Alabama hospital uses telehealth to minimize travel times for kidney transplant patients

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A program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is connecting kidney transplant recipients in various cities in the state with Birmingham-based physicians via telehealth.

One of these patients, Sheri Faulk, was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1991, according to a May 3 university blog post. She has had to travel to Birmingham for treatments and appointments to assess her transplanted kidney since her diagnosis nearly 30 years ago.

Today, she travels to the Pike County Health Department in Troy, ...

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Education Corner – Serology Testing for Deceased Organ Donors

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SEROLOGY TESTING FOR DECEASED ORGAN DONORS
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Serology Testing Basics

Why test donors? Donor screening for infectious diseases helps prevent unintentional disease transmission to recipients. It is also used to anticipate potential recipient infection and treat the recipient post-transplant.

What is tested? Testing kits are used to detect antigens, antibodies, or ...

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Doctors perform world’s first full penis-and-scrotum transplant

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Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine performed the world’s first complete penis-and-scrotum transplant.

The 14-hour operation, which took place on March 26, involved a team of nine plastic surgeons and two urological surgeons, according to a statement from Johns Hopkins Medicine. The surgeons transplanted the entire penis, scrotum (without the testicles) and a part of the abdominal wall from a deceased donor to the recipient, a veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan.

The transplant was the result of more than five years of ...

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Study shows promise for donor lung preservation device

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A landmark study conducted by a team of researchers found that a portable perfusion device was associated with less primary graft dysfunction, a syndrome of acute lung injury that occurs within the first 72 hours after transplantation, compared to standard ice preservation of a donor lung during transportation from donor to transplant patient. Their work was published recently in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

“This was the largest trial of its kind in the history of organ preservation and marks ...

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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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Education Corner – April is National Donate Life Month!

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APRIL IS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH! – (Download PDF Version)

DONATION AND TRANSPLANTATION BY THE NUMBERS

The need for donation and transplantation in the U.S.: (www.unos.org)

  • More than 115,000 people are currently awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant.
  • A new name ...
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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.

Kicking off National ...

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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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