Redefining the Donation Conversation in New #BeTheGift Campaign

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Signing up to be an organ donor means thinking about what happens after you die, which can be uncomfortable, so DCI Donor Services is appealing to potential donors differently.

“We thought what we had to do was battle these myths and misunderstandings about organ and tissue donation,” said Michael Ashmore, communications director at DCI. “As it turns out, when we started talking about this campaign, all these myths are such a small percentage of why people don’t do it. People just ...

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Sun’s Harms Rise After Organ Transplant

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Organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for skin cancer and need to protect themselves, a dermatologist warns.

“Individuals who receive organ transplants need to take immunosuppressive medications for the rest of their lives, and this makes it more difficult for their bodies to fight disease, including skin cancer,” said Dr. Christina Lee Chung. She is former director of the Drexel Dermatology Center for Transplant Patients in Philadelphia.

“On top of that, some of these medications make the skin more sensitive to ...

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PBS News Explores Controversy of Compensation for Kidney Donors

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From PBS News Hour: In the U.S., Medicare spending on dialysis accounts for nearly 1 percent of the entire federal budget, and the cost is growing. On the other hand, kidney transplants are actually less expensive and offer the possibility of getting back to work and off disability, but there are not enough for every patient in need. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at ...

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Education Corner – Donate Life ECHO

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DONATE LIFE ECHO: EVERY COMMUNITY HAS OPPORTUNITY
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On a yearly basis, during the second and third full weeks of July, a two-week outreach campaign known as Donate Life ECHO is observed. This nationally-recognized initiative focuses on educating multicultural communities on the importance of donation and transplantation and registering to ...

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A Dream Starting to Come True: Wearable Kidneys

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Without a transplant, patients with kidney failure need dialysis to stay alive. Dialysis does a good job of cleaning the blood and removing extra fluid, but it takes a lot of time and can hurt a patient’s quality of life. Since the 1970s, doctors have been trying to make a dialysis machine that patients can wear. The hope has always been to free patients from a huge machine that keeps them tied down. But there were no parts small and ...

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Man with world’s largest kidneys receives transplant at Mayo Clinic

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Champion. A title Gene Okun relishes.

Now, the man once-dubbed “Baby Arnold Schwarzenegger” holds a title he never wanted.

Doctors believe Okun, a former powerlifter and bodybuilder, has the largest kidneys in the world. An average kidney is the size of your fist. Okun’s are bigger than a football.

“I can’t say growing bigger kidneys was on my list of dream accomplishments. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, I am now famous for big ...

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Hepatitis C positive lungs safely transplanted to patients

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Lungs from donors who had hepatitis C have been successfully transplanted into 10 patients at Toronto General Hospital (TG).

All patients have recovered from their transplant surgery. Eight of them have already tested negative for the virus and the last two patients have recently started taking the drug regimen.

The transplants are part of a clinical trial that is the first to assess the safety of transplanting hepatitis positive organs to non-infected patients using the ex vivo technology. Developed at TG in 2008, the Toronto Ex Vivo ...

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Education Corner – Hepatitis C Positive Organ Donors – Is That Possible?

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Hepatitis C Positive Organ Donors – Is That Possible? – (Download PDF Version)

About the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)

  • RNA (ribonucleic acid) viral infection
  • Causes liver inflammation and can cause severe liver damage
  • Spread through contaminated blood
  • Half of people infected with HCV are asymptomatic and do not know they are infected

Symptoms Can Include:

  • Almost always only ...
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Army doctors transplant new ear from soldier’s arm

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An Army soldier who lost her ear received a revolutionary transplant in which doctors grew her a brand new ear on the patient’s own arm.

Plastic surgeons at William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) in El Paso successfully transplanted the organ onto Shamika Burrage after the Army Private lost her left ear in a one-car accident while on leave in 2016. Instead of finding a donor, surgeons took cartilage from Burrage’s ribs and carved it into the shape ...

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Kidney transplant increases survival in GPA patients

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Patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, formerly known as Wegener’s) who develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and undergo a kidney transplant have a significantly reduced risk of death, a national study found.

Among patients with GPA who were wait-listed for renal transplantation from 1995 to 2014, those who received the transplant had a 70% reduction in all-cause mortality (RR 0.30, 95% CI 0.25 to 0.36), according to Zachary S. Wallace, MD, and colleagues from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital ...

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