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Released: 25-May-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Transplant Patients Need to be Examined by a Dermatologist: The American Dermatological Association endorses enhanced Screening, Surveillance, and Prevention of Skin Cancer and Skin Infection in Patients with Solid Organ Transplants
American Dermatological Association

Skin cancer and skin infection are significantly more likely in solid organ transplant patients compared to patients with normal immune system function. Almost 40,000 organ transplants were performed in the United States in 2019, a 9% increase over 2018.

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11-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Steep Decline in Organ Transplants Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

France and the United States have experienced a tremendous reduction in the number of organ donations and transplant procedures since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. By early April, transplant centers in both countries were conducting far fewer deceased donor transplants compared to just one month earlier, with the number of procedures dropping by 91 percent in France and 50 percent in the United States.

Newswise: Immune System Discovery Paves Way to Lengthen Organ Transplant Survival
Released: 8-May-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Immune System Discovery Paves Way to Lengthen Organ Transplant Survival
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

A new discovery in mice shows the innate immune system has "memory," previously thought to be a unique feature of the adaptive immune system. Blocking this memory prevented transplanted organs from being rejected, providing a way to more specific drugs that could lengthen organ transplant survival.

1-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Study Examines Factors Affecting Racial Disparities Before Kidney Transplantation
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• Among adults with kidney failure who were referred for transplantation, 60% of black and 66% of white patients were waitlisted within the first year. Differences in socioeconomic status and comorbidities between black and white patients could explain up to 58% of the disparity in listing. • Fewer black patients on transplant wait lists received transplants compared with white patients, but differences in socioeconomic status and comorbidities did not explain this disparity.

Released: 5-May-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Viruses from poo can help combat obesity and diabetes
University of Copenhagen

Obese mice with unhealthy lifestyles gain significantly less weight and avoid type 2 diabetes when they receive viruses transplanted from the stool of lean mice. These are the findings of a new University of Copenhagen study.

Newswise: Researchers receive $2.8 million grant to develop blood-based test for liver transplant candidate selection
Released: 27-Apr-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Researchers receive $2.8 million grant to develop blood-based test for liver transplant candidate selection
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Researchers from the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center received a $2.8 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to help develop a blood-based test to improve the selection and prioritization for patients with liver cancer who need a liver transplantation.

19-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Does Patient’s Distance to Transplant Centers Affect Likelihood of Being Considered for Transplantation?
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• In an analysis of information on adults who began treatment for kidney failure at any Georgia, North Carolina, or South Carolina dialysis facility, the distance from a patient’s residence to the nearest transplant center did not appear to affect the likelihood of transplant-related referrals and evaluations.

Released: 23-Mar-2020 12:45 PM EDT
UCI team demonstrates ability to supercharge cells with mitochondrial transplantation
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., March 23, 2020 – Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have shown that they can give cells a short-term boost of energy through mitochondrial transplantation. The team’s study, published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that mitochondrial transplantation could one day be employed to cure various cardiovascular, metabolic and neurodegenerative disorders – and even offer a new approach to the treatment of cancer.

Newswise: Mimicking Cancer’s Evasive Tactics, Microparticles Show Promise Against Transplant Rejection
8-Mar-2020 9:00 PM EDT
Mimicking Cancer’s Evasive Tactics, Microparticles Show Promise Against Transplant Rejection
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Inspired by a tactic cancer cells use to evade the immune system, University of Pittsburgh researchers have engineered tiny particles that can trick the body into accepting transplanted tissue as its own, while leaving the immune system intact.


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