Obscura Day alert: Biomedical curiosities galore!

Dr. Richard Barnett totally rocks on tour

I am a huge fan of medical museums and scientific entertainment. Some of you may have gathered this from coverage on the Heart of Cape Town Transplant Museum. One of our recent news roundups featured a talk about the unexpected history of blood transfusion. And lord knows it’s newsworthy when art and tissue donation intersect. … Continue reading

Anthony Nolan: UK Asian community rallies, Asian=Asian?

Rik Basra (Source: Anthony Nolan Trust)

We are thrilled to welcome  Anthony Nolan as our newest forthcoming contributors. To preface their contributions, we’re sharing one of their biggest successes in bone marrow donor outreach in the UK’s Asian community. Police inspector Rik Basra’s story served to mobilize a huge swath of the Asian population, recruiting about 1,000 Asian donors in half … Continue reading

News Roundup #12: Living donor safety, Portland piñata, transplant tobacco test, Donate Life Month

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We’ve reached a dozen news roundups! Living donors need protection This report from CNN actually fairly evenhandedly reports about a recent living organ donor death. The articles sidebar actually shows positive success rates for transplantation, and points out that death from living organ donation is an exception, not a rule. However, it also points out … Continue reading

Rawr! The fierce hustle to have dragon babies

Source: Flickr, Kenny Louie

How much of a role do the market and the business side of fertility clinics play in the demand for babies?  And how does this market role affect egg donors and surrogate mothers?  Just this year, the fertility industry saw an upsurge in demand that it had never seen before, owing to the phenomenon of … Continue reading

TransplantInformers jazz tip: Dayna Stephens live!

Dayna Stephens  Image Courtesy: HelpDaynaStephens.org

We wanted to alert TransplantInformers readers to an upcoming show and recent coverage of eminent Jazz saxaphonist Dayna Stephens. While we are an international blog, many of our team and readers are San Francisco Bay Area based so it’s not a far reach to share a great gig worth checking out. And his profile is … Continue reading

News Roundup #11: marrow comp decision, drive recordbreakers, annals of day zero, tracing transfusion history

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Bone marrow donor compensation ruling upheld The Obama administration’s appeal of the Flynn v. Holder ruling was denied. LA Times reportage here states: The 9th Circuit ruling now stands as the law of the land, as no other courts in the federal judiciary have weighed in on the question of whether the newer donation method … Continue reading

South Africa Spotlight: Sunflower Fund primer on shortage of black donors

The many faces of The Sunflower Fund

Editor’s Note: This is our first post from our new contributors, The Sunflower Fund. It serves as an overview of their organization, and focuses on the distinct shortage of black donors. We look forward to future posts detailing their work and the South African context. By Tarryn Corlett-Boden MISSION:  The Sunflower Fund aims to educate … Continue reading

Giving the gift of life: Youth Education on Organ Donation – Part 2

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In our last article we introduced the ACLT’s (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) UK ‘Giving the Gift of Life’ Ambassador program and discussed how the programme has the ability to bring hope to both potential recipients and young people. Building on that post, we will expand on the ways in which this important programme impacts people’s attitudes … Continue reading

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