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Cancer risk after ABO-incompatible living-donor kidney transplantation
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Recipients of ABO-incompatible living-donor kidney transplants often undergo more intense immunosuppression than their ABO-compatible counterparts. It is unknown if this difference leads to higher cancer risk after transplantation. Single-center studies are too small and lack adequate duration of follow-up to answer this question.
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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
     


    Now accepting applications for research grant funding
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    The AST is now accepting applications for 2014 research grants. The deadline for complete application submission is Monday, Dec. 16. Learn more about available grants and application criteria here, or start your application today!
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    Wanted: Your nominations for the 2014 AST Board
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    Dr. Roslyn Mannon, chair of the AST Governance Committee, invites AST members to submit nominations for qualified individuals to serve on the AST Board of Directors. Open positions include president-elect (one year term), treasurer (two year term), and three councilors-at-large (three year terms each). Read the official announcement here.
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    Heart transplantation for end-stage heart failure due to cardiac sarcoidosis
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    Cardiac sarcoidosis with end-stage heart failure has a poor prognosis without transplantation. The rates of sarcoid recurrence and rejection are not well established after heart transplantation. In a recent study, a total of 19 heart transplant recipients with sarcoid of the explanted heart were compared with a contemporaneous control group of 1,050 heart transplant recipients without cardiac sarcoidosis.
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    Preformed class II donor-specific antibodies are associated with an increased risk of early rejection after liver transplantation
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    Preformed donor-specific human leukocyte antigen antibodies (DSAs) are considered a contraindication to the transplantation of most solid organs other than the liver. Conflicting data currently exist on the importance of preformed DSAs in rejection and patient survival after liver transplantation (LT). To evaluate preformed DSAs in LT, we retrospectively analyzed prospectively collected samples from all adult recipients of primary LT without another organ from Jan. 1, 2000 to May 31, 2009 with a pre-LT sample available.
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    Effects of N-acetylcysteine on cytokines in non-acetaminophen acute liver failure: potential mechanism of improvement in transplant-free survival
    Liver International (login required)
    N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) improves transplant-free survival in patients with non-acetaminophen acute liver failure (ALF) when administered in early stages of hepatic encephalopathy. The mechanisms of this benefit are unknown.
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    Organ donation: Presumed consent to start in December 2015
    BBC News
    People in Wales will be presumed to have agreed for their organs to be donated after death from December 2015. Wales will be the first U.K. nation to introduce a system where consent is assumed unless people have opted out. The legislation, described by ministers as the "most significant" the Welsh assembly had passed, recently received royal assent. Currently, people across the U.K. join a voluntary scheme and carry a card if they wish to donate organs.
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    Risk-adjusted relationship between voriconazole utilization and non-melanoma skin cancer among lung and heart/lung transplant patients
    Transplant Infectious Disease (login required)
    A recent study examined the relationship between voriconazole utilization and non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) development among adult lung and heart/lung transplant patients who were continuously enrolled in a large U.S. commercial health plan.
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    Systematic bias in surgeons' predictions of the donor-specific risk of liver transplant graft failure
    Liver Transplantation (login required)
    The decision to accept or decline a liver allograft for a patient on the transplant waiting list is complex. It has been hypothesized that surgeons are not accurate at predicting donor-specific risks. Surgeon members of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons were invited to complete a survey in which they predicted the three-year risk of graft failure for a 53-year-old man with alcoholic cirrhosis and a model for end-stage liver disease score of 21 with a liver from a 30-year-old local donor with traumatic brain death or a 64-year-old regional donor with brain death from a stroke. Complete responses were obtained from 201 surgeons, whose self-reported case volume represents the majority of liver transplants in the United States.
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    Will China's organ transplant reforms really work?
    The Atlantic
    The now oft-derided Chinese Red Cross once again found itself in hot water in July, when it was reported that some branches have asked organ transplant hospitals to pay 100,000 RMB (US $16,300) for each successful organ donation organized by them. In August, the People’s Daily reported that an organ donation coordinator for the Shannxi branch of the Red Cross threatened to take away a critically injured patient’s breathing machine if the family continued to refuse to donate his organs in the event of a cardiac death. The coordinator, Liu Linjuan, said to the family that if they were willing to donate, "we can give you 100,000 RMB. No more than that."
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    A two-year prospective study of bone health in children after renal transplantation employing two imaging techniques
    Clinical Transplantation (login required)
    The aim of this study was to prospectively and longitudinally evaluate bone properties with the use of two bone imaging techniques (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry [DXA], and quantitative ultraSonography [QUS]) in pediatric renal transplant recipients.
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    Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor therapy: Reduced incidence of acute rejection episodes, allograft vasculopathy in heart transplant recipients
    Transplantation Proceedings (login required)
    The potential effects of granulocyte colony-simulating factor (G- CSF) on the incidence of rejection and allograft vasculopathy in heart transplant recipients were evaluated in a recent study.
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