organ transplant

Is it brave to make a decision that doesn’t scare you?
It is time to discuss, once again, the lifting of a moratorium on research. We are not talking about the CRISPR genome-editing moratorium, but about the 20 August announcement by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lift the moratorium on research involving chimeric human/non-human embryos.
Donors who injected drugs, as well as those who had been incarcerated, had sex for drugs or money, or had recently been on dialysis, are among the large group of people classified as being at higher than average risk for one or more of these viruses.
Jeni Stepien heard her deceased father's heart beat for the first time since his death.
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.
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.
It is up to the transplant community to affirm, loud and clear, that the lack of organs for transplant is a desperate and unmet need, and that innovative research is necessary to bridge the gap.
THE NEXT FRONTIER - A cursory glance at any group of teens, huddled around each other with heads buried in their palms, confirms
Tune in to a conversation with experts on organ transplants at Harvard's School of Public Health.