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Congratulations ITNS Members on your recent publications!
ITNS congratulates Stacee Lerret on her recent publication:
Lerret, S.
, Mavis, A., Biank, V., Telega, G. (2013). Respiratory syncytial virus and pediatric liver transplant: One center's experience. Progress in Transplantation, 23 (3), 253-257. DOI: 10.7182/pit2013446

ITNS congratulates Cynthia Russell on her recent publications:
Russell, C. L.
, Ashbaugh, C., Peace, L., Cetingok, M. Hamburger, K. Q., Owens, S., Coffey, D., Webb, A., Hathaway, D., Winsett, R. P., Madsen, R., & Wakefield, M. (2013). Time-in-a-Bottle (TIAB) study: Patterns, predictors, and outcomes of medication adherence in adult kidney transplant recipients. Clinical Transplantation, 27,E580–E590 DOI: 10.1111/ctr.12203

Astroth, K. S., Welsh, J. L., & Russell, C. (2013). Non-Pharmaceutical fatigue interventions in adults receiving hemodialysis: A systematic review. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 40(5), 407- 427.

ITNS congratulates Sabina De Geest on her recent publication:
De Geest, S.
, Burkhalter, H., Berben, L., Bogert, L. J., Denhaerynck, K., Glass, T. R., Goetzmann, L., Kirsch, M., Kiss, A., Koller, M.T., Piot-Ziegler, C., Schmidt-Trucksäss, A. (2013). The Swiss Transplant Cohort Study's framework for assessing life-long psychosocial factors in solid organ transplants. Progress in Transplantation, 23 (3), 235-46. DOI: 10.7182/pit2013250

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Ethical dilemmas surround those willing to sell, buy kidneys on black market
CBS News
There's no denying that there is a shortage of organ donations in the U.S. Government estimates show 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant, and every 10 minutes someone is added to the transplant list. The need for kidneys is especially high. As of Oct. 25, 98,463 people were waiting for a new kidney in the U.S., the most requested organ by far. Thus far this year, only 9,708 kidney transplants have been completed.
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Improved brain injury survival furthers organ shortage
More hospital patients are surviving traumatic brain injuries — which is good news, except for those waiting on donated organs for transplants. Improved survival rates have resulted in fewer transplant organs being available, Canadian researchers found. A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, examined the recovery outcomes of 2,788 adult patients admitted to regional intensive care units in Alberta, Canada, over a 10.5 year period.
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China to end use of prisoners' organs for transplants in mid-2014
China, the only country that still systematically takes organs from executed prisoners for use in transplant operations, plans to end the controversial practice by the middle of next year, a senior official said.
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Stalling organ rejection with atorvastatin
By Sharee Ann Narciso
A recent research paper in The Journal of Experimental Medicine discussed the framework of hypotheses being developed on the possible effects of statins on genes, leading to organ rejection after transplantation. This placed the spotlight on one of the most prescribed drugs in the world — atorvastatin, more commonly known as Lipitor. The drug resulted in longer survival for mice who had undergone transplantation compared to mice who did not receive treatment.
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Few early readmissions after kidney transplantation preventable
Renal & Urology News
Most early hospital readmissions following kidney transplantation are due to complex medical factors related to the transplantation process and not poor quality of care, according to researchers.
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Tiny 3-D-printed liver slices pave way for growing organs
A slice of 3-D-printed liver offers the promise of speeding up the discovery of new drugs and paving the way toward eventually growing a full-size, transplantable liver. The liver's ability to naturally regenerate makes it an ideal match for bioprinting — the field of using 3-D-printing technology to print living cells layer by layer with computer-guided precision. Organovo, a San Diego-based startup, sees the liver as a solid stepping-stone for perfecting the science of building human organs in the lab.
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Organ donors, transplants on increase
Yahoo!7 News
The number of organ donors has increased by more than 40 per cent in the past four years, with the nation's transplant authority reporting a rise in family consent for donations. The Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority noted "significant increases" in donations and transplants, with the number of deceased organ donors rising from 247 to 354 between 2009 and 2012.
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