It’s not always clear where human organs come from in research papers.
International standards ban publication of research that involves any biological material from executed prisoners, that lacks human research ethics committee approval and that lacks consent of donors.
Many countries around the world can’t meet the demand for donor organs.
Religious and cultural beliefs play a role in the country's organ donor shortages. But these factors alone grossly oversimplifies the issue.
If the family doesn’t agree, the surgery won’t go ahead.
A parliamentary committee report recommends the Australian government investigate whether an opt-out system could help increase donation rates. But the evidence suggests it wouldn't.
More than a year after a groundbreaking liver transplant doctors still can’t say if the recipient is HIV-positive or not.
A liver transplant from an HIV-positive living donor to an HIV-negative recipient is possible, but there are still gaps in our knowledge.
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Emotional barriers to organ donation and why they're so tough to crack
Fundamental questions of ethics are involved in donor transplant decisions.
Doctors in South Africa performed a liver transplant from an HIV-positive donor to a HIV-negative recipient. Major ethical questions came into play.
A strip from The Gift, a comic about organ donation.
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To read a comic is to engage in play, problem solving and self discovery.
A photo of Jahi McMath shown at her funeral service at Acts Full Gospel Church in Oakland, Calif.
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California teenager Jahi McMath's family refused to accept the diagnosis of brain death. Her case opens up a number of questions – among them – what role did race play?
To encourage more people to donate, we need to figure out how location has affected their decision.
Jarrius Robertson, a liver transplant survivor, runs the football at the Jan. 27, 2018 Pro Bowl practice in Kissimmee, Florida.
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April is National Donate Life Month, a time to emphasize the importance of organ donation. It is also a good time to learn about a major medical advance that allows liver transplants from living donors.
Isolated pancreas cells stained bright green are shown sitting in the wells of the transport “egg carton”.
Doctors can treat diabetes by transplanting cells from the pancreas of a donor to the patient. But many of the crucial cells die - a better way to store and transport them can help.
Running on a transplanted liver.
Sport can provide organ recipients with motivation and a chance to celebrate.
How many times do we wonder, ‘what’s the right thing to do’?
Ed Yourdon from New York City, USA (Helping the homeless Uploaded by Gary Dee, via Wikimedia Commons
A scholar suggests a few approaches that have withstood the test of time.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Konrad Reuland sat on the sidelines of a preseason game in September 2015 against the Atlanta Falcons.
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Konrad Reuland's death shocked sports fans and, famously, gave new life to baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew. But how is it that a young athlete in top shape could suddenly develop a deadly condition?
When rain from Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston and surrounding areas, some people were more eager to volunteer than others.
Caring about someone you have never met, this new brain research suggests, may have a lot in common with caring about the people you love.
Transplant experts have serious concerns over a new organ donation website.
People undergoing dialysis would have a better quality of life if they had a kidney transplant.
Many patients with end stage kidney disease would live longer and have a better quality of life with a kidney transplant compared to staying on dialysis.
Pakistani men display scars after selling kidneys to pay off debts.
Paying people for their organs can be viewed as coercive and exploitative, but there is a middle ground.
The international community should demand a full accounting of the real sources of organs in China before believing any more claims about reform.
There’s more you could donate besides blood, organs and tissue.
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Most people know they can donate their organs after they pass away. But what about their medical data? For National Donor Day, we suggest countries create national databases of data donors.