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8 August — Deadline for ITNS Award Nominations
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Take a few minutes of your time to nominate a colleague for an ITNS award! The prestigious Transplant Nursing Excellence Award and the Friend of Transplant Nursing Award will be presented at the Annual Symposium, to be held 27-29 September 2014.

Learn more about the awards and submit a nomination today!
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ITNS invites you to submit an abstract!
ITNS
The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) Annual Symposium Planning Committee (ASPC) invites you to submit abstract applications to present at the 2015 Summer Symposia, June 13 -14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. The general abstract submission deadline is Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (Midnight) Central Time (CT) Chicago, Illinois, USA. Questions about abstract submission? Contact Jennifer Wahl, ITNS Education Manager, at jwahl@itns.org.
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Split liver transplant outcomes
American Journal of Transplantation
Under the "sickest first" model for end-stage liver disease allocation, livers amenable to splitting are most often allocated to patients unsuitable for split liver transplantation. General experience with SLT using hemilivers was reviewed. From April 2004, to June 2012, 25 lobar grafts were used for adult-sized recipients. Twelve recipients were transplanted with primary offers, and 13 were transplanted with leftover grafts. Six grafts were shared with other centers.
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New practice guideline: Evaluation of the pediatric patient for liver transplantation
Hepatology
Current American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases liver transplant evaluation guidelines include both adult and pediatric patients. While pediatric liver transplants account for ∼7.8 percent of all liver transplants in the U.S., sufficient differences between pediatric and adult patients seeking liver transplantation now require independent, yet complementary documents. This document will focus on pediatric issues at each level of the evaluation process.
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Kidney transplant drug halves the early risk of rejection and allows less toxic treatment
Nephrology News & Issues
Oxford University scientists have shown that a powerful drug given at the time of a kidney transplant operation not only halves the early risk of rejection, but that it also allows a less toxic regimen of anti-rejection drugs to be used after the operation.
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Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: World Gastroenterology Organization Global Guidelines
Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Over the past couple of decades, it has become increasingly clear that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis are now the No. 1 cause of liver disease in the western countries. The prevalence of NAFLD has doubled during last 20 years, whereas the prevalence of other chronic liver diseases has remained stable or even decreased. More recent data confirm that NAFLD and NASH play an equally important role in the Middle East, Far East, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
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Increasing the tolerance of DCD hearts to warm ischemia by pharmacological postconditioning
American Journal of Transplantation
Donation after circulatory death (DCD) offers a potential additional source of cardiac allografts. We used a porcine asphyxia model to evaluate viability of DCD hearts subjected to warm ischemic times (WIT) of 20-40 minutes prior to flushing with Celsior (C) solution. Researchers then assessed potential benefits of supplementing C with erythropoietin, glyceryl trinitrate and zoniporide (Cs), a combination that we have shown previously to activate ischemic postconditioning pathways.
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Study suggests C1-INH may aid in prevention of antibody-mediated rejection following kidney transplant
Digital Journal
A study presented at the 2014 World Transplant Congress evaluated the safety and efficacy of CSL Behring's C1 Inhibitor (C1-INH) concentrate in preventing antibody-mediated rejection following kidney transplants in highly sensitized patients. C1-INH is a human protein and an important inhibitor of the complement system.
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4 facts you need to know about kidney transplants and dialysis
HealthHub
Whether it's a heart, lung, kidney or liver, many people assume that transplantation is a last resort in treating a failing organ. But in the case of kidney disease, transplantation is actually the first line of treatment for patients who are candidates to receive a new kidney. But the scarcity of kidneys for transplantation makes the alternatives — hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis — much more common.
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