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Hepatitis C Research and News: Many Donor Livers Too Steatotic For Transplant

Hepatitis C Research and News: Many Donor Livers Too Steatotic For Transplant | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What are the factors that contribute to deceased donor livers being discarded at the time of organ retrieval? Are increasing obesity rates in the general community one of these factors?

 

Presented recently at the DDW week, this comprehensive data analysis from the United States reveals that donor age as well as donor obesity can contribute to non-use of the liver for transplant.......

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Transplantation of an allogeneic vein bioengineered with autologous stem cells: a proof-of-concept study : The Lancet

Transplantation of an allogeneic vein bioengineered with autologous stem cells: a proof-of-concept study : The Lancet | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A glimpse of the future- Case Report Published in The Lancet

 

Transplantation of an allogeneic vein bioengineered with autologous stem cells: a proof-of-concept study. By - Prof Michael Olausson MD, Pradeep B Patil MVSc, Vijay Kumar Kuna MSc, et al.

 

Also a blog post by one of the study authors-http://www.sahlgrenska.gu.se/english/news_and_events/news/News_Detail/stem-cell-technology-used-in-unique-surgery.cid991966

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My data are your data : Nature Biotechnology : Nature Publishing Group

My data are your data : Nature Biotechnology : Nature Publishing Group | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Want to know what are some of the modern principles underpinning data sharing in this current information technology based era? This well written piece comes to you via Nature Biotechnology.

 

Encouraging more broad and inclusive data sharing in today's world will involve concerted community efforts to overcome technical barriers and human foibles. Vivien Marx investigates.....

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Re-conditioning lungs for transplant UK trial of ex-vivo lung preservation

Re-conditioning lungs for transplant UK trial of ex-vivo lung preservation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

News out of the United Kingdom (UK) this week is that UK transplant centres are set to trial a technique which re-conditions lungs retrieved from organ donors to improve the lungs ability to function.

 

Although initially reported as "lung washing" this is actually ex-vivo lung preservation. Circulating oxygen and a balanced preservation fluid through the lungs following the surgical retrieval may help improve their condition. "Reconditioned lungs" may then be able to be transplanted into recipients such as the woman featured in this news release.

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Top honor to cardiologist for advancing heart transplant medicine - Stanford Medical Center Report

Top honor to cardiologist for advancing heart transplant medicine - Stanford Medical Center Report | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A top US Cardiologist has recently been honored by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. This report also details some interesting history of the Stanford Medical Centers heart transplant programme.

 

ReportBY JOHN SANFORD Cardiologist Sharon Hunt received in April a lifetime achievement award ...........

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Kidney Volume Changes in Patients With Autosomal Dominant Po... : Transplantation

Kidney Volume Changes in Patients With Autosomal Dominant Po... : Transplantation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

One of the forms of chronic kidney disease requiring management including dialysis and/or renal transplantation is Polycystic Kidney Disease(PCKD). One of the challenges is managing the native kidneys once they have enlarged to create 'space' issues in the abdomen.

 

This online publication from the journal Transplantation provides data on the medical issues that arise from the enlarged polycystic kidneys in a cohort of patients with PCKD. Click on the banner headline to read on......

 

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Introducing the Knowledge Graph

Get an under the hood look at the next frontier in Search, from the team at Google behind the technology. The Knowledge Graph is a huge collection of the peo...

 

This represents a transformation from an information engine to a knowledge engine.....

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Mobile Medical Apps Gold Rush Needs Scrutiny - Healthcare - Mobile & Wireless - Informationweek

Mobile Medical Apps Gold Rush Needs Scrutiny - Healthcare - Mobile & Wireless - Informationweek | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The apps market is growing exceptionally fast. Can you keep up with what are the best available apps-i.e. truly represent value for money?

 

What is the problem with this kind of booming market? It attracts not only the best and brightest but also IT developers looking for quick profits with minimal investment of resources. However steps are being taken to provide some balance to all of this, i.e. reliable information on value..........

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Facebook and organ donor status – Interesting discussion via k8lin.com

Facebook and organ donor status – Interesting discussion via k8lin.com | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Will the Facebook organ donation initiative actually lead to an actual increase in the dnor rate? What is the evidence to support this initiative leading to a sustained alteration in the rates of organ donation?

 

This interesting blog post about Facebook and organ donation has been sourced via Twitter from @k8lin http://t.co/UAkS51i7.......... If you have links to the organ donation sector this may be of interest.

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Transplanting Whole Cornea Not Always Necessary - Medical News Today

Transplanting Whole Cornea Not Always Necessary - Medical News Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What kind of surgical techniques are now being used to successfully transplant corneas? This update comes via Medical News Today.

 

Transplanting Whole Cornea Not Always Necessary. In 2010, over 42000 cornea transplants were carried out in the USA, in comparison with 12600 solid-organ transplants in 2008 that include the kidney, liver, lung, pancreas, heart, and small bowel. Hence corneal transplants are reasonably common and are very much an important treatment modality for restoring vision for some forms of eye disease ..........

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Scarring Cells Revert To Inactive State As Liver Heals

Scarring Cells Revert To Inactive State As Liver Heals | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Scarring in the liver contributes to cirrhosis, which in it's most severe form leads to morbidity and even mortality. Currently only liver transplantation is a viable treatment for severe cirrhosis in the absence of effective medications to either halt and/or reverse this scarring process within the liver.

 

Hence research which investigates how such scarring may be prevented or reversed is of interest. Although this report is on research performed in mice, it does provide a glimmer of hope that by understanding the cellular processes within the liver, that ultimately effective drug therapy can be developed to prevent even further damaging scarring(or liver fibrosis), from occurring.

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Hepatitis C Research and News: EASL 2012: New Data Suggests Interferon-Free Therapy Around the Corner for HCV Patients

Hepatitis C Research and News: EASL 2012: New Data Suggests Interferon-Free Therapy Around the Corner for HCV Patients | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Change is on the horizon for the management of patients with chronic hepatitis C. This has come about due to the development of new oral antiviral agents which have been subject to clinical trials.

 

Effective treatment of chronic hepatitis C in adults can be expected to reduce the demands for management of the ensuing chronic liver disease. This news update is via the EASL 2012 meeting.

 

Via RT @hcvresearchnews: EASL 2012: New Data Suggests Interferon-Free Therapy Around the Corner for HCV Patients http://t.co/jKBALVno #hepatitis #ILC2012...

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Training Professionals: If You are Not Alarmed, You Should Be - Human Capital Institute

Training Professionals: If You are Not Alarmed, You Should Be - Human Capital Institute | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

How effective is 'training' in the workplace? What are some of the reasons that workplace 'training' may not be achieving either the hoped for or the desired outcomes?

 

This Blog post via the Human Capital Institute makes for interesting reading.......... 

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Human Microbiome Project

Human Microbiome Project | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

By clicking on the banner headline you can access the information on the Human Microbiome project website.

 

For the first time a consortium of researchers has mapped the full community of microbes that inhabit the healthy human body -and there are far more microbes than you may have imagined- 

http://blogs.plos.org/everyone/2012/06/13/announcing-the-human-microbiome-project-collection/

 

 

 

A second  blog page containing multiple links to relevant scientific publications, blogs and news releases-

 

 

http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/human-microbiome-project-hmp-new-papers.html?spref=tw

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Proof of concept for next-generation nanoparticle drugs in humans : Nature Biotechnology : Nature Publishing Group

Proof of concept for next-generation nanoparticle drugs in humans : Nature Biotechnology : Nature Publishing Group | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What is known about the potential for nanotechnology in drug development? Can medication delivery for therapeutic purposes occur with the use of nanoparticle type drugs?

 

For these answers plus an interesting summary of what stage the current research on nanoparticle drugs has now reached please read on......

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Transplant Failure Portends Higher Mortality Risk - Renal and Urology News

Transplant Failure Portends Higher Mortality Risk - Renal and Urology News | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report is of an analysis of the United Kingdom Renal registry data presented at an international scientific meeting June 2012.

 

Patients starting dialysis after primary renal transplant graft failure and who are then  waitlisted for repeat transplantation have a higher risk of dying over the first three years, compared to patients waiting for their first renal transplant. There are a number of possible reasons for this result......

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Successful Change Management: 10 Steps

Successful Change Management: 10 Steps | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

 Want to see a short video on change management? This comes via Cranfield University.

 

Whilst managing change is a challenge that all organisations face at one time or another, it is never more important than in economically difficult times. Keeping afloat requires a proactive and realistic approach. These challenges are similar whether it be in business, government or in not for profit organisations?

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Using a D.M.V. Wait to Enroll Organ Donors | Health Magazine

Using a D.M.V. Wait to Enroll Organ Donors | Health Magazine | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

From Josh Haner-The New York Times- Waiting in line at the D.M.V. 

Are there barriers to individuals trying to make a decision on their status as a potential organ donor when renewing their drivers license? How can these barriers be addressed?

 

"Last summer I went to my local Department of Motor Vehicles to renew my driver's license.....It is hard to think about dying anywhere. It's particularly difficult in the middle of the D.M.V"

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Have management papers ever changed practice in healthcare? | Speaking of Medicine

Have management papers ever changed practice in healthcare? | Speaking of Medicine | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

If you have an interest in healthsector management this well written blog(with a list of references) may well resonate. What are some of the management challenges and can an understanding of the published academic management literature be of help?

 

Topics mentioned include: leadership, organisational knowledge and complex systems. 

 

This comes via the PlosMedicine community  Blog

http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/

 

 

 

 

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Secondary Stroke Prevention | Now@NEJM

Secondary Stroke Prevention | Now@NEJM | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

From the New England Journal of Medicine Blog a well written summary about secondary stroke prevention.

 

Patients with stroke are at high risk for subsequent vascular events, including recurrent stroke (highest risk), myocardial infarction, and death from other vascular events. As chronic kidney disease is a risk factor for vascular disease, cerebrovascular events do occur in both the dialysis and renal transplant populations, hence the relevance of this article.

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Pills Still Matter; So Does Biology -- Managing Expectations About Digital Health - Forbes

Pills Still Matter; So Does Biology -- Managing Expectations About Digital Health - Forbes | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What are more important medications or apps? Probably depends on whether you have a condition requiring medication, after all one cannot 'swallow' an app.

 

Digital health is not a magic answer to healthcare problems currently, but is an increasingly important part of an integrated solution. This fascinating article via Forbes explains why.......


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Pulseless Hearts and Living Patients via Medgadget

Pulseless Hearts and Living Patients via Medgadget | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Want to know how one of the types of artificial heart was developed? How much research did it take?

 

The good people at TEDMED have begun publishing videos from this year's newly reinvented conference. This selection of 3 videos includes the Heart Stop Beating video from the Texas Heart Institute outlining the non-pulsatile type of mechanical heart: the continuous flow heart pump.

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Transplant International - Volume 24, Issue 4 - Special Focus: Global Strategies to Meet the Organ Need - Wiley Online Library

Transplant International - Volume 24, Issue 4 - Special Focus: Global Strategies to Meet the Organ Need - Wiley Online Library | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Free access online via online.library.wiley.com  a Special Issue of Transplant International-Special Focus: Global Strategies to Meet the Organ Need.

 

Articles include a report from Spain as well as a report from the United States of America.

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Patient survival not impacted by liver transplants performed at night or on ... - EurekAlert (press release)

Patient survival not impacted by liver transplants performed at night or on ... - EurekAlert (press release) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What is the impact on patient survival of performing liver transplant out of hours compared to in hours? In this analysis from the United States (US)  there appears to be no  difference in patient outcomes.

 

This report of a new study, funded in part by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), shows that liver transplants performed at night or on weekends lead to the same outcomes ..........

 

This finding largely reflects the attention paid to managing both work processes and volumes by US liver transplant units, which is of major importance.

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Infective Endocarditis Involving Implanted Cardiac Devices Linked To More Complications

Infective Endocarditis Involving Implanted Cardiac Devices Linked To More Complications | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

An increasing number of patients are undergoing implantation of a range of artifical cardiac devices. One of the feared complications is infection.

 

The April 25 issue of JAMA reports that patients with infective endocarditis, an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, who have implanted cardiac devices have a higher rate of complications (RT @mnt_healthnews: Infective Endocarditis Involving Implanted...

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