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Liver transplants for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis up 600 percent in 10 years
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The proportion of liver transplants performed in patients diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) increased dramatically from 1997-2003 to 2004-2010, but post-transplant survival in this population is excellent, with one-year survival rates near 88 percent, according to a study published online in Liver Transplantation. More

In memoriam: Helicopter crash claims life of surgeon, technician
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The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) is saddened at the tragic turn of events during an organ retrieval mission on Dec. 26th. Members from the Transplant Team at the Mayo Clinic Florida were killed Monday when the helicopter crashed en route to retrieve a heart from the Gainesville Hospital, Shands at the University of Florida — which is about 60 miles away. Heart surgeon, Luis Bonilla, MD, procurement technician, David Hines and the pilot were killed in the crash. The exact cause of the crash has not been determined. ASTS joins the transplant community in mourning this loss during what would have otherwise been a life-saving mission and extends its condolences to their family and friends during this difficult time. More


Lace up! Inaugural ASTS 5K Fun Run/Walk
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Dust off your running shoes and plan to participate in the Inaugural ASTS 5K Fun Run/Walk which will take place Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. This event is in conjunction with the ASTS 12th Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium, Jan. 12-15, 2012 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. What better way to demonstrate support of patient health and increased quality of life for transplant patients, than by promoting physical fitness? Rain or shine, check-in and warm-up begins at 6:15 a.m. and the race kicks off at 6:30 a.m. just outside the hotel. Awards will be given to the top three male runners and walkers and the top three female runners and walkers of all age levels! Astellas Pharma, USA, Inc. is a proud Sponsor of this event. Register today, and see the sunrise as you run or walk along the Miami shores.

Call for ASTS officer and councilor-at-large nominations
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ASTS is currently accepting nominations for officer and councilor-at-large positions for the 2012 term. Nominations are being accepted for the positions of president-elect, treasurer and 3 councilor-at-large positions. All nominees will be asked to complete a biography form, indicate his/her intent to serve, if elected, and submit two letters of support from other ASTS members. Self nominations are permissible. The nomination deadline is Jan. 22, 2012. More

2012 ASTS member needs assessment survey
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ASTS is currently fielding the 2012 ASTS Member Needs Assessment Survey. The survey is designed to evaluate the interests and needs of ASTS members so that ASTS can focus on programs and initiatives that are of the most value to its members. ASTS members should have received a personalized link to the survey from in mid December. The survey will remain open through Monday, Jan. 9. If you are interested in completing the survey, but did not receive a link, please contact Laurie Kulikosky.


OPTN bylaws rewrite available for public comment
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A new proposal for the OPTN Bylaws Plain Language Rewrite is now being offered for public comment. This proposal was developed by the OPTN/UNOS Membership and Professional Standards Committee (MPSC). When the public comment period ends on Jan. 31, 2012, the MPSC will review the feedback they receive and consider modifications to the original proposal. The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors may then review and vote on this proposal at its meeting June 25-26, 2012. UNOS requests input on this proposal by Jan. 31, 2012. View the OPTN Bylaws Plain Language Rewrite proposal now. More

Fixing common blood disorder would make kidney transplants more successful
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Correcting anemia, a red blood cell deficiency, can preserve kidney function in many kidney transplant recipients, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology. The results indicate that aggressively treating anemia may help save the kidneys and possibly the lives of many transplant recipients. More

Domino liver transplantation: How far can we push the paradigm?
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Domino liver transplantation has emerged as a strategy for increasing the number of liver grafts available: morphologically normal livers from donors with metabolic diseases can be used for select recipients with hepatocellular carcinoma (usually outside the Milan criteria). More

High rate of unemployment after liver transplantation: Analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing database
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The goal of liver transplantation (LT) is to maximize the length and quality of a patient's life and facilitate his or her return to full productivity. The aims of this study were to use the United Network for Organ Sharing data set to determine the proportions of recipients who were employed and unemployed within 24 months after LT between 2002 and 2008 and to examine the factors associated with a return to employment. More

Molecular adsorbent recirculating system as artificial support therapy for liver failure: a meta-analysis
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Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System is an artificial liver support system that has been developed for patients with liver failure until the liver regains function or as a bridge to transplantation. More

Type 1 diabetes increases the expression of proinflammatory cytokines and adhesion molecules in the artery wall of candidate patients for kidney transplantation
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Diabetes may accelerate atheromatosis in uremic patients. Our aim was to assess the influence of type 1 diabetes on the atheromatosis-related inflammation in patients with chronic kidney disease. More

For illegal immigrant, line is drawn at transplant
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Without treatment to replace his failing kidneys, doctors knew, the man would die. He was a waiter in his early 30s, a husband and father of two, so well liked at the Manhattan restaurant where he had worked for a decade that everyone from the customers to the dishwasher was donating money to help his family. He was also an illegal immigrant. So when his younger brother volunteered to donate a kidney to restore him to normal life, they encountered a health care paradox: the government would pay for a lifetime of dialysis, costing $75,000 a year, but not for the $100,000 transplant that would make it unnecessary. More

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