Man declared dead makes amazing recovery
A car crash victim who doctors thought had no chance of survival has made an amazing recovery.
Doctors call for revision of baby organ donation rules
UK paediatricians want the government to allow “brain-dead” newborns to donate organs.
Should prisoners be allowed to donate organs?
Some American politicians have discovered how to reconcile punishment and compassion: allow prisoners on death row to donate their organs.
Should we be able to inherit organs?
A little-known debate in bioethics circles centres on whether we should be able to inherit organs.
Paying kidney donors pays off, say Canadian doctors
If living kidney donors were paid $10,000, transplants would increase by at least 5%, according to a study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Selling organ donation
Everywhere it is tough to persuade people to become organ donors, even after they have died. This is a great advertisement from Leo Burnett Zurich.
Should mentally incompetent people be allowed to donate organs?
Should a mentally incompetent person be allowed to donate organs?
Doubts raised about organ transplant reforms in China
Strong criticisms have been levelled at 'reforms' to the organ trade currently being carried out by the Chinese government.
Euthanased patients a new source of organ donations in Belgium
With a shortage of organ donors in Europe, Belgian doctors have a novel solution: patients with unbearable suffering donate their organs after voluntary euthanasia.
The poetry of organ donation
National Transplant Week 2013 is drawing to a close in the United Kingdom -- here is a video and a poem.
Wales adopts policy of presumed consent to organ donation
Wales will be the first British region to adopt a policy of presumed consent for organ donation.
Facebook likes organ donors
US researchers have published a paper documenting the merits of Facebook in promoting organ donation.
Should prisoners donate organs?
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
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
China to phase out organ donation from executed criminals
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
The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil.
Belgium pioneers organ donation after voluntary euthanasia
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
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
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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?
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
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
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
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.