Tag Archives: Organ Donation

The Endless Waiting of End Stage Renal Disease

Thousands of people are living on borrowed time awaiting a kidney transplant

End stage renal disease is the medical term for kidney failure, a condition that happens when the kidneys are no longer able to filter excess fluid and waste products from the blood. Untreated kidney failure is uniformly fatal. Other than … Continue reading

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Opt-out Organ Donation Saves Lives

Studies show that changing consent to an opt-out policy increases organ supply

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Put that adage in the context of organ donation, and the saying suddenly takes on new, life-saving meaning. Statistics show one donor can save up to eight lives with precious organs … Continue reading

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Older Transplant Patients Rely Heavily on Organ Donors Over the Age of 65

When it comes to organ donation, biological and chronological age aren't the same

How old is your liver? Your heart? Your kidneys? Many people believe that they’re all the same age, and that as these organs get older, they become less desirable to patients waiting on transplant lists. However, new studies are finding that … Continue reading

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Heart Transplant: Better Organ Preservation Leads to Higher Success Rate

A new method of preserving heart tissue may reduce the number of hearts wasted

According to United Network for Organ Sharing, or UNOS, the numbers are grim. Four thousand people are waiting for a heart transplant in the United States. Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the transplant list. Most of these … Continue reading

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New Jersey Introduces Bill to Give Tax Credits to Organ Donors

The bill would give a $1,000 tax break to donors, living or dead

Two bills currently pending in the New Jersey legislature would provide tax credits of $1,000 to organ donors in the state, Politico reports. The bills also authorize tax credits of $100 for blood donors who donate at least four times … Continue reading

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How Do Professionals Provide Support For Families of Organ Donors?

An interview with Nika Short who comforts families during trauma

Today SevenPonds speaks with Nika Short, who works for LifeCenter Northwest to provide support for the families of organ donors. Nika provides bereavement support for donor families and facilitates communication between donor families and organ recipients when someone decides they … Continue reading

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