Luke's legacy: Brandon family hopes to raise awareness about organ donation following son's death
Aimee Hatcher says her son Luke had a big heart and was the type of kid who would give the shirt off his back to a friend in need. Knowing that, she said, made the decision to donate his organs after a tragic accident a lot easier. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Organ donation: new technique can preserve human livers for a week
Week-long storage boosts time organs are usable and distances over which they can be movedHuman livers from organ donors can now be preserved for a week, researchers have revealed, a dramatic improvement on previous techniques, which could only keep the organs usable for a matter of hours.The technology could boost the number of livers available for transplantation and offer new approaches to treating diseases such asliver cancer.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Organ donation Medical research Health Society Science World news Source Type: news

Kidney Swaps Are Revolutionizing a Broken Organ-Donation System in the U.S.
2017 ended as a banner year for my family, but things didn’t look great at the start. A death sentence met us in a boxing ring, and we had to school ourselves on fighting to live. I never thought much about the 37 million American adults who suffer from kidney disease until my husband Neil became one of them. Celebrating our first year of marriage in 2001, we learned by accident through an unrelated medical exam that my husband has polycystic kidney disease, an illness which causes the kidneys to fill with cysts over time, rendering the organs unable to function properly. There is no cure. There was nothing to do but...
Source: TIME: Health - November 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Emmott Tags: Uncategorized health Healthcare medicine public health Source Type: news

Boston Hospital Completes First African American Full Facial Transplant
BOSTON (CNN) — Robert Chelsea just got a new face, and with it, he is the latest milestone in the burgeoning world of facial transplant surgery. He is the first African American to receive a full facial transplant, with a successful surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. A black patient in Paris received a partial face transplant in 2007. At 68 years old, he’s the oldest person to undergo the surgery as well. “It’s a great wonder,” Chelsea told CNN in a phone interview on Friday. “This whole process gave me a whole new dimension on seeing myself.” After the standa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Offbeat Syndicated CBSN Boston Brigham and Women's Hospital Source Type: news

He ’s the First African American to Receive a Face Transplant. His Story Could Change Health Care
Robert Chelsea turned down the first face he was offered. It was a fine face, one that could have taken him off the transplant waiting list after just a couple months. But Chelsea—severely disfigured after a catastrophic car accident five years earlier—was in no hurry. He’d gotten used to tilting his head back so food and water wouldn’t fall out of his nearly lipless mouth. He knew how to respond compassionately to children who stared in shock and fear. The face, offered in May 2018, had belonged to a man with skin that was much fairer than what remained of Chelsea’s—so light that Chelse...
Source: TIME: Health - October 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Healthcare Source Type: news

Organ donation week: what we all need to know
One organ donor can save or transform the lives of up to nine people. But sadly every day in the UK, three people die in need of an organ. Organ donation week is now on and runs until Sunday 8 September, and there’s something important everyone should know: in spring 2020, the law on organ donation is changing. All adults will be automatically opted-in as a donor, unless they state otherwise. UNISON NHS Blood and Transplant Chair Bev Easton, explains: “The sensitivity with organ donation comes from the fact that, when a loved one is passing away, it’s such an emotional time. Friends and families can becom...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 4, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article blood and transplant health NHS organ donation Source Type: news

Families urged to speak openly about organ donation
As many as 2,500 more organs could be made available if donors made their wishes clear to relatives Related items fromOnMedica Opt-out organ donation well-meant but ‘misguided’ England considering opt-out system for organ donation Doubts over opt-out donation scheme ‘Give a heart’ for Valentine’s Day Wales votes for opt-out on organ donation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The US Is Throwing Away At Least 3,500 Donated Kidneys Every Year, Study Finds
(CNN) — There are currently 93,000 people in the United States on a waiting list for a donated kidney, yet at least 3,500 donated kidneys are discarded every year, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The lack of organs for kidney failure patients is a major public health problem and one that President Donald Trump addressed in July when he signed an executive order promising to transform kidney care in this country. More than 37 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and roughly 5,000 die each year while on the kidney waiting list. That’s about 12 people each day,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN kidney donation Source Type: news

Organ donation: 'My hero, he gave me his liver'
Tom Wilson died after an accident during a hockey match, but his organs and tissues have saved more than 50 people. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Trump ’s Executive Order Could Save Lives by Transforming How the U.S. Treats Kidney Disease
President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order aimed at streamlining the overburdened kidney care and transplantation system—a move meant to “bring new hope to millions of Americans suffering from kidney disease,” Trump said. The policy is intended to improve kidney care in three major ways: by emphasizing more effective and convenient treatments; making more kidneys available for transplant; and improving preventive care and education with the goal of reducing the number of people who develop end-stage renal disease by 25% by 2030. Kidney disease tends not to attract as much attention as o...
Source: TIME: Health - July 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized medicine onetime White House Source Type: news

Meet the "guardian angel" who's donated two of his organs
More than 100,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant. Statistics show that while 95% of Americans say they support organ donation, only 58% are actually signed up as a donor. But one man, James Neal, has given two organs away: he donated a kidney in 2016 and has now given part of his liver to a total stranger. Nikki Battiste reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Journal Publishes Concern About Study Using Forced Organ Donation Journal Publishes Concern About Study Using Forced Organ Donation
An earlier Australian study urges medical journals to retract transplantation studies that likely used organs harvested from executed Chinese prisoners.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - June 25, 2019 Category: Surgery Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Medical Assistance in Dying and Organ Donation Should Be Separate Decisions Medical Assistance in Dying and Organ Donation Should Be Separate Decisions
The decisions to seek medical assistance in dying (MAiD) and to offer organs and tissues for transplant should be separate, according to guidelines proposed by Canadian organizations.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplantation News Source Type: news

Like ‘ Uber for Organs ’ : Drone Delivers Kidney to Maryland Woman
A team at the University of Maryland is developing drone technology to deliver organs faster and give doctors timely updates on their transit. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KAREN ZRAICK Tags: Kidneys Organ Donation Transplants Drones (Pilotless Planes) United Network for Organ Sharing University of Maryland Joseph Scalea Trina Glispy Source Type: news

Which parts should be left out of new organ donor scheme?
The Department of Health and Social Care is asking people for their views about which organs and tissues should be excluded from the new opt-out organ donation system. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - April 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Consumer Health: Answers to questions about organ donation
Organ donation: Don't let these myths confuse you Over 100,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. It's estimated that every day 20 patients in the U.S. die because of the lack of donor organs. Being an organ donor is a generous and worthwhile decision that [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 26, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

What is regenerative medicine and how can it promote wound healing?
  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 - April 9, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound healing Source Type: news

Using animal organs in humans: 'It's just a question of when'
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 - April 3, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Karen Weintraub in Cambridge, Massachusetts Tags: Medical research Gene editing Science Health Organ donation Society Source Type: news

He Married His Kidney Donor. But Now, He Needs Another Kidney
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 ...
Source: TIME: Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized medicine Source Type: news

Nova Scotia to become 1st in North America with presumed consent for organ donation
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. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Doctors: Rituals of Honor in Hospital Hallways
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)
Source: NYT Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TIM LAHEY, M.D. Tags: Organ Donation Hospitals Grief (Emotion) Source Type: news

Doctors Perform First Organ Transplant Between Living HIV-Positive Donor and Recipient
(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...
Source: TIME: Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: LAURAN NEERGAARD / AP Tags: Uncategorized Medical Procedures onetime Source Type: news

Opt-out organ donation gets royal approval and WILL become law from 2020 
From next year the NHS will assume adults are happy for their organs to be donated to seriously ill patients unless they say otherwise – currently people have to actively join the donation register. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Are Teaching the Body to Accept New Organs
Patients receiving new kidneys and livers must take damaging anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. Now researchers hope to train the immune system instead of just tamping it down. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GINA KOLATA Tags: Transplants Kidneys Organ Donation Liver Immune System Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Massachusetts General Hospital University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh (Pa) Source Type: news

EKHA program on transplantation will be hosted on EU Commission's Health Policy Platform
(ERA-EDTA) The EKHA project 'Improving Organ Donation and Transplantation in the EU' will be launched on the European Commission's Health Policy Platform in 2019, an interactive tool to boost discussions about public health concerns and to share knowledge and best practices. Thus, transplantation, especially kidney transplantation and the lack of organs in the EU, will be in the focus of European healthcare discussions in 2019. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Baboon survives for six months after receiving pig heart transplant
Clinical trials of pig organs in humans could begin in as little as three years, say researchersThe transplantation of pig organs into humans is a step closer to becoming a reality after researchers showed the organs can function long-term in baboons.The transplanting of organs from one species to another, known as xenotransplantation, has been the subject of research for many years. Proponents say it could help get around a shortage of human organs.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 5, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Medical research Organ donation Health Society Science Germany World news Europe Source Type: news

There will be huge change in healthcare sector if more people donate organs: Ashiwini Kumar Choubey
India had recently set a world record of over 20,000 online pledges for organ donation in a single day surpassing the US. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Older people ’s organs can still save lives | Letters
Anthony Clarkson, interim director of NHS organ donation and transplantation,Sue Cartlidge andRon Brewer respond to a previous letter from Jeanne Felmingham querying whether it ’s worth having a donor card at the age of 83ReJeanne Felmingham ’s letter (14 November), too many people mistakenly assume their age means they are too old to consider organ donation. However, people in their 50s, 60, 70s and even 80s can all save lives. Nearly 1,000 people aged over 50 donate every year.Patients who die in circumstances where they may be able to donate their organs, irrespective of age, are considered individually. Cli...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Health Medical research NHS Older people Science Society Source Type: news

Doctors explore lifting barriers to living organ donation
People who receive a kidney ​ or part of a liver transplant from a living donor cut years off their time on the wait list and those organs tend to survive longer (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Theresa May's opt out of organ donation won't work, study finds
Theresa May's government announced plans last week to make it easier for doctors to take organs without explicit consent. But a new study by London experts say they won't work. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Theresa May opt out of organ donation won't work study finds
Theresa May's government announced plans last week to make it easier for doctors to take organs without explicit consent. But a new study by London experts say they won't work. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opt-out organ donation by 2020
Adults in England will be presumed to consent to donate their organs Related items fromOnMedica Wales votes for opt-out on organ donation Doctors urge people to discuss organ donation Presumed consent only way to get more organs England considering opt-out system for organ donation ‘Give a heart’ for Valentine’s Day (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Opt-out organ donation 'in place by 2020' for England
Adults in England will be presumed to consent to donating their organs under "Max's Law". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ECMC receives $1.2M to boost organ donor rates
Erie County Medical Center has received a federal grant to help boost organ and tissue donation. The three-year, $1.2 million grant comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration to support ECMC’s Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care. The grant will fund social and behavioral interventions aimed at incre asing donations of both solid organs and tissue. Awareness about living donor programs are particularly vital,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 3, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

The last gift: what it ’ s like to work with organ donors
If a heart, liver, or other vital organ becomes available to someone on a transfer list in the North East, it’s likely that Michelle Pearson and Rachel Pritchard will take care of it. Death is often a taboo subject, and there aren’t many people with a keener understanding of it than specialist nurses in organ donation. UNISON members Michelle and Rachel work for Northern Organ Donation Services. If an organ becomes available for transfer in the North East, it’s their job to respond. There are two specialist nurses in organ donation (SN-ODs) like them on call in the region at any time, with embedded roles ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 6, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Lucy Shaddock Tags: Magazine blood and transplant health healthcare nurses Source Type: news

Researchers Want To Show HIV-Positive Organ Donation Is Safe And Can Save Lives
Hundreds of otherwise viable organs that are HIV-positive are wasted each year, while HIV-positive patients in need of transplants languish on waiting lists. Researchers want to change that.(Image credit: Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medical) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Forman Source Type: news

Human Trafficking for Organs: Ending abuse of the Poorest
By Maged SrourROME, Apr 30 2018 (IPS)Organ transplantation is one of the most incredible medical achievements of the past century. Since the first successful transplants, which took place in the 1950s, organ transplantation has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Dr. Francis Delmonico, is a transplant surgeon with a long career, serving also as an Adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO). Credit: Harvard Health Policy ReviewGlobally about 125,000 people undergo organ transplantation each year. This number is small in the face of demand for organs widely outstripping supply and consequently c...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Maged Srour Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

You never know the life you save....become an organ donor!
The week of April 23-27 has been designated as National Pediatric Transplant Week.  This week is to bring attention to the great need for organ donations and to honor  donors and their families whose incredibly selfless gift has given someone the gift of life.While most of us will never experience the need for a transplant, there are many of us who know someone who has a debilitating condition such as kidney dialysis that are in need of a transplant.Right now there are almost 2,000 children on the national transplant list.  Those needing hearts, lungs, eyes, tissue, liver, kidney, or some other body part are...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - April 20, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Volunteer Opportunities Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Organ donations from overdose deaths could alleviate crisis
We are facing an organ donation crisis, with patients on the waiting list at high risk of early death. How safe is the use of organs from overdose deaths? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Transplants / Organ Donations Source Type: news

Organs from Drug Overdoses May Help Transplant Shortage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors. The findings could encourage more use of organs from overdose victims. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000. That was before overdoses were making headlines or most transplant centers considered accepting such organs. In 2016, there were 3,533 transplants using overdose-related donated organs, up from just 149 such transplants in 20...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Organs from Drug Overdoses May Help Transplant Shortage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors. The findings could encourage more use of organs from overdose victims. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000. That was before overdoses were making headlines or most transplant centers considered accepting such organs. In 2016, there were 3,533 transplants using overdose-related donated organs, up from just 149 such transplants in 20...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Organs from Drug Overdoses May Help Transplant Shortage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors. The findings could encourage more use of organs from overdose victims. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000. That was before overdoses were making headlines or most transplant centers considered accepting such organs. In 2016, there were 3,533 transplants using overdose-related donated organs, up from just 149 such transplants in 20...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Organs from Drug Overdoses May Help Transplant Shortage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors. The findings could encourage more use of organs from overdose victims. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000. That was before overdoses were making headlines or most transplant centers considered accepting such organs. In 2016, there were 3,533 transplants using overdose-related donated organs, up from just 149 such transplants in 20...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Organ donation by Humboldt Broncos player inspires others
Many social media users say the donation of Humboldt Broncos defenceman Logan Boulet's organs has inspired them to become donors themselves. Health officials in two provinces say online registrations have surged in the days following the horrific crash. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Grief Symptoms Similar in Donor vs Non-Donor Decision Families
MONDAY, April 2, 2018 -- Perceptions of the organ donation experience vary between relatives who decide to donate their relative's organs and those who do not, but the decision does not appear to be associated with subsequent grief symptoms,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Why two brains are better than one
A radical technique that makes mature cells act like stem cells is growing a mini brain from tissue I donated. One day it could produce whole organs for transplantLast week, I was told my other brain is fully grown. It doesn ’t look like much. A blob of pale flesh about the size of a small pea, it floats in a bath of blood-red nutrient. It would fit into the cranium of a foetus barely a month old.Still, it ’s a “brain” after a fashion and it’s made from me. From a piece of my arm, to be precise.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Philip Ball Tags: Stem cells Science Biology Embryos Medical research Neuroscience Organ donation Health Society Source Type: news

Breakthrough as scientists grow sheep embryos containing human cells
Advance brings us closer to growing transplant organs inside animals or being able to genetically tailor compatible organs, say researchersGrowing human organs inside other animals has taken another step away from science-fiction, with researchers announcing they have grown sheep embryos containing human cells.Scientists say growing human organs inside animals could not only increase supply, but also offer the possibility of genetically tailoring the organs to be compatible with the immune system of the patient receiving them, by using the patient ’s own cells in the procedure, removing the possibility of rejection.C...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 17, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis in Austin Tags: Genetics Organ donation Embryos Biology Health Science Society Medical research Source Type: news

Every Adult in This Country Is Now an Organ Donor Unless They Opt Out
(THE HAGUE, Netherlands) — Senators in the Netherlands approved a new law Tuesday that makes all Dutch adults potential organ donors unless they opt out. The law narrowly passed in the upper house of the Dutch parliament. The lower house last year passed the legislation with a one-vote majority. The law’s drafter, Pia Dijkstra, said that under the new system — which is similar to donation laws in Belgium and Spain — every person over 18 who is not yet registered as a donor will receive a letter asking if they want to donate their organs after death. “They will be able to reply: yes, no, my nex...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APH health healthytime onetime World Source Type: news

Kidney Donors Could Face Long-Term Health Risks
More than 19,000 kidney donations were performed in the United States in 2016, the latest figures available, according to U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation. About 1 in 5 donations of all organs is from a living donor. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news