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Impact of cold ischemia time on graft survival among ECD transplant recipients: A paired kidney analysis
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Delays in expanded criteria donor (ECD) kidney placement increases cold ischemia times (CIT) potentially leading to discard. The effect of increased CIT on ECD kidney transplant outcomes is unknown. We evaluated paired ECD kidneys (derived from the same donor transplanted to different recipients) from the SRTR registry transplanted between 1995 and 2009 (n = 17 514). More

More than one sexual partner? You may be an 'elevated risk' donor
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New guidelines proposed that would label organ donors who have had more than one sexual partner in the last 12 months as risky are for the benefit of patients receiving the organs and would not halt or ban donations, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said today. The proposed guidelines, however, remained controversial in the transplant community. More


Call for ASTS officer and councilor-at-large nominations
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ASTS is currently accepting nominations for officer and councilor-at-large positions for the 2012 term. Nominations are being accepted for the positions of president-elect, treasurer and 3 councilor-at-large positions. All nominees will be asked to complete a biography form, indicate his/her intent to serve, if elected, and submit two letters of support from other ASTS members. Self nominations are permissible. The nomination deadline is Jan. 22, 2012. More

ASTS Research Grants Program: Call for applications
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ASTS is currently accepting applications for 2012 research grants. The ASTS Research Grants Program is funded by ASTS and its corporate partners. The aim of the program is to provide support for innovative and investigative research that is intended to advance the practice and science of transplantation. Since the program's inception, ASTS has awarded more than 200 individuals over $8 million in research grants. The application deadline is midnight, Jan. 10, 2012. Apply today!

'Chimera' winter 2012 issue now available online
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The winter issue of the ASTS news magazine, the Chimera features a robust line-up of news and information for ASTS members. Members are encouraged to read the President's Letter to gain insight into Dr. Henry's vision for a team-oriented Society that delivers greater results than individual efforts could produce. Also in this issue, learn about what's happening with the Cell Transplant and Advanced Transplant Providers Committees, read updates from recent educational events and learn how one person's resident experience launched a career in transplantation. More


Study: Can transplant recipients be weaned off their immunosuppressive drugs?
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Transplant surgeons live in the hope that one day they will be able to wean at least some of their patients off the immunosuppressive drugs that must be taken to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ. A team of researchers led by Alberto Sánchez-Fueyo, at the University of Barcelona, Spain, has now identified markers that might make this possible for liver transplant recipients. More

Using a restrictive approach in post-surgical blood transfusions is safe and saves blood
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New research published online in advance of print in the New England Journal of Medicine could refine the way that post-operative patients are cared for while preserving blood supply levels, an essential resource that is difficult to maintain at necessary quantities throughout the year. The study, led by researchers at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, shows that using a liberal blood transfusion strategy in post-operative hip-surgery patients did not appear to improve patients' recoveries or reduce the rate of death, suggesting therefore, that utilizing a restrictive transfusion approach would be appropriate patient care and conserve blood. More

Osteoporosis after transplantation
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Transplantation is an established therapy for end-stage diseases of kidney, lung, liver and heart among others. Osteoporosis and fragility fractures are serious complications of organ transplantation, particularly in the first post-transplant year. Many factors contribute to the pathogenesis of osteoporosis following organ transplantation. More

Rare, unusual, and less common virus infections after organ transplantation
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Infection may be acquired as a result of natural transmission, reactivation of latent virus, or transmission through the allograft or blood transfusion. The epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and management of these viruses vary widely. Some viruses such as human herpesviruses 6 and 7 are ubiquitous in humans, but they rarely cause clinical disease after organ transplantation. Likewise, adenoviruses, parvoviruses, and some polyomaviruses are commonly transmitted infections in the community, but they cause clinical syndromes rarely in transplant recipients. More

Kidney and pancreas transplant available to HIV-infected patients at Mayo Clinic
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Mayo Clinic in Florida is now offering kidney and pancreas transplants to HIV positive patients with advanced kidney disease and diabetes. Evidence is now solid that HIV-positive patients have the same favorable outcome in terms of patient and allograft survival as non-HIV positive organ transplant recipients, says Mary Prendergast, M.D., a kidney specialist whose focus is the care of patients who receive kidney and pancreas transplants. More

Albuminuria, proteinuria, and graft survival in kidney transplantation
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Nauta et al reported important new information regarding the predictive value of urine biomarkers in kidney transplantation. The investigators also claimed that albuminuria provided better predictions than proteinuria based on ROC (receiver operating characteristic) curves. However, albuminuria and proteinuria were measured at a random time after transplant (25th-75th percentile, 2.6-11.4 years). To uniformly define time relative to transplant, time origins should be related closely to the date of transplant and should be the same for all patients. Otherwise, sensitivity, specificity, and ROC curves should not be estimated, especially in patients with variable follow-up. Nonetheless, performance of the multivariate models using albuminuria or proteinuria can be compared with each other using appropriate methods, such as the Akaike information criterion. More

Neurological complications following pediatric liver transplant: A single center experience
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Neurological complications are common in children after liver transplantation, seizures being the commonest. In contrary to the previous studies we found delayed complications more than early complications. Early detection and appropriate management of Neurological complications is important. More

Fewer Americans get health insurance through job
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Findings by the Commonwealth Fund and polling by Gallup show that fewer workers are getting health insurance, and those who have it are paying more for less. Polling released in November by Gallup showed the smallest percentage of American adults covered by employer-sponsored health insurance since the polling organization began tracking health insurance in 2008. As of the third quarter of 2011, 44.5 percent of adults were covered at work. That's down from 50 percent at the end of 2008. More

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