Scotland launches organ donor consultation

Doctors welcome ‘soft’ opt-out option Related items fromOnMedica Hundreds of families overrule deceased ’ wishes to donate organs Three people die every day due to organ donor shortage Wales introduces ‘deemed consent’ for organ donation Give us UK wide opt-out system for organ donation, say doctors ’ leaders Opt-out organ donation well-meant but ‘misguided’
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This article discusses the public debate on organ donation and presumed consent in Denmark, and asks whether the right issues are being addressed in the quest towards more available organs and better donor rates? Basing our considerations on the various arguments in the debate and on scientific findings, we question the potential benefits of presumed consent and challenge some of the assumptions and rationalizations that characterize the discussions in Denmark regarding public support, public trust and the role of the family in donation decisions. PMID: 30973069 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Scand J Public Health Source Type: research
In this study the effect of NMP perfusion fluid on survival, metabolism and function of thawed cryopreserved human (h)MSC and porcine (p)MSC in suspension conditions was studied. Suspension conditions reduced the viability of pMSC by 40% in both perfusion fluid and culture medium. Viability of hMSC was reduced by suspension conditions by 15% in perfusion fluid, whilst no differences were found in survival in culture medium. Under adherent conditions, survival of the cells was not affected by perfusion fluid. The perfusion fluid did not affect survival of fresh MSC in suspension compared to the control culture medium. The f...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
  When traditional treatments fail to heal wounds, many doctors look to modern alternatives to help patients recover. Regenerative medicine is one of the most recent developments to become a worthy treatment alternative. Here’s an overview of regenerative medicine and its role in wound care: What is regenerative medicine? The National Institutes of Health defines regenerative medicine as the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace lost tissue or organ function. Through regeneration, replacement and rejuvenation, regenerative-medicine techniques work with the body’s nat...
Source: Advanced Tissue - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Wound Care Wound healing Source Type: news
Gene-editing technology has accelerated progress on animal organ transplant to the point where scientists will soon begin the first human trialsScientist Wenning Qin holds up a Petri dish, carefully sloshes around the pink liquid inside, and slides it under a microscope. Some identical tiny slashes come into focus. These cells, she explains, are derived from the ear of a pig. And they may contain the future of animal to human organ transplantation.Researchers in South Korea are expected to transplant pig corneasinto humans within a year. A handful of groups across the US are also working toward pig organ clinical trials in...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Medical research Gene editing Science Health Organ donation Society Source Type: news
AbstractThe dead donor rule holds that removing organs from living human beings without their consent is wrongful killing. The rule still prevails in most countries, and I assume it without argument in order to pose the question: is it possible to have a metaphysically correct, clinically relevant analysis of human death that makes organ donation ethically permissible? I argue that the two dominant criteria of death —brain death and circulatory death—are both empirically and metaphysically inadequate as definitions of human death and therefore hold no epistemic value in themselves. I first set out a neo-Aristot...
Source: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: research
Kyle Froelich’s first search for a donor kidney ended in a fairy tale romance. In 2010, Chelsea Clair decided to give her kidney to Froelich—a man she’d never met—after hearing through a mutual friend that both of his were failing. The pair began seeing each other every day as Clair went through the donor testing process and eventually started dating after the transplant was complete. Kyle’s health returned, and they got married three years later, making headlines across the country. Now, however, the Indiana couple is back in the news for a less celebratory reason: the kidney Chelsea donated ...
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The Liberal government in Nova Scotia tabled legislation Tuesday that would make the province the first place in North America to have presumed consent for organ donation. Under the proposed system, people who do not want to donate their organs will have to opt out.
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Hospitals across the United States are holding honor walks to show respect to patients at the end of life who are donating organs to others.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Organ Donation Hospitals Grief (Emotion) Source Type: news
(WASHINGTON) — Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the AIDS virus who need a new organ. If other donors with HIV come forward, it could free up space on the transplant waiting list for everyone. Nina Martinez of Atlanta traveled to Johns Hopkins University to donate a kidney to an HIV-positive stranger, saying she “wanted to make a difference in somebody else’s life” and counter the stigma that too often still surrounds HIV infection. Many people think “somebody wit...
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Conclusions. Taken together, our results suggest that views of brain death continue to hamper organ donation, and are seemingly resistant to both time and legislation.
Source: Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Original Clinical Science—General Source Type: research
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