In The News - Volume 2 - Issue 6 - February 7, 2016

Measuring serum lipids post-transplantation may help predict regeneration and segmental graft dysfunction among living donor liver transplant recipients, according to data published in Liver Transplantation.
“Hepatic regeneration requires substantial de novo lipid synthesis, and we previously reported that expression of lipid-related genes is dysregulated in [living donor liver transplantation],” Kim M. Olthoff, MD, of the department of surgery, University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues wrote. “Here, we compare serum lipid measurements in 41 [living donor liver transplant] recipients and 43 [deceased donor liver transplant] recipients at baseline and at serial post-transplant time points.”
Feb 1/16

Zika outbreak: NHS bans blood donations for 28 days after travel
Donors must wait for a month after travelling to zika infected countries to give blood while organ transplants will be banned if symptoms were present.
The NHS has banned travellers from giving blood for 28 days after they have returned from zika infected countries over fears that the disease could be passed on.
Doctors have also been warned not to transplant organs from people who travelled recently to countries if they have shown any symptoms. There is now a ban on using the organs of living donors who have tested positively for zika, or those who died while infected with the virus.
Feb 3/16

Baylor Becomes Third American Hospital To Pursue Birth Via A Transplanted Uterus
Baylor University Medical Center last week announced plans to become the third hospital in the country to deliver a healthy baby with a transplanted uterus.
The forthcoming clinical trial will include 10 women between the ages of 20 and 35 who either have a nonfunctioning uterus or lack one entirely. Called absolute uterine factor infertility, it affects an estimated 1 million American women—about 15 percent of the country’s female population of 62 million. The 10 women must have intact ovaries and a desire to have either one or two children. Prior to studies like these, the only options these eligible women had would be to adopt or find a surrogate.
Feb 2/16

Turkey’s third double arm transplant performed in Antalya
Turkish doctors at Antalya’s Akdeniz University performed the country’s third double arm transplant in an 11-hour operation on Feb. 2, with initial reports indicating the recipient is in good medical condition. 
A group of medics headed by Dr. Ömer Özkan and Dr. Özlenen Özkan operated on 29-year-old Mustafa Sağır between 12 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, conducting a double arm transplant for the third time in the country’s medical history. 
The health team consisted of 35 health professionals, including an orthopedist, a hand surgeon, an anesthesiologist, four dentists, 10 assistants, 10 nurses, five health technicians and an organ transplant coordinator. 
Feb 3/16

Organ donor registration to become faster
The Turnbull government hopes to triple the number of organ donors in Australia with an online tool designed to make it faster to join the donor register.
Currently, people must sign up to become an organ donor online with their Medicare number and address. The Department of Human Services then mails the person a paper form, which must be signed and returned by post. 
Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash will on Tuesday announce an online process that will allow people to register as organ donors as part of Medicare's online services on the the government's MyGov website. 
Feb 1/16