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Blog Posts (22)

August 31, 2015

Hashtag Advocacy or Slacktivism: How Should We Evaluate the Impact of Social Media Campaigns for Public Health?

by Macey L. Henderson, J.D.

It takes more than a TV news story or a Twitter hashtag campaign to save lives.…

August 17, 2015

A Matter of Ethics and Policy in the Era of Regenerative Transplantation in the United States

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?…

July 27, 2015

Investigating Two Claims Against Planned Parenthood: Center of Medical Progress’s Secret Videos

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Before you being reading, I have a disclaimer: Growing up, my mother worked for Planned Parenthood. As a nurse, she practiced in their clinics offering well women services, counseling, and contraception.…

June 12, 2015

Financial Interventions and Living Organ Donation Research in a Learning Healthcare System

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.…

March 16, 2015

Ethics of Penile Transplants

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This weekend, doctors in South Africa announced a new first—a successful penis transplant. The 9-hour operation took place in December 2014.…

June 6, 2014

Getting An Earful

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the book (and film) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, dinosaur DNA from in insects that bit the dinosaurs and are now preserved in amber.…

March 17, 2014

Death Panels: Can We Handle the Truth?

by Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

In December, I defended the term “death panel” on this blog.  Specifically, I demonstrated that we already have, and for over 50 years have had, quite a number of tribunals that act as death panels. …

November 21, 2013

Potential Organ Donation + HIV Infection = HOPE

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HOPE Act (HR 698), a companion bill to one passed by the U.S.…

June 6, 2013

Lung Transplants and the Bandwagon Bioethics

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In case you have not heard, the big bioethics story this week comes out of Philadelphia where a 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis is in need of a lung transplant to survive.…

May 31, 2013

Defending Disability Discrimination

by Thaddeus Mason Pope J.D., Ph.D.

In May 2013, Oklahoma enacted the Nondiscrimination in Treatment Act (NITA).  This law provides: “A health care provider shall not deny to a patient a life-preserving health care service the provider provides to other patients, and the provision of which is directed by the patient or [surrogate] .…

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Published Articles (7)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 8 - Aug 2015

Persistent Problems in Death and Dying David Magnus

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 8 - Aug 2015

Addressing Consent Issues in Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death Kim J. Overby, Michael S. Weinstein & Autumn Fiester

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 10 - Oct 2014

Assessing the Likely Harms to Kidney Vendors in Regulated Organ Markets Julian Koplin

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 10 - Oct 2014

Selling Ourselves: The Ethics of Paid Living Kidney Donation Nancy S. Jecker

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 6 - Jun 2013

Toward a More Stable Blood Supply: Charitable Incentives, Donation Rates, and the Experience of September 11 Reuben G. Sass

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 6 - Jun 2012

The Case for Kidney Donation Before End-of-Life Care Paul E. Morrisey

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 10 - Oct 2011

The Use of Prisoners as Sources of Organs? An Ethically Dubious Practice Arthur L. Caplan

News (401)

March 31, 2015 9:20 pm

Black market trade in organs targeted in anti-trafficking treaty

More than a dozen countries have agreed to enforce laws to fight trafficking in human organs, a business that exploits the world’s poorest people and earns criminals up to $1.2 billion in illegal profits every year.

February 17, 2015 2:54 pm

China's 'blood famine' drives patients to the black market

China’s rising demand for healthcare is exposing a chronic shortage of an essential commodity: blood.

January 20, 2015 7:13 pm

Transplant first: Organ donation from UK newborn

In a procedure described as a milestone in neonatal care, a six-day-old baby girl’s kidneys and liver cells were given to two separate recipients after her heart stopped beating.

August 7, 2014 1:16 pm

Organ shortage prompts debate over compensating donors

Jessica Kastler will drive from her home in San Luis Obispo to San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center this month to give a kidney to someone she doesn’t know.

August 7, 2014 1:15 pm

More Live Organ Donations Needed To Address Gap in California

While the number of deceased organ donors in California has increased in recent years, observers say more live donors are needed to meet the need of residents awaiting donations, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

February 25, 2014 3:15 pm

Centralizing organ removal shows promise for transplants

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 Kidney Donors Can Save $$, Help Patients

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.

August 13, 2013 5:08 pm

Anthony Stokes, Dying Georgia Teen, Denied Heart Transplant Due To Low Grades, Legal Troubles, Family Says

15-year-old Anthony Stokes has less than 6 months to live according to doctors. But despite the severity of this enlarged heart, which doctors say can only be treated by way of a transplant, he’s been denied the chance to get one.

July 19, 2013 4:31 pm

U.S. Congress Moves Closer to Lifting Ban on Transplanting Organs From HIV-Positive Donors

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

NY hospital nearly took organs from living woman

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.

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