The sexiest calendar for 2012

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Imagery is a powerful way to educate potential donors and express complex concepts in accessible ways. The imagery we choose to create and employ often has the consequence of creating static visual analogies of sometimes dynamic processes. It creates a specific representation of a particular concept and also creates its own meaning for that concept … Continue reading

News Roundup #2: Access Points in Hawai‘i, and a few other items

Hawai‘i is not just  a tropical paradise destination. Many people don’t realize that it faces some big health care challenges.  Recent closure of the two Hawaiian hospitals means either starting a new transplant program or depending on the mainland. Local news reports. These issues were also outlined and foretold in a 2008 article in the Hawai‘i Medical … Continue reading

Swaziland blood donation

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Here’s an interesting story from recent weeks about the PA for the Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland and her encouragement of openness to blood donation and transfusion. Swaziland is a country that some people have not even heard of before.   I’ve only ever driven through, and gotten lost in it for that matter, so … Continue reading

OPTN Living Donor Follow up: Final Day for Public Comment

Some of you may be aware that there are some major steps on the horizon to make sure that the health of living donors is monitored post-transplant more carefully. As reported recently on the Huffington Post, the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network(OPTN) has formulated some new policy proposals. This is a step in the right … Continue reading

Perish, the thought: Death Reference Desk is a lively resource for cadaveric donation consideration

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Over what seems like eons, there has been a great deal of discussion over the definition of death.  The advent of organ transplantation brought a new element to the discussion. In order to transplant vital organs and legitimize this practice, establishing a legal definition of death was necessary in many cases. And there has also … Continue reading

City Hunter makes bone marrow donation badass: Kdrama Series Sweepstakes #1

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Since when did becoming a bone marrow donor translate into Korean Drama heroism at epic levels? Since City Hunter, that’s when. Get your hands on the DVD now! It’s just been released in North America by YA Entertainment. Purchase at Amazon or Right Stuf, or read further to participate in our survey and enter the … Continue reading

Win Kdrama prizes from YA Entertainment, Drama Fever, and TransplantInformers

City Hunter rocks the bone marrow transplant. Image courtesy of YA Entertainment

We are embarking on a maiden voyage into engaging pop culture with a series of posts unpacking the portrayals of transplantation and transfusion in Korean Dramas and related media. And you can win prizes from YA Entertainment and DramaFever by reading and participating! We want to give fangirls and fanboys a cool new lens through … Continue reading

News roundup #1: Critical need for Latino donors, successful UK Sikh temple drive, fecal transplant commentary and more

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Great local NBC news coverage from South Texas about the dwindling numbers of blood and tissue donors, with a special focus on the Latino community (video and article). Sikh temple drive in Leicester, UK yields 600 marrow donors (BBC News).  Here’s a video of the BBC TV news coverage. Wired Magazine has some interesting commentary … Continue reading

HIV/AIDS articles for free from Taylor and Francis

There’s no doubt that HIV/AIDS has had a profound effect on the ways we conceive the body and our identities. The impact that it’s had on many sectors of transplantation and transfusion are undeniable. How many of us have had a to turn down a donor because they were someone who answered positive to an … Continue reading

Uterus Transplants: A New Field of Fertility Techonologies

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In Turkey, on August 9, 2011 a woman named Derya Sert, became the first recipient of a successful uterus transplant.  Though two previous attempts have been made, both organs were rejected.  Yet Derya Sert, after only two and a half months, is menstruating with her new uterus, and is looking forward to having a baby … Continue reading


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