Should prisoners donate organs?
Michael Cook | 27 April 2013 |
Utah has become the first state to allow prisoners, even prisoners on death row, to donate organs.
Why wait until death for organ donation, asks Canadian bioethicist
MIchael Cook | 23 March 2013 |
More erosion of the dead donor rule in the latest issue of the Cambridge Journal of Healthcare Ethics.
South African transplant surgeons cleared in epic court battle
Michael Cook | 02 March 2013 |
China to phase out organ donation from executed criminals
Michael Cook | 05 November 2012 |
China will begin phase out organ donation from executed criminals next years, as it moves towards a voluntary system, says a government expert.
Denmark shocked by story of brain-dead donor’s recovery
Michael Cook | 20 October 2012 |
The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil.
Belgium pioneers organ donation after voluntary euthanasia
Michael Cook | 05 October 2012 |
The practice of transplanting organs from patients who die after voluntary euthanasia is becoming customary in Belgium.
Useful kidneys discarded every day in US, experts claim
Michael Cook | 27 September 2012 |
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.
New York nurse alleges pressure to harvest organs
Michael Cook | 27 September 2012 |
A whistleblower has accused the New York Organ Donor Network of pressuring hospital employees to declare patients brain dead so that their organs can be harvested.
US appeals court makes it legal to pay donors for their bone marrow tissue
Jared Yee | 07 July 2012 |
A US appeals court has put the price of bone marrow at about US$3,000 in a ruling that now makes it legal to purchase bone marrow.
Man donates kidney, gets no insurance
Jared Yee | 16 June 2012 |
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.
Germany seeks to increase organ supply
Michael Cook | 26 May 2012 |
Germany has amended legislation to promote organ donation. After years of debate, people over 16 will be regularly asked by their health insurance company if they are prepared to donate their organs.
Facebook encourages organ donation
Jared Yee | 05 May 2012 |
The organ donation community applauded Facebook's announcement this week that it will allow its 900 million members to share their donor status with friends and family, and to link to state databases where Americans can sign up online to become donors.
UK teen recovers “fully” after 4 doctor found him “brain dead”
Michael Cook | 28 April 2012 |
Miraculous recoveries from brain trauma are always good news, but they may not be as miraculous as they first seem. However, the Daily Mail’s account of a boy who recovered fully after four specialists declared that he was brain dead makes one question if doctors really understand brain death.
China to stop harvesting convict organs
Jared Yee | 31 March 2012 |
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.
Is intellectual disability a reason to deny an organ transplant?
Michael Cook | 18 January 2012 |
A 3-year-old girl who was allegedly denied an opportunity for a kidney transplant because she was “mentally retarded” has sparked a debate in the US media. Amelia Rivera has a rare genetic disease known as Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome that can cause mental impairment, seizures and kidney failure. However, her parents were told by doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia that there would be no transplant.
Organ donation overhaul contentious
Jared Yee | 17 December 2011 |
A New South Wales government proposal to prevent families from overturning their deceased relatives’ wishes on organ donation has garnered mixed reactions.
Waste not, want not
Michael Cook | 19 November 2011 |
The editor of the leading journal Bioethics, Udo Schulenk regards capital punishment as a “barbaric practice”, it seems a shame to waste potentially life-saving organs of executed Chinese prisoners. It is a classic example of utilitarian reasoning.
Alcoholics get second chance at liver transplants
Jared Yee | 18 November 2011 |
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.
Alarm at proposal to scrap dead donor rule
Michael Cook | 06 November 2011 |
Let’s scrap the fiction that most patients are dead when their organs are removed and allow doctors to take them from people who are still living. This is the provocative proposal by doctors from Canada and Spain which is creating a stir in bioethics circles.
Daughter will receive transplant of her mother’s womb
Jared Yee | 26 October 2011 |
Melinda Arnold, after many years of wanting to be a mother, is set to receive a transplant of her mother’s womb.