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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the ITNS Insider, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the International Transplant Nurses Society, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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3-D-printed heart valve makes the transplant wait list bearable
Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have developed a 3-D printed implant that will help a damaged heart circulate blood, while patients wait for a new organ. The impant, is coated in a flexible material that expands with voltage allowing it to pump blood through the aorta. Often times, those with heart failure, who are waiting for a transplant, are bed-ridden because they must be plugged into a device that will do the same thing. This device is 3-D printed to fit the exact shape of each person's aortic valve and allows a person to move around, without being tied down to a power cable.
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Recycle yourself: Q&A with transplant surgeon Chris Barry
The Huffington Post
If you're reading this in New York City, you may have noticed the latest New York Organ Donor Network subways ads announcing that "every 15 hours a New Yorker dies waiting for an organ." The disquieting statistic is accompanied by an image of a pair of pale corpse legs — toe tag and all — waiting in line. Throughout the U.S., more than 115,000 people are currently waiting for organ transplants, and last year almost 7,000 individuals died waiting; about 90 percent of them for a kidney. Roughly the same number will die this year too. "That's equivalent to 13 747 jets filled to capacity crashing every year," Dr. Barry said in a TEDx talk he gave last year on the subject of organ donation. "And there are no survivors."

Dr. Barry works out of the University of Rochester Medical Center and is one of the co-founders of bLifeNY, an ongoing transplant awareness campaign. In 2012, transplant surgeons like Dr. Barry performed some 28,000 organ transplants in the U.S., nowhere near as many as they could have if they had the requisite parts. Here Dr. Barry discusses the reasons for the shortfall, and how it might be overcome.

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Scots parents to make medical history when they donate stem cells to daugther
Deadline News
Scots parents will make medical history next month when they donate stem cells to their cancer-stricken daughter. Mackenzie Furniss, nine, is suffering from an advanced form of childhood cancer and needs an experimental treatment to save her life. Her parents, Kimberley and Jason, from Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, will give stem cells to Mackenzie — the first time the risky procedure has ever been carried out in Scotland.
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UM study provides guidelines for rare pediatric heart disease
Miami Herald
For more than a decade, University of Miami researcher Steven E. Lipshultz led a national team of pediatric specialists trying to solve a medical mystery that had proved fatal for its youngest victims: Why did some children suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy die of heart failure or sudden cardiac death while others didn't?
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Pioneering procedure allows woman, 51, to receive a new kidney from her father even though he has a different blood type (The Daily Mail)
New kidney transplant safety test (Digital Journal)
Is there good news about the immunosuppressives drug bill in Congress? (Nephrology)
Historic organ donation legislation for Wales officially passed (Wales Online)

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Why liver transplant recipients should exercise regularly
By Joy Burgess
Recent research on liver transplant recipients shows that patients have an increased risk of metabolic syndrome after the transplantation surgery. According to one study conducted by Eric R. Kallwitz, M.D., a liver specialist from the Loyola University Medical Center, about 58 percent of patients develop metabolic syndrome after undergoing a liver transplant. The study also suggests that the onset of metabolic syndrome may be reduced by exercise.
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Drug may work for resistant CMV infections in transplant recipients
Renal and Urology News
Cidofovir with or without adjunctive therapy may be an appropriate treatment option for ganciclovir-resistant cytomegalovirus infections in solid organ transplant recipients, according to study findings reported at the 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
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China's new organ rules leave basic questions unanswered
The Epoch Times
It is the latest attempt by the Chinese authorities to give a veneer of credibility to their organ transplant industry: new regulations. But the long anticipated rules about how organs should be procured and allocated, made public on Sept. 1, still don't answer a few basic questions.
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Toronto General Hospital gets new head of transplant program
The Toronto Star
When the SARS outbreak hit Toronto in 2002, organ transplant doctors at Toronto General Hospital had to decide whether to cancel or carry on with the life-saving procedures. They decided to continue, largely due to the presence of Dr. Atul Humar, an infectious disease specialist, then with the program. "Atul played a pivotal role in making sure it was safe," says Dr. Gary Levy, the liver specialist who developed TGH’s multi-organ transplant program and, until this month, led it. "He became recognized as a world's expert. That propelled him into leading infectious disease groups and establishing rules on how to deal with highly infected patients."
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