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Does social media have a place in healthcare?
By Joan Spitrey
Just like many of you, I have been on the Facebook bandwagon for quite some time. I have really enjoyed it as I have lived all over the country, and it has been a great way to keep up with old friends. But does it have a place in a healthcare career or profession? As I have extended my reach into the big, wide Web, I have come to realize there are a lot of outlets for sharing and getting information. However, just like anything in life, there are certainly pros and cons to these new-found resources.
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Apply for the ITNS Research Grant
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ITNS is pleased to announce the availability of a $2,500 research grant for 2014. The purpose of this grant is to encourage qualified ITNS members to advance the body of transplant knowledge.

This grant may be used to support research projects, a systematic review of the literature, a meta-analysis, a quality improvement initiative or a program evaluation project. The application deadline is July 1, 2014. Learn more about the guidelines and view the application.

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Medical professionals condemn organ harvesting in China
The Epoch Times
Medical professionals from around the globe attending the 2014 International Transplantation Congress in London condemned the widespread non-consensual organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China. All, that is, except for one Chinese delegate who has carried out transplant operations that number in the thousands.
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Transplant readmission predicts decreased survival
Clinical Oncology News
Early readmission after hematopoietic stem cell transplant predicts lower five-year overall survival, according to a large retrospective review. The relative risk appears to be slightly higher in those who received reduced-intensity conditioning, but OS was significantly lower for both RIC and myeloablative regimens if a readmission occurred within 30 days of discharge after HSCT.
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Pancreas transplantation alone safe, effective for long-term survival
Healio
Pancreas transplantation alone was safe and effective for long-term actual patient survival, insulin independence and improvement of metabolic parameters, according to data presented at the American Diabetes Association's 74th Scientific Sessions.
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Survivors of childhood liver transplant at risk of becoming 'skinny fat'
EurekAlert
New research reports that survivors of childhood liver transplant remain nutritionally compromised over the long-term. Findings published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, indicate that the recipients' return to normal weight post-transplant was due to an increase in fat mass as body cell mass remained low, indicating a slim body composition with little lean muscle mass or "skinny fat."
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Nurse flu shot compliance reverberates through community
HealthLeaders Media
For every 15 healthcare providers who receive the influenza vaccination, one fewer person in the community will contract an influenza-like illness, research shows. There's been an ongoing debate about whether healthcare workers should be required to get flu vaccines. Often the focus of that debate has been the rights and responsibilities of nurses.
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Liver cancer, disease mortality rates climbed in US in past 30 years
Healio
Liver cancer and liver disease mortality rates have increased over the last 3 decades in the U.S., according to new findings. Yuhree Kim, M.D., MPH, department of surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and colleagues analyzed population-based mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System and data related to hepatitis B and C, obesity prevalence and liver cancer from the CDC between 1981 and 2010. Adults included were aged 46-years or older.
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New drug that may cure hepatitis C is costly
Telegram & Gazette
A new drug with the power to cure a damaging liver disease is gaining users in Central Massachusetts — and raising concerns over its hefty price. Local insurer Fallon Health is asking physicians to seek prior approval before prescribing Sovaldi to patients with the viral disease hepatitis C, and doctors in the Reliant Medical Group are calculating how much they will have to spend on Sovaldi under their agreements to keep healthcare spending down.
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US: New partnership in kidney transplantation provides most advanced patient care to Lubbock
The Medical News
UT Southwestern Medical Center and the University Medical Center Health System in Lubbock, Texas, have forged a new partnership in kidney transplantation that provides the most advanced patient care, while enabling patients to prepare for and recover from surgery close to home.
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