In The News - Volume 1 - Issue 24 - December 27, 2015

Screening male kidney transplant candidates for prostate cancer may do more harm than good
Washington, DC (December 22, 2015) -- Screening male kidney transplant candidates for prostate cancer may be more harmful than protective because it does not appear to prolong their survival but may interfere with the transplant process. The findings come from a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).
Screening for prostate cancer by assessing prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels is highly controversial because PSA levels may be elevated in a variety of disease processes. Also, even in the general population, the benefits of early treatment interventions for prostate cancer are unclear.
Dec 22/15

Renal transplantation across the donor-specific antibody barrier: Graft outcome and cancer risk after desensitization therapy
Desensitization regimens including use of intravenous immune globulin and rituximab have been reported to overcome renal transplant hyperacute rejection. A retrospective case–control study was performed to assess the results and complications of renal transplantation with desensitization therapy for donor-specific antibody (DSA) in a transplant center in Asia, where donor exchange was usually not allowed.
Dec 22/15

New rules helping hard-to-match patients who need a kidney transplant
WASHINGTON - A shake-up of the nation's kidney transplant system means more organs are getting to patients once thought nearly impossible to match, according to early tracking of the new rules.
It's been a year since the United Network for Organ Sharing changed rules for the transplant waiting list, aiming to decrease disparities and squeeze the most benefit from a scarce resource: kidneys from deceased donors. Now data from UNOS shows that the changes are helping certain patients, including giving those expected to live the longest a better shot at the fittest kidneys.
Dec 21/15

India-Hospitals to get government aid for hiring transplant coordinators
In a bid to promote organ donation, Union ministry of health and family welfare has decided to provide financial assistance under the National Organ Transplant Programme (NOTP) for hiring transplant coordinators in hospitals and trauma centres.
Meanwhile, the government also awarded the best performing state, best NGO, best transplant coordinator and best hospitals and institutes who are working in the area of organ donation.
There is a huge gap between demand and supply of human organs for transplants and it is no secret. The government, however, is pressing hard to increase donation of cadaver organs to bridge the gap and save the lives people suffering from end-stage organ failure.
Dec 25/15