Blog Posts (7)
May 1, 2012
I agree, mostly, with Art Caplan’s analysis of Facebook’s decision to add “Organ Donor” as a Life Event on their website.…
July 29, 2010
Apparently Facebook isn’t just for playing MafiaWars anymore. It’s also for finding living unrelated donors to give you their organs. Seriously.…
March 23, 2010
It comes as no surprise, to me anyway, that doctors would be catching on to the value of social networking on Facebook for marketing of their practices.…
June 5, 2009
Those of you loyal blog.bioethics.net followers may have noticed a new voice here this week. I have been remiss in introducing Emily Willingham, PhD, who has graciously agreed to joined blog.bioethics.net as a guest blogger.…
May 4, 2009
Award-winning Target Articles, Editorials, and Open Peer Commentaries from The American Journal of Bioethics are available now at pandemic.bioethics.net. Click on the links below for direct access or visit us at pandemic.bioethics.net or on Facebook.…
January 16, 2009
We’re playing this “Facebook” game, because it links millions and millions of young people, patients, those seeking clinical trials, and those who want to find a hot date [or others at Yale, where Facebook was invented and thrives] to bioethics.…
January 9, 2009
The bioethics.net video library is opening, and soon, through iTunes and already some of the free video we plan to make available is sitting around on a half-baked You Tube page that you can access at youtube.com/bioethix as well as via bioethics.net.…
July 6, 2012 2:20 pm
On a meager public health budget, how to best inspire change? Word of mouth? Media campaigns? Or using social media? How should a public health official choose to deliver information?
June 1, 2012 8:53 am
More patients and families are using Facebook to seek kidney donations, but it’s not clear if doing do improves the chances of obtaining a donor organ, a new study finds. They noted a number of ethical concerns. Three percent of the pages received offers to sell kidneys, mostly from people in Third World countries. Would-be donors typically asked for $30,000 to $40,000. Selling organs is illegal.
May 29, 2012 10:25 am
Facebook’s move to allow users to add their organ-donor registration status as a “life event” on their profile pages led to a surge in donor sign-ups and earned the company plaudits from physicians and other professionals in the transplant community. But experts warn that the social-networking behemoth’s action will not be enough to solve the U.S. organ shortage and could pose ethical problems for patients and families while trivializing the decision to donate.
May 9, 2012 10:29 am
Organ-donation groups are rightly thrilled with Facebook’s initiative. Yet it’s important to keep the larger picture in mind. Even if every American agreed to be an organ donor, there still wouldn’t be enough kidneys for transplantation. I specify kidneys because people with renal failure represent about 80 percent of those on the national organ waiting list. Last year, roughly 91,000 people needed a renal transplant, but only one-fifth of them received one.
May 9, 2012 10:26 am
Do you know what would end the wait for donated kidney faster than either the Kidney Foundation’s campaign or Facebook’s registry effort? Legalize kidney sales. If people could get paid for donating a kidney as they do for blood, semen and bone marrow donations more people would donate and the list of sick people suffering waiting for a transplant would be much shorter.
May 3, 2012 12:55 pm
Organ donation registries in 10 states reported as many new volunteer donors Tuesday, the first day of a new initiative that allowed Facebook users to sign up to become organ donors, as they typically see in one month. According to stats from Donate Life America, a nonprofit group partnering with the social network, California alone witnessed a 700 percent increase over the number of volunteers on a typical day.
May 1, 2012 11:58 am
True story about my experience at the DMV: When I went to renew my license here in Pennsylvania, I told the official at the counter that I wanted to be an organ donor. She frowned and said maybe that was not a good idea, since she had heard that people who check the wish to donate box might not get aggressive care at the hospital. She had heard wrong, of course. But the point is, being asked to donate by someone who does not know the facts, or, does not really care about them, while waiting in a crummy environment, is not the best way to identify donors.
May 1, 2012 11:02 am
Facebook has added a unique feature to its social network: you can now tell the world — or just your family members — that you’re an organ donor. The company announced the initiative on Tuesday, encouraging its 900 million users to let others know if they are organ donors.