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Mar. 27, 2014

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Save the Date for Transplant Nurses Day!
Save the Date April 16 to celebrate Transplant Nurses Day! The 2014 theme is My Transplant Nurse: A Perfect Match. ITNS created Transplant Nurses Day in April 2006 to raise awareness of the unique contributions transplant nurses make in the lives of the people with whom they work, especially their patients. Stay tuned for the winner of the Transplant Nurses Day essay contest, which will be announced on April 16. Check out our ideas for celebrating Transplant Nurses Day! More

New strategy aims to reduce transplant rejection
By Sharee Ann Narciso
UC San Francisco researchers have recently developed a two-pronged approach to the problem of organ transplantation rejections seen in recipients. The strategy aims to weaken specific immune responses that affect transplanted tissue. The results in controlled mouse experiments have shown promise so far: 70 percent of the mice did not reject the transplants without using any long-term immunosuppressive treatment. The goal of the strategy is to spare patients from having to undergo lifelong immunosuppression and to help treat Type 1 diabetes and similar autoimmune diseases.More

FDA panel favors device to boost lung transplant success
MedPage Today
An FDA advisory committee gave a unanimous thumbs up to a device to improve the quality of donor lungs using warm perfusion after explant. The agency's Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel voted 10-0 in each of three separate votes that there was reasonable assurance that XVIVO XPS perfusion system is safe, that it offers "probable benefit," and that those benefits would outweigh the risks of the device.More

Organ recovery centers reduce transplant costs 37 percent
HealthLeaders Media
Organ procurement organizations take a streamlined approach to the transplant process, removing much of the inefficiency and cost out of the complex sequence of organ donation.More

How many children benefited from lung transplant rule tweak?
ABC News
When Sarah Murnaghan's parents fought to boost the dying girl's access to an adult lung transplant, they said they hoped to help all children on the waiting list. But new data from the agency charged with allocating organs show that only one child has definitely benefited from the fight: Sarah Murnaghan. The Murnaghan family had fought the so-called Under-12 Rule to keep their 10-year-old daughter from dying of cystic fibrosis last summer, arguing that lung transplant rules were "arbitrary" and "discriminatory" against children. Sarah's case prompted a temporary tweak to the organ transplant policy that is up for review. More

Biopsy best in pediatric liver transplant dysfunction
Ultrasound-guided liver biopsy is safe and informative, and should be performed in all children with liver dysfunction who have undergone liver transplantation, a new study suggests. "Our study is one of the few available that confirms the safety of biopsy in pediatric liver transplant patients," said researcher Dr. Kelvin Cortis, from the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies in Palermo, Italy.More

Organ donor wanted: An ethical dilemma
Liberty Voice
A man in Newberg, Oregon, searching for an organ donor is now taking it to the streets. His wife, Dawn-Marie Gray, discusses his recent attempts in finding a kidney donor, claiming it to be an inspiration for many. However, some people disagree with this man's attempt. There is an ethical dilemma for many who want to be considered an organ donor, and it is something they might not be aware of.More

Canada: Medical debate over defining death has implications for organ donors
CBC News
The standards for defining death in Canada vary so much that the hospital where a dying person ends up may affect when they are declared dead — and that has some Canadian doctors concerned about the implications for organ donation, CBC's the fifth estate has learned.More

Ireland: Record number of kidney transplants carried out last year
Irish Independent
A record number of people who needed an organ transplant were given the gift of life last year. There were 294 transplants carried out thanks mostly to deceased donors as well as the selfless gesture of some people who donated one of their kidneys to a relative or friend. Their generosity was honoured at the launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week in the Mansion House by Health Minister James Reilly.More