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2015 Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest
Why I Celebrate My Transplant Nurse
Nominations due by Friday, 13 March 2015

As appreciation of this important day grows, ITNS is committed to creating more opportunities for nurses to celebrate their contributions. In April 2006, ITNS created Transplant Nurses Day to raise awareness of the unique contributions transplant nurses make in the lives of the people with whom they work, especially their patients. The celebration takes place the third Wednesday in April, this year 15 April, and recognizes the skill and commitment of transplant nurses around the world. The Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest allows patients to nominate an ITNS transplant nurse who has made a difference in their lives.

Help ITNS spread the word! Feel free to print the contest brochure and display it at your hospital or workplace. Encourage your patients to nominate an ITNS member for this prestigious award!
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Register for the Summer Symposium Today to Save $75!
Celebrate the achievements of transplant nurses everywhere and your own desire to continuing your professional develop by registering for the ITNS Summer Symposium! Earn up to 17 contact hours! An attendee of the 2014 symposium said, "I would recommend the conference to all transplant personnel. The symposium renews the spirit of why we are in this field." View the full schedule and register today for Transplant Nursing: A Journey to the Top!”
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ITNS Call for Nominations
Are you devoted to the vision of ITNS? Do you have a desire to contribute to your association's development? Build your professional reputation and share your expertise by applying to join the ITNS Board of Directors in 2015. Leaders are responsible for guiding the association, anticipating change in the transplant environment and addressing the interests and needs of members.

If you are interested in applying for a leadership position and becoming a vital part in shaping the future of transplant nursing, review the information about becoming a candidate. The deadline to receive completed candidate applications is Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6 PM Eastern Standard Time (USA).

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New bionic heart doesn't beat and that's why it could revolutionize transplants
ABC News
Scientists at the Texas Heart Institute say the perfect bionic heart is within their reach, but it doesn't beat. The average human heart has to beat 42 million times a year, which means that if it were replaced with a machine with a lot of moving parts, it would quickly wear out, said Dr. William Cohn, chief medical officer of BiVACOR, the company working on the new bionic heart. Instead, BiVACOR, headquartered in Houston at the Texas Heart Institute, is developing the first device of its kind to have only one moving part, which propels blood through the body instead of pumping it.
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China sheds light on organ donor program
The Wall Street Journal
China has been shy about public discussion of its use of human organs taken from executed criminals. But an adviser to the legislature recently pulled back the veil of secrecy a little. Huang Jiefu, a former deputy health minister who has played a key role in promoting China's organ donor program, said that donations — i.e. those not originating from executed prisoners — now account for 80 percent of the transplant operations in the country. Such donations, he said, are still falling far short of demand from those in need of a transplant.
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How the US stacks up to other countries in chronic kidney disease
The Huffington Post
Patients sometimes tell me in research interviews that they intentionally compare themselves to other patients who are worse off to make themselves feel better. Comparing ourselves to others who may be better or worse off can give us ideas for improving our own health. Similarly, the U.S. should compare itself to other countries to improve our health outcomes. In the case of kidney disease, World Kidney Day on March 12 draws our attention to international comparisons of health.
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Acute kidney injury may not preclude transplant
Medscape News
In light of reasonable 6-month graft function, clinicians should consider kidney transplant from deceased donors with acute kidney injury, according to a multicenter study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. However, there are risks for kidney discard and delayed graft function, defined as the need for continued dialysis support in the first week after transplantation.
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Human head transplant not impossible, says the author of 'Cortical Brain Stimulation'
Developed over the past 25 years, cortical brain stimulation has emerged as a brand new, cutting-edge option for the treatment of intractable neurological and psychiatric disorders. Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero, continues to make headlines following his claims on the near-future prospects of performing a head transplant. Until now, there has been no documented successful reconnection of the donor's and recipients spinal cords but his latest advances suggest it possible. Should the technique prove feasible, this breakthrough would make previously fatal diseases curable and would be likely to shape clinical neuroscience over the next decade.
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HIV no bar to kidney transplant
MedPage Today
People with HIV and chronic kidney disease can safely and successfully get a new organ from an HIV-positive donor, researchers reported. In a prospective case series in South Africa, 74 percent of HIV patients getting an HIV-positive kidney were alive after 5 years, according to Elmi Muller, MBChB, of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and colleagues.
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Interarm BP differences predict cardiovascular events in CKD patients
Renal & Urology News
Increased interarm systolic blood pressure difference independently predicts cardiovascular (CV) events in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a new study.
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Liver sharing and organ procurement organization performance
Liver Transplantation
Whether the liver allocation system shifts organs from better performing organ procurement organizations to poorer performing OPOs has been debated for many years. Models of OPO performance from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients make it possible to study this question in a data-driven manner.
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Racial and ethnic disparities in pediatric renal allograft survival in the US
Kidney International
This study was undertaken to describe the association of patient race/ethnicity and renal allograft survival among the national cohort of pediatric renal allograft recipients. Additionally, we determined whether racial and ethnic differences in graft survival exist among individuals living in low- or high-poverty neighborhoods and those with private or public insurance.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Double-lung transplantation associated with lower mortality in IPF (2 Minute Medicine)
25 years of lung transplantation: 'Second wind' from Vienna (HealthCanal)
Many organ transplant surgeons in US experience burnout (The Medical News)
Serum sodium and survival benefit of liver transplantation (Liver Transplantation)
Heavy drinking is not the only cause of serious liver trouble (The Washington Post)

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