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AST launches new Web site with info for transplant recipients & caregivers; changes criteria for full membership.

The American Society of Transplantation (AST) has launched a new, user-friendly online resource designed to provide transplant recipients and their caregivers with information needed to not only avoid graft rejection but also achieve long term wellness.

Developed by a panel of leading transplant professionals, will address a wide range of topics, AST said in a press release announcing the launch of the new patient support service. Some topics include:

*Understanding graft rejection and taking steps to avoid it; *Recognizing and avoiding infection and cancer; *Enhancing quality of life; *Adherence to care programs including medications, diet and exercise, and visits with their healthcare team; and *Communications with the transplant team.

It also contains resources such as downloadable reference lists and customizable charts designed to help transplant recipients maintain healthy routines.

"Successful transplantation care reflects the coordinated efforts of our patients and a team of healthcare professionals. Every transplant recipient has a different experience and follows a different timeline for returning their lives to what one patient very accurately called a 'new normal'," said Jay Fishman, MD, chairman of the Health Transplant Program and associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. " provides patients and caregivers with the information they need from pre-transplant to post-operative care in one comprehensive resource."

The Healthy Transplant Program was made possible by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

AST revamps membership categories

The AST board of directors voted on July 25 to amend its bylaws and create a membership category of full member. The new category, which includes former associate and regular members, will provide full membership privileges to all who qualify for the category including allied health professionals who were previously relegated to associate member status.

The change will allow associate members to vote on matters brought before general membership and to hold office.

The announcement was made at a reception introducing AST's new Community of Allied Health Professionals, which was created to provide a forum for allied health professionals actively involved in transplantation.

"Allied health professionals play a vital role in patient care," observed Beverly Kosmach-Park, chair of the new community. "The Allied Health Professionals Community of Practice will encourage and promote knowledge sharing, networking and learning among nurses, coordinators, physician assistants and other health professionals."

For more information, log on to the AST Web site:
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Title Annotation:American Society of Transplantation
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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