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Opening Ceremony at the Annual ITNS Symposium
Register for the Annual ITNS Symposium and don't miss the opening ceremony on Saturday, 27 September. See the flag processional where International attendees represent their country by carrying their flag to the stage. Then, ITNS President Cindy Russell will kick off the Symposium with a welcome before the Keynote Presentation by Dr. James B. Young, MD, Professor of Medicine & Executive Dean at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Save $50 when you register before 19 August!
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Participate in the ITNS Chapter Challenge
We hope you are planning to attend the 23rd Annual ITNS Symposium in Houston, Texas, USA 27-29 September. This year, ITNS will award a $500 prize to the chapter that brings the highest percentage of its members to the Annual Symposium. When registering online, add "ITNS Chapter Challenge" to your registration. Then, select the chapter you belong to from the drop down menu. Make sure you register for the symposium before 19 August to save $50.
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Nurses: Burning out or burning bright
By Keith Carlson
The words "burnout" and "nursing" are all too often mentioned in the same breath. If you talk to enough nurses, you'll hear plenty of stories of burnout that could make your hair stand on end. Sadly, many nurses feel that burnout is unavoidable, while others take a proactive stance against this condition that impacts our profession so deeply. As dedicated, hard-working caregivers, we must live with the potential for burnout, but the potential for healthy living is a parallel reality that is also within our grasp.
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World-first kidney transplant exercise that saved six lives could be the first of many
The Herald Sun
THE country's largest paired kidney exchange saved six lives, but enriched so many more. For a father and son it will mean their first holiday in 14 years. It's the chance for a husband and wife to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary. And for a single mother, she will soon play with her toddler without getting puffed. It has been almost three weeks since more than 200 Victorian medical staff united to perform 12 almost simultaneous operations. Six people donated a kidney so half a dozen others could receive a lifesaving transplant.
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Proposed change in liver transplant rules could adversely affect Georgia
Online Athens
The United Network for Organ Sharing, the organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government, is considering changes to the liver transplant districts in the country. Putting Georgia into a new district would change the calculus of whether a patient here gets a transplant.
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Scientists spot new clues to a deadly lung disease
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Scientists believe they've found a key biological player in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a uniformly fatal lung disease that kills thousands of Americans each year. The finding may be another step forward for patients who have typically had a bleak prognosis. Last month, studies revealed that two new medications might offer some hope for the first effective treatment of IPF. Without a lung transplant, IPF remains an incurable, progressive disease that causes tissue deep in the lungs to stiffen and scar. Seventy percent of patients die within five years.
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Calcification propensity test for kidney transplant patients
Medscape News
A blood test that measures the propensity of kidney transplant recipients to develop vascular calcification can be used to identify which patients are at greatest risk for all-cause mortality and graft failure, new research shows. "Renal transplantation improves the prognosis of patients with end-stage renal disease, but the risk of cardiovascular events in these patients remains high, compared with the general population," said investigator Charlotte Keyzer, MD, from the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands.
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Clinical research in pediatric organ transplantation
Solid organ transplantation has greatly improved survival in children with end-stage disease, becoming one of the main treatment options in this population. Nonetheless, there are significant challenges associated with validating and optimizing the effects of these interventions in clinical trials. Therefore, researchers reviewed the main issues related to conducting clinical transplantation research in children.
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Demand for kidney dialysis and transplants set to soar
Transforming The Nation's Healthcare
The number of people receiving kidney replacement therapy for end-stage kidney disease is expected to rise by at least 45 percent from 19,800 cases in 2011 to 28,800 cases in 2020, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Where's the best place to be a nurse? (The Clinical Advisor)
US: ECMC temporarily suspends living organ donor transplants (WIVB-TV)
Phoenix hosptial gets $19 million gift to create thoracic transplant center (Arizona Daily Star)
Kidney transplants linked to higher survival rates (HealthDay News via The Clinical Advisor)

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