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One way to boost organ donations: Just keep asking

One possible solution for America's growing need for organ donors could be relatively simple, according to new research: just keep asking. About 123,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant — a wait that kills 18 people each day, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The waiting list has grown sixfold […]

Here's One Unexpected Problem From Self-Driving Cars — We Lose A Way To Get Organ Donations

If the world eventually adopts self-driving cars, there could be an unexpected secondary impact on the availability of donor organs. Google's doing self-driving cars because they are safer than the current human-operated situation that claims an average of 3,287 lives every single day. Show More Summary

A Clash of Religion and Bioethics Complicates Organ Donation in Israel

last weekHealth : NYT: Health

Questions on mortality and brain death have left the country with a low rate of deceased organ donation.

A Teenager’s Organ Donation Was Rejected Because He Was Gay

Sixteen-year-oldAlexander“AJ”BettsJr.diedlastsummerafterasuicideattempt.HisfamilyandfriendsbelieveAJwantedtoendhislifebecausehehadbeenthetargetofmuchbullyingduetobeinggay,half-AfricanAmerican,andhavingadeformedlip.Beforehistragicpassing,however,hekindlyrequestedthathisorgansbedonatedtosomeoneinneed.

Bullied Teen’s Organ Donation Denied Because He Was Gay

Alexander "A.J." Betts Jr., a 16-year-old from Pleasant Hills, Iowa, committed suicide in 2013 after dealing with bullying and ridicule over his sexual orientation. But, as common as that story is, this isn't what this post is about....Show More Summary

Boy's Organ Donation Rejected Because He's Gay

Alexander Betts Jr's heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs all went to recipients when he died following a suicide attempt last year. His eyes, however, did not—because Betts was gay, the Washington Post reports. The 16-year-old's suicide attempt followed years of bullying in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, where he stood out...

Gay Teen’s Eyes Rejected For Organ Donation

A gay teen’s eyes were rejected for organ donation by the Food and Drug Administration because of his sexual orientation. The teen, Alexander “AJ” Betts, attempted suicide in July 2013 and died shortly after. His mother, Sheryl Moore, said he was outed as gay about a year and a half before his death. Betts requested

Gay Teen’s Organ Donation Rejected

Alexander Betts attempted suicide in July, 2013, and died soon after. He wanted to be an organ donor. While is heart went to a 14-year-old, his eyes were rejected. A Food and Drug Administration’s guidance for donor eligibility says men who have had sex with men in the past five years “should” be ruled as [...]

Organ donations on the rise among Latinos at County-USC Medical Center

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Latinos who die at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center are donating organs for transplantation at increasing rates, according to a new study.

Aggressive outreach increases organ donation among Hispanic Americans

Bottom Line: An outreach campaign that included local media and culturally sensitive educational programs in targeted neighborhoods was associated with an increase in consent rates for organ donation among Hispanic Americans in the Los...Show More Summary

Death of 7-year-old donor helps save at least 4 lives in Xiamen

3 weeks agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

The organs of a seven-year-old boy who passed away in Xiamen on July 29 are now helping save the lives of at least four other patients, according to the Red Cross Organ Donation Office. [ more › ]

NY falls short of national average in organ donation

A study from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield showed 22% of New York adults in the donor registry, compared with 48% nationally. The study also said 539 New Yorkers died awaiting a transplant last year while others became too sick and ineligible.

Physicians Have Higher Rate of Organ Donation Registration than General Public

A study that included about 15,000 physicians found that they were more likely to be registered as an organ donor compared to the general public, according to a study in the July 16 issue of JAMA.

Physicians have higher rate of organ donation registration than general public

A study that included about 15,000 physicians found that they were more likely to be registered as an organ donor compared to the general public, according to a study in the July 16 issue of JAMA. read more

A Major Scientific Breakthrough Could Save The Lives Of People Who Need Organs

One of the biggest problems with organ donation is availability. People will sit on waiting lists for months before getting the organ they need to survive. Now the BBC is reporting a potentially huge scientific breakthrough. It's a technique...Show More Summary

Our ‘Hot Cheetos And Takis’ Kids Are Back With A New Jam And A Mess Of Controversy

2 months agoLifestyle / Parenting : Mommyish

I think the only solution to this whole issue is that more people and organizations donate more money to this program, which takes place at the Y, so that funds can not only be redistributed back into the program so more kids can partake, but these pint-sized stars can also start saving some money for college. Show More Summary

Soccer Club's Organ Donation Campaign Reduces Waiting List To Zero

3 months agoSports : Deadspin

For two years, Brazilian side Sport Club Recife has urged fans to sign up as organ donors. The BBC catches up with the campaign, and it's working better than anyone could have hoped. Read more...

China still targeting and murdering religious minorities for illegal organ ‘donations’: Expert

by Tony Gosgnach TORONTO, May 30, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – China’s forced organ harvesting program, which particularly victimizes practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, is continuing unabated, says a prominent Canadian human rights lawyer. David Matas spoke Wednesday evening at the University…

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