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Feb. 14 is National Donor Day!
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Don't just give flowers — give the gift of life. Sign up today as an organ, eye, tissue donor. ‪#‎LetLifeBloom   organdonor.gov


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Tomorrow, Feb. 13 ITNS Awards Deadline
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All nominations must be received by 13 February 2015.

Transplant Nursing Excellence Award:
The purpose of this award is to recognize an exemplary nurse (RN or equivalent) for their care of transplant patients and their embodiment of the ITNS mission and values. Both the nominator and the nominee must be current ITNS members. Click here for the full award requirements and the nomination form.

Friend of Transplant Nursing Award: The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual outside the nursing profession who has supported the efforts of ITNS and made an impact in the field of transplant nursing. The nominator must be a current ITNS member.
Click here for the full award requirements and the nomination form.

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Make your hotel reservation for the ITNS Summer Symposium
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Registration for the ITNS Summer Symposium will open soon, but it's not too early to make your hotel reservation! The Hyatt Regency O'Hare has been selected as the host hotel and a block of rooms has been contracted. The special ITNS rate of $149/USD per night (plus applicable taxes) will apply until May 14, 2015, or when the room block is filled; at that point, other rates may apply. Reserve your room online or by calling 847-696-1234. We hope to see you in June!
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Support ITNS when you shop on Amazon!
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Remember ITNS when you do your shopping! Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the International Transplant Nurses Society whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Select ITNS as your preferred charitable organization and shop on Amazon as you normally would! Thank you for your support!
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Lung transplant patients do worse with lungs from heavy drinkers
Medical Xpress
Lung transplant patients who receive lungs from heavy drinkers are nearly nine times more likely to experience a life-threatening complication called primary graft dysfunction, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found. Lungs transplanted from heavy alcohol users also displayed poorer gas-exchange, and transplant recipients spent more time on ventilators, lead author Erin Lowery, M.D., and colleagues report in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
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Long-term LVAD use induced adult cardiomyocyte proliferation
Healio
Prolonged use of left ventricular assist devices by patients with HF may help with regeneration of adult heart muscle. New data suggest that "the reverse remodeling that occurs with unloading may represent a switch from hypertrophic to hyperplastic growth," Hesham A. Sadek, MD, PhD, and colleagues wrote.
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Kidney doctor pairs foreign, US recipients
The Blade
Dr. Michael Rees, a University of Toledo Medical Center kidney transplant surgeon, has spent more than a decade developing ways to increase the number and quality of kidney transplants in the U.S. through a program he founded, the Alliance for Paired Donation. Now Dr. Rees, who is also a professor of urology and pathology at the former Medical College of Ohio, is taking his expertise to focus on finding people in developing countries who don’t have the financial means for transplants, while increasing the number of kidneys available for U.S. patients.
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Timing of kidney transplants doesn't affect pregnancy chances
HealthDay
Pregnancy outcomes are similar for women who received a kidney transplant whether they were a child or an adult when they got their transplant, a new study says. Researchers reviewed data on women in Australia and New Zealand who received a new kidney and got pregnant at least once between 1963 and 2012.
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Experts: Routine screening for HBV should be standard practice
Healio
In the light of an FDA boxed warning for reactivation of hepatitis B virus with two drugs, researchers reviewed studies and suggested the problem is larger than those two drugs or their classes of immunosuppressant or chemotherapy medications. They recommended routine screening for HBV in patients set to receive any medications in question.
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Transplant brothers become UK's 1st siblings to donate organs to strangers — 3 years apart
The Mirror
A pair of brothers have become the U.K.'s first same sex siblings to donate their organs to strangers — three years apart from each other. Just three days ago, dad-of-three, Paul Dooley, 30, donated his kidney, after his brother Kenny gave his in 2012.
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Rare transplant: Dead heart used to give Sydney man a new lease on life
The Daily Telegraph
Tony Sakr was on his way to Christmas Eve dinner with his family when he finally got the one gift he had been waiting for — a heart. But what makes this transplant story incredible is the fact the heart came from a dead donor and had to be brought back to life.
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Nurses are becoming patients
NPR
According to surveys by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 35,000 back and other injuries among nursing employees every year, severe enough that they have to miss work. Nursing assistants and orderlies each suffer roughly three times the rate of back and other musculoskeletal injuries as construction laborers. In terms of sheer number of these injuries, BLS data show that nursing assistants are injured more than any other occupation, followed by warehouse workers, truckers, stock clerks and registered nurses.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Lasting memories: Can organ donations transplant personal qualities? (WZZM-TV)
Double hand transplant pioneer: 5 years with someone else's hands (The Patriot-News)
China completes 1st kidney re-transplant operation (CRIENGLISH)
Study highlights survival benefit of solid-organ transplants (Renal & Urology News)

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