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New blog post: Words of Caution on HOPE Act Implementation
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A recent advocacy success of the AST and other organizations, the HOPE Act permits the use of HIV-positive donor organs in transplantation. Like most things, "the devil is in the details," and the implementation of this new policy will be no different. Dr. Emily Blumberg shares her thoughts in the latest AST blog post.
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AST Past-President Kenneth Newell featured in USA Today supplement on transplantation
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Since 2004, the number of living kidney donations in the U.S. has been in decline. Many blame this trend on the high cost of donation, and some are working to rewrite the rules. AST Immediate Past-President Ken Newell weighs in.
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Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate: Webinar June 17
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“Basics of Kidney Disease and Transplantation,” the next webinar in the Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) webinar series, takes place Wednesday, June 17 at 1 p.m. EDT. The entire nine-webinar series developed by the AST Live Donor Community of Practice is free to AST members and their associates: just register with an AST member username and password at www.myAST.org/ILDA.

Non-members can purchase access to all nine webinars for just $200. Eligible non-members can join AST as a non-doctoral member and the webinar series is included in their $90 annual dues. Find out more at www.myAST.org/ILDA.

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  UCLA Immunogenetics Center

The UCLA Immunogenetics Center (UIC) provides comprehensive testing for organ and tissue transplantation. Transplant testing has a long history at UCLA. HLA typing was pioneered here in the 1960's. The development of the microcytoxicity test in 1964 marked the beginning of international testing and standardization of HLA typing. The UCLA Immunogenetics Center has retained its leadership position in HLA research, and in the development of accompanying diagnostic testing. MORE
 

ILTS Annual International Congress
ILTS
July 8-11, 2015 | Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
For more information: http://2015.ilts.org/

AST Fellows Symposium - SAVE THE DATE!
AST
Sept. 25-27, 2015 | Grapevine, TX
For more information: www.myAST.org/fellows

2015 Banff/CST Joint Meeting
CST
Oct. 5-10, 2015 | Vancouver
For more information: http://www.cst-transplant.ca/meetings_asm.html

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  Missing or Broken Doppler Probes?

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TRANSPLANT NEWS


Apolipoprotein L1 gene variants in deceased organ donors are associated with renal allograft failure
American Journal of Transplantation
Apolipoprotein L1 gene nephropathy variants in African American deceased kidney donors were associated with shorter renal allograft survival in a prior single-center report. APOL1 G1 and G2 variants were genotyped in newly accrued DNA samples from African American deceased donors of kidneys recovered and/or transplanted in Alabama and North Carolina.
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Increases in hepatitis C virus infection related to injection drug use among persons Aged less than or equal to 30 years — Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006–2012
CDC
Hepatitis C virus infection is the most common blood-borne infection in the United States, with approximately three million persons living with current infection. Percutaneous exposure to contaminated blood is the most efficient mode of transmission, and in the United States, injection drug use is the primary risk factor for infection. State surveillance reports from the period 2006–2012 reveal a nationwide increase in reported cases of acute HCV infection, with the largest increases occurring east of the Mississippi River, particularly among states in central Appalachia.
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The effect of state policies on organ donation and transplantation in the United States
JAMA
Shortages in transplantable solid organs remain a critical public health challenge in the United States. During the past 2 decades, all states have implemented policies to increase organ supply, although their effectiveness is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the effects on organ donation and transplantation rates of state policies to provide incentives for volunteer donation.
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Energy expenditure, spontaneous physical activity and with weight gain in kidney transplant recipients
Clinical Nutrition
Nineteen transplanted non-diabetic men, 53 ± 1.6 years old, receiving calcineurin inhibitors but no corticosteroids were studied. They were compared with nine healthy men matched for height, age and lean body mass. Daily energy expenditure and its components (sleeping, basal and absorptive metabolic rates) were analyzed for 24 h in calorimetric chambers and for 4 days in free living conditions using calibrated accelerometry. Other variables known to influence energy expenditure were assessed: body composition, physical activity, 4-day food intake, drug consumption, serum C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, thyroid and parathyroid hormones, and epinephrine.
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Effect of lung transplantation on heart rate response to exercise
Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care
The aim of this study was to evaluate if patients have a change in percent of predicted heart rate reserve used at peak exercise after lung transplantation, even at matching workloads. Lung disease of obstructive, restrictive, and mixed types may be associated with an autonomic imbalance. Lung transplantation may improve the effects of pulmonary disease on cardiac function. However, the effect of lung transplantation on heart rate responses during exercise has not been investigated in detail.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    A potential solution to the shortage of solid organs for transplantation (JAMA)
Increasing the number of organ transplants in the United States by optimizing donor authorization rates (American Journal of Transplantation)
Historical matching strategies in kidney paired donation: The 7-year evolution of a Web-based virtual matching system (American Journal of Transplantation)
Elderly donor liver grafts are not associated with a higher incidence of biliary complications after liver transplantation: Results of a national multicenter study (Clinical Transplantation)

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