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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 barke...

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...

Why We Need a Market for Organs

Sabrina Zurga | Posted 06.22.2015 | 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.

Mom Told To Remove Car Sign For Daughter In Need Of Kidney, Could Face Fine

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact

Controversy over a mom's attempt to save her daughter's life -- and the magnetic car sign she's using to do it -- is shining the spotlight on one New...

The Real Miracle on 34th Street

Patrice Bendig | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Patrice Bendig

How did a 31 year-old Tennessee woman, who is mother of seven children -- one critically ill --become best friends with a single, 24 year-old from Philadelphia? Two years later, I'm still trying to sort that out myself.

The Simple Difference: Close Cultural and Linguistic Gaps to Save Lives of Hispanics

Juan Carlos Caicedo, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Juan Carlos Caicedo, M.D.

Your life should not depend on your ability to understand the doctor's written instructions. Simply not having a Spanish-speaking health care provider answering critical care questions can mean a patient will suffer and likely die. This is a problem getting bigger every day.

Extraordinary Altruism: Who Gives a Kidney to a Stranger?

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Making a living kidney donation is not risk-free, which is why it's called extraordinary altruism. Fewer than one in 10,000 people take such a step, so it's been almost impossible to study the social and psychological precursors of this action. Until now.

Hand And Face Transplants To Be Regulated Like Other Organs

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure your liver or kidney could save someone's life. But would you donate your hands, or your face? Signing up to become an organ ...

Dare to Be 100: Before I Die, Transplant Me

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

A few weeks ago I got involved in the discussion about Time magazine's cover story "Can Google Solve Death?" The immortalists chimed in with the usual...

Rare 5-Organ Transplant Gives Toddler New Lease On Life

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

At just 3 years old, Adonis Ortiz has already endured more medical problems than most people do in an entire lifetime. But hopefully those will be ...

Paying People for Kidneys: Is It Ethical?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The shortage of available kidneys for transplantation leaves many people on burdensome dialysis for years, while others die awaiting a functioning kidney. Still, a thriving business takes place underground and in black markets worldwide.

Son Gets Extremely Unusual Gift From Late Mom

Posted 10.25.2013 | Miami

Many parents hope to help their children see the world more clearly, but one Miami mother was literally able to make that happen in her dying wish. ...

A Weirder Than Usual Week, Even by Chinese Standards

Tony Phillips | Posted 10.22.2013 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

China's central government is powerful -- but not as powerful as Hollywood.

UPDATE: Dying Teen Denied Heart Transplant Due To Low Grades, Legal Troubles

Posted 08.14.2013 | Black Voices

UPDATE: After initially being denied a spot on the heart transplant list for reasons that his family say were tied to performance in school and run-in...

Organ Transplant Vote Seeks Medical And Legal Balance

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living

PITTSBURGH — Faced with a federal judge's order in the heart-wrenching cases of two terminally ill children seeking lung transplants, a national...