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Organ transplant rejection isn't always forever
The rejection of transplanted organs in hosts that were previously tolerant may not be permanent, according to new research.
Using a mouse model of cardiac transplantation, the researchers found that immune tolerance can spontaneously recover after an infection-triggered rejection event, and that hosts can accept subsequent transplants as soon as a week after.
This process depends on regulatory T-cells, a component of the immune system that acts as a "brake" for other immune cells.
How can an RN transition from patient care to leadership?
Author Donna Cardillo writes: Because you are in a transitioning process and exploring your options, it is important for you to start networking with those in roles/specialties similar to what you seek. Start getting out to local chapter meetings, as a guest, of the American College of Healthcare Executives , the American Public Health Association and the Association of Nurse Executives just to name a few. This type of in-person high-level networking is a great way to build your professional network and explore options.
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Hand, face, and uterus transplants for trauma victims pose ethical dilemmas
Genetic Literacy Project
While the grotesque and fanciful concept of head transplantation is compelling, other new, real forms of organ transplantation like face, hand and even uterus, are becoming more ordinary.
These new kinds of organ transplants are called vascularized composite allographs or VCAs. While they could be life-enhancing for people with congenital malformations or who lost body parts through trauma or war, there are many unknowns.
Future uncertain for liver transplant organs in South
The nation's top transplant surgeons met three weeks ago in Chicago.
They didn't talk medicine. They argued logistics.
The issue is a controversial plan to address geographic disparities in liver transplants that would shorten wait times in some areas of the country at the expense of others. This committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing has debated for a year the redistricting proposal — one that Vanderbilt University Medical Center opposes.
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Sirolimus may not reduce SCC risk in solid organ transplant recipients
Sirolimus exposure in solid organ transplant recipients was not significantly associated with a reduction in the risk of posttransplantation squamous cell carcinoma, according to recently published study results.
Kidney failure risk, ammonia excretion linked
Renal & Urology News
Lower urinary ammonia excretion, a marker of an impaired ability of the kidneys to excrete the daily acid load, is independently associated with an increased risk of end-stage renal disease in patients with chronic kidney disease, according to French researchers.
Industry payments to nurses go unreported in federal database
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are playing an ever-larger role in the health care system. While registered and licensed practice nurses are not authorized to write prescriptions, those with additional training and advanced degrees often can.
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