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Jul. 9, 2015

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Featured transplant articles
Read recently published articles from The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and American Journal of Transplantation. Click here to read the abstracts and for links to the full articles.More

Living kidney donation is relatively safe
Renal & Urology News
Living kidney donors exhibit some findings of mild chronic kidney disease from six to 36 months post-donation, according to a recently published study. At 36 months, however, kidney function continues to improve in donors, whereas controls eligible for kidney donation experience expected age-related declines in function, researchers concluded. The study was published online in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. More

Bloodstream infections prevalent in children post-transplant
Bloodstream infections were prevalent in children who underwent living-donor liver transplantation, and were associated with severe blood loss and cytomegalovirus infection post-transplant, according to new data published in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.More

States limiting patient costs for high-priced drugs
Kaiser Health News
As more expensive specialty drugs come on the market to treat some of the most serious chronic diseases, more states are stepping in to cushion the financial pain for patients who need medicine that can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. At least seven states — Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York and Vermont — limit the out-of-pocket payments of patients in private health plans.More

Steroid withdrawal may not prevent post-transplant diabetes
HealthDay News via Renal & Urology News
For kidney transplant recipients, steroid avoidance has limited impact for reducing new-onset diabetes after transplantation, according to a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. The researchers examined whether steroid avoidance reduces the NODAT risk following kidney transplantation.More

California governor signs protection for pot smokers seeking transplants
The Sacramento Bee
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users based solely on their use of the drug. Proponents of the bill argued some patients had been denied life-saving organ transplants because medical professionals classified them as drug abusers. More

Organ transplant rejections may not be permanent
Live Science
Organ transplants can save lives, but patients sometimes reject their new organs. Now, experiments in mice surprisingly reveal that there may one day be ways to ensure that patients who previously rejected transplants will be able to accept future ones. Organ rejection happens when the immune system sees a transplanted organ as foreign and attacks it. More

Many doctors, nurses come to work sick, survey finds
Many doctors, nurses, midwives and physicians assistants come to work sick even through they know it puts patients at risk, a new survey suggests. Many said they don't call in sick because they don't want to let colleagues or patients down by taking a sick day, and they were concerned about finding staff to cover their absence. The researchers analyzed survey responses collected last year from 536 doctors and advanced practice clinicians at their institution. More