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2013 Transplant Nursing Excellence Award
ITNS
The International Transplant Nurses Society recognizes that the role of the transplant nurse is unique and dealing with patients through the transplant continuum is often complex and challenging. ITNS wishes to recognize a special nurse whose career has exemplified the mission of ITNS:

"...promotion of excellence in transplant clinical nursing through the provision of educational and professional growth opportunities, interdisciplinary networking, collaborative activities and transplant nursing research."

The Transplant Nursing Excellence Award is offered yearly and presented at the Annual Symposium, held this year from Sept. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.

Submit a nomination today! All nominations must be received by Aug. 9.
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National Nurses Week celebrated May 6-12
ANA
Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. This year, the American Nurses Association has selected "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care" as the theme for 2013. The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities and independent health care companies and institutions.
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Lung transplant: Jump to top of list may carry risk
MedPage Today
An acute increase in lung allocation score of more than 5 units in the month before lung transplant is a strong and independent predictor of post-transplant death, according to a new study.
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Face transplant patients: Where are they now?
CNN
Since 2008, the U.S. has seen several landmark surgeries in face transplantation, giving people with severely deformed faces new lives through partially or totally different faces from donors. Receiving a new face is anything but easy. The surgery requires long hours with many medical specialists collaborating to make it happen. The patient then has to adjust to the new face, biologically and psychologically.
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Massachusetts hospital performs first cornea transplant with pre-loaded donor tissue
The Medical News
The first successful cornea transplant with donor endothelial tissue preloaded by an eye bank has been performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston. Dr. Roberto Pineda II,, Director of the Refractive Surgery Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, and an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, recently performed the groundbreaking transplant.
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Everolimus-based immunosuppression post-liver transplant as effective as tacrolimus with better renal function
Healio
Liver transplant recipients who received everolimus-based immunosuppression with reduced tacrolimus experienced similar results to those treated with standard tacrolimus, while maintaining better renal function, in a study presented at the International Liver Congress in Amsterdam.
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Nursing trends show a profession in transition
The Crescent News
The healthcare industry is changing rapidly, and nurses, the largest group of healthcare professionals in the nation, are at the forefront of these changes. Despite the difficult economic conditions of recent years, nursing as a profession has thrived — particularly when compared to other professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job growth for nurses will continue to be more rapid than the national average, making the profession among the best career choices available today.
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Groundbreaking surgery for girl born without windpipe
The New York Times
Using plastic fibers and human cells, doctors have built and implanted a windpipe in a 2 ½-year-old girl — the youngest person ever to receive a bioengineered organ. The surgery, which took place on April 9 at Children's Hospital of Illinois is only the sixth of its kind and the first to be performed in the United States. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration under rules that allow experimental procedures when otherwise the patient has little hope of survival.
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Suppression of NF-kappaB p65 expression attenuates delayed xenograft rejection
Xenotransplantation
Delayed xenograft rejection involves type II vascular endothelial cell activation including upregulation of pro-inflammatory genes, which contributes to infiltration into the graft and a complex process of cytokine production. Approaches to prevent DXR have shown limited success. In this study, we modified heart donors using siRNA in an attempt to attenuate DXR and to improve xenograft survival in the mouse-to-rat heterotopic heart transplant model.
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Transplant patients died from donor's disease
Yahoo News
A Victorian coroner has found that three women who received organs from the same donor all died of the same rare disease. The women all had transplants at various hospitals in Melbourne. They received organs from a 57-year-old man who died of a brain hemorrhage. All three women died within a month of their transplants.
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Nurses prefer robots to human help
Tech News Daily
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found the majority of nurses surveyed preferred a robot to a human to fill the job of assistant health care worker. And they're not afraid of being replaced by caregiving machines. However, nurses were pretty specific about what they would and wouldn't like their mechanical helpers to do.
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Graft macrosteatosis and time of T-tube removal as risk factors for biliary strictures after liver transplantation
Clinical Transplantation
Biliary strictures remain a significant problem following liver transplantation, representing an important cause of morbidity. The purpose of this follow-up study was to evaluate the incidence and risk factors associated with BS after LT.
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Woman cheats death to receive double lung transplant
Fox News
As a former figure skater, Terry Perrotta had always been active and healthy, so she became concerned when at the age of 44, she felt completely out of breath merely from walking up the stairs. Her doctor blamed it on being overweight, but losing weight didn't help. Two years later, in 2006, Perrotta, a divorced mother of two teenagers who lives in Rhode Island, saw a pulmonologist, who diagnosed her with pulmonary hypertension, which causes narrowing in the pulmonary veins and swelling of the lungs.
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Survival improving for kids on dialysis
MedPage Today
Overall survival among children with end-stage renal disease who are being treated with dialysis has greatly improved over the last 20 years, researchers said here.
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