Study to look at extending heart transplantation donor pool

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With $4 million in funding from the Brockman Medical Research Foundation, surgeons and scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute will study the utility of previously unused organs to increase the number of heart transplantations, potentially making transplant possible for thousands of patients who die while waiting for an acceptable heart to become available.

“Only 3,000 heart transplants are performed annually and several thousand people with end-stage heart failure who are on the waitlist and could benefit from a ...

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Text message intervention improves alcohol abstinence after liver transplantation

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Patients who received text message intervention regarding alcohol use after liver transplantation had better treatment outcomes than those who received standard care, and they reported high satisfaction with the intervention, according to a recently published study.

“Survival rates of patients who resume excessive drinking posttransplant are significantly lower than those of abstinent patients or patients who have a minor lapse post-transplant,” Kelly S. DeMartini, MD, of Yale University School of Medicine, Psychiatry, and colleagues wrote. “Abstinence duration of less than 6 months pre-transplant ...

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Doctors at Chicago hospital successfully complete 6-way rare organ transplant

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Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, have successfully completed a six-way rare organ transplant exchange performed from living donors.

The donors and recipients did not know each other ahead of the surgeries performed over three days last week.

“It literally took a village to make this swap happen,” said Dr. Joseph Leventhal, director of kidney transplantation at the hospital, at a press conference today.

The 12 participants included three sets of friends, an aunt ...

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Maryland passes bills on organ transplants, sponsored by house speaker saved by liver transplant

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The Maryland House of Delegates on Thursday unanimously passed two organ donations sponsored by House Speaker Michael E. Busch, whose life was saved by a liver transplant last year.

One would provide a $7,500 tax credit for living donors to help defray their costs of donating all or part of an organ. Busch’s sister, Kathleen “Laurie” Bernhardt, donated part of her liver to the speaker, who was diagnosed last spring with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a life-threatening condition. The Anne Arundel County Democrat has since recovered ...

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Colorado bill would give living donors paid time off

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DENVER (CBS4) – In Colorado, 2,433 people are waiting for an organ transplant. Of those, 1,792 need a kidney, an organ that can be donated by a living person.

Now, state lawmakers are considering a bill to make living donations a little easier. It’s called the Colorado Living Donor Support Act. It would provide paid time off to kidney and liver living donors.

The hope is without the financial hardship, more people would be willing to donate. That’s why Colorado lawmakers ...

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Using telehealth tools to increase organ donation

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New York has one of the lowest rates for organ donation in the country, a problem the state has been actively working on for the last few years.

In October, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a number of executive orders to work toward improving donation numbers. This included making “Lauren’s Law” permanent, which requires all drivers to verify whether they’ll become an organ donor before their license is processed.

But not only does New York need more willing organ donors, it ...

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Education Corner – Communication in Crisis Moments

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Communication in Crisis Moments (Download PDF Version)
Key to safety in crisis moments = Human Connection

What makes people feel unsafe?

  • Unpredictability
  • Unfamiliarity
  • Loss of control
  • Lack of support systems with no outlets for frustration

Physiological responses to emotions – Polyvagal Theory of Emotions (Stephen Porges)

  • Two branches of the vagus nerve:
    • The myelinated vagus branch ...
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Push to better track living kidney donors’ long-term health

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WASHINGTON — The big unknown when someone donates a kidney: the long-term health consequences. Now the U.S. is taking a step toward finally tracking how living donors fare over decades — just as candidates are getting some new cautions to consider.

Specialists insist the surgery seldom brings serious complications for the donor. What happens later in life is less certain.

British researchers reported Monday that living kidney donors are more likely to develop later kidney failure than non-donors — and female donors ...

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New Kentucky bill requires medical examiners to verify donor status

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new Kentucky house bill passed Monday, January 29, will go to the state Senate for approval.

Under House Bill 84, coroners and medical examiners will be required to verify organ and tissue donation wishes of the deceased while in their care.

Coroners/M.E. will need to release relevant and identifying information about a deceased person to the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)  if the person’s body is acceptable for transplant or therapy needs.

Right now, that information is only released ...

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Kidney transplant can reverse platelet dysfunction in end-state renal disease, new study shows

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Platelet dysfunction due to renal diseases such as Alport syndrome can be effectively reversed with a successful kidney transplant, according to a study published in the Clinical Kidney Journal.

It is common for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) to experience bleeding, more frequent bleeding into the skin, and bleeding from mucosal surfaces. Several disease-related and external factors are known to contribute to this.

Drugs such as anticoagulant agents used to prevent blood clots from forming during dialysis, gastrointestinal changes, and platelet dysfunction due to ...

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