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New Facebook tool helps organ donors 'share life'
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Facebook wants to make it easier for its nearly 1 billion members to sign up to become organ donors. In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the addition of a new tool on Facebook that will allow users to share their organ donor status with their friends. More


ASTS launches new career center
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ASTS is proud to announce the launch of its new and improved ASTS Career Center. The ASTS Career Center enables employers to post, manage, and update their job listings and company profile anytime day or night, with online payment for faster service. It also allows job seekers to apply for posted jobs or upload their resumes for employers to view. More

ASTS Member News — There's an app for that
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ASTS Smart, an app for iPhone and Android smartphones, is now available! This free app seeks to keep the Society better informed about all the latest ASTS advocacy efforts, meetings, research and education and training opportunities. More

Join the conversation with CenterSpan
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CenterSpan is the listserv where your colleagues go to discuss transplantation and immunology topics. It's an easy way to get your peers' thoughts on your latest challenge and to contribute your expertise by weighing in on someone else's question. Don't be left out of the conversation! Sign up today. More


Kidney gets transplanted twice in 2 weeks
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In what looks like a medical first, doctors reported that a kidney transplanted into one patient, which then started to fail, has been removed and transplanted into a second patient, who is doing well. More

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Kids' kidney transplant rules may have shrunk 'race gap'
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Racial disparities in kidney transplants for U.S. children have fallen since a new policy was introduced in 2005 by the United Network for Organ Sharing, researchers say. The policy, called Share 35, preferentially offers kidneys from deceased donors younger than age 35 to children who need a kidney transplant. While a kidney from a living donor is preferable, a kidney from a deceased donor can save a child's life. More

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Recipient-Donor race mismatch for African American liver transplant patients with chronic hepatitis C
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African American (AA) recipient-donor race mismatch has been associated with graft loss and mortality, but studies of an association between race mismatch and hepatitis C virus (HCV) disease severity are lacking. HCV-infected adults from four U.S. centers who underwent liver transplantation for the first time (n = 1093) were followed for a median of 3.05 years to determine the rates of advanced HCV disease (bridging fibrosis or cirrhosis) and graft failure; 11 percent of the patients were AA. More

Living kidney donors benefit from new imaging protocols
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A new study from UCLA shows how magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and computed tomography angiography (CTA) are equivalent in delineating anatomy in living renal donors. In a study that examined 30 patients and 60 kidneys, both modalities were "excellent" in detecting the number of renal arteries and veins. More

Renal transplant failure linked to elevated pre-transplant iPTH
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Renal transplant recipients who had elevated pre-transplant levels of intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) are at increased risk of post-transplant hypercalcium and graft rejection, according to findings presented at the Canadian Society of Nephrology's 2012 annual meeting. "The association of pre-transplant iPTH level with outcome is interesting and clearly suggests mineral metabolism is important in post-transplant outcome," lead investigator Dr. John Gill, told Renal & Urology News. "The mechanisms which underlie this association need further study." More

Robotics may enable kidney transplantation in the obese
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Robotic kidney transplantation shows promise for obese patients who would not otherwise be candidates for surgery. John Schieszer has the latest on the story. More

Employment of patients receiving maintenance dialysis and after kidney transplant: A cross-sectional study from Finland
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The employment status of all prevalent 15 to 64-year-old dialysis and kidney transplant patients in Finland at the end of 2007 (N = 2,637) was analyzed by combining data from the Finnish Registry for Kidney Diseases with individual-level employment statistics of the Finnish government. More

Psychiatric history in living kidney donor candidates
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A global consensus has been developed that active, significant mental illness and substance abuse are absolute contraindications to organ donation due to diminished ability to make a well informed, rational decision about donation or to maintain health status after donation. More

Routine kidney disease screening not worthwhile, experts say
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As many as one in 10 Americans have chronic kidney disease, but most don't know it and for most it is not a problem, experts say. However, there has been debate about whether healthy people should be screened for the condition. Now, a statement released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says no. More
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