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A message from ITNS President Emeritus Christiane Kugler
Thank you to those of you who were able to join us in Washington, D.C., USA, for the Annual Symposium. The theme I selected for the symposium was "Live, love, and lifelong learning." The theme and spirit of transplant nursing was apparent in D.C. through your caring nature and thirst for knowledge. I was so proud to share the many accomplishments of ITNS over the past year with you all at the membership meeting. It is truly amazing how much we accomplished in such a short amount of time and I know great things are in store for ITNS in the years to come.
It was an honor to serve as President for a great organization like ITNS. My time as President was filled with meaningful work, forward movement of ITNS' strategies, and growth for the association. Your enthusiasm and passion for transplant nursing is inspiring. I hope you all will join us in Houston, Texas, USA, from 27-29 September 2014 for One World of Caring.
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DMV-based campaign helped boost organ donations
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
An organ-donation campaign based in Illinois Department of Motor Vehicle offices boosted the number of people who registered as donors, according to a new study. Surveys show that more than 90 percent of Americans support organ donations, but less than half register as donors. The University of Illinois researchers wanted to assess the effect of promoting organ donation at DMV offices, where most people make their decision about organ donation.
1st human trial of new bone-marrow transplant method
Doctors at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital have carried out a pioneering bone-marrow transplant technique. They say the method should help with donor shortages since it does not require a perfect cell match. Mohammed Ahmed, who is nearly five years old, was among the first of three children in the world to try out the new treatment.
Age is not a barrier in kidney transplant
A study shows that older recipients of kidneys have as good a chance as those who are younger, even if they get an organ from an older donor. It is more common these days to use kidneys from older donors, even if they are in less than optimum health. This is to make up a shortfall between those requiring a new kidney and the actual supply of new organs.
Neural stem cells look promising in ALS
Mescape Medical News
Neural stem cell transplant shows early promise as a treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to preliminary results in a small patient population. "Our approach is simple: to graft stem cells into the diseased area," said Eva Feldman, MD, PhD, principal investigator of the phase 2 trial testing a proprietary line of human spinal cord–derived neural stem cells developed by Neuralstem of Rockville, Md.
Record-setting transplant patient still feels healthy after 25 years
The Globe and Mail
When Colleen Kohse woke in a hospital room with a new heart and lungs, she tried not to think about how short her salvaged life might be and instead focused on the fact she could breathe. Canada's longest surviving heart and double-lung recipient celebrated the 25th anniversary of her surgery, which came at the forefront of a wave of transplants that gave new hope to patients who were suffering from cystic fibrosis.
World's first tissue-engineered trachea implant still a success 5 years later
Five years after the world's first tissue-engineered trachea implant, researchers are declaring the procedure is still a success, with the patient reporting good quality of life and minimal complications, Medical Xpress reported.
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University of Minnesota looks back on organ transplant history
The University of Minnesota celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first successful transplant with a fundraiser gala and a patient education event. But a shortage of donors and a relatively isolated geographic location have created obstacles for the program. The university has a history of medical firsts, including the world's first successful pancreas transplant, the first use of a portable pacemaker in a patient and the first bone marrow transplant.
Soccer campaign boosts organ donation
Not even death can sever fans' links with their beloved soccer team, promises a campaign to boost organ donations in Brazil that has helped to cut waiting lists for cornea and heart transplants to all-time lows. Some 57,000 fans of soccer club Sport have signed up as donors in Pernambuco, the northeastern state where the team is based, since the "Immortal Fans" campaign began 13 months ago.
Organ donation gives Iowa teen second chance at life
The Globe Gazette
Choose to be an organ donor and save eight lives in need. That's the message a North Iowa couple wants to spread, following their 14-year-old daughter's heart transplant in March. Madisyn Harper was born with only one upper chamber in her heart, a form of atrial septal defect.
Rose Parade float to honor Indiana organ donor
Tribune-Star via Sun-Herald
An 11-year-old Riley, Ind., boy whose organ donation after his death helped save the lives of others will be honored as part of the Donate Life float in the Jan. 1 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
Kidney transplant patient in Indiana finds perfect match — and more
The Indianapolis Star
Chelsea Clair met Kyle Froelich in 2009 and immediately chose to donate a much-needed kidney to him. The two recently married.
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