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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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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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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More than 10,000 donated organs in 2017, marking a record

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Victoria Arias wanted to save lives.

The 18-year-old Arizona honor student was preparing to head to St. Mary’s University of Minnesota with the hope of becoming a doctor.

She played the violin and volleyball, and was a devout Catholic who had saved up for a pilgrimage to Rome to see the pope. Victoria had plans for the future.

“She wanted to be a trauma surgeon,” her mother, Lorena Arias, said. “She had big dreams. She was going to do it.”

Victoria did end up ...

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Joint Statement of the President’s Roundtable: October 23, 2017

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The following statement was issued by the President’s Roundtable on October 23, 2017:

The Presidents’ Roundtable is a partnership among the presidents and chief staff officers of the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), American Society of Transplantation (AST), American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals, The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance) and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) designed to promote collaboration and advance the ...

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UNOS searches for a fairer way to distribute donor livers

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More than 16,000 Americans are waiting for a liver transplant because of conditions such as hepatitis, cancer or cirrhosis. But only about 7,000 livers are donated each year. Most patients know their odds aren’t great.

And their chances also vary based on where they live.

“In some areas of the country, patients have to wait a lot longer than in other areas,” says Julie Heimbach, a transplant surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. “They have to get much sicker before they can access a liver ...

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New study suggests many discarded kidneys could prolong life

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The results of a new study suggest that high discard rates among donated kidneys could be avoided in the future. Researchers say that even kidneys with poor biopsy results may be more efficient in prolonging patients’ lifespans than other treatments.

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), so far this year, 6,099 kidneys have been donated in the United States. Of these, living donors provided 2,223 kidneys, with the remaining 3,876 having been collected from deceased ...

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New UNOS kidney allocation system narrowed racial gaps in transplant

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A new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 by the United Network for Organ Sharing reduced racial disparities in receipt of kidney transplants, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

Taylor A. Melanson, from Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues examined the effect of the new kidney allocation system implemented in 2014 on racial disparities in receipt of kidney transplant. Data were analyzed for 179,071 transplant waiting list events from June 2013 to September 2016, and ...

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U.S. Organ Transplants, Deceased Donors Set Record in 2016

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Organ transplants performed in the United States in 2016 reached a new record high for the fourth consecutive year, according to preliminary data from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS serves as the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) under federal contract. For the year, 33,606 transplants were reported, representing an 8.5 percent increase over the 2015 total and an increase of 19.8 percent since 2012.

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More Than 30,000 Organ Transplants Performed in the U.S. in 2015

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Rate of organ transplants, deceased donation increased substantially

Organ transplants performed in the United States in 2015 exceeded 30,000 for the first time annually, according to preliminary data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) serves as the OPTN under federal contract.

“This landmark achievement is a testament to the generosity of the American public to help others through donation, and their trust in the transplant system to honor their life-saving gift,” said OPTN/UNOS President ...

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