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It is currently legal for Canadians to travel abroad and obtain organs from illicit sources. If it gains final approval from the Senate, Bill S-240 will change this. (Shutterstock)

Canada must end complicity in China’s brutal organ trafficking regime

When a Canadian travels to China to receive an organ transplant, a member of a persecuted minority may be killed to provide the organ.
A Nova Scotia woman displays the tattoo that marks her two liver transplants at the provincial legislature in Halifax in April 2019. The province’s Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act will allow Nova Scotians to donate their organs and tissue unless they opt out. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

A little nudge goes a long way in increasing organ donor registrations

Most Canadians support organ donation after death, but fewer than 25 per cent have registered to donate their organs. What can be done to encourage more registrations?
It’s not always clear where human organs come from in research papers. Piron Guillaume/unsplash

Whose hearts, livers and lungs are transplanted in China? Origins must be clear in human organ research

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.
Jarrius Robertson, a liver transplant survivor, runs the football at the Jan. 27, 2018 Pro Bowl practice in Kissimmee, Florida. AP Photo/Gregory Payan

How live liver transplants could save thousands of lives

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”. Aurelien Forget

We’ve made ‘smart egg-cartons’ to transport cells to cure diabetes

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.
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

How should we decide what to do?

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. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

Anniversary of Konrad Reuland tragedy reminds us of the toll of brain aneurysms

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?

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