Keeping donated livers warm could improve transplants

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Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach. British researchers said Wednesday that keeping at least some livers at body temperature instead may work better.

The livers keep functioning until they’re transplanted thanks to a machine that pumps them full of blood and nutrients. It’s a life-support system for the organs and similar machines are being explored for lung and heart transplants, too.

The transplant community isn’t ditching affordable ...

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Researchers examine barriers to organ donation and possible remedies

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Two new collaborative papers by UC Merced Economics Professor Kurt Schnier reveal that increasing the incentives and eliminating barriers for donors — both living and deceased — would greatly improve other people’s chances of receiving life-saving transplants.

One collaboration, involving a transplant surgeon and two other economists, focused on increasing people’s willingness to be deceased organ donors. The other collaboration, involving two transplant surgeons and a public health researcher, investigated a government policy targeted at increasing living organ donation by lowering donor-related costs.

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Kidneys Initially Deemed Unfit for Transplant Prove Viable, Study Shows

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AUSTIN, Texas, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The first study to track outcomes of transplanted kidneys that were previously deemed unfit for transplant shows a more than 90 percent graft survival rate for these kidneys a year after patients received them.

The study results, presented at the National Kidney Foundation 2018 Spring Clinical Meetings in Austin, highlights how a lack of standardization across transplant centers could be depriving patients of life-saving organs.

Currently 121,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the United States, but nearly one out ...

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After lowered age requirement, Illinois teens register as organ donors

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Thousands of Illinois teenagers have signed up to be organ and tissue donors in the first months of a new law which permits 16- and 17-year-olds to consent to donate.

Jacob Lenzini, a 17-year-old senior in Park Ridge, Ill., lost his father in 2014 from a brain tumor. He later met the man who’s alive because of his father’s donated lungs.

“It fills you with a sense of honor and servitude and just a feeling of being human,” Lenzini said.

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New intervention aims to improve treatment adherence among teen kidney transplant recipients

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Learning to become self-sufficient and responsible is part of life’s journey through the teen and young adult years. Mistakes are often made, and lessons are learned. However, for young kidney-graft patients, any mistake or failure in keeping to their strict immunosuppressive therapy can lead to tragic results. In fact, low-adherence to medication remains a major contributor to the high level of organ rejection in this age group.

Transplant specialists and researchers from eight leading pediatric medical centers across Canada and the ...

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UVA launches human testing of lung transplant drug

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In the culmination of decades of research at the University of Virginia Health System, doctors have begun human testing of a drug they hope will one day save many lives among lung transplant recipients.

The drug, regadenoson, is already commonly used to image cardiac patients’ hearts. But the UVA research suggests it could be put to another, lifesaving purpose: battling ischemia reperfusion injury, in which tissue is damaged by the restoration of blood flow after it has been cut off.

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Smithfield Foods donation helps fund development of life-saving technology

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RICHMOND, Va. — The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., has announced a $75,000 challenge grant to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to fund a proof of concept phase for UNOS’ Timely Donor Referral technology pilot. Smithfield will match dollar-for-dollar all donations made to UNOS for the program, up to $75,000.

The Timely Donor Referral technology project’s goal is to change the inefficient manual processes utilized by hospital staff in the nation’s 5,500 donor hospitals when ...

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Francia Raisa sheds light on importance of transplant social workers

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Transplant social workers are often tasked with ensuring that donor candidates understand the psychological risks that can accompany the physical risks of living donation. Francia Raisa, Selena Gomez’s kidney donor, recently opened up to provide a candid description of her journey with physical and psychological recovery since living donation.

“[I was told in a pre-surgery conversation that] it’s going to be hard, the recipient is going to glow and she’s going to recover a lot faster ...

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Education Corner – Developing a Transplant Outreach Program

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Developing a Transplant Outreach Program (Download PDF Version)

What is Transplant Outreach?
Have you ever wondered how transplant programs grow their waitlist for organ transplants, how patients know about programs, or how physicians know where to send their patients for a transplant evaluation and to be listed? Transplant outreach programs are a strategy ...

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