The wait for a donor kidney or lung may get shorter — at least for some on transplant wait lists. That’s because of recent changes to the U.S. transplant system. In December 2014, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) introduced a new way of matching transplant candidates with donor kidneys. … Read More
Whether it’s a heart, lung, kidney or liver, many people assume that transplantation is a last resort in treating a failing organ. But in the case of kidney disease, transplantation is actually the first line of treatment for patients who are candidates to receive a new kidney. “A kidney transplant is not a last resort; … Read More
Your kidneys are extraordinary organs. Each is no bigger than a clenched fist, but they purify your body’s entire 1.5-gallon blood supply multiple times a day, straining it through hundreds of thousands of tiny natural filters to extract waste via the urine they manufacture.
Donating a kidney just got even safer. New requirements — in effect as of Feb. 1, 2013 — further protect people who are willing to be living kidney donors. Concerns about what happens to donors after donating their kidneys prompted the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), which manages the transplant system, to establish new … Read More
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Early this month on Facebook, among all the vacation pictures and details of daily life, people started to add a much more important kind of “status update” — declaring themselves organ donors on the social network. Within a day after Facebook added a feature that allows people to declare themselves organ donors, more than 100,000 … Read More