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  • 3D printed liver transplants one step closer

    07/28/2016 2:31:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    3D Printing Industry ^ | July 28, 2016 | Nick Hall
    3D printed organ transplants have been in the cards for a while, but deep tissue printing has proved problematic. Now a team of scientists in Korea think they have cracked the code for producing functional liver tissue by printing functional mouse liver cells. Simply put, we need more livers than we currently have as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasingly prevalent. The donor system, meanwhile, is inherently flawed. Patients face agonising treatment while they wait for a suitable liver. There is simply no guarantee they will get a matching organ in time and even if they do, there can...
  • Living tissue 3D printing: Breakthrough could lead to creation of new organs

    Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed the bio-ink, created by scientists at the University of Bristol, from stem cells. It is expected to pave the way for the production of complex tissues to replace diseased or damaged areas of the body such as knees and hips and eventually the creation of vital organs. Lead researcher Dr Adam Perriman, an expert in cellular medicine at the University of Bristol, said: “This is a very exciting development which we believe could lead to a revolution in the treatment of diseases like osteoarthritis and other causes of tissue damage. “This approach...
  • For Planned Parenthood Black Livers Matter

    07/20/2015 5:24:01 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/20/2015 | David Catron
    If you have ever witnessed one of those “spontaneous” pro-abortion demonstrations held in Washington whenever Congress contemplates curtailing taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, you may have noticed that there was something missing—African-American demonstrators. This is odd, considering that black women are far more likely to have abortions than are their Caucasian counterparts. And, examined in light of the now infamous video of a white Planned Parenthood official discussing how to crush a baby without damaging marketable livers and other organs, it is particularly ominous. Why? Because the terminated baby will probably have been black, and that is no coincidence. Am...
  • Policy Statement: Using Animal Organs for Transplantation into Other Animals

    The ASPCA is opposed to the killing of live animals for organ donation to other animals. The ASPCA does support ethical practices such as kidney transplant programs in which a kidney is harvested from a carefully selected animal on the condition that the guardian of the animal receiving the kidney must subsequently adopt or arrange for a permanent home for the donor animal.
  • Undercover Investigation Reveals Planned Parenthood's Organ Trafficking Operations

    07/14/2015 9:27:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/14/2014 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Sean Davis reports at The Federalist: In shocking video obtained by the Center for Medical Progress and first reported by Live Action News, a top Planned Parenthood executive is seen attempting to sell body parts from aborted babies. Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, is caught on video bragging about how she aborts babies in such a way that their body parts and organs can later be sold for profit. “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part,” Nucatola tells actors posing as organ...
  • New 3D Printable Hydrogel Composites Created — Possible Breakthrough in Human Body Part Replacement

    05/01/2015 11:22:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    3DPrint ^ | April 29, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    There is tremendous progress being made within the area of 3D bioprinting. In fact, there are companies working to print human organs as we speak, and within the next decade such organs may, if we are lucky, be available for human transplantation. With that said we still are a ways away from such an accomplishment. There are multiple obstacles researchers must first overcome. When considering the organ printing space in general, the printing of complicated vascular networks is the main obstacle currently preventing progress. On the other hand, when printing cellular musculoskeletal tissues the main obstacle in this space is...
  • Want To Murder Someone? Pennsylvania’s About To Make It Easier

    09/17/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-17-2014 | Dick Teresi
    Pennsylvania legislators are poised to pass into law an organ-transplant-donation bill that will make it easier for murderers to avoid detection and prosecution. Two bills, almost identical, Senate Bill 850 (SB 850) and House Bill 30 (HB 30), according to its many bipartisan sponsors, will greatly increase the number of organ donors. There are currently 121,000 people on the national waitlist for organ transplants, and laws to increase the organ supply are perennially popular in many states. Those opposing such laws are commonly accused of condemning to death people on the waitlist. Law enforcement officials, however, are taking exception to...

    07/18/2014 5:11:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies ^ | 6-18-2014 | EHX
    With 9 presets that were finely tuned to emulate the most legendary organs from the '60s and beyond, the B9 Organ Machine will transform your guitar or keyboard. Tracking is fast and flawless. Control of its signature percussive click and sweet modulation is precise. Blend your dry instrument to create lush layers.
  • Scientists Fully Regenerate Organ In Living Animal For The First Time

    04/08/2014 7:36:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/08/2014 | KATE KELLAND, REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have for the first time used regenerative medicine to fully restore an organ in a living animal, a discovery they say may pave the way for similar techniques to be used in humans in future. The University of Edinburgh team rebuilt the thymus - an organ central to the immune system and found in front of the heart - of very old mice by reactivating a natural mechanism that gets shut down with age. The regenerated thymus was not only similar in structure and genetic detail to one in a young mouse, the scientists said,...
  • Organ Music and Tradition at St. Gertrude the Great (Keeping the faith)

    11/15/2013 4:26:25 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Quidlibet: ^ | 11/12/2013 | Rev. Anthony Cekeda
    EVEN AT AGE 13 in 1964, the Vatican II liturgical changes that were just being introduced left me a bit uneasy, in particular, the near-immediate decline of good Catholic church music. I resolved to do something about it, so at age 14, with no keyboard training at all, I began to study organ and aspired to compose good liturgical music. To make a long story short, in a mere year or two my enthusiasm (it sure wasn’t my keyboard technique!) landed me a little scholarship at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. The head of the Conservatory was Michael P. Hammond...
  • Ohio execution stayed while state weighs allowing organ donation

    11/13/2013 3:56:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    KFGO ^ | 11/13/13 | Kim Palmer
    CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio Governor John Kasich on Wednesday stayed the execution of convicted killer Ronald Phillips to assess whether Phillips's non-vital organs or tissues can be donated to his mother or possibly others. Phillips, 40, was scheduled to be executed Thursday for the 1993 murder of 3-year-old Sheila Marie Evans. But Kasich granted a stay until July 2 to allow medical experts to assess whether Phillips's non-vital organs or tissues can be donated to his mother or others.
  • Mapping the way to a more 'fair' wait for new livers

    08/26/2013 3:06:01 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 20, 2013 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    Mapping the way to a more fair wait for new livers Aug 20, 12:36 PM (ET) By LAURAN NEERGAARD (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) - Where you live can affect your chances of getting a liver transplant, and your risk of dying while waiting. The nation's transplant network says it's time to make the system fairer - and it may take a cue from how politicians redraw voting maps. "Gerrymandering for the public good" is how Johns Hopkins University transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev describes a proposal to change the map that governs how donated livers are distributed around the country. The...
  • Illegal Aliens Demand Free Organ Transplants

    08/20/2013 4:21:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    Illegal immigrants have boldly demanded everything from civil rights in the U.S. to driver’s licenses and government benefits such as welfare and discounted tuition at public universities, so why stop there? Now they want American taxpayers to finance their organ transplants! This is even more brazen than the discrimination lawsuits illegal aliens have filed against law enforcement agencies—both federal and local—in the U.S. over the years. To make their point, the illegal immigrants have gone on a hunger strike outside an Illinois hospital demanding free organ transplants for themselves and their fellow undocumented comrades. This insanity is taking place outside...
  • Policy Makes Lung Transplant Out of Reach for 10-Year-Old

    05/29/2013 2:51:51 PM PDT · by Wanderer99 · 24 replies
    ABC news ^ | May 29, 2013 | Sydney Lupkin
    If Sarah Murnaghan were 12 years old, she would be at the top of the adult lung transplant list because she only has weeks to live and a lung transplant would as-good-as cure her of cystic fibrosis. But she's not 12, and if she doesn't get new lungs, she might not even make it to 11. "We are not asking for preference for Sarah, we are asking for equality," Sarah's mother, Janet Murnaghan, said in a press release. "We strongly believe Sarah should be triaged based on the severity of her illness, not her age." Organ Donation: Should Younger Patients...
  • 'Stimulated' stem cells stop donor organ rejection

    10/18/2011 3:03:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    MedicalXpress ^ | 10/18/11
    (Medical Xpress) -- Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a way to stimulate a rat’s stem cells after a liver transplant as a means of preventing rejection of the new organ without the need for lifelong immunosuppressant drugs. The need for anti-rejection medicines, which carry serious side effects, is a major obstacle to successful long-term transplant survival in people. With a combination of a very low, short-term dose of an immunosuppressive drug to prevent immediate rejection and four doses of a medication that frees the recipient’s stem cells from the bone marrow to seek out and populate the donor organ, the...
  • First Fully Lab-Grown Organ Successfully Transplanted

    07/08/2011 5:47:20 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 7/8/2011 | Atlantic Wire
    A man who developed cancer in his windpipe has gotten a new trachea, grown entirely from his own stem cells over two days in a laboratory in Sweden. The operation is remarkable because it's the first time a completely synthetically grown organ has been transplanted into a patient, The Guardian reported. "The synthetic trachea was created by growing the patient's own stem cells on an artificial 'scaffold', which British scientists helped design.
  • Giant organ brings French sound to NY

    03/28/2011 1:18:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/28/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – Here's heavy metal music that won't give you a headache: a French-built organ with more than 6,000 steel pipes that has just started thundering from a New York church. The organ, built by master artisans in France, draws on centuries of French organ tradition, creating an authentic Baroque sound that other makers just can't copy, according to organist Dennis Keene. "It reminds you of Versailles at the king's arrival. We don't have this kind of sounds in the US," Keene enthused. The instrument, comprising a staggering 6,183 pipes in 111 ranks, will be officially inaugurated in...
  • Plane carrying donor organ crashes at UK airport (2 crew members injured, liver OK)

    11/19/2010 1:33:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/19/10 | AP
    LONDON – A small plane carrying a liver for transplant crashed and burst into flames at England's Birmingham Airport Friday. Two crew members were injured, but rescuers managed to salvage the donor organ and rush it to a nearby hospital West Midlands Police Chief Inspector Matt Markham said the privately owned Cessna made a "hard landing" and caught fire just after 3:30 p.m. (1530GMT, 10:30 a.m. EST). He said visibility in the area, 120 miles (195 kilometers) north of London, was "appalling" because of thick fog. An airport spokesman said the plane, flying from Belfast, clipped an antenna as it...
  • Livers grown in the laboratory could eventually solve organ transplant shortage

    10/31/2010 11:19:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 10/31/10 | Richard Alleyne
    The researchers created "working livers" the size of a walnut which functioned normally in laboratory conditions. They believe that in around five years they will be able to upscale the process and transfer the procedure from laboratory to hospital. The development could eventually solve the transplant shortage and also remove the need for powerful drugs to prevent the body rejecting the organ. "We are excited about the possibilities this research represents, but must stress that we're at an early stage and many technical hurdles must be overcome before it could benefit patients," said the project director, Associate Professor Shay Soker
  • When Does Death Start? (Here Come the Death Panels)

    12/20/2009 7:09:10 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 43 replies · 1,552+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/20/09 | By DARSHAK SANGHAVI
    A new approach to organ donation doesn’t require waiting until the donor’s brain death....
  • China Announces Voluntary Organ Donor System

    08/26/2009 12:40:14 PM PDT · by BGHater · 12 replies · 427+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 26 Aug 2009 | MICHAEL WINES
    China has inaugurated a voluntary organ donor program, hoping to overhaul a system that now harvests the vast majority of its organs from black-market sellers and executed prisoners and leaves millions of ailing people without hope of getting a transplant. The new program, run by the national Red Cross Society with help from China’s Health Ministry, was reported by the state-run English-language newspaper China Daily on Wednesday. The newspaper quoted the vice minister of health, Huang Jiefu, as saying the goal was to create an organ donation system that “will benefit patients regardless of social status and wealth.” At least...
  • 400 Million-Year-Old Male Sex Member ID'd

    07/14/2009 6:45:45 PM PDT · by llevrok · 27 replies · 893+ views
    Discovery.Com ^ | 7/14/09 | Nicky Phillips
    -- Scientists have confirmed the oldest penis-like structure in an ancient fish specimen. The discovery of the 400 million-year-old reproductive organ is one of the earliest examples of internal fertilization in vertebrate animals. Understanding the anatomy of these ancient fish could reveal further details in the evolution of vertebrates -- including humans. The research is published in today's advanced online ahead of print edition of Nature. Earlier this year the team, led by Australian palaeontologist Dr John Long, predicted some ancient fish from the Devonian era, had an attachment to their pelvic bone, which were used by males to fertilize...
  • Claudia Castillo gets windpipe tailor-made from her own stem cells[UK]

    11/18/2008 8:05:32 PM PST · by BGHater · 4 replies · 346+ views
    Times Online ^ | 19 Nov 2008 | David Rose
    A woman has been given a new section of windpipe created from her own stem cells in an operation that could revolutionise surgery. Claudia Castillo, 30, who lives in Barcelona, has become the first person to be given a whole organ tailor-made for her in laboratories across Europe. A graft from a donor was used, but because it has been imbued with Ms Castillo’s own cells, there is no sign that her body will reject the organ. Researchers and surgeons from Britain, Italy and Spain collaborated to grow tissue from Ms Castillo’s own bone marrow stem cells, using them to...
  • Brown may press ahead with organ donor law, despite ruling of advisers[UK][Presumed Consent]

    11/17/2008 2:07:34 PM PST · by BGHater · 12 replies · 438+ views
    Times Online ^ | 17 Nov 2008 | David Rose
    Gordon Brown has refused to rule out a change in the law that may see everyone considered as a potential organ donor, despite the recommendations of his advisers today. The opt-out system of organ donation should not be introduced as it could undermine patients’ confidence in medical care, the UK Organ Donation Taskforce said. The system of “presumed consent”, as used in Spain and other countries, was unlikely to boost donation rates, as The Times revealed on Friday. A £4.5 million public awareness campaign in England will start next year with the aim of boosting the number of people on...
  • Organ grinder and his toy monkey 'banned' from busking due to health and safety reasons

    08/05/2008 7:14:46 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 11 replies · 138+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 06th August 2008 | Daily Mail Reporter
    An organ grinder and his monkey were banned from the streets on health and safety grounds. Paddy Cooke, 64, from Matlock in Derbyshire, and his stuffed toy Simon cannot perform until they complete a risk assessment. Ripley Town Council in Derbyshire decided to cancel the act who were due to perform in the town centre during the summer holidays. The decision was made by licensing bosses at Amber Valley Borough Council.
  • Disclosing organ transplant risks: Now or later?

    06/25/2008 11:27:15 PM PDT · by Westlander · 4 replies · 109+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6-25-2008 | JoNel Aleccia
    Patients awaiting organ transplants should decide in advance whether they’re willing to take substandard kidneys, livers and other organs, including those at risk for infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis C.
  • HRW finds reports of abductions of Serbs from Kosovo credible.

    05/05/2008 4:40:27 PM PDT · by dschapin · 35 replies · 155+ views
    Human Rights Watch ^ | May 5, 2008 | Humab Rights Watch
    Kosovo/Albania: Investigate Postwar Abductions, Transfers to Albania Official Dismissals Premature (New York, May 5, 2008) – Additional information has emerged that bolsters allegations of abductions and cross-border transfers from Kosovo to Albania after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, Human Rights Watch said today. The Kosovar and Albanian governments should open independent and transparent investigations to help resolve the fate of approximately 400 Serbs who went missing after the war. "Serious and credible allegations have emerged about horrible abuses in Kosovo and Albania after the war," said Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch, who investigated human rights violations in...
  • Serb prisoners 'were stripped of their organs in Kosovo war'

    04/11/2008 3:33:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 447+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 04/11/08 | Harry de Quetteville in Berlin and Malcolm Moore in Rome
    Serb prisoners 'were stripped of their organs in Kosovo war' By Harry de Quetteville in Berlin and Malcolm Moore in Rome Last Updated: 10:28am BST 11/04/2008 Serb prisoners had their internal organs removed and sold by ethnic Albanians during the Kosovo war, according to allegations in a new book by the world's best known war crimes prosecutor. Harry de Quetteville: Snippets from Carla Del Ponte's bookCarla Del Ponte, who stepped down in January as chief prosecutor at the Hague tribunal for crimes committed in the Balkan wars of the 1990s, said investigators found a house suspected of being a laboratory...
  • Teen Organ Donor's Gift Turns Tragic

    04/03/2008 11:20:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies · 354+ views ^ | 04/03/2008 | Staff
    (CBS) Fifteen-year-old Alex Koehne died suddenly last year from what doctors thought was Meningitis. "He said, 'Mommy, am I going to die?', and I said, 'No baby, they're going to make you all better,' his mother, Lisa Koehne remembers. CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes reports his devastated parents took some solace in knowing that his death would give others new life. His mother says organ donation is very important to the family. "Alex always knew what he wanted." Alex's liver went to a 52-year-old man. His pancreas to a 36-year-old woman. His kidneys went to two different men, one 46...
  • Indonesia's Suharto suffers multiple organ failure

    01/11/2008 3:13:11 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 3 replies · 102+ views
    Yahoo | AFP ^ | 1/12/08
    JAKARTA (AFP) - - Indonesia's ex-dictator Suharto, who ruled the nation with an iron fist for more than three decades, suffered multiple organ failure on Friday and lost consciousness, his doctors said. Suharto, an authoritarian ruler for 32 years until he was forced from power in 1998, entered hospital a week ago suffering anaemia and low blood pressure, as well as heart, kidney and lung problems. He improved after dialysis and transfusions but his condition has since fluctuated, dramatically worsening late Friday as his extended family rushed to his bedside and the media crowded hospital corridors. "At 5:00pm (1000 GMT),...
  • Balloon Organ Sounds Like Awesome Interplanetary Bagpipes

    11/17/2007 2:39:33 PM PST · by sionnsar · 16 replies · 68+ views
    GIZMODO ^ | 11/08/2007 | Charlie White
    Addi's Inflatable Minute brings us a wild musical instrument that's powered by a balloon and a foot pump and made out of PVC pipe and clothespins. Invented by Aaron Wendell, a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Balloon Organ makes a mournful bagpipe-like sound we found quite pleasant. Each note is bendable, so a variety of satisfying and sometimes dissonant sounds ensue. Notice Fran, the balloon organist who is capable of extracting some rather arty sounds from the thing. Remarkable. [Gear Wire, via Boing Boing]
  • 4 transplant recipients get HIV from donor

    11/13/2007 9:09:44 AM PST · by sharkhawk · 34 replies · 60+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/13/2007 | Jeremy Manier
    Four transplant recipients in Chicago contracted HIV from a high-risk organ donor whose infection went undetected in what hospital officials say is the first documented case of the virus being transmitted by organ donation in the U.S. in more than 20 years....
  • Disturbing Practice in China Brings Canadian Dignitaries to NZ

    09/03/2007 6:46:39 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 17 replies · 528+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | September 3, 2007 | By Charlotte Cuthbertson
    Hon David Kilgour and David Matas will be in Wellington Tuesday 11 September to highlight new evidence from their painstaking research into the practice of state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China. The former Canadian MP and the human rights lawyer have spent a year and a half researching and travelling in a global mission to raise awareness of the practice they conclude is "a form of evil yet to be seen on this planet." Kilgour and Matas released Bloody Harvest: Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China in January this year. The report almost doubles...
  • Organ Harvest: Civil Suit Allegs Man on Life Support Murdered by Doctors for Organs

    07/05/2007 11:34:16 AM PDT · by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh · 256 replies · 3,607+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | July 4, 2007 | Leslie Parrilla
    The mother of a San Luis Obispo man who died after an attempted organ donation at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center last year claims she never gave hospital officials consent to take her son off life-support and was misinformed when agreeing to the organ harvest, according to a wrongful death lawsuit. Rosa Navarro also alleges in her June 29 civil lawsuit that a transplant surgeon misrepresented himself as her son’s doctor, an allegation the surgeon’s attorney strongly denies. She also said she agreed to the organ donation only because she believed her son had no chance of survival. Defendants in...
  • 'Transplant tourism' on rise due to donor shortages

    03/31/2007 5:30:57 PM PDT · by TheBethsterNH · 29 replies · 563+ views ^ | 31 March 2007
    "Transplant tourism" on rise due to donor shortages By Laura MacInnis GENEVA - "Transplant tourism" is on the rise because organ donations are not keeping up with growing demand, especially for kidneys, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The United Nations agency said it was concerned about a rise in cases where people in countries such as Pakistan, Egypt and the Philippines were persuaded to sell their body parts to outsiders, mostly through a broker. The practice has increased over the past decade, said Luc Noel of the WHO's health technology and pharmaceuticals unit. "We believe 5 to...
  • 'Bionic' eye implants look ahead

    02/16/2007 3:23:11 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 48 replies · 2,913+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years. US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients. The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye. Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement. "What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise...
  • Cuyahoga Co. To Allow Organ Harvest Before Brain Death (Ohio)

    02/10/2007 12:17:23 PM PST · by keats5 · 95 replies · 1,773+ views
    News Net 5 (Cleveland) ^ | February 10, 2007 | not specified
    CLEVELAND -- Prosecutors in Ohio's most populous county said they'll no longer block the local organ bank if it wants to remove organs from people who are not yet brain dead. Most organs are removed for donation only after the brain ceases all activity. But nationwide there has been growing use a more complicated procedure to remove the organs after the heart stops working. Three such donations were done in Akron last year. Cuyahoga County prosecutors for the past decade have clashed with the LifeBanc over removing organs after cardiac death. At one point they threatened homicide charges. But Prosecutor...
  • China to establish bureau to oversee organ transplants

    11/27/2006 7:55:05 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 252+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/27/06
    China to establish bureau to oversee organ transplants Mon Nov 27, 7:41 AM ET China will establish a new government body to oversee the registration and allocation of donated organs for transplants, amid widespread controversy in the field. New regulations on human organ transplants will be issued "soon", mandating the establishment of the new body, Xinhua news agency reported Monday, citing comments by Wang Jianrong, a vice director at the ministry of health. On July 1, China issued regulations on the buying and selling of human organs for transplant following widespread accusations over a black market trade in organs harvested...
  • Pope blesses new organ (1000 y/o Basilica “Our Lady of the Old Chapel”)

    09/13/2006 8:19:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 385+ views
    Cafeteria is Closed ^ | September 13, 2006 | Gerald Augustinus
    dpaAPPope Benedict spent time with his brother today, and, as it behooves music lovers, they went to bless a new organ - in an old chapel. How old? Oh, about 1000 years. The organ was named after Pope Benedict. Here the Pope's words: This venerable house of God, the Basilica of “Our Lady of the Old Chapel”, has been splendidly refurbished and today receives a new organ, which will now be blessed and solemnly dedicated to its proper aim: the glorification of God and the strengthening of faith. An important contribution to the renewal of sacred music in the...
  • VANITY: Why I Choose Not to Designate Myself as an Organ Donor

    08/26/2006 9:39:03 AM PDT · by The Cuban · 320 replies · 5,293+ views
    VANITY | 8/26/2006 | The Cuban
    This morning, I renewed my driver's license. Of course, on the application they asked me if I wanted to donate my organs in the eventuality of my death. Being an altruist by nature, my first reaction was, why not, it could help somebody. But then a fear crept into my head - what if I was seriously ill, and "they" decided to hasten my as of yet not-inevitable death to harvest my organs? While my first reaction was that is absurd, I decided to chose "no" given the well grounded fear that in today's society, where life is given no...
  • California DMV makes organ donation easier

    07/11/2006 9:08:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 632+ views
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a new system to sign up organ and tissue donors, hoping to significantly increase the state's pool of donations. Those applying for or renewing a driver's license or ID card can now register by checking "yes" at the organ and tissue donor option, officials said Monday. The decision has legal standing and is automatically transmitted to the state's donor registry, taking the decision about whether to donate out of a family's hands. "Now, for the first time, each and every one of the 23 million licensed California drivers will have an effective,...
  • Womb transplants (Women who lack a functioning womb could get replacement.)

    06/21/2006 3:47:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies · 999+ views ^ | 21 June 2006 | Jo Marchant
    Womb transplants in humans should be possible within five years, say scientists in Sweden ... The procedure would allow women who have functioning ovaries but no womb to carry their own children, and the researchers say they have already been contacted by hundreds of women who are interested in having such a transplant. There are several reasons why a woman can lack a uterus. Some, with a condition called Rokitansky syndrome, are born without a vagina or a uterus. Others can lose their womb, for example through cervical cancer, or if the organ ruptures during childbirth. The only current way...
  • Nun collects music resources for hurricane-damaged parishes

    06/06/2006 1:50:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 260+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | June 5, 2006 | Anne Marie Amacher
    DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNS) -- While cleaning shelves in the music and arts room at the Humility of Mary Center in Davenport, Sister Nancy Wooldridge thought to herself, "What can I do with all this sheet music? I can't recycle it -- it must be of value." Shelves and boxes were full of sheet music featuring classical, traditional and religious arrangements, lesson books, accompaniment music and other material that the sisters had collected over the years. The retired music teacher, a member of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, talked with other sisters in the motherhouse about ideas as to...

    04/18/2006 9:41:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 481+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 04/16/06 | TIM JOHNSON
    CHINA ORGAN TRANSPLANTS BOOM CHINA IS THE LEADER IN TRANSPLANTS, BUT BUSINESS IS BESET BY CLAIMS THAT ORGANS COME FROM EXECUTED PRISONERS BY TIM JOHNSON Knight Ridder News Service TIANJIN, China - A few weeks after receiving a lifesaving liver transplant, Pakistani businessman Shaukat Javed shuffled slowly around a specialty hospital ward chatting up fellow organ recipients. Patients from around the globe mingled in the fourth-floor ward of the First Tianjin Central Hospital, some of them with nurses bracing their steps. In the past few years, several Chinese hospitals have done a soaring business in liver, heart and kidney transplants....
  • Surprise organ discovered in mice Mice are shown to have two thymus organs, not just one

    03/02/2006 8:09:22 PM PST · by Marius3188 · 29 replies · 999+ views ^ | March 02, 2006 | Helen Pearson
    After a century of scrutinizing the laboratory mouse, one might imagine that scientists would know the creature's body like the back of their own hands. Think again, because German researchers say they have discovered a whole new organ. Common knowledge holds that in mice, the thymus, a pinkish-grey lump of tissue that helps to produce the infection-fighting T cells of the immune system, is roughly the size of a pea and nestles in the chest above the heart. Now Hans-Reimer Rodewald at the University of Ulm in Germany, and his colleagues say they have discovered a smaller, second thymus hidden...
  • New organ gradually taking form

    02/24/2006 6:00:12 PM PST · by csvset · 13 replies · 280+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/24/2006 | Brenda Payton
    New organ gradually taking formBy Brenda Payton, Staff Writer Inside Bay AreaLARRY MARIETTA, organist and music program director for First Congregational Church of Berkeley, had a confession to make. "One night, a friend and I unpacked (the console), opened it up and looked at it. We tried to put the packing back, but it didn't look the same," he said, laughing. "I had to confess the next day." Since the church's new organ, with 4,873 pipes, arrived last week, Marietta has been as antsy as a 6-year-old on Christmas Eve. "The expectation is part of the exhilaration, especially when it...
  • Call to allow body organ selling

    02/17/2006 12:37:12 AM PST · by Marius3188 · 1 replies · 206+ views
    BBC ^ | 16 Feb 2006 | BBC
    Two US doctors have suggested the sale of organs such as kidneys should be legalised to meet the rising demand. They said bids to increase the donor pool were failing, and a black market in organ sales was booming. Writing in Kidney International the pair said, while it remained a taboo, legalisation should be considered. But experts in the UK - where selling organs is illegal - said such a move was unnecessary and would exploit the poorest sections of society. It is a tragedy that the critical shortage of organs donated for transplant means this question arises at all...
  • Donor Network Right to Refuse Organs from Homosexual, Says Christian Doc

    12/07/2005 7:49:57 PM PST · by xzins · 74 replies · 1,079+ views
    AgapePress ^ | 7 Dec 05 | Mary Rettig
    Donor Network Right to Refuse Organs from Homosexual, Says Christian Doc By Mary Rettig December 7, 2005 (AgapePress) - Friends and family of a Tucson man are crying discrimination after the homosexual man's organs were rejected by the Donor Network of Arizona. However, a Kansas surgeon who works in organ transplantation says the decision was a good one. Albert Soto, 51, intended to donate his eyes and other tissues after death, but a spokesman from the Network says the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta has established guidelines allowing centers to reject donations from men who have had sex with...
  • Hospital Halts Organ Program [Saudi got improper priority; action covered up]

    09/27/2005 9:04:02 AM PDT · by Jubal Harshaw · 9 replies · 557+ views ^ | September 27, 2005 | Charles Ornstein
    St. Vincent Medical Center, one of the largest organ transplantation centers in the state, has suspended its liver program after discovering that its doctors improperly arranged for a transplant to a Saudi national using an organ that should have gone to a much higher priority patient at another hospital, officials said. Hospital staff members then falsified documents several times to cover up the alleged maneuver, pretending that the transplant was for a patient who was near the top of the regional waiting list, hospital President and Chief Executive Gus Valdespino confirmed Monday.
  • Claude Organ, acclaimed surgeon, dies

    06/22/2005 10:29:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 505+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/22/05 | Brenda Payton
    Dr. Claude H. Organ Jr., an internationally known surgeon and medical educator who was the second African American to serve as president of the American College of Surgeons, died Saturday in Oakland. He was 78. Organ was editor of the prestigious Journal of American Medical Association publication Archives of Surgery for 15 years. He came to Oakland in 1989 to establish and lead the University of California, Davis/University of California San Francisco East Bay Surgery Department, now the UCSF-East Bay department of surgery. There, he oversaw the training of dozens of surgeons, including several African-American women, a population severely underrepresented...