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Submit an abstract for the 25th Annual ITNS Symposium before the October 13, 2015 deadline. Join us from 14-16 October 2016 at The Westin Pittsburgh for Transplant Nursing: Bridging Passion, Practice, and Patient Care. Questions about abstract submission? Contact Jennifer Wahl, ITNS Education Manager, at email@example.com.
Congratulations ITNS Award Winners!
The ITNS awards were presented during the membership meeting at the ITNS Summer Symposium. Congratulations to the winners and nominees!
Transplant Nursing Excellence Award
Winner: Maria Molina, MSN CRNP
Other nominees: Alicia Sato, Caroline Acker, Elizabeth Kerr, Karen Emmett, and Whitney Watson
Friend of Transplant Nursing Award
Winner: Dr. Dominique Martin, MBBS BA(Hons) PhD
Other nominees: Dr. Frank DelMonico and Sharon Terren-Orr
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World's first penis transplant patient to father a child
A young South African man who had the world's first successful penis transplant last December has impregnated his girlfriend, the doctor who led the surgery said.
The 22-year-old man, who has not been named, is among around 250 South Africans who lose their penises each year in botched traditional circumcisions. The nine-hour transplant operation formed part of a pilot study by Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch. The patient was sexually active five weeks later.
The effect of obesity on kidney transplant outcomes
BMC Blogs Network
Research recently published in BMC Medicine raises a recurring question: Should obese patients with end stage renal disease be required to lose weight before being offered a kidney transplant? In this guest post, Dr Iain MacPhee discusses the findings.
Study: New approach to immunosuppression could avoid transplant organ rejection
A new study has identified how blocking a special set of molecules on the surface of T cells can suppress the heart's immune response — responsible for transplant rejection and autoimmune diseases such as myocarditis — whilst leaving rest of the body's immune system intact.
Paying donors may help organ shortage
HealthDay News via Renal & Urology News
Many state policies meant to increase organ donations and transplant rates have had almost no impact, according to new research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The shortage of organs available for transplant is a major public health problem in the United States. But their review of national data revealed that five of these approaches have not increased donation rates or numbers of transplants. These policies include first-person consent laws, donor registries, public education, paid leave and tax incentives.
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UK: Hospitals urge Muslims to donate organs
Hospitals in the West Midlands are urging Muslims to consider donating their organs for patients waiting for transplants.
Muslims needing an organ donation, such as a new kidney or liver, wait on average a year longer than non-Muslims.
This is due to a lack of donors coming forward from a matching ethnic background.
As Ramadan begins, doctors are urging Muslims to consider allowing their organs to be used after their death.
Taiwan to ban trade in human organs after new rules are given the nod
The China Post
Taiwan will ban the selling or buying of human organs, according to amendments to organ transplant regulations that cleared the Legislature. No money should be involved in providing or receiving organs, and those who sell or buy them will face a jail term of between one and five years and/or fines of between NT$300,000 (US$9,697) and NT$1.5 million.
Doctors found to have violated the regulations will be fined between NT$120,000 and NT$600,000, be suspended from practicing for between one month and one year, and in the most serious cases, have their licenses revoked.
High n-3 PUFA intake improves survival after kidney transplantation
Renal & Urology News
Renal transplant recipients may benefit from marine n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in terms of reduced overall and cardiovascular mortality risk, according to a new study.
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