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Study: Patients fare well in trauma recovery despite organ transplants
The Baltimore Sun
Maryland Shock Trauma Center patients who had previously undergone kidney, liver, lung and other organ transplants recovered as well as the general population, according to a University of Maryland study that experts say demonstrates the resiliency of transplanted organs.
ASTS Career Center Now Mobile Friendly
The ASTS Career Center at careercenter.ASTS.org has been upgraded! Among the improvements is a new responsive design, making the Career Center more accessible on your smartphone or tablet. A new landing page for employers also features a more modern design and better organized content. Find your next job or new hire today!
ASTS' Early History Now on ASTS.org
The book History of the ASTS — 20th Anniversary, published in 1994, is now available in electronic format on ASTS.org. Divided into several PDF files, the book contains Presidential Addresses, Presidential Reminiscences, and informative chapters on the state of transplantation in the first 20 years of ASTS' existence.
2013 ASTS Transplant Surgeon Compensation Survey available
The 2013 ASTS Transplant Surgeon Compensation Survey Report is available in the ASTS store (please log in for member pricing). Individuals can use it to easily compare their salary and benefits with their peers, while institutions can use the data to benchmark compensation. A staff level and a leadership level version of the results are available.
Report documents rabies transmission from organ transplant
University of Michigan Health System
A recent investigation into the source of a fatal case of raccoon rabies virus exposure showed the individual received the virus via a kidney transplant 18 months earlier, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers suggest new model to make organ allocation more equitable
Using the same type of mathematical formulas used to draw political redistricting maps, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have developed a model that would allow for the more equitable allocation of livers from deceased donors for transplantation.
Currently in the United States, where you live dictates the availability of a liver transplant. According to researchers, studies show that geography can mean the difference between a 10 percent chance of dying while on the waiting list for a donor liver, and a 90 percent chance.
US Congress moves closer to lifting ban on transplanting organs from HIV-positive donors
A U.S. House of Representatives committee unanimously approved a bill approving transplants using organs taken from people infected with HIV. The HIV Organ Policy Equity Act would lift a nearly 3-decade-old federal ban on such transplants and allow expanded research into the outcomes of transplant patients.
The national program for deceased organ donation in China
Transplantation (login required)
China has developed a new national program for deceased-organ donation to address the need for organ transplantation in the country. The program adheres to the World Health Organization guiding principles, is compliant with the Declaration of Istanbul, and respects the cultural and social values of the Chinese people. The experience of pilot trials conducted between 2010 and 2012 was evaluated to generate a comprehensive design of a national program of organ donation and transplantation for implementation throughout China.
Effects of ureteral stents on risk of bacteriuria in renal allograft recipients
Transplant Infectious Disease
Placement of ureteral stents at the time of renal transplantation is thought to decrease the incidence of postoperative complications, such as anastomotic leakage and stenosis. However, stents may also predispose to post-transplantation urinary tract infection, which can lead to increased risks of graft dysfunction, sepsis, and death. The aim of this study was to analyze the risk of post-transplantation bacteriuria with ureteral stent placement in renal allograft recipients.
Obese kidney patients benefit from transplants
MedPage Today (login required)
Obese renal failure patients who have a body mass index under 40 derive the same overall survival benefit from kidney transplantation as non-obese patients, researchers found.
Parenchymal alterations in cirrhotic livers in patients with hepatopulmonary syndrome or portopulmonary hypertension
Liver Transplantation (login required)
Hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) and portopulmonary hypertension (PPH) are distinct pulmonary vascular complications of cirrhosis. Little is known about possible associated hepatic histopathological features. Explanted livers from patients clinically diagnosed with HPS (n = 8) or PPH (n = 7) and cirrhotic explants from controls (n = 30) without HPS or PPH were evaluated with trichrome histochemistry, anti–glutamine synthetase (anti-GS), and anti-CD34 immunohistochemistry (IHC).
Dispute over organ donation brings attention to defining death
The Columbus Dispatch
The death of 21-year-old Elijah Smith at Grant Medical Center this month and his family's dispute with Lifeline of Ohio over his organ donation has brought to the forefront questions about what constitutes death.
Most doctors agree that a person has died when the brain ceases to perform its most essential functions, even if machines and medications keep the heart beating and the lungs delivering oxygen.
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