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Centralizing organ removal may benefit transplants

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 02:53 Published in Health & Fitness
   Transplant medicine could be on the cusp of a new way to accomplish a critical task -- efficiently getting the organ from the donor and into the recipient.
   An experiment in the Midwest suggests bringing the donors to the doctors is better than the decades old method of surgeons traveling to far-off hospitals and rushing back to transplant harvested organs.
   A study out today reports on liver transplants from the nation's first free-standing organ retrieval center. Nearly all organ donors now are transported to Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis from a region including parts of Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.
   The study finds the centralization saves money and that the livers spend less time outside the donor's body, which in theory improves the odds of success.
   Transplant experts say this could become a new standard, and groups in several areas are exploring it.

Mardi Gras underway in St. Louis

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 02:41 Published in Around Town

   St. Louisans are getting geared up for one of the rites of spring....Mardi Gras.  Finishing touches are being put on the floats this week as Krewes get ready for Saturday's parade.  

   The festivities officially kicked off with the Taste of Soulard and Sunday's Pet Parade.

   The party continues with the Mayor's Mardi Gras Ball at City Hall this Friday night and then the Parade on Saturday.  

   The Fat Tuesday Parade will wrap up the pre-Lenten celebration when it marches down Washington Ave. on March 4.

   St. Louis' annual Mardi Gras celebration is one of the largest in the nation.

   A complete schedule of events, along with parking information and parade routes can be found at the St. Louis Mardi Gras website.

   A former St. Louis County prosecutor who resigned amid a federal investigation in December isn't suspected of any wrongdoing.  

   An attorney for John Quarenghi told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client had stepped down to spare the office any embarrassment after learning that his electronic communications with paralegal Jillian Nichols were being examined by federal investigators.  

   Nichols was indicted last week (Feb. 19) on charges of wire fraud and lying to the FBI.  She's accused of offering a sexual assault defendant favoritism from an unnamed prosecutor in exchange for $10,000.  

   Officials say Quarenghi wasn't involved in Nichols scheme, but had dated her.

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