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2011-10-11 08:40:00

New national goal set to register 20 million more by the end of 2012 RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Donate Life America (DLA) announced today that a key goal set by the donation and transplant community in 2006 was achieved this month. The United States can now boast that 100 million Americans -- roughly 42 percent of the adult population -- are registered as organ, eye and tissue donors in state donor registries. Growth in the number of registered donors is...

2011-10-11 08:00:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AlloSource, (www.allosource.org) a leading developer, processor and distributor of bone and soft-tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures around the world, today announced that its educational website focused on tissue donation www.allograftpossibilities.org, is the winner of two marketing awards from the American Association of Tissue Banks, (AATB), a professional, non-profit, scientific and educational organization and the only...

2011-10-07 11:05:31

Hearts used in transplants can only be sourced from donors that are brain dead before circulation to their heart has ceased. Data from a study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care indicate that the time at which organ donation in brain dead donors is first discussed with family members could affect whether or not they consent to donation. The researchers believe that discussing the issue of donation with relatives of victims of catastrophic brain injury earlier...

2011-10-06 09:13:12

Investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a novel protocol that allows kidney-transplant recipients to jettison their indispensable immune-suppressing drugs. The protocol could also spell substantial savings to the health-care system. The researchers have reported their progress in a letter that will be published Oct. 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Eight of the 12 patients discussed in the small study have now been off of immunosuppressant drugs...

2011-10-04 09:40:52

Regional and temporal variations in organ donation across the UK (secondary analyses of databases) doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000055] There are significant variations in the number and type of organ donations made across all four UK countries, reveals research published online in BMJ Open. The research team analysed data from NHS Blood & Transplant for all four UK countries for the period 1990 to 2009, and compared data on registration and donation from other European countries....

2011-09-28 14:03:59

Transplant centers with higher volumes achieve better risk-adjusted survival rates The shortage of available organs for transplantation has driven up use of high-risk donor livers. New research published in the October issue of Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, reported that high volume transplant centers more frequently utilized livers with a high donor risk index, but achieved better risk-adjusted graft and recipient survival...

2011-09-27 14:53:13

Patients with liver cancer and low MELD scores may not find similar benefit New research shows liver transplantation candidates without hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) derive a greater survival benefit from a living donor liver transplant (LDLT) than waiting for a deceased donor liver transplant (DDLT). The study now available in the October issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, reports that...

2011-09-15 15:15:00

Help beat Ohio State and "Be a Hero at the Big House" Nov. 16 at U-M's largest drive for organ, blood, tissue and bone marrow donors ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tucker Schumacher was just a baby when his parents got the nightmarish news. Their little guy was very sick, and just to survive, he needed a crucial organ transplant. At 14 months old, little Tucker got a liver transplant at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Now he's 18, entering his senior year of...

2011-09-09 13:34:02

Reducing mortality of patients on transplantation waitlist is top priority Transplantation specialists have proposed changes to the allocation and distribution of organs used for liver transplants. The recommended policy modifications take into account the scarcity of available organs, ensuring rapid allocation and delivery of the organ to those most in need in order to reduce mortality for waitlisted patients. Details of the proposed model are available in the September issue of Liver...

2011-09-08 13:05:00

National study investigates possible new option to increase transplantable lung supply BALTIMORE, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center have transplanted the first lungs treated in the United States with an experimental repair process before transplantation. The procedure is part of a five-center national clinical research trial to evaluate the efficacy of repairing, before transplant, lungs that might otherwise have been passed...