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Organ Transplant

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...

Judge's Ruling Challenges Nation's Organ Transplant System

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON -- It's a life or death matter: Who gets the next scarce donated organ? In an unprecedented challenge to the nation's transplant system, a ...

New Device Keeps Liver Alive Outside Body

XPRIZE | Posted 07.20.2013 | Technology

By Peter Murray Contributor, Singularity University. In what's being called a medical first, doctors were able to keep a liver functioning outside t...

Sean's Gift: Finding Hope In Unexpected Ways After the Loss of My Son

Marie LaPersonerie | Posted 07.14.2013 | Good News
Marie LaPersonerie

Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a child, which is why I never would have guessed that allowing my son's organs to be donated, and thus, letting him live on through the lives of total strangers, would provide the comfort to get through my toughest days.

Good News About Organ Transplantation and Kidney Disease

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 07.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Researchers created an artificial rat kidney in the laboratory that was then transplanted into another rat and ultimately produced urine -- a huge advance in the field of bioengineering.

It's Not What Happens To You That Matters, It's How You React

Todd Storch | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Todd Storch

Hope is a very powerful thing, and as a father that has lost a child, sometimes it is the only thing. I began to realize that with my business and marketing background, I could help. Within weeks after Taylor's funeral, I filed the appropriate paperwork to being what is called Taylor's Gift Foundation.

Robyn Baitcher

Waiting For A Baby's Heart Transplant: One Mom's Story | Robyn Baitcher | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents

It was New Year's Eve 2006, and Marnie Blakey couldn't get rid of an extremely troubling thought that kept bubbling to the top of her mind. "There ...