Transplant Games celebrate recipients, donors and families | Physicians are willing donors, Canadian study finds | First U.K. hand-transplant patient doing well, says surgeon
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July 16, 2014
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Transplant Games celebrate recipients, donors and families
The Donate Life Transplant Games of America in Houston brought together hundreds of transplant recipients as well as donors and their families from across the U.S. The biennial event promotes awareness of eye, tissue and organ transplantation. The experience was emotionally powerful for the families of deceased donors, who "are treated like royalty," reports kidney donor Jim Melwert of radio station KYW in Philadelphia. The Washington Times/The Associated Press (7/16), KYW-AM (Philadelphia) (7/15), KYW-AM (Philadelphia) (7/15)
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Physicians are willing donors, Canadian study finds
An Ontario, Canada, study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that doctors registered as tissue and organ donors at almost twice the rate of the general public. Physicians were also less likely to exclude particular tissues or organs from donation compared with other donors. HealthDay News (7/15)
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First U.K. hand-transplant patient doing well, says surgeon
Hand-transplant patient Mark Cahill is using his hand "very naturally and very well" 18 months after surgery, according to surgeon Simon Kay. Kay performed the surgery, which was the first single-hand transplant in the country, and said four more U.K. patients are being prepared for hand transplants. The Scotsman (Edinburgh) (7/10)
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Military advances 3D printing for wounded warriors
The Defense Department is funding research in three areas of 3D facial reconstruction surgery: models to accelerate surgery, facial skin generation and hard tissue repair and regeneration. 3D-printed facial models provide surgeons with a close model on which to base their work, and some new soldiers' features are scanned before their first missions. Skin can be regenerated on a custom mask made of polycaprolactone covered with a collagen-based matrix, and researchers have made progress in creating bone matrices. (7/10)
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Government & Regulatory
Why donation registration materials should be updated for faces, hands
The Health Resources and Services Administration recently expanded the definition of an organ for procurement and transplantation to include vascularized composite allografts, including faces, arms, hands, legs, abdominal walls and larynxes. The face and hands are markers of personal identity, and policies and consent forms related to the donation of other tissue and organs may need to be updated, write Vassar College professor Eric Trump and Hastings Center bioethics research scholar Karen Maschke. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/10)
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U.S. begins safety trial of antibiotic
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease has initiated an early-stage clinical trial of the safety of the new oral antibiotic CRS3123, which is being developed as a treatment for Clostridium difficile infections. The 30-patient placebo-controlled trial is expected to be completed by March. (7/10)
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Global antibiotics use rises 36%, study finds
A study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases found a 36% increase in the world's antibiotics use driven by economic growth in Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa. Consumption of broad-spectrum antibiotics increased sharply. Researchers called for global guidelines and a reporting system for antibiotic use. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (7/10)
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Deadline extended for AATB Sell, Mowe and Hyatt Awards until Friday
  • The Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award recognizes an AATB member for outstanding contribution to the profession of tissue banking and/or transplantation through research, education or laboratory improvement.
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