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You belong at the Annual ITNS Symposium!
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Earn all of your CE, CEPTC, and Pharmacology credits for the year in one place! Earn up to 26 CE and CEPTC credits! Attend the Pre Symposium and the conference to earn up to 34 CE and CEPTC's! The ITNS symposium gives you bang for your buck! The symposium has something for everyone, with educational content applicable to the novice through expert nurse. Register today because you belong at the 23rd Annual ITNS Symposium, the premier transplant nursing event.
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ITNS invites you to submit an abstract!
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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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Make your hotel reservation for the Annual ITNS Symposium
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All symposium activities will take place at the JW Marriot Houston. A block of rooms has been contracted at a special ITNS rate of $149 USD per night, which will apply until 28 August 2014, or when the room block is filled. At that point, other rates may apply.

Book your room online at the ITNS rate or call 1-888-236-2427 to make a reservation.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Heart failure: Transplantation of animal organs into human patients 'more viable'
Medical News Today
Heart transplantation is the main treatment for end stage heart failure. Around 3,000 people in the U.S. are currently on the waiting list for a heart transplant, but despite this, only 2,000 donor hearts become available each year. In the meantime, heart patients awaiting a transplant must rely on mechanical devices, which can increase the risk of infection, blood clots and bleeding in the patient. A proposed alternative has been to use animal hearts in human patients, which is known as "xenotransplantation."
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Machine to keep lungs alive for transplant tested
The Associated Press via WWJ-TV
The University of Michigan is taking part in a clinical trial of a technique to keep lungs alive for days after death, greatly extending the possibility of transplanting them into a needy recipient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved use of a new machine for use with human lungs for "humanitarian" cases.
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High-intensity workouts safe for heart transplant patients
CBS News
Vigorous exercise appears to be safe and beneficial for heart transplant patients, according to new research. Sixteen stable heart transplant patients who'd had their new heart for more than a year were included in the study. Some continued their recommended moderate workouts while others did high-intensity exercise, which involves training for a few minutes at near their maximum heart rate, for 12 weeks.
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China vows clampdown on 'illegal' organ transplant trade
Radio Free Asia
China has vowed to crack down on the "illegal harvesting" of organs for transplants, although organs from executed prisoners will continue to be available, a top health official has said. The ruling Chinese Communist Party is planning a monitoring system to oversee organ transplants with regular checks on hospitals and doctors, health ministry official Wang Yu told official media.
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Grossed out by fecal implants? Now there's a pill instead
Healthline
Fecal microbiota transplants can save the lives of patients with serious infections, but the "ick factor" has kept the treatment out of the mainstream — until now. Fecal microbiota transplants are exactly what they sound like. They involve taking feces from a healthy person and putting them into the body of a sick patient to strengthen the community of bacteria that live in the patient's gut.
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Who gets first dibs on transplanted liver? Rules may change
NPR
Vicki Hornbuckle and Woody Wright are among more than 12,000 Americans waiting for a liver transplant because their own is failing, because of conditions such as hepatitis, cancer or cirrhosis. But only about 6,000 livers are donated each year. So, each year, hundreds of patients like Hornbuckle and Wright die while waiting. And not everyone has the same chance to get a liver. It depends a lot on where you live.
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Gender disparity in desire for living donor kidney transplants — by recipients
Science 2.0
Kidney failure is a devastating condition and there are never enough donors for recipients — so it seems strange that anyone would be hesitant about getting one, but a new paper in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggest that interventions are needed to increase women's acceptance of living donor kidney transplantation.
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Time for change? Mid-career options for nurses
By Keith Carlson
Many mid-career professionals desire career change and new experiences, and nurses are no exception. A mid-career nurse may feel himself or herself becoming somewhat restless, "antsy" for something new but clueless about what that something might be. At times, we intuit that we need novel experiences that can renew our commitment to the nursing profession. At other times, there may be a gnawing in our gut that we have to move on. But to where?
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Way to block immune rejection after transplant surgery (The Hindu)
Liver transplantation in older adults (Journal of Gerontological Nursing via Healio)
World record for lung transplant recipient (Irish Examiner)
Concise analysis of the global therapeutic landscape of heart transplantation (The Medical News)
China beats India to launch its national online donor registry (The Times of India)

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