who are excluded from living donation according to the policy of their institution. More

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FDA expected to approve new heart transplant technology
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The FDA is expected to fully approve a heart device for use without a transplant. Syncardia is a pump implanted in place of the heart powered by a backpack-sized driver so the patient able to leave the hospital and lead a nearly normal life. More

North Carolina sees 3,000 percent increase in organ donors because of Facebook
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Facebook is inviting users to sign up to be organ donors and share their status. Because of this new feature, the state donor registry has seen a huge jump in donors. Kara Thio, a University of North Carolina student and Cary native, was just 8 months old when she had a liver transplant that saved her life. More

Standard hepatic vein reconstruction with patch plasty using the native portal vein in adult living donor liver transplantation
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An outflow obstruction of the hepatic vein is a critical complication after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) and occasionally leads to hepatic failure. Here we introduce a simple method for preventing outflow obstructions by patch plasty in adult LDLT. More


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PCa patients on HD would benefit from early kidney transplantation
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Hemodialysis (HD) patients awaiting a kidney transplant must have a two-year cancer-free period immediately preceding transplantation. However, study findings presented at the National Kidney Foundation 2012 Spring Clinical Meetings suggest that patients with prostate cancer (PCa) might be better served by undergoing transplantation instead of waiting two years to be declared cancer-free. More

Second kidney transplant lasts as long as first
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Patients who have a second kidney transplant may not be as bound for failure as once thought, researchers said here. In a retrospective, single-center study, there were no significant differences in graft survival at one and five years between primary and secondary transplants among end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, Syed Jawad Sher, MD, of Indiana University, and colleagues reported at the National Kidney Foundation meeting. More
 
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