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Study: Stem cells let kidney transplant patients skip rejection drugs
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Kidney transplant patients given a mixture of stem cells from their organ donor were able to quit taking anti-rejection medicine in a small study, suggesting that life-long reliance on the toxic drugs may be avoidable. Five of eight patients treated were able to stop taking about a dozen pills a day to suppress their immune systems. The drugs, which prevent rejection and stop tissue from a donated kidney from attacking the patient, can damage the transplant and cause diabetes, infections, heart disease and cancer. More


Call for ASTS committee nominations
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This year, ASTS is making the process easier for committee appointments! We have set up an easy, automated system for members to indicate their interest in serving on a committee. You can also put forth nominations for your colleagues. Click here to submit your nomination. Be sure you include the nominee information, the committees he/she would like to serve and why he/she would be a valuable member to the committee(s). Nominees must be members in good standing and be willing to serve as outlined in the bylaws. Nominations must be submitted by March 18, 2012. More

ASTS announces link with SCORE
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The ASTS Academic Universe, Transplant Curriculum for Surgery Residents has linked with the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE). In keeping with the educational commitments of both the ASTS and SCORE, we have partnered our resources and designed a page specifically for surgical residents in their transplant rotation in order to offer the chance to further develop their transplant experience. The modules presented cover key educational objectives regarding abdominal transplantation and offer a better understanding of topics including immunobiology, immunosuppression, organ procurement and transplantation. The didactic information provided within these modules will offer surgical residents the opportunity to expand their knowledge of transplant surgery and hopefully consider transplantation as a future career. We believe this material complements the transplant material in SCORE and we hope you will encourage your residents to visit for more details. More

2012 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Primer
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The ASTS Standards Committee recently released their 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Primer with the accompanying new sample surgery billing form designed to facilitate PQRS Reporting. In 2012, participating surgeons can receive a bonus of 0.5% of their total Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule and payment is for reporting, not for performance. Participation in PQRS can increase revenue and contribute to a national quality improvement initiative. PQRS will likely become mandatory as CMS moves to value-based purchasing and performance-based payment. More


Cadaveric ECD kidneys do not worsen outcomes for patients 70+
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Renal transplant recipients older than 70 years who receive cadaveric expanded criteria donor (ECD) kidneys are at no higher risk for mortality or transplant failure than those who receive cadaveric non-ECD kidneys, researchers reported online ahead of print in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. More

Who needs liver transplants — new approach to determine
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Mathematicians from the University of Utah have developed a set of calculus equations, which simplifies diagnosing and therefore saving lives of Tylenol overdose patients. The study of acetaminophen, generic pain and fever medicine sold as Tylenol, that is also in many other nonprescription and prescription drugs, is published in Hepatology, a journal about liver function and disease, and estimates quickly how much and when individuals have taken painkillers and if a liver transplant is necessary for their survival. More

Kidney transplant success: Pioneering flushing technique used
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A 56-year-old woman says she feels fantastic after a kidney transplant operation made possible by a pioneering new flushing technique. Deborah Bakewell was one of the first patients in the world to receive a donated kidney flushed with oxygenated blood after being kept in cold storage. More

First combined organ transplant of its kind saves 6-year-old's life
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Organ transplants save lives. In 6-year-old Angela Bushi's case, it took a combined organ transplant to save her life. She received a new liver, pancreas and two kidneys. More

Ultrasound IDs post-transplant recurrent hep C cirrhosis
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Ultrasound-based transient elastography provides diagnostic accuracy for detecting cirrhosis due to recurrent hepatitis C virus infection following liver transplantation, according to a meta-analysis published in the March issue of Liver Transplantation. More

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Kidney donors heart disease risk not increased
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According to a study published on, there is no difference in the risk of developing heart disease between living kidney donors and the healthy general population. Results from the study provide recipients, donors and transplant experts, vital safety reassurances. More

Is a mandatory intensive care unit stay needed after liver transplantation?
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The continuation of hemodynamic, respiratory and metabolic support for a variable period after liver transplantation (LT) in the intensive care unit (ICU) is considered routine by many transplant programs. However, some LT recipients may be liberated from mechanical ventilation shortly after the discontinuation of anesthesia. These patients might be appropriately discharged from the postanesthesia care unit to the surgical ward and bypass the ICU entirely. More

Severe post-transplant lower urinary tract symptoms may be predictable
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Evaluation of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) using validated questionnaires prior to renal transplantation may predict which patients will experience significant LUTS after transplantation, researchers reported at the Canadian Society of Transplantation annual meeting. More
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