Sep 20, 2012 — The nonprofit in charge of distributing organs wants to revamp the system for distributing kidneys for the first time in 25 years. But some transplant specialists and bioethicists fear the changes could end up discriminating against some patients.
Aug 31, 2012 — The tax incentives are intended to defray the organ donor's cost in medical care, travel and lost wages. By federal statute, it's illegal to pay someone for the organ itself. But the modest breaks available in some states haven't made a dent.
Jul 2, 2012 — Some of the 100,000 people who have donated a kidney in the past six decades say the donation has left them with debilitating health and financial problems. And they say the health care system doesn't do enough to document their cases or issue them sufficient warnings.
May 1, 2012 — Starting today, the social media giant is letting you add organ-donation status to your timeline. And, if you'd like to become an organ donor, Facebook will direct you to a registry to get started.
May 9, 2011 — Dallas Wiens looks nothing like he did before Nov. 13, 2008, when a horrific accident obliterated all his features and left him blind. Now, he has a new face after a transplant at a Boston hospital. And he's heading home to Texas.
Apr 19, 2011 — Living donors of kidneys and other organs face can face difficulties with health costs, if they're uninsured. Recipients' coverage can take care of most acute problems. But some medicines and tests may not be part of the deal.
Apr 11, 2011 — Ending a ban on transplants of HIV-positive organs could help HIV patients get kidneys and livers. About 500 people a year could benefit, according to an analysis from Johns Hopkins researchers.
Feb 23, 2011 — O'Rourke was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2006. Last April his doctors told him he would need a transplant if he expected to live much longer. He just got a new lung.
Feb 18, 2011 — The mistake at USC University Hospital appears to have happened when two kidneys from different donors got mixed up. The transplant program has been halted while the problems are investigated and corrected.