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Early Bird Deadline Extended to 28 August!
ITNS
The early bird deadline and your chance to save $50 on registration has been extended to Wednesday, 28 August. Register today! The Annual ITNS Symposium is less than 4 weeks away! The deadline to make your reservation at the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, has also been extended to 28 August. Make your reservation at the ITNS discounted room rate today!
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Yoga sessions at the Annual ITNS Symposium
ITNS
Join us for morning yoga from 06:15-07:00 on Saturday, 21 September and Sunday, 22 September! This yoga session is appropriate for any skill level and will get you energized for a day of learning. Register by checking "yoga" in box E on the registration form or call member services at 847-375-6340 to add the event to your registration.
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The 2014 call for abstracts will be open 24 September, 2013 through 15 January, 2014.




Register today for Monuments by Moonlight — space is limited
ITNS
Join your colleagues on Saturday, 21 September from 19:00-22:00 for a light boxed dinner and guided bus tour of Washington, D.C.'s Monuments by Moonlight. Space is limited so purchase your ticket today! Check box E on the symposium registration form or call member services at 847-375-6340 to add the event to your registration. View the symposium brochure for additional information.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Survey of nurses finds 'moderate' verbal abuse
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Anyone who has been in the work world for a while knows that now and then, tempers flare and civility suffers. But what if you were subjected to nastiness — insults, yelling, cursing, condescension, humiliating jokes, the cold shoulder — on a constant basis? Assessing the frequency and impact of verbal abuse in nurses' workplaces was one of the aims of the RN Work Project, a 10-year, multistate study of registered nurses' work life, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton.
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Unemployment restricts access to kidney transplants
redOrbit
People in end-stage kidney failure in need of a kidney transplant are much less likely to be placed on a waiting list for a new kidney or to actually receive a new kidney once on the list if they are unemployed or work part time, according to new collaborative research from the University of New Hampshire.
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China: Organ transplant program will phase out executed inmates
The New York Times
China will start phasing out its long-held practice of using the organs of executed prisoners for transplant operations in November, a senior official said, as it pushes to mandate the use of organs from ethical sources in hospitals.
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In regenerative medicine breakthrough, lab-grown human heart tissue beats on its own
The Verge
Progress in regenerative medicine has been coming fast and furious in recent months: scientists are now using far-out tissue engineering techniques to restore liver function in mice, regrow human muscle, and even implant bioengineered blood vessels into ailing patients. Now, a team at the University of Pittsburgh has managed to grow human heart tissue that can beat autonomously in a petri dish — an exciting step towards devising transplantable replacement organs.
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Current role of human leukocyte antigen matching in kidney transplantation
PubMed
With graft survival rates steadily improving during the recent years, there is debate whether donor kidneys should still be allocated according to compatibility for human leukocyte antigens. Recent studies argue for continued kidney exchange efforts for achieving better HLA compatibility. In this modern era of immunosuppression, better HLA matching is associated not only with better graft survival, but also with the administration of lower dosages of immunosuppressive agents, a lower incidence of side-effects of immunosuppression such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, hip fractures and death from infection, and a lower grade of sensitization if a patient has lost a kidney graft and is relisted for a retransplant.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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Serbia will pay organ transplants for children
InSerbia
"The state will pay for all the transplants abroad, and the first ones in the list of children who need a new heart, are five of them. They will be examined on Thursday by children's cardiologist from Vienna, Andreas Zuckermann from the AKH clinic," said for "Blic" Vladimir Djukic, State Secretary of the Ministry of Health.
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Organ donation program to operate in 165 hospitals
Global Times
Hospitals that are qualified to carry out organ transplants but fail to develop a national organ donation program will have their transplant license revoked immediately in order to advance the program as promptly as possible.
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Clerical error sends London lung-transplant patient racing to hospital
Metro News Canada
The courage of a London double-lung transplant candidate has been sorely tested. Danielle Davidson, 28, whose life depends on a set of donor organs becoming available in the near future, thought her dreams had come true. She was called for a transplant — but just a short time later her hopes were gone again.
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Chinese authorities break up organ transplant ring
The Epoch Times
Ten Chinese plainclothes police officers stormed into a villa on Aug. 17 minutes before a kidney transplant was to take place, arresting the surgeons and recipient patient involved in the scheme, according to Chinese press reports. The tipster in the case was a man who had previously sold a kidney and had complaints about the procedure.
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OPTN to implement new process for patient status verification
Health Resources and Services Administration
UNOS Data Quality has introduced a new process for verifying with transplant programs the current status (living or dead) of certain candidates waitlisted and recipients transplanted and/or followed post-transplant at the transplant program. This process involves use of data from other sources to supplement patient status information known to the transplant program. Information in some of these sources must be confirmed before being incorporated in the OPTN database. UNOS will contact the designated Primary Program Administrator and Primary Data Coordinator at the applicable transplant programs by secure email and will provide relevant information for each patient, as well as instructions for making the updates.
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1 sister receives double organ transplant, other still on waiting list
KTVI-TV
We first introduced you to the Derque family of Crystal City about a year and a half ago. At that time, 7-year old Kate Derque and her 12-year old sister, Abbi both needed double organ transplants. A genetic disease called Polycystic Kidney Disease was destroying their kidneys and liver. Kate was getting dialysis three times a week. Abbie was getting monthly checkups. Abbi had had a recent scare with bleeding in the liver. Both were on the waiting list for a transplant. Our followup report found a big change in the family's situation. In May of this year, Kate now 9, underwent a 10 hour surgery at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center to receive a new kidney and new liver. Things went well and Kate has had a good recovery. But the family's wait is not over.
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