by Macey L. Henderson, J.D.
I enjoy watching my favorite NFL teams and players during football season. As the daughter of a local sports attorney who grew up down the street from the Indianapolis Colts complex, I have always been exposed to programs and events that highlight advocacy that the NFL and their respective team markets provide for communities year after year through high profile efforts.
How can the most lucrative sports organization with north of $9 billion revenue help public health? In partnership with the American Cancer Society, the NFL’s A Crucial Catch campaign will again focus the month of October’s on the importance of annual breast cancer screenings particularly for women over 40 years old.…
by Macey L. Henderson and Brianna L Doby
Why do we need to care about the ethical development of health policies that impact research, donation, and transplantation in the United States? The story of Zion Harvey is a good place to start.
Zion lost all of his limbs to amputation from sepsis at the age of two. The infection that ravished his body and took his limbs also caused renal failure, resulting in a successful kidney transplant when he was 4 years old. Like all transplant recipients, Zion must take anti-rejection medications for life, making him a good candidate for hand transplantation.…
by Macey L. Henderson, JD and Brianna L. Doby
The controversy over Planned Parenthood seems to be as old as time in American politics, but now the public perception of donated tissue for medical research might be at stake. Most recently, a video surfaced alleging to show the Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood engaging in what appears to be the buying and selling of tissue from fetuses to a start-up biotech firm. Let’s be clear: This is not the first attack on Planned Parenthood, nor will it be the last. However, this undercover investigative effort by the somewhat mysterious scientific Center for Medical Progress is a ripe opportunity to get the facts straight about the reality and current practice of donated tissue for research or transplantation in the United States.…
by Macey L. Henderson
Living kidney donation can potentially provide a solution for the growing waitlist in the United States, which is now holding steady at over 100,000 people. Through paired donation and kidney chains living donors could realistically be the solution to providing an unlimited number of transplants to those in need throughout the world, but the number of donors has been decreasing since 2004. Why? Leading groups of transplant surgeons and professionals have called for the active pursuit of health policies which achieve financial neutrality for the donor—meaning the donor wouldn’t be any financially worse off after donation than before.…