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2013-11-19 16:26:00

Senate Bill 850 reported out of Senate Judiciary Committee HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Donate Life PA Act" (Senate Bill 850/ House Bill 30) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today and now moves to the full State Senate. The bill includes provisions to educate students in medical and nursing schools, high schools and colleges to create more awareness about organ donation, reinforces that organ transplantation is a priority over other uses of...

2013-04-18 21:25:28

Support for altruistic kidney donation has more than doubled since 2001; support for all types of organ donation increasing Good news for anyone needing a transplant; a new Mayo Clinic survey shows that the public's support for both living and deceased organ donation is increasing. Eighty-four percent of respondents said they would be very or somewhat likely to consider donating a kidney or a portion of their liver to a close friend or family member in need, and an astounding 49 percent...

2013-02-12 20:21:25

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While flowers, dinner and chocolate work as gifts for some couples this Valentine's Day, one Kansas City couple had a very unique gift experience. Taesha Benson granted her boyfriend, Travis Spire-Sweet, the ultimate gift of love: her left kidney. Travis, an acupuncturist, had suffered chronic kidney problems since birth. Having been born with only 25 percent of a functioning kidney, Travis wasn't expected to live past his first birthday....

2012-05-23 20:05:27

Loyola University Medical Center researchers are reporting one of the first studies to examine how patients and families are soliciting living kidney donors on Facebook. Researchers examined 91 Facebook pages that were seeking kidney donations for patients ranging in age from 2 to 69. Twelve percent of the pages reported receiving a kidney transplant and 30 percent reported that potential donors had stepped forward to be tested to determine whether they were compatible. One page...

2012-03-12 11:38:15

A Michigan State University anthropologist who spent more than a year infiltrating the black market for human kidneys has published the first in-depth study describing the often horrific experiences of poor people who were victims of organ trafficking. Monir Moniruzzaman interviewed 33 kidney sellers in his native Bangladesh and found they typically didn´t get the money they were promised and were plagued with serious health problems that prevented them from working, shame and...

2011-11-16 07:32:48

Head to Head: Is it unethical for doctors to encourage healthy adults to donate a kidney to a stranger? With three people on the kidney transplant list dying in the UK every day, should doctors encourage their patients to put themselves at risk for the benefit of others? Two experts debate the issue on bmj.com today. Associate Professor Walter Glannon from the University of Calgary argues that, although living kidney donation is relatively safe, "this does not imply that doctors should...

2010-09-08 18:12:00

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Texas Transplant Institute kidney transplant program at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital (MSTH) in San Antonio, Texas, home of the nation's largest live donor kidney transplant program in 2009*, published in today's New England Journal of Medicine that they have increased access to live donor kidney transplantation by 34% with kidney paired donation (KPD). The paired donor program identifies living donors who wish to...

2010-01-25 16:45:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As the accomplishments and sacrifices of African Americans in Pennsylvania are celebrated during Black History Month, more than 2,550 individuals from the African-American community in need of organ or tissue transplantation face an uncertain future. A shortage of organ and tissue donors means nearly 60 percent of those needing a transplant will wait for more than a year. Many can expect to wait for more than five years. Waiting for matched organs...

2009-07-31 12:39:00

Association of Organ Procurement Organizations Salutes Givers of Life, Urges Donor Designation on National Minority Donor Awareness Day, Aug. 1 MCLEAN, Va., July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the eve of National Minority Donor Awareness Day, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) called attention to the important role that minorities play in saving the lives of transplant candidates and addressing the ever-growing need for donation in multicultural communities...

2009-06-24 14:06:47

Almost half of kidney transplant candidates older than 60 who are put on the waiting list for a deceased-donor organ will die before getting a transplant, according to new findings from the University of Florida, Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.Wait times to receive a deceased donor kidney transplant have increased over the years, but this study is the first to define and quantify what this wait time means for older patients. Researchers suggest that some candidates...