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Kidney transplant access in the Southeast: View from the bottom
American Journal of Transplantation (login required)
The Southeastern region of the United States has the highest burden of end-stage renal disease but the lowest rates of kidney transplantation in the nation. There are many patient-, dialysis facility-, ESRD Network- and health system-level barriers that contribute to this regional disparity.
There's still time to register for the ASTS Anniversary Reception
ASTS invites all members to a special reception during the World Transplant Congress on Tuesday, July 29, at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate its 40th anniversary. If you plan to attend, you must RSVP online and pick up your official VIP entry pass at the ASTS booth in the Exhibit Hall. There’s no charge, but this event is limited to ASTS members and invited guests. Click here to RSVP (don’t forget to log in!).
Congratulations to grant recipients
ASTS congratulates the recipients of its 2014 Research Grants. Read about these researchers and their current projects at http://asts.org/grants-and-research/grants/grant-recipients.
Help fund the future!
The ASTS Foundation Fund the Future Campaign has a goal of raising $100,000 to fund research grants. We need your help! Please consider donating any amount.
New blood test could replace biopsies in predicting heart transplant rejection
By Karen Zabel
For years, tissue biopsy has been regarded as the gold standard for predicting the potential for heart transplant rejection, but now researchers from Stanford say they've developed a blood test that is able to predict rejection weeks or even months earlier than that technique. The Stanford researchers also indicate the new test outperforms another rejection prediction blood test called Allomap "by a substantial margin."
Health literacy of living kidney donors and kidney transplant recipients
Transplantation (login required)
Health literacy may be a mediator for known socioeconomic and racial disparities in living kidney donation. Overall, living donors had high HL. The distribution of low, moderate and high HL differed significantly between living kidney donors, living donor kidney transplant recipients and deceased donor recipients.
Incisional hernia after liver transplantation: Risk factors and health-related quality of life
Clinical Transplantation (login required)
The aim of this cross-sectional study was to analyze the incidence of incisional hernia after liver transplantation, to determine potential risk factors for their development and to assess their impact on health-related quality of life.
Safety of fecal transplant to treat C. difficile examined in study
Lifespan via ScienceDaily
Fecal transplantation is effective and safe for treating C. difficile in immunocompromised patients, research has found. Clostridium difficile has increased to epidemic proportions over the past decade. It is an infection that is often difficult to treat and leaves sufferers with frequent diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and fever and can lead to dehydration, loss of appetite and weight loss. Patients who are immunocompromised, or considered high-risk, are more susceptible.
Study: Older adults can safely donate a kidney
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
It's safe for healthy older people to donate kidneys, researchers say. Live kidney donation by people 55 and older has become more common in the United States in the past two decades, but there have been concerns that giving up a kidney might put older people at increased risk for heart problems and premature death.
Stem cell therapy may help recondition lungs previously rejected for transplant
American Physiological Society via Medical Xpress
Nearly 1,650 people in the U.S. are awaiting lung transplants. Unfortunately, both domestically and abroad, the demand for donor lungs far outpaces the supply. The limited availability of donor lungs can lead to long delays before transplant, leaving patients to face a mortality rate of up to 40 percent while they wait.
Europe tightens curbs on organ trafficking
Agence France-Presse via Medical Xpress
The Council of Europe recently adopted a new international convention to make organ trafficking a criminal offense, giving the police greater scope to hunt mafia groups involved in the trade across borders.
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