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Low serum testosterone as a new risk factor for chronic rejection in heart transplanted men
Among the various complications of heart transplantation, the vasculopathy of the allograft, a phenomenon of chronic rejection, is still a serious problem. Recently, the literature has shown that low testosterone levels in men are associated with cardiovascular disease. In this study, researchers evaluated the influence of testosterone plasma levels on CAV development.
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Join the AST's 3rd Online Journal Club on Aug. 15
Join the Infectious Disease COP and author Dr. Klara Posfay-Barbe at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 15, for a virtual discussion of "Varicella-Zoster Immunization in Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients: Safe and Immunogenic" from the November 2012 AJT, facilitated by Drs. Lara Danziger-Isakov and Deepali Kumar. Pre-register here to secure your place and receive reminder emails leading up to the journal club. For more information about the AST's Online Journal Club, click here.
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Attend the Donor Management Research Consensus Conference: Sept. 16-17
The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance, through a cooperative agreement with HRSA, is pleased to offer the Donor Management Research Consensus Conference to be held September 16-17, in the Washington, D.C., area. This meeting will allow members of the DTCP to come together to identify challenges related to donor management research. For additional information and to register for the Donor Management Research Consensus Conference, click here.
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Encouraging organ donation: Removal of disincentives and consideration of incentives
In the final of a three-part blog series, Dr. Daniel Salomon discusses how the AST can act to increase deceased and living donor donation. Among his recommendations: involving patients and their families in awareness efforts and reconsidering controversial incentives for donors. Read the full post here.
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Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in children: Multivariate analysis indicates that donor type does not alter recurrence risk
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Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, the second leading cause of end stage renal disease in children, appears to be increasing. Moreover, posttransplantation FSGS recurrence is a major problem, and there is concern that children receiving kidneys from living donors have increased recurrence risk.
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SOS Liver damage; calling all haematopoietic stem cells
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In this study HSC are seen to mobilize into the circulation of patients after liver resection in amounts which are proportionate to the extent of surgery. Moreover, circulating levels of HSC in the immediately post-operative period appear to correlate closely with the amount of liver tissue which has been regained 21 days later. Serum AFP levels post-operatively also correlate closely with circulating levels of HSC and thus may predict subsequent liver regeneration.
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Bigger the lung, better the transplant success
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Scientists have discovered the transplantation of bigger lungs is associated with higher survival rates in transplant patients, according to a study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
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Cytomegalovirus prophylaxis in pediatric kidney transplantation: The Dutch experience
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Many children receiving a kidney transplant are seronegative for CMV and therefore, highly susceptible to a primary CMV infection. This study aims at evaluating incidence, time of occurrence and severity of CMV infection in the first year post-transplantation in relation to different types of CMV prophylaxis.
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Lower socioeconomic status is associated with worse outcomes after both listing and transplanting children with heart failure
Pediatric Transplantation (login required)
The relationship between SES and outcomes surrounding pediatric cardiac transplantation is complex and influenced by recipient race. Broad-based studies of SES have not been performed. A retrospective review of all 5125 primary pediatric heart transplants performed in the United States between 2000 and 2011.
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The effect of donor-recipient gender mismatch on short- and long-term graft survival in kidney transplantation
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There is no limitation of gender matching in renal transplantation. This study was intended to evaluate its effect on short- and long-term graft survival. FDMR patients showed poor graft survival. The female recipients had worse short-term graft survival but the best long-term graft survival. This study introduces an important consideration into donor-recipient matching in renal transplantation.
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