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Lab-grown 'custom' organs may be future of medicine
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What if dying patients waiting for an organ transplant could receive a custom, lab-grown replacement rather than waiting for a donor organ? To some, this may sound like science fiction — and in many ways, it still is. But the advances in the field of regenerative medicine that recently made headlines suggest such lab-grown organs may become reality in the future. More


Chimera needs you!
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ASTS' member magazine is looking for more member-related content! We’d love to feature a profile of your transplant program in Across the Field or let everyone know about your latest career move, hire, or award in People and Places. Please email submissions to by July 11.

ASTS tools to make your life easier
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Are you looking for a centralized place to access standard business operating procedures you need in running your transplant center? The ASTS Transplant Center Policy Library is now available as an annual subscription in the ASTS Store. To learn more, click here.

The Reimbursement Committee has released a Professional Coding Guide and Major Complicating Co-Morbidities (MCC) Worksheet. The coding guide will help make sure you are properly compensated and receive Relative Value Unit credit for all the work you do, while the MCC Worksheet serves as a handy reference for commonly seen diagnoses related to transplantation.

ASTS committees are constantly working on tools to support the field of transplantation. If you have suggestions or comments, please email

AJT Announces Digital Edition for iPad
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Get complete issues of the American Journal of Transplantation on your iPad! This newly designed full-text journal issue app offers complete access to new issues of the journal and includes automatic background download, offline availability, push-notifications and more. Download today!


What the Supreme Court decision means for insurers, hospitals and drugmakers
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The Supreme Court ruled that the health care law stands. For months now the pending ruling has put the Affordable Care Act's future in limbo. Now everyone knows it has survived and — while other challenges are still ahead — it gives a bit more guidance on where things head next. Here's a look at what that means for three major health care sectors. More

Prolong Graft Survival - DSA Monitoring
Donor Specific Antibody (DSA) May Lead to Poor Graft Survival
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Exercise program improved health of lung transplant patients and cut cardiovascular risk
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Lung transplant patients who took part in a three-month structured exercise program when they were discharged from hospital improved their health-related quality of life and reduced their risk of cardiovascular problems. More

Facebook's organ donation drive success spills into Canada
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Facebook's recent push to promote organ donation in the United States caused registrations to soar; a similar social media initiative could soon be launched in Canada. Ronnie Gavsie, CEO of the Ontario organ donor authority Trillium Gift of Life, said the U.S. Facebook donor drive has had a significant spillover effect on Canada. "I'm going to give some credit to Facebook, we did see a spike on that day [May 1]." More

Organ transplants could be in illegal immigrants' future
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Two illegal immigrants initially denied potentially lifesaving organ transplants could eventually receive the procedures at two Chicago area hospitals, according to a source close to the men. More

Study: African Americans least likely to receive a living kidney
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At every transplant center in the nation, African Americans are the least likely to receive a kidney from a living organ donor, according to findings published in the June issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). The study, based on data gathered from all 275 transplant centers in the U.S., also showed that those facilities serving predominantly African American populations had even higher rates of living donor transplant disparities. More

Immunohistochemical features of BK virus nephropathy in renal transplant recipients
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BK virus nephropathy (BKVN) is one of the factors that reduces renal graft function after transplantation. However, BKVN and rejection present similar pathological findings, as both are accompanied by cellular infiltration to the interstitium and tubulitis, thus they are difficult to distinguish for diagnosis and medical treatment. More

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CVD tied to reduced kidney function in renal transplant patients
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Lower kidney function is independently associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death in stable kidney transplant recipients, according to investigators. At an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) below 45 mL/min/1.73 m2, each 5 mL/min/1.73 m2 increment in eGFR is associated with a 15 percent decreased risk of both CVD and death, researchers reported online in the American Journal of Transplantation. The investigators, led by Dr. Daniel E. Weiner, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, observed no association between eGFR and outcomes at eGFR levels above 45. More

Surgeons seek repeal of transplant ban between HIV-positive people
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Transplant surgeons plan to meet with U.S. Congressional staff members to push for the repeal of a law that forbids HIV-positive patients from getting organ transplants from other HIV-positive people. If the law is changed, patients infected with the AIDS-causing virus will have more organs available to them for transplantation, advocates say. More

Preparing potential living kidney donors for what they will experience emotionally
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Every year, more than 27,000 healthy individuals worldwide choose to undergo living kidney donation to improve the lives of those with end-stage renal disease. This includes both directed donation to an individual they know and nondirected donation to a stranger. Research on the outcomes of living kidney donation tends to emphasize the quantitative medical risks that donors may face in the perioperative period and long term. More

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