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Interventions to Common Medication-Adherence Barriers Pocket Guide
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This pocket guide, developed by ITNS, provides an overview of the interventions used to overcome the different medication-adherence barriers experienced by transplant recipients. Get your pocket guides in the ITNS Online Store The guides are sold in pack of 100 and are perfect to pass out at your facility. This pocket guide provides further assistance to the long-term care of transplant recipients by suggesting interventions to common barriers to medication taking.
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BMI doesn't affect kidney transplant survival
HealthDay News via Renal & Urology News
For patients undergoing kidney transplantation, survival is unaffected by body mass index (BMI), according to a study published online in the American Journal of Transplantation.
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Toddler receives 3-D printed implant after head swells to 3 times normal size
ABC News
A Chinese toddler was reportedly helped when doctors used a 3-D printed titanium implant to reshape her skull after a rare birth defect left her head triple its normal size. Named Hanhan, according to Reuters and Getty Images, the girl underwent surgery to treat congenital hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid builds up around the brain. Doctors worked on Hanhan at the People's Hospital of Hunan Province, according to Getty.
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Record-breaking heart and lung transplant survivor appeals for more people to join organ donor register
Daily Mirror
A British patient has become the world's longest ever survivor of a heart-lung transplant — and pleaded with more people to become organ donors. He recently made an appeal for more people to sign the organ donor register, describing transplantation as "life-changing."
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UK: 224 fewer people received an organ transplants over 2014/15 period as number of donations has fallen for the 1st time in a decade
The Independent
The number of people donating organs has fallen for the first time in a decade, leading to a call for more donors. ADVERTISEMENT Fewer people dying in circumstances where they could donate and no increase in the rate of people signing up for their organs to be used if they die are behind the five percent drop.
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Record number of transplants in China raises new concern about organ harvesting
Catholic Culture
Chinese medical officials expect to perform 12,000 organ transplants this year, setting a new record and raising concerns about the possible harvesting of organs from executed convicts, the AsiaNews service reports.
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Nurse practitioners more in demand than most physicians
Forbes
When it comes to what a hospital or health system needs to fill the vacancies in a medical staff, primary care doctors like family physicians and internists have long been the top need. But climbing the ranks and jumping past many doctor specialties on the demand scale aren't physicians at all. They're nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are filling a critical role for the health care industry, according to national doctor recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins.
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NGO: Strict laws preventing organ donation in India
Zee News
Strict laws and low awareness are among the reasons that hamper organ donation in India, a country where lots of people die due to failure to get organs, according to an NGO working in the field. In western countries like the US, the laws are not tough and India should follow some of their provisions, said Vice President of "Donate Life" Sandeep Kumar.
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A major loophole in the healthcare transparency law: Nurses don't need to report their dealings with drug companies
Pacific Standard
A nurse practitioner in Connecticut pleaded guilty in June to taking $83,000 in kickbacks from a drug company in exchange for prescribing its high-priced drug to treat cancer pain. In some cases, she delivered promotional talks attended only by herself and a company sales representative.

But when the federal government recently released data on payments by drug and device companies to doctors and teaching hospitals, the payments to nurse practitioner Heather Alfonso, 42, were nowhere to be found. That's because the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act doesn't require companies to publicly report payments to nurse practitioners or physician assistants, even though they are allowed to write prescriptions in most states.

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Stem cell therapy for liver failure could replace liver transplants
Medical News Today
For the first time, scientists have restored organ function in a severely damaged liver in a live animal by transplanting lab-grown stem cells. The achievement brings closer the day when cell-based therapies that regenerate the organ replace the need for liver transplants.
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Nurses have a duty to draw the line on substandard care
The Boston Globe
One of the most important roles of the nursing profession is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The elderly with dementia cannot advocate for themselves, and without nurses willing to do the job they are licensed to do, these patients frequently have no one. Being overwhelmed is no excuse for poor, inadequate, negligent, substandard patient care.
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Nurse entrepreneurship is exploding across the US
By Keith Carlson
Plenty of enterprising nurses have owned businesses over the years, but entrepreneurship and business savvy among nurses is veritably exploding in the early 21st century. With an increasing number of states within the U.S. allowing advanced practice nurses to manage patient care without a supervising physician, APRNs are realizing they can serve the public as independent medical providers. These nurses can make house calls, open small clinics and more.
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