Head transplants may not work as planned
Public health executives see a big positive in the US opioid tragedies – increased organ donation.
What will happen when transplants merely improve lives, not save them?
Australian Researchers have managed to grow a mini-kidney in a laboratory
Parliaments need to alter the definition of death, say doctors
Two Canadian researchers insist that there is sufficient evidence to believe claims of organ harvesting.
Four ethicists consider the ethics of growing chimerical organs.
Two controversies over brain dead women should not weaken a united front on brain death, say bioethicists.
An apparently brain-damaged 41-year-old American woman awoke during an operation to harvest her organs.
A US court has overruled government health policy and fast-tracked a lung transplant for a Pennsylvania girl with cystic fibrosis.
Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have created bioengineered rat kidneys which successfully filter blood and produce urine. If the technique works with humans, it could do away with the need for donor kidneys.
In 2011 2,644 of the 14,784 kidneys recovered in the United States were discarded – nearly 18%, according to official statistics. Almost 500 of these were not transplanted because a recipient could not be found.
Radburn Royer, of Minnesota, donated his kidney to his daughter Erika after her lupus caused kidney failure. Now 31, Erika is fine, but her physically active 53-year-old father has been unable to obtain private health insurance.
The financial crisis in Europe has sparked an increase in the trade of human body parts, as families and individuals scramble to put food on the table.
China officials plan to end organ harvesting from death-row inmates, in a move to reform an organ donation system which has for many years relied heavily on prisoners.
Former US vice president Dick Cheney received a new heart recently. The operation sparked speculation that he had jumped the queue.
Some of the most controversial methods of obtaining organs have been endorsed by the British Medical Association in a report released this week. “Building on Progress: what next for organ donation policy in the UK?” laments “the fact that… people are still dying unnecessarily because of a lack of organs”.
Jesus Navarro needs a new kidney. He has a willing donor and private insurance -- but he has been denied the transplant because he is an illegal immigrant. Administrators at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center are refusing to transplant a kidney from Navarro’s wife, saying he may not receive sufficient follow-up care, due to his uncertain status.
A New South Wales government proposal to prevent families from overturning their deceased relatives’ wishes on organ donation has garnered mixed reactions.
Gravely ill alcoholics who need a liver transplant should not always have to prove they can stay sober for six months to get one, doctors have said in a study.
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