News Roundup #14: From UNOS to Obesity, NYT to Jewish donors, and bringing you the toothsomest

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Random Reports and Reportage New articles from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) update are now online.  Articles include a  guide to paired donation and a primer on “a new quality metric with every deceased donor kidney offer. The ‘kidney donor profile index (KDPI)”  provides clinicians with insights into the quality of a kidney compared … Continue reading

News Roundup #13: Facebook boosting organ donors, Kidney in a third body, UK’s first trafficking case,

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It seems this roundup is lucky number 13, with the a groundbreaking, cusp-of-viral, organ donation initiative from Facebook, unprecedented kidney re-transplantation, and a whole slew of other newsy goodness. Organ donor: Like? 100 million new organ donors in the next four days? Entirely possible, claims Dr. Andrew Cameron, the physician who helped usher organ donor … Continue reading

TransplantInformers jazz tip: Dayna Stephens live!

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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 #10: Transplant Education, immunosuppressant lynchpins, Flynn profile, OPTN public comment

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Compensation for donors? The Flynns say yes For those of you who were wondering about the Flynn behind Flynn v. Holder, look no further. The BBC has done a profile on the Flynn family whose lawsuit sparked the landmark 9th circuit court of appeals ruling that bone marrow donors who donate via peripheral blood can … Continue reading

News Roundup #9: National Kidney Day, Black blood donor follow up, bone marrow heroism

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Hello there newshounds! We’ve got another roundup with plenty for you to sniff at. National Kidney Month in U.S. is March, and World Kidney Day was March 8 And we have some related links, since kidney health is directly related to transplantation. Here’s the National Kidney Foundation World Kidney Day page. The Centers for Disease … Continue reading

News Roundup #8: African American activity, Transplant quick test, Salvadorean transnational transplant, Nigerian blood donation

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Goodies to combat Black history month withdrawal As Black history month wound to a close yesterday, we give wanted you a few news tidbits on the African American angle. Here at TransplantInformers, we’re no strangers to recognizing disparities that affect black communities. First up, a feature on Dr. Velma Scantlebury, the first Black woman to … Continue reading

TransplantInformers Book Club: More thoughts on Donor by Ken McClure

So many books on transplantation to read, so little time...  Image by Juhan Sonin on Flickr

I just finished blazing through Donor by Ken McClure. We introduced this book to you earlier this month, and now having completed it, I thought it would useful to provide a guide to some themes in the book that are most pertinent to donor outreach/education stakeholders. If you’ve already read the book, this may give … Continue reading

News Roundup #4: Disability and transplant outcomes, the military and bone marrow drives, tracheal transplant triumph

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Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at UPenn weighs in on the controversial case of a girl with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome  and transplant outcomes in relation to disability in an MSNBC article. While the issue is indeed a very emotional one, Caplan’s response is more measured.  He goes beyond the specific case and places … Continue reading

TransplantInformers Book Club: Donor by Ken McClure

So many books on transplantation to read, so little time...  Image by Juhan Sonin on Flickr

Lo, many years ago, I was an English minor in college. Hence, I take great pleasure in reading works of fiction in a collective setting, being able to discuss and develop ideas about a text. TransplantInformers is surely about real world practice in donor outreach and education. However, we cannot deny that fictional narratives affect … 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

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