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Local nurse practitioner assists in face transplant at University of Maryland
York Daily Record
Nicole Kelley, an acute care nurse practitioner from York Township, worked on a team at the University of Maryland that recently performed the most extensive face transplant to date. Kelley helped to prepare 37-year-old Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville, Va., for the 36-hour operation last week at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She also helped coordinate his care during the transplant and afterward, including testing, pain management and physical, occupational and speech therapies, she said. Read more.

Too numerous to count
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Last December, Brendan Marrocco became the first combat veteran to receive a double arm transplant, the most extensive surgery of its kind ever performed in the U.S. Also the first to be conducted at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the 13-hour operation required meticulous planning and rehearsal to accomplish the complex task of connecting bones, blood vessels, muscles, tendons, nerves and skin from donor to recipient. Read more.


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China: Donors of organs easing transplant shortages
China Daily
The fast development of voluntary organ donations have made it possible for hospitals to no longer rely on death-row prisoners for transplants, Huang Jiefu, director of the China Organ Donation Committee, said. He said 1,010 people had voluntarily donated their organs after death.
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Dead Briton's organs removed without consent in Bermuda
The Guardian
The organs of a British man who died in Bermuda were recently removed without the consent or knowledge of his family — and have never been found, an inquest heard. Norman Palmer, 57, died in a hospital on the island after suffering respiratory problems. When his body was repatriated to his home town of Yeovil in Somerset a week later, it emerged many of his organs — including his brain, kidney and throat — were missing.
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2 Xiamen hospitals allowed to conduct organ transplants
Whats On Xiamen
Two hospitals from Xiamen, Xiamen Zhongshan Hospital and Xiamen No. 1 Hospital, are among 165 hospitals across China that have been given the green light to conduct human organ transplants, according to a list published by the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
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Exercise could reduce metabolic disease complications in patients post-transplantation
The Medical News
New research reveals that metabolic syndrome — risk factors that can lead to heart disease and/or stroke — is common in liver transplant recipients, with rates highest at one year following the procedure. Findings published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, indicate that exercise could reduce complications from metabolic disease in patients post-transplantation.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Nurse sues for wrongful termination over botched kidney transplant (The Associated Press via Fox News)
Hunger strikers demand chance at organ transplants (Chicago Tribune)
Time to rethink refusing kidney transplants for obese patients (CMAJ)
Girl who underwent lung transplants takes steps toward recovery (CNN via KETK-TV)
Larger lungs linked to higher transplant survival (RTT News)

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15-20 brain-death cases at PGI in a month, but few cadaveric organ donations
The India Express
The recent incident of organ donation by brain-dead Kashmira Singh has once again highlighted the importance of cadaveric (brain-dead) organ donations. Though it is not the first case of brain-death in the city, still it is special because organs were used to save lives. About 15-20 brain-death cases are reported at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in a month, but those who come forward for cadaveric organ donation is only one in a month or two.
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Is this the future of organ donation? Scientists grow beating mouse heart made from HUMAN stem cells
The Daily Mail
U.S. scientists have "grown" a beating mouse heart from human stem cells, leading many to hope that human organs could one day be created. The heart — which had been removed from the mouse and stripped of its cells — was treated with human stem cells and started to beat again. The breakthrough could lead to the development of transplant organs for patients thanks to stem cells produced from simple skin biopsies.
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