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2 days of chemotherapy drug may control immune disease post-transplant
By Lynn Hetzler
A short course of a chemotherapy drug may control life-threatening immune response, according to a new study, and even eliminate transplant patients' need for six months of immune suppression therapy. Patients receive a two-day course of cyclophosphamide after bone marrow transplant surgery in addition to receiving two other chemotherapy drugs before surgery. Researchers from Johns Hopkins described their latest results online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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Blood test devised at Children's to aid in predicting chance of organ rejection
A personalized blood test developed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh will help doctors predict the likelihood of organ rejection in some children, the hospital said Wednesday. Such a prediction should provide a significant benefit to patients because doctors could eventually wean them off harmful anti-rejection drugs, said Dr. Rakesh Sindhi, who led the research team that developed the test. It received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in August.
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Survival rates better among sepsis patients who received organ transplants
Patients with sepsis who underwent organ transplantation had significantly lower 28-day and 90-day mortality than nontransplant patients with sepsis, according to recent findings. This improved survival may be attributable to the immunosuppression required for transplantation patients, according to the researchers.
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India to learn best practices about organ donation from Spain
Economic Times
India is expected to learn the best practices in organ donation and transplantation under a pact it plans to sign soon with Spain which is considered to be a pioneer in the field. The Memorandum of Understanding is expected to be signed when Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato Adrove undertakes a visit here two months later, in January next year, an official statement said.
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Organ transplantation experience in China is ultimate horror story
The Epoch Times
A Taiwanese patient received a matched liver and a matched kidney within only a month in a hospital in a city in northern China, according to an exclusive interview on Oct. 30 by the New York-based, Chinese-language television network New Tang Dynasty. The extremely short waiting time for organ transplants has made China the most popular country for transplantation tourism, in which patients from other countries travel to China for organ transplant surgeries.
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A meta-analysis and meta-regression of outcomes including biliary complications in donation after cardiac death liver transplantation
Tranplantation International
Donation after cardiac death (DCD) liver transplantation is increasingly common but concerns exist over the development of biliary complications and ischemic cholangiopathy. This study aimed to compare outcomes between DCD and donation after brain death liver grafts. Studies reporting on post-transplantation outcomes after Maastricht category III DCD liver transplantation were screened for inclusion.
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