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Study: Competition affects who gets a liver transplant
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More competition between medical centers that perform liver transplants may mean sicker patients get lower-quality donor organs, according to a U.S. study. When more than one center has patients on the same donor list, the centers have an incentive to get organs for as many of their own patients as possible, wrote researchers, whose report appeared in Liver Transplantation. More


2013 ASTS Compensation Survey responses due Jan. 22
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In late December, U.S.-based ASTS surgeon members received an invitation to participate in the 2013 ASTS Transplant Surgeon Compensation Survey. If you haven't yet completed the survey, please do so before the deadline of Tuesday, Jan. 22. The survey is a valuable tool, and participants will receive a copy of the results free of charge. If you have questions, please email

Have you paid your ASTS member dues?
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To register for the American Transplant Congress at member rates, you must pay your ASTS membership dues by April 1, 2013. You should have received an invoice at the end of last year; if you have questions, email

OPTN/UNOS Webinar on living kidney donor requirements tomorrow
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OPTN/UNOS will hold a webinar titled "New Living Kidney Donor Program Requirements: Standardizing Patient Care" on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. EST. This program is designed to identify changes to the living kidney donor program requirements that go into effect Feb. 1, 2013; describe the new requirements for informed consent, psychosocial evaluation and medical evaluation; compare and contrast changes to follow-up requirements; explain how professional resources may assist practice; and discuss the impact of the new requirements on potential living kidney donors. More


Study: Most living donors would do it again
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A German study found that living kidney donation is safe and most donors report that they would donate again. Still, a small percentage of living kidney donors may experience physical or mental discomforts following donation. Researchers studied 128 living kidney donors and found that less than 10 percent of them reported impaired quality of life directly related to kidney donation. More

Efficacy of the retreatment of hepatitis C virus infections after liver transplantation: Role of an aggressive approach
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A sustained virological response (SVR) is achieved by 30 percent of naive liver transplantation (LT) recipients treated with pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV). Almost no data are available about retreatment. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy, tolerability and SVR predictors of retreatment. More

Transplanted genetically-modified adipose cells offer potential therapy for liver diseases
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Using mesenchymal stromal cells derived from adipose (fat) tissues, genetically modified to express a bioluminescent marker, researchers in Italy have tracked cells after transplantation. The cells were followed from their injection into the spleen of mice modeling liver disease, to their characterization as "hepatic precursors," and to their subsequent migration through the spleen before engrafting at regenerating sites in the liver by bioluminescent imaging. More

Declining liver utilization for transplantation in the United States and the impact of donation after cardiac death
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Worsening donor liver quality resulting in decreased organ utilization may be contributing to the recent decline in liver transplants nationally. Researchers conducted a study to examine trends in donor liver utilization and the relationship between donor characteristics and nonuse. The United Network for Organ Sharing database was used to to review all deceased adult organ donors in the United States from whom at least one solid organ was transplanted into a recipient. More

Who should receive organ transplants?
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Joe Gammalo had been contending with pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs, for more than a decade when he came to the Cleveland Clinic in 2008 seeking a lung transplant. "It had gotten to the point where I was on oxygen all the time and in a wheelchair," he told me in an interview. "I didn't expect to live." More

Technology aims to improve lung transplant odds
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More than any other vital organ offered for transplant, the lung is susceptible to injury that is difficult to prevent, detect, and predict. To err on the side of caution, 80 percent of organ donors' lungs are rejected as unsuitable, a waste lamented by doctors and patients alike. More

Transplanting life: Transplantation without medication?
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New kidneys offer transplant patients a second chance at life, but what they have to do for the rest of their lives is a big concern to many. People whose kidneys are failing can wait years to get a transplant. About one in 20 will die during that wait. More

Study: High BPA levels in kids linked to risk for heart, kidney damage
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According to a new study, there are signs that elevated levels of the plastics chemical bisphenol A in children's urine are associated with an increased risk of heart and kidney disease. Bisphenol A (BPA) is widely used in consumer products, including as an internal covering in aluminum food cans. Research has suggested that BPA disrupts human metabolism. More


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