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As 2014 comes to a close, the International Transplant Nurses Society would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ITNS Insider a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8, 20154.


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New research finds positive health technique for stressed nurses
Medical Xpress
From March 6: Within the healthcare industry and beyond, daily exposure to stress can lead to negative consequences for employees both on and off the job — from apathy and burnout to physical illness or mental impairments. New Open Access research published in Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health suggests the implementation of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program can reduce employee stress and burnout.
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First ever opposite lung, living donor lung transplant takes place thanks to 3-D printing
3DPrint
From May 22: We all are aware that 3-D printing has been helping advance several different types of surgeries. It's doing this in two ways; first by giving surgeons the option of a variety of new types of 3-D printed implants, and second by allowing surgeons to print replica organs for a better understanding of the procedures that they are about to initiate. A ground breaking new surgery was performed at Kyoto University Hospital in Japan. It was the world's first ever living donor lung transplant in which the opposite lung of the donor was implanted into the recipient.
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Philadelphia baby with rare disease receives liver transplant
Fox News
From Oct. 16: An 8-month-old Philadelphia baby is recovering after becoming the one of the smallest ever to receive a liver transplant at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Annalise Suthers was born with a rare disease that flushed her skin in a yellow hue and caused her liver to swell, MyFoxPhilly.com reported. Doctors diagnosed Annalise with Biliary atresia, a rare disease that occurs in about 1 in 5,000 babies. The condition occurs when a bile duct is blocked between the small intestine and the liver.
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How are organs chosen for transplant?
BBC News
From Nov. 20: Two men have died after worm-infected kidneys were transplanted from an alcoholic donor. The case has raised questions about the checks in place during transplantation and why other hospitals seemingly rejected the organs. So how are organs chosen for transplant?
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Cleveland Clinic's 2nd face transplant signals new life for patient; hope for medical advancements
The Plain Dealer
From Nov. 26: Dr. Francis Papay was in Europe, scheduled to deliver a lecture on the use of three-dimensional modeling in face transplants at a meeting of cranio-maxillofacial surgeons, when he got the call. A donor had been found to provide a new face to a seriously injured man.
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US policy that gives priority to prior organ donors who need a transplant is working
Nephrology News & Issues
From Nov. 26: Prior organ donors who later need a kidney transplant experience brief waiting times and receive excellent quality kidneys, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The findings indicate that a U.S. policy that gives priority to prior organ donors on the transplant waiting list is working, according to the researchers.
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Man survives 25 years with donor heart, becoming one of longest-surviving heart recipients
Fox News
From March 13: Thomas Cook recently celebrated an unexpected milestone, having lived as long with a donor heart as he had with his own. In reality, however, the new heart became his own the moment surgeons transplanted it inside his chest 25 years ago. Cook, 50, is among the longest-surviving heart transplant recipients on record. Even more remarkable, Cook has never experienced any significant rejection episodes or other major medical complications that can occur after heart transplantation. He takes anti-rejection medicine, as all transplant patients must, but they have caused few problems.
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Cash for kidneys: The case for a market for organs
The Wall Street Journal (Opinion)
From Jan. 23: In 2012, 95,000 American men, women and children were on the waiting list for new kidneys, the most commonly transplanted organ. Yet only about 16,500 kidney transplant operations were performed that year. Taking into account the number of people who die while waiting for a transplant, this implies an average wait of 4.5 years for a kidney transplant in the U.S. Finding a way to increase the supply of organs would reduce wait times and deaths, and it would greatly ease the suffering that many sick individuals now endure while they hope for a transplant. The most effective change, we believe, would be to provide compensation to people who give their organs — that is, we recommend establishing a market for organs.
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Untreated spider bite leaves exterminator needing heart, lung transplant
The Charlotte Observer
From March 6: The tattoo on Richard Jenkins' left shin is of a black widow spider. Below the spider tattoo is a circular scar, smaller than a pencil eraser. Both mark the spot where Jenkins believes a black widow spider bit the 31-year-old exterminator seven years ago and left the husband and father of two daughters so sick that without new lungs and a new heart, he will likely die.
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Where's the best place to be a nurse?
The Clinical Advisor
From June 5: Research based on job availability, competition and salary suggests the Pacific Northwest states are the best places for nurses to practice. Oregon and Washington top WalletHub's "2014's Best & Worst States for Nurses" list, while Southern regions states Mississippi and Louisiana ranked last of among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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