ITNS Insider
Oct. 31, 2013

A message from ITNS President Cynthia Russell, PhD RN ACNS-BC FAAN
ITNS is preparing to celebrate its 20th birthday, marking a milestone for our specialty organization. At the 2011 Symposium in Goteborg, Sweden, one of ITNS' founding members, Nancy Stitt, presented a wonderful overview of the organization's humble beginnings. Her presentation inspired me to reflect on ITNS's rich history, and exciting future. Her words also inspired me to create the theme for next year's symposium — One World of Caring. No matter where we live in the world, our unity is in moving the ITNS mission and vision forward. Our founding ITNS members had a vision for us — one world of caring — that established strong underpinnings for ITNS' current success.More

Study: Some 'high-risk' kidneys may be safe for organ transplant
HealthDay News
Many kidneys from deceased donors that are classified as "high-risk" are safe if the organs are screened using current methods, according to a small new study. About 10 percent of kidneys from dead donors are considered to have a high risk for infection with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and hepatitis C and B, and for disease transmission, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the new study concluded that many of these kidneys are safe and therefore should not be labeled as high-risk.More

Study: Transplant without immune drugs may work
A 63-year-old man with Type 1 diabetes received a transplant of insulin-producing cells with the aid of a device that eliminated use of immune-blocking drugs, a potential breakthrough that may lead to safer and more effective procedures to revive weakened organs. The cells, which survived for 10 months, showed signs of insulin production, according to a study released today by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The new approach may lead to diabetes therapies, as well as open the possibility of other types of tissue transplants where side effects of immune suppression may outweigh the benefits. More

Research: Teens have an increased risk of kidney transplant failure
By Joy Burgess
A group of researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville analyzed the data of more than 168,000 first kidney-only transplants between October 1987 and October 2010. According to the research published in JAMA Internal Medicine, teenagers between 14 and 15 years of age have a much higher risk of transplant failure after kidney transplantation than adults. The study shows that adolescents are more likely to have the kidney stop working than both older and younger transplant recipients. More

Pregnancy outcomes in kidney transplant recipients encouraging
2 Minute Medicine
While pregnancy does put additional stress on the mother’s kidneys, current guidelines suggest that kidney transplant recipients may safely bear children after one year of good graft function without complications. Several studies have shown that pregnancy does not harm the transplanted mother, but few have analyzed outcomes of the resulting babies. More

Mapping patient-nurse interactions could minimize infections
HealthLeaders Media
Research findings call on hospital leaders to take a deeper look at how staff — primarily nurses — interact with patients, to determine a way for patients at highest risk for infection to come into contact with fewer workers. These days, the term "social networking" is practically synonymous with "social media," calling to mind buzzing Twitter alerts and updating Facebook statuses. But by analyzing a hospital's social network, in the traditional sense of the phrase, researchers have discovered a new model that may help to minimize infections.More

Kidney transplant breakthrough may revolutionize life for organ recipients
Al Jazeera
By resetting the immune systems of kidney transplant patients, this new science could help prevent organ rejection. For kidney transplant patients the operation is just the beginning. They usually face a life-time of prescription drugs to avoid organ rejection. But as Ash-har Quraishi reports, a new type of stem cell treatment may change that.More

Wonder cure for gut: FDA allows fecal transplants
The Seattle Times
Once considered a radical treatment for debilitating intestinal complications of C. diff, fecal transplants so dramatically cured patients that the FDA rescinded restrictions. Now the treatment may help kids with Crohn's.More

Girl gets face transplant after parts grown on chest
AZ Central
A 17-year-old Chinese girl who was severely disfigured in a fire when she was 5 years old received a face transplant after parts of it were grown on her chest, according to video from geobeats.More

Device offers hope to those on transplant waiting list
The wait for transplant patients can be agonizingly long and sometimes even fatal. The problem? Not every donor is a perfect match to the patient. New technology is hoping to change that and finally solve this difficult medical dilemma. If it works any organ could be suited for any body.More

Research: Old cancer drug may help prevent rejection after transplantation
By Joy Burgess
According to new transplant research in Sweden, an old cancer drug, Zebularine, may help to prevent rejection after transplantation. Rejection of the new tissue or organ has long been a problem for patients after receiving a transplant from an organ donor. However, this new discovery may help scientists to develop new anti-rejection treatments that will provide excellent results for transplant patients.More

'Sex drive slows' after stem cell transplantation
Medical News Today
New research suggests that complications and preparative procedures linked to stem cell transplantation may lead to sexual dysfunction in both men and women. This is according to a study published in the journal Blood.More