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Organ Transplant

Where's The Safety Net? Living Organ Donors Are People, Too

Sigrid Fry-Revere | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Sigrid Fry-Revere

What ever happened to being honest and fair? Yes, people are dying who need organs, but living organ donors are people, too. Recent movements to encourage living organ donation are misdirected. What living organ donors need is a safety net.

It Takes a Village

Kenneth Moritsugu | Posted 06.16.2016 | Impact
Kenneth Moritsugu

Our family lost two beautiful lives, and we ended up saving eight others through the miracle of transplantation. For any donation to happen, there needs to be perfect coordination across healthcare professionals, from donor hospital nurses to administrators to organ recovery coordinators to transplant centers. Unfortunately, there are as many times when that doesn't work as when it does.

Living Donors and the True Power of Facebook Virality

Talia Baker | Posted 06.09.2016 | Impact
Talia Baker

When Rochelle, a patient at Northwestern University's Comprehensive Transplant Center, first learned that no one in her immediate family was a suitabl...

Buying Kidneys? Let's Treat Donors with Respect

Joshua Morrison | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Joshua Morrison

Treating organ donation like a market exchange raises troubling questions. This is why pilots need to be carefully designed. But given the death toll, it would be almost criminal not to test every possible ethical solution.

Gridlock: The Inability to do Research in Deceased Donors to Improve Transplant Organ Quality and Quantity

Dr. Sandy Feng | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Dr. Sandy Feng

It is up to the transplant community to affirm, loud and clear, that the lack of organs for transplant is a desperate and unmet need, and that innovative research is necessary to bridge the gap.

Organ Donation Registration, Meet the 21st Century

Simon Keith | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Simon Keith

The organ donation and transplantation system in the United States is working... sometimes. For those that receive the gift of life (including yours t...

People Die Waiting For Organs. Here's How To Stop That From Happening

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 05.24.2016 | Science

More than 121,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant. Some will sit in limbo for as many as five years before receiving an organ. ...

Dolls Get 'Donated' Limbs From Other Toys To Teach Kids About Transplants

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 05.16.2016 | Good News

A new project has pinned down a brilliant way to teach kids about organ transplants. A Japanese organization called Second Life Toys collects broken s...

Before-And-After Photos Of Kids Show Why Organ Donation Is So Important

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.18.2016 | Parents

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. That's why Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CH...

7 Sobering Organ Donation Stats Everyone Should Know

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 04.15.2016 | Healthy Living

Organ and tissue donation are not popular topics of conversation. It’s hard to discuss or even consider end-of-life care with loved ones, but it’s...

The Search For A ‘Perfect’ Organ Cost My Wife Her Life

Brian L. Clark | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Brian L. Clark

Waiting for someone else to die so your spouse can live is an awful position. But that's exactly what we were doing, hoping to take advantage of someone else's misfortune. Looking back, it's clear the transplant system in this country is an abject disaster.

Why People Are Traveling Around The World To See A Doctor

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 02.17.2016 | World

You've likely heard of medical tourism -- when individuals travel abroad to obtain health care they find too costly or delayed at home. What you might...

New Report Evaluates Medical Marijuana Programs Nation-wide

Steph Sherer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Steph Sherer

State lawmakers now have the tools they need to improve medical cannabis programs to truly meet the needs of the patients they are meant to serve.

Transplant: A Gift of Life With the Support of Science

Kelly Fanarioti | Posted 01.27.2016 | Science
Kelly Fanarioti

The story of Zoi Kostarides could surely be the script of a movie, as it is the story of the first woman in Greece who has ever undergone a transplant operation and despite the doctors' objections, she got pregnant and gave birth to a healthy little boy. Her health problem was made known to her by some medical examinations she had when she was thirteen years old.

Transplant: The Unexpected Continues

Tam Warner Minton | Posted 12.21.2015 | Fifty
Tam Warner Minton

View post on imgur.com HA! I know how that dude feels! My husband, Randy, is two years post double lung transplant. A double lung transplant is a ve...

A Legacy of Life: The Miracle on 34th Street Remembered

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Patrice Bendig

The staples that mark the essence of the holiday season occur like clockwork on an annual basis-and are not dependent on any particular person. Despit...

Ganesh and Daksha: Paradigms for Xenotransplants?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 12.01.2015 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

It is not uncommon to hear that the myths of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, and of Daksha, the goat-headed god found in the Hindus Puranas, are Hindu endorsements of xeno-transplantation.

The Need for Organ Donors Is Urgent and Growing

Ellery Payton | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
Ellery Payton

I was lucky enough to receive a kidney transplant from a member of my congregation. It was truly a lifesaving gift, one that allowed me to be the father my son needed. On behalf of the 101,000 kidney patients waiting for a kidney transplant, thank you for considering the gift of life.

The Legend of Bud Clever...

Dan Duffy | Posted 09.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dan Duffy

"Sixteen hundred!" Two Saturdays ago, Victor "Bud" Clever found himself at a charity event bidding on a black Labrador. As the the auctioneer barked ...

Scientists Use DNA 'Velcro' To Print Human Tissue In The Lab

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 09.04.2015 | Science

We need more organs. At any given moment, more than 123,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant. Each year, 6,500 of them die for want of a ...

Why We Need a Market for Organs

Sabrina Zurga | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Sabrina Zurga

Everyday, 21 people die because they cannot secure an organ for transplant-- and this number is on the rise. A burgeoning black market for organs fills this gap between supply and demand.

Singledom to Single Motherhood: The Curse of Raw, Unsalted Sunflower Seeds

Joey Hoffman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Joey Hoffman

I've gone vegan, vegetarian and periodically nix wheat, gluten, and sugar, all which give me vile headaches and make me look and feel like Mr. Creosote, the exploding fat man in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Why did I choose these strategies? Not strictly to lose weight, but to gain mental health.

Love and Alka-Seltzer: The Transplant and the Tween

Joey Hoffman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Joey Hoffman

Flying into Omaha now, I see the skyline (which I call, The Building) and still pine for my Manhattan. But I've realized that home is an internal state, and I've realized that a city girl can thrive outside her natural habitat, as long as she's got love -- and Alka-Seltzer.

African-Americans Receive Heart Transplants at Hospitals With Poor Performance Track Records

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

So how do patients decide where to have their heart transplants performed? And wouldn't a person who needs a heart transplant choose to go to a top center? Quality is obviously a major factor. But there is another big consideration in deciding where to get a transplant: accessibility.

Basic Facts of Cord Blood Banking

Anita Mirchandani | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Anita Mirchandani

At my first doctor appointment, my OBGYN brought up the topic and initially, my husband and I thought it was a no-brainer. However, as time progressed, I became curious and slightly skeptical.