Two new collaborative papers by UC Merced Economics Professor Kurt Schnier reveal that increasing the incentives and eliminating barriers for donors — both living and deceased — would greatly improve other people’s chances of receiving life-saving transplants.
One collaboration, involving a transplant surgeon and two other economists, focused on increasing people’s willingness to be deceased organ donors. The other collaboration, involving two transplant surgeons and a public health researcher, investigated a government policy targeted at increasing living organ donation by lowering donor-related costs.
AUSTIN, Texas, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The first study to track outcomes of transplanted kidneys that were previously deemed unfit for transplant shows a more than 90 percent graft survival rate for these kidneys a year after patients received them.
The study results, presented at the National Kidney Foundation 2018 Spring Clinical Meetings in Austin, highlights how a lack of standardization across transplant centers could be depriving patients of life-saving organs.
Currently 121,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the United States, but nearly one out ...
Learning to become self-sufficient and responsible is part of life’s journey through the teen and young adult years. Mistakes are often made, and lessons are learned. However, for young kidney-graft patients, any mistake or failure in keeping to their strict immunosuppressive therapy can lead to tragic results. In fact, low-adherence to medication remains a major contributor to the high level of organ rejection in this age group.
Transplant specialists and researchers from eight leading pediatric medical centers across Canada and the ...
In the culmination of decades of research at the University of Virginia Health System, doctors have begun human testing of a drug they hope will one day save many lives among lung transplant recipients.
The drug, regadenoson, is already commonly used to image cardiac patients’ hearts. But the UVA research suggests it could be put to another, lifesaving purpose: battling ischemia reperfusion injury, in which tissue is damaged by the restoration of blood flow after it has been cut off.
RICHMOND, Va. — The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., has announced a $75,000 challenge grant to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to fund a proof of concept phase for UNOS’ Timely Donor Referral technology pilot. Smithfield will match dollar-for-dollar all donations made to UNOS for the program, up to $75,000.
The Timely Donor Referral technology project’s goal is to change the inefficient manual processes utilized by hospital staff in the nation’s 5,500 donor hospitals when ...
Transplant social workers are often tasked with ensuring that donor candidates understand the psychological risks that can accompany the physical risks of living donation. Francia Raisa, Selena Gomez’s kidney donor, recently opened up to provide a candid description of her journey with physical and psychological recovery since living donation.
“[I was told in a pre-surgery conversation that] it’s going to be hard, the recipient is going to glow and she’s going to recover a lot faster ...
What is Transplant Outreach?
Have you ever wondered how transplant programs grow their waitlist for organ transplants, how patients know about programs, or how physicians know where to send their patients for a transplant evaluation and to be listed? Transplant outreach programs are a strategy ...
People who received kidneys from donors infected with hepatitis C did not become ill with the virus, thanks to treatment with newer drugs that can cure the disease, a small study reports.
Ten patients not previously infected with hepatitis C took doses of powerful antiviral medications before and after receiving the transplants. None of the patients developed chronic infections, researchers report online March 6 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The finding could help make more kidneys available for transplants.