May 14, 2012 11:21 am
The pool of potential living kidney donors may be shrinking because of the national obesity “epidemic,” researchers said here. In a single-center study, almost a quarter of willing donors were initially excluded because they were too heavy, Mala Sachdeva, MD, of North Shore-LIJ Health System Transplant Center on Long Island, N.Y., and colleagues reported at the National Kidney Foundation meeting here.
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.
April 24, 2012 10:45 am
After giving the gift of life, a New York mom received her worst nightmare in return. To help her boss move up the transplant waiting list, Debbie Stevens, 47, donated her kidney to a man in Missouri, enabling her employer to secure a perfect match from someone in San Francisco, the New York Post reported Monday in an exclusive story. Stevens told the New York Post that her boss, Jackie Brucia, 61, put the pressure on for her to return to work soon after the procedure even though she didn’t feel well enough.