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Developing Behavioural Interventions for Older Adults
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The Institute of Nursing Science of the University of Basel, Switzerland is glad to invite U.S. and Canadian doctoral students in the field of health care research to apply for a ThinkSwiss travel grant to attend the 9th INS Summer School August 18-22, 2014.

For online registration and further information on the course, please go to: http://flexiform2.unibas.ch/formular.cfm?EID=2421.

The closing date for applications is May 30, 2014.

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Product Feature: ITNS Core Curriculum for Transplant Nurses
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FREE Brain Death Declaration Webinar
When: June 4, 2014, 3-4 p.m. EST
Presenter: Mary McKenna Guanci, MSN, RN, CNRN, CSRN
Neuroscience Intensive Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Massachusetts General Hospital
Goal: The goal of this webinar is to provide nurses with information and practice strategies used in the determination of brain death and the important role that nurses play throughout the process.
Register: http://www.organdonationalliance.org/brain-death/.
CEUs: The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will be offering one Nursing CE and one Category 1 CEPTC credit for this webinar as well as a Certificate of Attendance. An evaluation form needs to be completed in order to receive the certificates. A link to the evaluation form will be sent out after the webinar.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


A surgeon fascinated by the beauty of the beating heart
The New Indian Express
Several successful heart transplantations in the state bear testimony to the dexterity of his scalpel-wielding hand. Dr Jose Chacko Periyappuram, fascinated by the beauty of the beating heart, once dreamed of becoming the first cardiac surgeon to perform a heart transplant in the country. It was a near impossible dream as doctors in India had already started performing such surgeries.Years later in 2003, Dr Periyappuram became the first cardiac surgeon to perform a heart transplantation in the state. Recently, the surgeon, now credited with nine heart transplants, became the first surgeon to perform a successful heart re-transplant operation in the country.
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Preventing TB in organ transplant recipients
By Hannah Whiteoak
Organ transplantation has saved the lives of millions of patients around the world. However, even with substantial advancements in medicine, organ recipients still face significant health risks and complications as a result of the transplantation surgery and the medications they must take afterward. People who are taking anti-rejection medications following a kidney transplant are up to 300 times more likely to contract tuberculosis than the average person. This increased risk can be extremely dangerous in regions where TB is a common infection, such as India and Pakistan.
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Spain leads world in organ donation, transplant
Xinhua
The Spanish health service may have suffered a series of cutbacks as a result of the economic crisis, but there is one area in which Spain remains a leader and the Spanish people set an example of solidarity for the rest of the world: organ donation and transplantation.
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Placing donor windpipe first in patient's arm helps with transplant
HealthDay News
Doctors in Belgium say they've successfully transplanted windpipes in six patients by first placing donor tissue in the patients' arms. "This discovery expands the surgical possibilities for people struggling with difficult-to-repair airway defects," said Dr. Pierre Delaere, of the department of otolaryngology — head and neck surgery at University Hospital Leuven.
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Transplant expert dispels organ donation misconceptions
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer
Misconceptions prevent many people from agreeing to donate their organs and potentially save a life, according to a transplant expert. As part of National Donate Life Month in April, Dr. Brooks Edwards outlines and dispels the myths that get in the way of organ donation. He is a transplant cardiologist and director of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration.
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Kidney transplants less likely in overweight, obese women
Renal & Urology News
Overweight and obesity in patients with end-stage renal disease are associated with a decreased likelihood of receiving a kidney transplant primarily among women, according to researchers.
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Hypernatremia linked to post-liver transplant mortality
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
Pre-liver transplant hyponatremia does not affect post-LTx survival, but hypernatremia is a significant risk factor for post-LTx mortality, according to a study published online Feb. 25, in Liver Transplantation. Michael D. Leise, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues investigated the impact of pre-LTx serum sodium on post-LTx outcomes.
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Report: Donor organs from cancer patients should be transplanted despite risks
The Telegraph
Donor organs from patients with cancer should be transplanted despite deaths following the practice, an official report has said. A critical shortage of organs for donation has led doctors to accept hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers from patients with cancer which have in some cases transmitted the disease to the recipient.
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