organ donation

By Leora Yarboro and Elizabeth D. Krebs Heart disease is the top cause of death in the U.S. For some people with end-stage
Austin Eggleston was born with congenital heart defects and needed a heart transplant to survive. After four months on the waiting list, the “Star Wars” fan got good news from a very special Wookie.
The reputations of two of China’s most senior figures in transplantation are under question.
In spite of the television debate and our own defenses of our preferred candidates, we left the debate both unchanged in
What is involved in donating a brain? T. Wilson Woo, MD, PhD, is the medical director of the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource
Hinduism is a conglomeration of a variety of beliefs and practices with no one, or official, set of doctrines or religious authorities. I thus offer an account of brain death from a systematic, and somewhat unified, perspective shared by several schools of Hindu philosophy concerning the mechanisms and components of consciousness and cognition.
I was first introduced to the concept of organ donation during the first year of medical school. Our anatomy professor ardently
The Department of Defense has been interested in engineering organs, tissues and limbs for decades as a means of treating its wounded soldiers. The number of veterans in need of tissue repair and limb replacement has skyrocketed in the 21st century.
“It put us at peace knowing that Katelyn’s heart is still beating even though it’s not in her.”
What ever happened to being honest and fair? Yes, people are dying who need organs, but living organ donors are people, too. Recent movements to encourage living organ donation are misdirected. What living organ donors need is a safety net.
Our family lost two beautiful lives, and we ended up saving eight others through the miracle of transplantation. For any donation to happen, there needs to be perfect coordination across healthcare professionals, from donor hospital nurses to administrators to organ recovery coordinators to transplant centers. Unfortunately, there are as many times when that doesn't work as when it does.
Treating organ donation like a market exchange raises troubling questions. This is why pilots need to be carefully designed. But given the death toll, it would be almost criminal not to test every possible ethical solution.