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.
For many years, the number of transplants in China has been concealed.
For those who travel to China for whole livers, lungs or hearts, there can be little doubt that, after organ retrieval, the donor is dead.
Kidneys for donation are in short supply, via Shutterstock.
A shortage of organs for donation has led some to ask: would establishing a market help? That, however, raises another question: would it also harm?
Growing human organs in pigs mean they’re doing our dirty work for us.
We're living longer and more ill lives – could we use animals to grow human organs for transplants?
The heart of the matter.
Presumed consent is not the way forward.
Families shouldn’t be able to override a patient’s wishes after their death.
The family veto is morally repugnant unless removing it would result in a decrease in the supply of transplantable organs.
Fertility treatments might be designed to improve rather than save lives but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be publicly funded.
The advent of womb transplants raises serious issues of consent for organ donors.
Uterus transplants could make giving birth a possibility for thousands of infertile women.
Organ donation rates in the UK are at an all time low. Could this be the solution?
Despite having a higher than average rate of viable donors, Australia’s organ donation rate is lower than much of the developed world.
Australia was once a world leader in organ donations, but today it lags much of the developed world. William Isdale speaks with Aric Bendorf about how to improve Australia's organ donation rates.
Australia has struggled to increase its organ donation rates for more than 25 years.
The answer to increasing the rate is already clear: we need to better manage patients nearing brain death.
It’s time to go beyond improving the mechanisms for implementing existing laws.
Australia’s organ donation levels are low by international standards. At least twenty countries achieve better donation rates than Australia's 16.1 donors per million population (DPM).
Rather than changing the power dynamic between families and hospitals, we should improve our organisational practices and end-of-life care in hospitals.
Most families want to honour their loved one’s known donation wishes. A one-in-three veto rate suggests families are encountering barriers to organ donation in the hospital.
More Australians may be able to donate or receive organs if proposed NHMRC guidelines are adopted.
Australia has never had a great deceased organ donor rate – and it fell last year. But proposed guidelines from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) could change how donor organs are…
Trust in doctors to do the right thing.
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