Blog Posts (30)
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.…
April 26, 2012
It is now possible to re-transplant kidneys from a first recipient to a second according to the results of a rare surgical procedure performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.…
January 24, 2012
Yes, it’s true. Bieber Fever has spread far and wide. But it isn’t just tweens who are following the pop star, Justin Bieber’s, every move.…
January 9, 2012
Art Caplan reminds us in his column on MSNBC.com that its good to be skinny, whether dead or alive. The negative health consequences of obesity experienced during life linger on well into death, especially for those who want to donate their bodies to science.…
October 19, 2011
In the October 2011 issue of AJOB, Arthur Caplan argues in his Target Article “The Use of Prisoners as Sources of Organs-An Ethically Dubious Practice” that the great demand for cadaveric organs for donation around the world does not justify harvesting them from prisoners.…
April 12, 2011
According to Wesley Smith on his SHS blog, “Suicidal people need help in living, not reasons to die.” Profound statement indeed.…
August 3, 2010
Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead! We’d like to harvest their organs now!
Most Monty Python fans associate organ harvesting with The Meaning of Life’s Live Organ Transplantation, but New York City’s “rapid organ recovery plan” has much more in common with this other famous Holy Grail skit than it does with anything else.…
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.…
July 27, 2010
Arthur Caplan in his MSNBC column discusses over a confessed killer receiving a liver transplant. How could someone who himself admitted killing his wife jump to the head of the queue to receive one of the scarcest resources in the world?…
June 24, 2010
NY State will presume consent for organ donation, that is, if Assemblyman Richard Brodsky gets his way. Acknowledging that the demand for transplantable organs vastly outstrips supply and the fact that presumed consent works in other European nations, Brodsky has proposed that the default would be that all New Yorkers would donate their organs upon their death unless they were to check a box “opting out” on their driver’s license registration form.…
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February 25, 2014 3:15 pm
For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs from brain-dead donors and then rushed back to transplant them. Now an experiment in the Midwest suggests there may be a better way: Bring the donors to the doctors instead.
October 25, 2013 2:49 pm
Paying living donors for their kidneys would reduce the number of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on dialysis and transplant wait lists, and save the healthcare system money, researchers in Canada concluded.
July 19, 2013 4:31 pm
A U.S. House of Representatives committee this week unanimously approved a bill approving transplants using organs taken from people infected with HIV.
July 11, 2013 5:26 pm
Doctors at a central New York hospital nearly harvested organs from a woman in 2009 despite warning signs she wasn’t dead, and the hospital has been fined, according to state records.
June 18, 2013 3:00 pm
Despite years of media and public service campaigns appealing for organ donations, donor rates remained static while demand increased — until Facebook, researchers reported.
June 7, 2013 2:06 pm
Debate over the age restriction for lung transplants intensifies, as a second child is temporarily placed on the waiting list for adult lung recipients.
January 10, 2013 1:33 pm
German authorities are calling for an overhaul of the country’s organ transplant programme after transplant centres were placed under investigation for systematically manipulating donor waiting lists.
December 12, 2012 2:49 pm
An Ohio hospital is set to resume live kidney transplants four months after an organ landed in the trash instead of its intended recipient. The University of Toledo Medical Center halted live transplants after a man’s kidney – intended for his sick sister – was accidentally thrown out as medical waste.
November 13, 2012 5:59 pm
Addressing long-held concerns about whether organ donors have adequate protections, transplant regulators acted to require that hospitals thoroughly inform living kidney donors of risks , fully evaluate their medical and psychological suitability, and then track their health for two years after donation.
November 2, 2012 3:55 pm
China will start phasing out its reliance on organs from executed prisoners for transplants early next year as a new national donation system is implemented, a government-appointed expert has said.
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