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Hospitals reassess the age factor in evaluating candidates for kidney transplants
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Robert Brown was healthy, willing and a good match: So why not give a kidney to his wife, who otherwise would need dialysis? There was just one potential obstacle: Brown was 74, an age once unthinkable for a kidney donor. For this retired psychologist from Columbia, that wasn't an issue. "I didn't think about the age thing, not at all," Brown said about his decision two years ago to offer a kidney to his wife, Sue. She was 71 at the time and ill with Fabry disease, a rare genetic disorder that can lead to a harmful buildup of fat in the kidneys. More


ASTS Recognition Awards Announced
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The American Society of Transplant Surgeons congratulates the recipients of its 2013 recognition awards: Nancy Ascher, MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, recipient of the ASTS Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in the Field of Transplantation Award; Alp Sener, MD, PhD, FRCSC, London Health Sciences Center, recipient of the ASTS Vanguard Prize; Timucin Taner, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic, recipient of the ASTS Vanguard Prize; and Haley M. Hoy, PhD, ACNP, University of Alabama Huntsville, Vanderbilt Medical Center, recipient of the ASTS Advanced Transplant Provider Award. 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. ET. 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


Lungs from heavy smokers may be effective for double-lung transplant
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A new study found that lungs from selectively chosen donors who have had an extensive smoking history, performed just as well in adult, double-lung transplants as lungs from non-smokers. According to Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a surgical specialist at Temple and one of the study's lead authors, the decision to look at smokers was a result of the desperate need for other avenues for organ recipients. More

Tumor biology and pre-transplant locoregional treatments determine outcomes in patients with T3 hepatocellular carcinoma undergoing liver transplantation
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Liver transplantation is the optimal treatment for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and cirrhosis. This study was conducted to determine the impact of pre-transplant locoregional therapy (LRT) on HCC and researchers' experience with expansion to United Network of Organ Sharing Region 4 T3 (R4T3) criteria. More

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Pre-liver transplant antiviral therapy reduced risk for HCV recurrence
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Patients with chronic hepatitis C who underwent antiviral treatment before liver transplant were less likely to experience recurrence following transplantation in a recent study. More

Printed organs may eliminate transplant problems
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A specialized 3D printing process, using human stem cells, could pave the way to purpose-built replacement organs for patients, eliminating the need for organ donation, immune suppression and the problem of transplant rejection. The process, developed at Heriot-Watt University, in partnership with Roslin Cellab, takes advantage of the fact that stem cells can now be grown in laboratory conditions from established cell lines, could also speed up and improve the process of drug testing by growing three-dimensional human tissues and structures for pharmaceuticals to be tested on. More

Impact of locoregional therapy and alpha-fetoprotein on outcomes in transplantation for liver cancer
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Liver transplantation (LT) provides optimal long-term disease-free survival for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). High pre-LT alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) has been associated with HCC recurrence, but it is unclear whether a drop in AFP or locoregional therapy impacts survival/recurrence after LT. LT recipients transplanted for HCC in three centers (UNOS Region 6) were reviewed for demographics, tumor characteristics, locoregional therapy, AFP, recurrence and survival. More

How surgeons performed a double arm transplant
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Six weeks ago, Iraqi veteran and quadruple amputee Brendan Marrocco underwent surgery to get a new pair of arms. The 13-hour operation, during which surgeons transplanted the arms of an organ donor onto Marrocco's limbs, was the most complicated double hand transplant ever performed in the U.S. More

Disparities exist in kidney transplant timing
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African-Americans and individuals without private health insurance are less likely than others to receive a kidney transplant before requiring dialysis, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The findings indicate that efforts are needed to ensure the equitable distribution of donor kidneys and the timing of transplantation. More

Interleukin-28B polymorphism in hepatitis C and liver transplantation
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The discovery of interleukin-28B (IL-28B) single-nucleotide polymorphisms has opened an important new area of research in liver transplantation (LT) for hepatitis C virus (HCV). Both recipient- and donor-derived IL-28B genotypes affect the post-LT treatment response, with sustained virological response (SVR) rates oscillating from >50 percent in homozygotes for the favorable allele (up to 90 percent when this is present in both the recipient and the donor) to less than 15 percent in homozygotes for the unfavorable allele and from 30 percent to more than 50 percent in heterozygotes. More

When an infant needs a heart transplant, a scarcity of organs compounds challenges
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It was New Year's Eve 2006, and Marnie Blakey couldn't get rid of an extremely troubling thought that kept bubbling to the top of her mind. "There has to be a drunk driver out there, so my child can live," she recalled thinking. More


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