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Obese patients urged to lose weight before kidney transplant
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Obese people who receive kidney transplants appear to be at increased risk for problems such as wound infections, transplant failure and heart disease during their recovery, researchers have found. Obese kidney transplant patients also have higher health care costs than non-obese patients, the Saint Louis University researchers said. More


Call for ASTS Committee Nominations
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ASTS members seeking to become more actively involved with the Society may submit nominations for committee appointments that begin in May 2013. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please submit nominations online by Feb. 25, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. EST. More

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

Antibody Mediated Rejection in Liver Transplantation Conference March 22-23
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Antibody mediated rejection is a well known and feared entity in all solid organ transplants – except the liver. Previous studies and literature regarding liver allografts have been inconsistent, and mounting evidence has shown the pathologic potential of DSA in liver and SLKT recipients. The goal of this ground-breaking conference is to bring about a meeting of the minds to define AMR in liver transplantation and forge a path for future research in this burgeoning area of research. The conference features an esteemed panel of experts in their fields and is designed specifically for Transplant Surgeons, Transplant Pathologists, Transplant Hepatologists, Transplant Nephrologists, and HLA Laboratory PhDs. More


5-year outcomes in living donor kidney transplants with a positive crossmatch
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Renal transplant candidates with high levels of donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies have low transplantation rates and high mortality rates on dialysis. Using desensitization protocols, good short-term outcomes are possible in "positive crossmatch kidney transplants (+XMKTx)", but long-term outcome data are lacking. More

Impact of estimated liver volume and liver weight on gender disparity in liver transplantation
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Although lower Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) scores due to lower levels of serum creatinine in women might account for some of the gender disparity in liver transplantation (LT) rates, even within MELD scores, women undergo transplantation at lower rates than men. It is unclear what causes this disparity, but transplant candidate/donor liver size mismatch may be a factor. Researchers analyzed Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network data for patients with end-stage liver disease on the waiting list. More

Lung-transplant technology saves patients with severe flu
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Technology normally used with lung transplant patients has saved the lives of five flu patients with severe respiratory problems, reports University Health Network's Toronto General Hospital. Extra Corporeal Lung Support systems essentially are artificial lungs that work outside the body, according to an announcement. Even when injured, the lungs have to keep working to keep the patient alive, it explains. Such machines take over the work of the lungs, allowing them to rest and heal, unlike traditional ventilators that can induce further injury to that created from pneumonia and flu. More

Travel and transplantation: Travel-related diseases in transplant recipients
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Travel-related diseases may be seen in transplant recipients after travel, after transplant tourism, and via transmission from blood and organ donors, augmented by recent increases in travel, migration, and globalization. Such infections include tuberculosis, Plasmodium (malaria), Babesia, Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease), Strongyloides, Coccidioides, Histoplasma, Leishmania, Brucella, HTLV, dengue, among numerous others. More

Study: Conversion to enteric-coated mycophenolate sodium from mycophenolate mofetil in stable renal transplant patients
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Mycophenolate mofetil has proven efficacy in the prophylaxis of acute rejection in solid organ transplantation; however, gastrointestinal intolerance can risk this efficacy because of associated dose adjustments and discontinued treatment. Enteric-coated mycophenolate sodium has demonstrated improved gastrointestinal tolerability, but the data in Asian subjects are scarce. This study demonstrated that enteric-coated mycophenolate sodium is a safe and effective alternative to mycophenolate mofetil in Asian kidney transplant recipients. More

Dialysis breakthrough likely, kidney tissue grown from stem cells
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A group of Japanese scientific researchers have made potential groundbreaking progress for those dependent on dialysis by growing human kidney tissue from stem cells. Even though a damaged human kidney is not easily repairable, the scientists believe that their findings may be able to aid with the restoration of diseased kidneys. 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

Blacks face tougher time finding kidney for transplant
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Already prone to the kidney-destroying illnesses of diabetes and high blood pressure, blacks have another health disparity: They are less likely to be a match when a kidney becomes available. Although organ transplants can occur between races, matches are more difficult to achieve for blacks. Transplant recipients must have similar genes in their immune systems to those of the donor. Otherwise, the body will reject the organ. More


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