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Kidney Transplant Committee proposes changes aimed at better use of donated organs
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After nine years of fitful work, the governance committee that oversees kidney transplants in the United States proposed a series of tweaks aimed at making better use of the country's desperately inadequate supply of deceased-donor organs. More


Member recognition in Chimera
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ASTS' member magazine, Chimera, is increasing its focus on members and their activities. We'd love to spread the word about your latest career move, hire, or award in our "People and Places" section. We also offer the chance to profile your transplant program in "Across the Field" with a short write-up and photo of your team. Please consider taking advantage of this easy way to gain recognition for your hard work! For questions or to submit a profile, contact

Public comment sought on OPTN/UNOS proposed kidney allocation policy
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The OPTN/UNOS Kidney Transplantation Committee is seeking public comment regarding substantial proposed amendments to OPTN deceased donor kidney allocation policy. The proposed policy would maintain access to kidney transplantation for all candidates while seeking to improve outcomes for kidney transplant recipients and increase utilization of available kidneys. The deadline for public comment is Dec. 14, 2012. More

Help for living donors
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The National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC) works to reduce financial disincentives for living organ donation. The program can provide reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses to those being evaluated for or participating in living donation, with special emphasis given to those who cannot otherwise afford the expenses. Training on how to access the program is available for transplant centers. Contact NLDAC at 888-870-5002 or to learn more.


One day, growing spare parts inside the body
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A new method of organ regeneration, so far tested only in animals, uses another part of the body to nourish replacement organs as they become ready for transplanting. More

Nearly half of kidney recipients in live donor transplant chains are minorities
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The largest U.S. multicenter study of living kidney transplant donor chains showed that 46 percent of recipients are minorities, a finding that allays previous fears that these groups would be disadvantaged by expansion of the donor pool through this type of exchange process. The study of a series of chain transplantations performed from February 2008 to June 2011 at 57 centers nationwide included 272 kidney transplants that paired organ donors who were incompatible with their relatives with strangers providing organs for altruistic reasons or with others donating an organ to an unknown patient because they were not a match for their own relatives. More

Swedish doctors claim first mother-daughter uterus transplant, say operation went smoothly
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Two Swedish women are hoping to get pregnant after undergoing what doctors are calling the world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants. Specialists at the University of Goteborg said they performed the surgery over the weekend without complications but added that they won't consider it successful unless the women give birth to healthy children. More

Novel program cuts CMV-related admissions in transplant patients
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Danish researchers have developed a new program that could help dramatically lower rates of hospital admissions due to cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection among recipients of solid organ transplants (SOT). "We were able to identify a number of processes which potentially could be optimized in a systematic way in order to diagnose the infection at an earlier stage, before it causes clinical disease and where it is easier to manage," said lead investigator, Dr. Caspar da Cunha-Bang, an attending physician at the University of Copenhagen. More

In discarding of kidneys, system reveals its flaws
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Last year, 4,720 people died while waiting for kidney transplants in the United States. And yet, as in each of the last five years, more than 2,600 kidneys were recovered from deceased donors and then discarded without being transplanted, government data show. Those organs typically wound up in a research laboratory or medical waste incinerator. More

COPD raises dialysis patient death risk
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in patients starting dialysis increases their mortality risk and decreases their likelihood of receiving a kidney transplant, especially in current smokers, according to researchers. More

Urinary pathogens changing in renal transplant patients
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Over the past decade, gram-negative organisms have become more prevalent when organisms are isolated from the urine of renal transplant recipients, and resistance to levofloxacin and ceftriaxone has increased among Escherichia coli, the most frequently isolated urinary pathogen in these patients, a new study suggests. More

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Socioeconomic status determines lung transplant approval rates
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After initial evaluations, patients with adult cystic fibrosis (CF) have a greater likelihood of not being accepted for lung transplants. Lead author Bradley S. Quon, MD, MSc, MBA, of the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle and his team conducted a new study that established, for the first time, many factors indicating socioeconomic status is linked with greater rates of not being accepted for transplant. More

New immunosuppressants in pediatric solid organ transplantation
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There are currently trials underway investigating the use of eculizumab and bortezomib for treatment of antibody-mediated rejection as well as utilizing these agents as part of desensitization protocols. Minimal (or even monotherapy) maintenance immunosuppression regimens include monoclonal antibodies and fusion receptor proteins targeting different pathways (CD40–CD154, CD28–CD80/86, and LFA3–CD2 pathway). Phase III randomized controlled trials in adults are required before embarking on treatment of children. More

Analyzing the 'Facebook Effect' on organ and tissue donation
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When Facebook introduced a feature that enables people to register to become organ and tissue donors, thousands did so, dwarfing any previous donation initiative, write Blair L. Sadler and Alfred M. Sadler, Jr., in a commentary in Bioethics Forum, the blog of the Hastings Center Report, which analyzes the "Facebook effect" on donation. More

Variability of standard liver volume estimation versus software-assisted total liver volume measurement
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The estimation of the standard liver volume (SLV) is an important component of the evaluation of potential living liver donors and the surgical planning for resection for tumors. At least 16 different formulas for estimating SLV have been published in the worldwide literature. More

Texas woman to receive first US double arm transplant
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A Texas woman who lost all four limbs to a flesh-eating bacteria has been approved for a double arm transplant at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital in what will be the first such procedure performed in the United States. Katy Hayes, 44, of Kingwood, Texas, will receive two new arms above the elbow. The hospital is working with a regional organ donor bank to find a donor. The surgery has not yet been scheduled. More

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