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May. 16, 2013

Medication Adherence Pocket Guide — funding opportunity
ITNS is pleased to announce the availability of our new Instant Reference Series Medication Adherence Pocket Guide. This guide provides a concise, evidence-based, at-a-glance summary of interventions used by clinicians to help patients overcome specific barriers to taking their medications as prescribed.

In conjunction with the introduction of the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide, ITNS is offering funding opportunities for six $3,000 quality improvement projects to ITNS members. Grant applications are due July 1.More

Join a Special Interest Group Listserv
Join an ITNS Special Interest Group Listserv! New from ITNS — organ specific listservs. The four e-mail listservs are an opportunity for ITNS members with special interests to create networks for the purposes of sharing knowledge and problem-solving based on clinical topics. Participation in an ITNS SIG listserv is a membership benefit.

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Apple's top 11 iPhone apps for nurses
Physicians are widely known as early adopters of smartphones, and that might be partly because they have been a popular subject for researchers conducting surveys about the impact of mobile health in hospitals. But a study last year by Wolters Kluwer Health's Lippincott Williams Wilkins of 3,900 nurses indicated in early 2012, 71 percent of nurses were already using smartphones professionally.More

4 factors causing today's nursing decline
The Guardian Express
While the enrollment has recently soared as the medical profession prepares for the retirement of the baby boomers, there are fewer openings because nurses in their 50s and 60s are putting off retirement. The shortage of nurses has forced a high patient-to-nursing staffing ratio, which creates burn out and job dissatisfaction. What are the four factors causing today's nursing decline in the U.S.?More

Post-liver transplant survival rates high among pediatric, adult patients with lethal genetic syndromes
Patients who underwent liver transplantation to treat lethal genetic syndromes experienced high rates of survival, while factors such as age and preoperative life support increased mortality risk, in a recent study. Researchers evaluated data from 78 adults and 74 pediatric patients who underwent orthotopic liver transplantation for lethal genetic syndromes between Feb. 1, 1984 and Sept. 9, 2012 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Diagnostic methods and treatment outcomes, including recurrence and graft and patient survival, were compared between groups.More

Tripped T-cells reject transplant organs
Certain cells "stick their feet" in the bloodstream to trip-up and collect immune system T-cells, which can lead to transplant organ rejection. This recent discovery challenges a long-held assumption about how biologic pathways trigger immune system rejection of donor organs — and suggests a different paradigm is needed to develop better anti-rejection therapiesMore

8 types of nurses you never knew existed
VideoBrief There are 3.2 million registered nurses in the U.S., and that will not be nearly enough in coming years as the Affordable Care Act kicks in and baby boomers begin to need more care. A new book called "The American Nurse" looks at the faces and stories behind those numbers, through portraits and essays of more than 75 men and women in several different caregiving capacities. More

India faces acute organ donation crisis
Zee News
That Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh died last year in a Chennai hospital failing to secure a liver transplant on time underscores India’s acute organ transplantation crisis. Each year hundreds of Indians die while waiting for an organ transplant. The reason: there is an acute imbalance between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for a transplant. Systemic hurdles and rigid social mindset further portends a bleak future for organ transplantation in India. More

Woman who underwent world's first successful womb transplant loses IVF baby
Daily Mail
A woman who was the first to have a successful womb transplant from a dead donor has had her pregnancy terminated after the embryo showed no heartbeat, doctors in Turkey have said. Derya Sert, 22, who was born without a womb, had been receiving in vitro fertilization treatment after the transplant in August 2011.More

Sofosbuvir for previously untreated chronic hepatitis C infection
The New England Journal of Medicine
As many as 170 million persons are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus worldwide, and more than 350,000 die annually from liver disease caused by HCV. Although 60-80 percent of previously untreated patients who undergo treatment with these regimens in clinical trials have had a sustained virologic response, a large number of patients go untreated owing to absolute and relative contraindications or unwillingness to receive interferon. Moreover, the protease inhibitor regimens have several disadvantages, including a low genetic barrier to the development of resistance, safety issues, potential for drug interactions and complicated regimens with high pill burdens.More

Skin cancers in organ transplant recipients are different
Patients who have had organ transplants develop skin cancers that are different from those found in people who don't have skin cancer. People who have had an organ transplant have an increased risk of cancer. This is because they have to take immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of their lives to stop the new organ being rejected. But the immune system plays a vital role in eliminating cancer cells from the body — so immune suppression makes cancer more likely.More

Nurses fighting state by state for minimum staffing laws
Kaiser Health News
How many nurses does it take to run a hospital? Legislatures in at least seven states and the District of Columbia are trying to answer that question as they debate bills that would require hospitals to have a minimum number of nurses on staff at all times.More

Donor criteria consensus sought in Canada
Renal & Urology News
A team is hammering out consensus criteria across Canada for assessment and acceptance of donors involved in the Living Donor Paired Exchange registry run by Canadian Blood Services. An important objective of these criteria is to streamline donor assessment so that donors who live far from recipients do not have to be assessed twice: Once at the center closest to their home and again at the center where the recipient will undergo transplantation. This is a common dilemma in the LDPE, which pairs unrelated donors and recipients across the country.More