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Child under 6 donates organs for transplant; 2nd case ever in Japan
The Japan Times
Several organs were recently harvested from a young girl after she was declared brain dead, according to officials of the Japan Organ Transplant Network.
The organ transplantation case is only the second involving a child under the age of 6 in Japan.
2-year-old boy needs 5 organ transplants
A rare disease has left a two-year-old boy in need of five organ transplants to survive, WSOC-TV reported.
Keith Powell, of Rock Hill, South Carolina was born with short bowel syndrome, a condition that prevents his intestine from properly absorbing nutrients from food. Now, he is awaiting a life-saving intestinal transplant at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. It could take months, but Keith's parents are in the process of putting him on a waiting list. For now, Keith gets life-sustaining medicine through a port in his chest that leads directly to his heart.
Speedy heart transplant for kids better than waiting for perfect match
Imperial Valley News
Children who receive a heart transplant as soon as a suitable donor is available are predicted to have better quality-adjusted survival — even if they have antibodies that may attack the new heart — than children who wait for a donor to which they do not have antibodies according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014.
US policy that gives priority to prior organ donors who need a transplant is working
Nephrology News & Issues
Prior organ donors who later need a kidney transplant experience brief waiting times and receive excellent quality kidneys, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The findings indicate that a U.S. policy that gives priority to prior organ donors on the transplant waiting list is working, according to the researchers.
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People with transplanted hands can regain feeling even years later
A new study has revealed that people who had their own hand or a transplanted hand reattached can regain near-normal sense of touch even years later of the surgery.
The restored sense of touch appears to stem from the brain's ability to reorganize itself after an amputation. Remarkably, this adaptation occurs even when a hand is transplanted decades after the injury, Mashable reported.
Early donor-specific antibodies in lung transplantation: Risk factors and impact on survival
The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
The impact of early donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies (DSA) on patient and graft survival after lung transplantation remains controversial. In this study we analyzed risk factors for DSA that developed before initial hospital discharge after lung transplantation (early DSA) and compared mid-term outcomes in patients with or without DSA.
Pancreas transplantation with enteroanastomosis to native duodenum poses technical challenges, offers improved endoscopic access for scheduled biopsies and therapeutic interventions
American Journal of Transplantation
To facilitate endoscopic access for rejection surveillance and stenting of the pancreas, this study abandoned the duodenojejunostomy (DJ) in favor of duodenoduodenostomy (DD) in pancreas transplantation (PTx). From September 2012 to September 2013 we performed 40 PTx with DD; 20 solitary-PTx (S-PTx) and 20 simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation (SPK). The study compared the outcomes with results from 40 PTx-DJ (10 S-PTx and 30 SPK) from the preceding era. The DD-enteroanastomoses were performed successfully.
Nurses in the news: As we speak up, the world is listening
By Keith Carlson
With nurses rated by more than 80 percent of the American public as the most honest and trustworthy professionals in the U.S. in every Gallup poll since 2005, we nurses are in a golden position to leverage our voices for the good of the profession and society at large. Recently, nurses have had the opportunity to emerge as unusually prominent voices in the media. This increased focus on the opinions of nurses is an important shift to which we should pay close attention.
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