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Program may encourage living donors to give
a kidney

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins are testing a new program called "Live Donor Champion" that could encourage kidney donation from living donors. John Schieszer reports that it is a simple concept that could be adopted nationwide. More


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Low serum albumin increases graft failure risk in kidney-transplant children
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Children with hypoalbuminemia undergoing kidney transplantation are at an increased risk for graft failure, research shows. In a multivariable adjusted model, the researchers showed that each 1 g/dL increase in serum albumin reduced the risk for graft failure by 20 percent. More

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Clostridium difficile infection in hospitalized liver transplant patients: A nationwide analysis
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The incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is increasing among hospitalized patients. Liver transplantation (LT) patients are at higher risk for acquiring CDI. Small, single-center studies (but no nationwide analyses) have assessed this association. We used the Nationwide Inpatient Sample of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (2004-2008) for this retrospective, cross-sectional study. More

Modulating T-cell costimulation as new immunosuppressive concept in organ transplantation
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The development of costimulation blockers for clinical application in the field of organ transplantation was delayed by several setbacks. However, belatacept has recently been approved as first in class for renal transplantation. Several additional costimulation blockers are under development with some having already entered into clinical trials. Costimulation blockers are a new class of rationally designed immunosuppressive drugs with considerable potential for improving outcome of organ transplantation. More

Recipe for a good transplant surgeon: Guts, compassion and a "dash of insanity"
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Arundi Mahendran, MBBS, is a transplant surgeon having completed a 2 year fellowship in abdominal transplant surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She is currently completing her PhD thesis at Goldsmiths College/Imperial College London. She trained at University College London, UK. More

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Stunning recovery for first child to get stem cell trachea
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The first child in history to receive a trachea fashioned by his own stem cells has shown remarkable progress since the initial transplant two years ago, marking a new record for the novel procedure. Ciaran Finn-Lynch, the now 13-year-old boy from the U.K. who the world's first child to receive the stem cell trachea transplant, is breathing normally and no longer needs anti-rejection medication, researchers reported in a paper published in the journal Lancet. More

Immunosuppressant switch cuts skin cancer post-transplant
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In kidney-transplant patients with at least one cutaneous squamous-cell carcinoma, switching immunosuppressants (from calcineurin inhibitors to sirolimus) is associated with increased skin cancer-free survival and delayed development of new skin cancers, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. More

New York Governor signs legislation to encourage organ donation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"I continually stress the importance of becoming a donor, because donating an organ is saving a life," said Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-N.Y., "This new law will make the process of registering for organ donation online more convenient by allowing donors to receive electronic confirmation of their registration and amend or revoke registration online." Currently, the New York State Department of Health is authorized to offer online electronic registration, which is done through the DMV website. More

Do kidney histology lesions predict long-term kidney function after liver transplantation?
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Histological renal lesions observed after liver transplantation are complex, multifactorial and interrelated. The aims of this study were to determine whether kidney lesions observed at five years after liver transplantation can predict long-term kidney function. Ninety-nine liver transplant patients receiving calcineurin inhibitor)-based immunosuppression, who had undergone a kidney biopsy at 60 ± 48 months post-transplant, were included in this follow-up study. More

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