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New efforts under way to encourage over-50 crowd to sign up to become organ donors
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Julia Kukolvic of Cleveland signed up to be an organ donor 20 years ago. There was no particular reason why she did it except, as she says, "I just think it's the right thing to do." But recently some of Kukolvic's relatives have told her that she's too old to be an organ donor. More


ASTS Pioneer Award Presented at ATC
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On Sunday, June 3, ASTS bestowed its highest honor on Ronald M. Ferguson, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the Comprehensive Transplant Center of Ohio State University. The ASTS Pioneer Award is presented to individuals who have displayed important leadership in transplantation and made a significant contribution to the field.

Dr. Ferguson is a past president of ASTS and the Society of University Surgeons. He has served on the board of UNOS and TTS and has authored more than 350 publications on issues in organ transplantation.

Reminder: ASTS Annual Business Meeting June 5
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If you're at ATC this year, please plan to join us for the ASTS Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, June 5, at 5:45 p.m. in the Republic Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel. We will not only vote on extensive bylaws changes, but also announce the results of our first-ever online officer and councilor elections. Thanks to everyone who voted, and please continue your participation in the Society by joining us for the bylaws vote on June 5. More

ASTS Grant recipients honored at ATC
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On Monday, June 4, the ASTS Foundation and its grants partners held the ASTS Grants Ceremony in the Veterans Auditorium of the Hynes Convention Center in Boston at 9:30 a.m. This year's faculty grants, resident/trainee grants, and fellowship grants were presented to the recipients by Mitchell L. Henry, MD, president of ASTS, and Ginny Bumgardner, MD, PhD, chair of the ASTS Awards Committee. More


Transplant experts question impact of Facebook's organ donor registration push
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Facebook's move to allow users to add their organ donor registration status as a "life event" on their profile pages led to a surge in donor sign ups and earned the company plaudits from physicians and other professionals in the transplant community. But experts warn that the social networking behemoth's action will not be enough to solve the U.S. organ shortage and could pose ethical problems for patients and families while trivializing the decision to donate. More

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Diabetic renal disease boosts mortality risk after failed transplant
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British investigators have reported a link between diabetes as primary renal disease (PRD) and survival after transplant failure. Their study showed that patients with diabetes as their PRD had slightly more than twice the risk of dying in the first 90 days after starting dialysis following graft loss as patients whose native kidney failure was caused by a diagnosis other than diabetes. Additionally, diabetes as PRD conferred an even higher risk of death between 90 days and three years. More

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A Huddersfield, England woman is the first in the world to undergo a new type of lung transplant
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A Huddersfield, England, woman has become one of the first to receive a lung transplant — where the organs have been specially reconditioned. Twenty-one-year-old Phillipa Bradbury has cystic fibrosis. She's been helped by experts who have found a way of cleaning and keeping alive lungs which were previously unsuitable for transplant. More

Pregnancy outcomes of liver transplant recipients: A systematic review and meta-analysis
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Approximately 14,000 women of reproductive age are currently living in the United States after liver transplantation (LT), and another 500 undergo LT each year. Although LT improves reproductive function in women with advanced liver disease, the associated pregnancy outcomes and maternal-fetal risks have not been quantified in a broad manner. More

Post-transplant, eGFR impacts cardio risk independently
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In stable kidney transplant recipients, kidney function, as determined by estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), is independently associated with cardiovascular (CVD) events and death, according to research published online in the American Journal of Transplantation. More

Texas mother to receive first ever double arm transplant in US
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After losing every one of her limbs from a flesh-eating infection, a 43-year-old Texas mother of three will have another person's arms and hands transplanted onto her in the first ever procedure of its kind in the U.S. More

Many livers 'too fat' for transplant
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Increases in factors associated with fatty liver disease may be leading clinicians to discard more donated organs, researcher found. In an analysis of data from the United Organ Sharing Network (UNOS), age, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension were associated with an increased risk of a liver being discarded, Dr. Eric Orman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues reported during a press briefing at Digestive Disease Week here. More

Smokers make OK lung donors
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A slightly controversial and ironic issue hits the Lancet, with research showing that patients receiving lung transplants from smokers who have died, in general, do better than those waiting for lungs donations from non-smokers. More

Outcomes of liver transplant recipients with hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus coinfection
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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a controversial indication for liver transplantation (LT) in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)–infected patients because of reportedly poor outcomes. This prospective, multicenter US cohort study compared patient and graft survival for 89 HCV/HIV-coinfected patients and two control groups: 235 HCV-monoinfected LT controls and all U.S. transplant recipients who were 65 years old or older. More
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