Researchers examine barriers to organ donation and possible remedies

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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.

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After lowered age requirement, Illinois teens register as organ donors

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Thousands of Illinois teenagers have signed up to be organ and tissue donors in the first months of a new law which permits 16- and 17-year-olds to consent to donate.

Jacob Lenzini, a 17-year-old senior in Park Ridge, Ill., lost his father in 2014 from a brain tumor. He later met the man who’s alive because of his father’s donated lungs.

“It fills you with a sense of honor and servitude and just a feeling of being human,” Lenzini said.

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New Kentucky bill requires medical examiners to verify donor status

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new Kentucky house bill passed Monday, January 29, will go to the state Senate for approval.

Under House Bill 84, coroners and medical examiners will be required to verify organ and tissue donation wishes of the deceased while in their care.

Coroners/M.E. will need to release relevant and identifying information about a deceased person to the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)  if the person’s body is acceptable for transplant or therapy needs.

Right now, that information is only released ...

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