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  • Report: The Chinese Government Is Stealing 10,000 Organs From Live Political Prisoners Every Year

    04/09/2015 6:26:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/9/15 | Josh Fatzick
    A Canadian documentary has alleged that the Chinese state is aware and approves of the removal of organs from live political prisoners, often without anesthetic. Some 10,000 political prisoners are reportedly killed each year, and at least one former worker is willing to testify to atrocities. The documentary, produced by Australiaís SBS Dateline, purports to show the gruesome details of the multi-billion dollar ďorgans-on-demandĒ transplant program, and how these Chinese hospitals remove organs from live patients, in some cases putting the people in incinerators before they had even died. The filmmaker, Leon Lee, in an interview with Australiaís News.com, described...
  • Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

    08/18/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    ‚ÄúPotentially unethical.‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs how one expert described an Italian scientist‚Äôs plan to perform a ‚Äúhead transplant‚ÄĚ by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the ‚Äėrecipient‚Äô head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is ‚ÄúPOTENTIALLY unethical?‚ÄĚ Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only ‚Äúpotentially‚ÄĚ unethical?Shock and awe.* * * * *Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred by criticism, however. Canavero now reports that it‚Äôs possible to merge bone marrow, surgically cut with an ultra-sharp knife, when fusing one person‚Äôs head onto another person‚Äôs spine. The...
  • Mysterious Things Happen To Human Organ Transplant Recipients

    07/03/2014 10:38:25 AM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Dog Brindle ^ | July 3, 2014 | Mike Estey
    When a person receives a new heart do they take on the characteristics of the donor? I remember going to the movies as a child, seeing Frankenstein the monster come to life, a mixture of different cadaver body parts. How silly? Then there was the movie of the severed hand the crawled around murdering people on it's own free will using it's fingers as legs. Is that really possible? Or the head on a platter, hooked up to tubes, alive and talking. Remember those movies? Well, apparently there is some truth involved here. There have been some people that have...
  • The next step: 3D printing the human body

    02/11/2014 5:16:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | February 11, 2014 | Rhiannon Williams
    Bioprinting, or the process of creating human tissues through 3D printers, is a highly contested area of technological innovation. Theoretically it could save the economy billions on a global scale, whilst boosting weak or war-torn countries' access to more affordable health care and provision, whether producing prosthetic limbs or highly customised fully-working human organs. From a technological perspective, the rise and development of 3D printing and its capabilities will play an undeniable part in our future lives. But how does the process work? UK-based company PrinterInks has teamed up with US startup Organovo, a company specialised in designing and printing...
  • 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 driverís 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 agenciesóboth federal and localóin 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...
  • Protesters ask for better access to kidney, liver transplants

    08/06/2013 4:11:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 05, 2013 | Ellen Jean Hirst
    Fourteen people in need of kidney and liver transplants, along with family and friends, have been on a weeklong hunger strike, demanding a spot on a transplant waiting list, which they say they've been denied. The men and women protested Monday outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital, some taking long breaks for dialysis. They said they've been denied a spot on the list because of their illegal residency in the country.
  • Sarah Murnaghan to be added to transplant list (Sebelius slapped)

    06/05/2013 4:54:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    WPVI-TV ^ | June 5, 2013
    A federal judge in Philadelphia has made a dying 10-year-old eligible to seek donor lungs from an adult transplant list. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson says he is granting the temporary request because of the severity of Sarah Murnaghan's condition. Her mother, Janet Murnaghan, says the family is thrilled by the ruling. It's in effect until a June 14 court hearing. The family is challenging organ transplant rules that say children under age 12 must wait for pediatric lungs to become available. The Murnaghans say that rarely happens. Sarah's doctors believe they can perform a successful transplant with adult lungs....
  • Denmark shocked by story of brain-dead donorís recovery

    The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator. About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the heart-rending drama. But Carina Melchior did not die after her respirator was removed. She is now undergoing rehabilitation and may make a full recovery. About 500 people immediately removed their names from Denmarkís organ donor register. Doctors at Aarhus University Hospital...
  • Organ transplants could be in illegal immigrants' future

    06/24/2012 7:21:36 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 25, 2012 | Jeff Danna
    Two illegal immigrants initially denied potentially lifesaving organ transplants could eventually receive the procedures at two area hospitals, according to a source close to the men. The University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center last week agreed to begin evaluating Lorenzo Arroyo, 36, for a liver transplant, while Loyola University Medical Center agreed to evaluate Jorge Mariscal, 23, for a kidney transplant, said the Rev. Jose Landaverde of Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Catholic Mission in Little Village. The two men have been previously treated for their conditions at those respective institutions. In a statement, UIC confirmed a transplant evaluation...
  • liver wars fight intensifies (Memphis singled out for punishment)

    06/10/2012 12:11:09 PM PDT · by GailA · 17 replies
    commercial appeal. ^ | 5/10/12 | N/A
    Memphis has been singled out for 0ícare punishment. This organization services a 3 state region...and if all they can get are livers from Memphis, people will die. Deadline is June 25th TIME IS CRITICAL PLEASE HELP, While you are doing the ONLINE commenting, please contact US Rep Steve Cohen, after all he voted for 0ícare, Senators Alexander and Corker, all have local phone numbers. NOT SURE ABOUT THE COPY RIGHT on the Commie Appeal so I did not post the story. This was so urgent our pastor had form letters available...of course I had to set him straight about using...
  • No transplant for dying dad who is illegal immigrant

    01/30/2012 4:47:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 01/30/2012 | By Hannah Dreier Contra Costa Times
    Without a new kidney, Jesus Navarro will die. Although the Oakland man has a willing donor and private insurance to pay for the transplant, he faces an additional hurdle in the race to save his life: He is an illegal immigrant. That fact prompted administrators at UC San Francisco Medical Center to refuse to transplant a kidney from Navarro's wife because they cannot be sure he will receive adequate follow-up care. Their decision taps into the tension between health care and immigration policies in the state and the role medical professionals should play in trying to save the lives of...
  • Brick Walls (Death Panels are already here)

    01/25/2012 9:09:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies · 1+ views
    wolfhirschhorn.org ^ | January 12, 2012 | CRivera75
    I am going to try and tell you what happened to us on January 10, 2012, in the conference room in the Nephrology department at Childrenís Hospital of Philadelphia. We arrived for our regular Nephrology visit with Ameliaís doctor who has seen her for the last three years. She examines Amelia and sends us for labs. I ask about the transplant and she says we have about six months to a year until she needs one. She tells us she reserved the conference room and when we get back from labs, we can meet with the transplant team and he...
  • Pig-to-Human Transplants Could Be Closer Than You Think

    10/22/2011 9:29:06 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 47 replies
    PopSci ^ | 10.21.2011 at 3:10 pm | Dan Nosowitz
    Two scientists at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh discussed the state of xenotransplantation--the use of cells, organs, or tissue from one animal in another--in a review in The Lancet. In that review, they touch on the history of one particular subject: pig-to-human transplants. Their conclusion? Clinical trials of pig-to-human transplants could begin in just a few years. Pigs that are genetically modified with genes to protect their organs and other inside bits from attack by the human immune system are capable of all kinds of potentially life-saving effects. Research has been conducted until now...
  • Welcome To The Organ Bazaar Ė Lahore, Kidney Capital Of The WorldÖ

    07/26/2011 2:25:23 PM PDT · by sussex · 5 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 26/07/11 | The Aged P
    Just a few days ago in the Pakistan city of Lahore Muhammad Riaz was feeling very depressed. A very friendly and concerned stranger asked him why he was so unhappy. Mr Riaz told him that with no regular income he was desperate for money. Donít worry, the man said, I can fix you up with 110,000 Rupees (about £800) by this evening Ė and all you have to do is sell one of your kidneys to a wealthy Arab.
  • Beyond liver transplants: Acutely damaged livers may be repaired via transplanted hepatocytes

    02/01/2010 10:52:12 AM PST · by decimon · 5 replies · 367+ views
    Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 01, 2010) Ė A research team from the National Taiwan University Hospital has evaluated the efficiency of transplanted hepatocyte (liver) cells in animal models severely damaged by two kinds of chemical toxicity to see whether and how transplanted hepatocytes were able to efficiently repopulate the toxin-induced, severely damaged livers. The results of this study are published in the current double issue of Cell Transplantation (18:10/11) and are freely available on-line at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/cog/ct/ . The study was carried out in the on-going effort to evaluate hepatocyte transplantation as an alternative to liver transplantation, not only because of the...
  • Nigerian Infant, Indian in Swap Liver Transplants

    08/19/2009 2:01:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 272+ views
    Times of India ^ | 20 August 2009 | Kounteya Sinha
    They were strangers living in different parts of the world till about three months ago, when terminal liver failure brought them together in Delhi. Now, 18-month-old Nigerian boy Dike and 44-year-old Mumbai resident Priya have become India's first patients to successfully undergo a swap liver transplant surgery. Unable to find suitable donors with a matching blood group for either Dike or Priya, doctors from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital decided to try out a liver swap, much on the lines of a swap kidney transplant, which has now become common. Five months after his birth, doctors diagnosed Dike with Billiary Atresia...
  • Cutting off transplant meds: a GovernmentCare success story

    09/14/2009 11:08:16 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 3 replies · 402+ views
    Hot Air Blog ^ | September 14, 2009 | Ed Morrisey
    POSTED AT 12:55 PM ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 BY ED MORRISSEY SHARE ON FACEBOOK | PRINTER-FRIENDLY Decades ago, Congress mandated that Medicare cover the treatment of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), including dialysis and transplants, for most patients in the US. Currently, the system covers 250,000 people receiving very expensive dialysis treatments, which costs just under $10,000 per patient per month, which is why so many people want to increase the transplant pool, as it would both save lives and greatly decrease costs. However, the system has a limit on support for the transplant medications needed to keep transplanted kidneys viable,...
  • Obama ďCzarĒ Advocates ďSocial Decision FrameworkĒ for Organ Donation

    09/06/2009 11:46:30 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies · 1,173+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 5 September 2009 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obamaís nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Cass Sunstein, says that organs for transplant shortages could be averted by reforming the protocol that determines when organs may be harvested from donors. Currently, persons wishing to donate organs must sign permission documents in advance. Many do not. The number of organs available for transplant would be larger if explicit permission were not required. ďJust because a person is born with an organ doesnít mean he is entitled to keep it if a greater need could be served by a different disposition of this asset,Ē...
  • Donor organ 'personality' worry

    06/08/2009 10:19:49 AM PDT · by Badabing Badablonde · 11 replies · 477+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6/5/09
    Most people have a strong aversion to the idea of receiving a donor organ from a killer, a study suggests. Those questioned said they would be far happier receiving a transplant from someone with a good moral background, the Cheltenham Science Festival heard. It follows on from research which found one in three organ transplant patients believe they have taken on some aspects of the donor's personality. < snip > They were shown pictures of strangers and asked to rate how happy they would be to receive an organ from them. The students were then shown the photos a second...
  • Baby Heart Transplants Fan Ethical Debate Over Dead-Donor Rule

    01/12/2009 9:14:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 423+ views
    MedPageToday ^ | 08.13.08 | John Gever
    Three heart transplants were successfully performed with infant donors whose hearts had stopped beating, according to researchers here, but some ethicists question whether moral boundaries were crossed. The report in the Aug. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reopened a long-simmering debate that boils down to the question of how to define death of a potential donor before organ harvesting may proceed. The three recipients, mean age 2.2 months, have survived at least 3.5 years with only one having a rejection episode during the first six months after surgery, reported Mark M. Boucek, M.D., and colleagues of...
  • Pig organs Ďavailable to patients in a decadeí

    11/07/2008 9:10:23 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 799+ views
    Times Online ^ | 07 Nov 2008 | Lewis Smith
    Organs from pigs could be widely available for transplanting into patients in a decade, Lord Winston said yesterday. The first organs suitable for transplanting, most likely kidneys, are expected to be ready within three years and, if tests are successful, their use could be widespread by 2018. A herd of as few as 50 pigs is expected to be kept as breeding stock to provide organs ďto orderĒ and to slash waiting times for thousands of people needing transplants. Professor Winston, of Imperial College, London, and his collaborator, Carol Readhead, of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, are leading research...
  • Killing for Organs: How the Extinction of the Dead Donor Rule is Putting Patients at Risk

    09/04/2008 4:59:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 183+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/4/08 | Wesley J. Smith
    LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, an attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and a leading monitor of bioethics issues such as assisted suicide, euthanasia and human cloning. File this in the ďAs If We Don't Already Have Enough to Worry AboutĒ file: Leading members of the organ transplantation communityóbacked by some bioethicistsóhave been waging a quiet campaign for more than ten years to do away with the ďdead donor rule,Ē a crucial ethical protection that requires donors of non paired vital organs to have died before their...
  • Medical marijuana patients face transplant hurdles

    04/26/2008 8:16:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies · 130+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sat Apr 26, 4:12 PM ET | GENE JOHNSON,
    SEATTLE - Timothy Garon's face and arms are hauntingly skeletal, but the fluid building up in his abdomen makes the 56-year-old musician look eight months pregnant. His liver, ravaged by hepatitis C, is failing. Without a new one, his doctors tell him, he will be dead in days. But Garon's been refused a spot on the transplant list, largely because he has used marijuana, even though it was legally approved for medical reasons. "I'm not angry, I'm not mad, I'm just confused," said Garon, lying in his hospital bed a few minutes after a doctor told him the hospital transplant...
  • Can we really transplant a human soul?

    04/10/2008 9:18:54 AM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies · 187+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 4-09-08 | Dr. Danny Penman
    ....In one celebrated case uncovered by Professor Schwartz's team, an 18-year-old boy who wrote poetry, played music and composed songs was killed in a car crash. A year after he died, his parents came across a tape of a song he had written, entitled, Danny, My Heart Is Yours. In his haunting lyrics, the boy sang about how he felt destined to die and donate his heart. After his death, his heart was transplanted into an 18-year-old girl - named Danielle. When the boy's parents met Danielle, they played some of his music and she, despite never having heard the...
  • Scientists Sucessfully Grow Heart in Lab

    01/16/2008 9:35:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 1,020+ views
    CBN News ^ | January 15, 2008 | Heather Sells
    There's new hope for the five million people in the United States who live with heart failure. Scientists say they have been able to grow a rat heart in a lab. They were also successful at getting it to start beating. About 50,000 people die each year waiting for a heart donor. But that all may change thanks to a rat heart, built by scientists at the University of Minnesota. "Everyone has cells," Dr. Doris Taylor told CBN News. "What's lacking is a way to put that together in a 3-D structure that lets you create an organ," she explained....
  • Transplants Without Tears

    11/27/2007 11:19:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 238+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 26 November 2007 | Mitch Leslie
    Heading home. A glowing stem cell transplant searches out a place to settle down.Credit: Deepta Bhattacharya, Agnieszka Czechowicz, and Irving Weissman A new treatment might allow patients to avoid some of the grueling side effects of bone marrow transplants. Researchers reported in the 23 November issue of Science that they can use a specific type of antibody to clear away old marrow stem cells in mice, allowing fresh ones to take their place. The discovery could allow patients to receive bone marrow without undergoing chemotherapy and other toxic procedures. Bone marrow transplants can ameliorate diseases such as sickle cell anemia...
  • Three Philadelphia-Area Funeral Directors Nabbed in Scheme Selling Body Parts

    10/04/2007 7:12:39 PM PDT · by nmh · 18 replies · 1,297+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 4, 2007 | Associated Press
    Three Philadelphia-Area Funeral Directors Nabbed in Scheme Selling Body Parts Thursday, October 04, 2007 PHILADELPHIA ó Three funeral directors sold hundreds of bodies to a former oral surgeon who allegedly collected the bones, tissue and skin from the corpses to be used in transplants, a grand jury charged Thursday after a 16-month investigation. The 244 bodies fetched about $1,000 each, the grand jury found, with the body parts being transplanted in unsuspecting medical patients worldwide. Michael Mastromarino, who operated the now-defunct Biomedical Tissue Services of Fort Lee, N.J., ran the scheme with help from a team of "cutters" who stole...
  • Health Authorities to Define Legal Brain Death

    08/22/2007 5:27:19 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 9 replies · 846+ views
    China Daily ^ | August 22, 2007 | By Shan Juan
    The Ministry of Health is gearing up to introduce a nationwide definition of brain death to facilitate human organ transplants, said Vice-Minister Huang Jiefu. The authorities will start mapping out the criteria needed to define brain death in October. Huang made the remarks at the just concluded China Organ Transplant Forum in Beijing, which was organized to bring together experts to provide suggestions on how the legislation and standards governing organ transplants could be improved. "Determining the criteria is the key to our most important goal - producing legislation on brain death," Huang said. It is officially estimated that 2...
  • Organ donations may drop with doc's charges

    08/01/2007 3:39:38 PM PDT · by gpapa · 5 replies · 448+ views
    AP via MSNBC.com ^ | August 1, 2007 | Unattributed
    LOS ANGELES - Allegations that a transplant surgeon tried to speed a patient's death to recover his organs could dissuade potential donors at a time when the national waiting list for critical organs keeps growing, some experts say. "One of the biggest fears that people have about organ donation is that their death will be hastened if they're identified as a donor," bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania and MSNBC.com contributor said Tuesday. "The transplant community has struggled mightily to allay the fears." Any dip in the organ donation rate related to the case would likely have the...
  • Treat everyone as donors, says chief doctor

    07/17/2007 9:27:41 AM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 20 replies · 319+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | july 17th, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    Everyone should automatically become an organ donor in order to prevent hundreds of deaths each year, the Government's chief doctor said today. Sir Liam Donaldson called for a change in the law so only those who register their objections are exempt from donating their organs after their death. He said one person dies each day in the UK waiting for a donor and the change could increase the number of organs available. The shortage is fuelling "transplant tourism" where UK patients travel abroad and often pay for a donor organ which puts them at unnecessary risk, Sir Liam said. The...
  • China Kidney Transplant Expert Commits Suicide

    06/06/2007 4:11:20 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 15 replies · 608+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 28, 2007 | By Xue Fei
    On May 4, The Yangtze Evening News reported that China's most famous kidney expert, Dr. Li Baochun, had committed suicide by jumping from the twelfth floor of the Shanghai No. 2 Military Medical University Shanghai Hospital Building. Dr. Li had served as Deputy Director of the hospital and as Professor and Chief Physician for kidney disease. The report said Dr. Li's suicide was caused by depression. On May 24, The Yangtze Evening News report was reproduced on several major websites including the website of China's most important official media, www.xinhua.net. Further analysis revealed that the cause of Dr. Li's depression...
  • Organ Transplants in China: Just Like Picking Lobsters in a Restaurant

    05/31/2007 5:29:30 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 3 replies · 375+ views
    Sound of Hope Radio Network ^ | May 31, 2007 | By Lee Yuhan
    Organ Transplants in China: Just Like Picking Lobsters in Restaurant By Lee Yuhan Sound of Hope Radio Network May 31, 2007 The Human Rights and Medicine Forum drew an interested crowd to the University of Chicago on May 24. Canadian Independent Investigator David Matas, coauthor of "Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China," Dr. Kirk C. Allison, Director of the Program in Human Rights and Health, University of Minnesota, and Falun Gong Spokesperson Zhang Erping attended the Forum. Two of the University of Chicago Student clubs, Falun Gong and Amnesty International, sponsored the Forum. The...
  • Chinese prisoners' organs used in transplants

    05/20/2007 11:27:29 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 12 replies · 678+ views
    National Post ^ | May 18, 2007 | Allison Hanes
    Foreign patients who travel to China for transplants are likely receiving organs culled from political prisoners who are alive when their corneas, kidneys and livers are harvested, then left to die, an international group of doctors armed with a chilling Canadian report is warning.In a new twist on an old practice of using organs from executed criminals, China has since 2000 turned to living donors and outlawed Falun Gong members to supply a growing trade in medical transplants, Doctors Against Organ Harvesting said yesterday during a public forum held at the University of Toronto. With increasing numbers of Canadians on...
  • 'Transplant tourism' on rise due to donor shortages

    03/31/2007 5:30:57 PM PDT · by TheBethsterNH · 29 replies · 563+ views
    Stuff.co.nz ^ | 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...
  • U of MN adult stem cell research shows promise for transplant therapies

    03/03/2007 6:36:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 132+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 01.15.07 | Sara E. Buss
    University of Minnesota stem cell researchers, together with collaborators at Stanford University, have successfully used adult stem cells to replace the immune system and bone marrow of mice, offering the promise of new therapies for people in the future. With this advance and other recent discoveries, the researchers are winning over previous skeptics.†† For decades, researchers have tried in the lab to expand hematopoietic stem cells (cells that give rise to the blood system). Success in this venture would mean increasing the supply of cells available for bone marrow transplant patients. The researchers used multipotent adult progenitor cells (MAPCs), which...
  • '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...
  • Organ transplants: Go to China or lose daughters

    11/27/2006 10:05:31 AM PST · by Alouette · 16 replies · 638+ views
    YNet ^ | Nov. 27, 2006 | Meital Yasur-Beit Or
    Knesset's Heath Committee discusses China organ transplants. Opposers claim organs obtained by killing prisoners Meital Yasur-Beit Or Published: 11.27.06, 19:06 A father of two girls in need of organ transplants pleaded with the Knesset's Health Committee Monday: "I have two options Ė to collect donations to go to China, or to lose my daughters, this situation could happen to anyone in the country, donít cancel the China option at the expense of my daughters". "My 13 and 17 year old daughters are waiting for transplants in Israel . I wish they would get them here. We believe in the medical...
  • Islet Cell Transplants Not Cure for Type 1 Diabetes Yet

    09/27/2006 6:06:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 457+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 09.27.06 | NA
    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27 (HealthDay News) -- The latest study on islet cell transplantation has both good and bad news for people with type 1 diabetes. The good news is that nearly half of those who receive an islet cell transplant are insulin-free at one year after transplant; the bad news is that by the end of the second year that number drops to about one in seven. Still, researchers expect that with improvements in the technical aspects of the procedure, and better anti-rejection drugs, those numbers will improve. "A phenomenal amount of glycemic control can be provided with islet transplantation,"...
  • Lung Patients See a New Era of Transplants

    09/24/2006 12:10:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 677+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 24, 2006 | DENISE GRADY
    A quiet revolution in the world of lung transplants is saving the lives of people who, just two years ago, would have died on the waiting list. In the past 16 months, waits have shortened, lists have shrunk, and the number of lung transplants has gone up. Further improvements are expected this year. The changes have all but erased the need for transplants from live donors ó desperate, last-ditch operations requiring two donors per patient, usually relatives and friends who risk major surgery in hopes of rescuing a loved one whose time is running out. ďItís almost as if itís...
  • Stolen body parts implanted in NHS patients

    09/11/2006 12:52:21 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 19 replies · 666+ views
    Times Online ^ | 9/10/06 | Sarah-Kate Templeton
    NHS patients have been implanted with potentially contaminated pieces of bone from a batch stolen from dead Americans, including the veteran broadcaster Alistair Cooke. More than 70 pieces of bone were grafted into the patients at about 20 hospitals after they were imported from a New Jersey company now under investigation in America. The imported bones were harvested by the firm from corpses in US funeral parlours without the deceasedís prior consent and without adequate checks to ensure the bodies were free of disease. While many of the affected bone products that entered Britain were recalled after a safety alert,...
  • A man of principles (Red China's alleged harvesting of human organs!)

    07/16/2006 12:06:04 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 10 replies · 283+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Sunday, July 16, 2006 | PETER WORTHINGTON
    A man of principles Silence in the face of evil is not David Kilgour's way. Sadly, there are few like him in seats of power Toronto Sun Sunday, July 16, 2006 By Peter Worthington David Kilgour is one of those guys destined to make waves -- never for self-aggrandizement, always on moral issues of principle. At age 64, he's been around the hoop. A former Crown attorney, he was first elected to the House of Commons as a Tory in 1979. He's served in the cabinet, quit the party and joined the Liberals, quit the Liberals to sit as...
  • Freep a poll! (Get organ transplants from China?)

    04/18/2006 7:01:48 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies · 201+ views
    SFgate.com ^ | 4-18-06 | SFgate
  • Chinese Official Proposes 'Euthanasia Experiments'

    03/11/2006 4:12:37 PM PST · by NYer · 52 replies · 836+ views
    LifeSite ^ | March 10, 2006
    BEIJING, March 10, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė A Chinese official has recommended to parliament that the country begin experimenting with euthanasia as a precursor to legalization. Zhao Gongmin, a Chinese Academy of Social Sciences researcher, claims that public opinion strongly supports the practice, with supposed surveys showing as much as 80 percent support. ďI think it is only a matter of time for euthanasia to become legal,Ē Zhao said, according to a Shanghai Daily report. ďTherefore, we should allow some experiments on the local level for the purpose of accumulating experience.ĒďConditions are not ripe yet for nation-level legislation on euthanasia, but...
  • Stolen Human Tissue Transplanted Into 14 Patients, Officials Say

    03/04/2006 6:06:42 AM PST · by ShadowDancer · 9 replies · 412+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | March 4, 2006
    Stolen Human Tissue Transplanted Into 14 Patients, Officials Say Police Say Bone Filler Was Allegedly Taken From Funeral Homes In NortheastAt least 14 transplant patients in Maine were given human tissue stolen from dead bodies in funeral homes across the Northeast, WMTW News in Portland reported. Prosecutors in New York filed charges this week against four people allegedly involved in the scam, but the long-term effect for patients with the stolen tissue has yet to be determined. WMTW News reported at least three Maine hospitals all discovered patients with stolen bone filler, a product made from human bones primarily used...
  • Parts from a single body could fetch up to $150,000

    12/27/2005 2:55:40 AM PST · by Wampus SC · 112 replies · 1,596+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | December 23, 2005 | Nigel Hawkes
    THE market in body tissue in the US is believed to be worth more than $500 million (£288 million) a year. (snip) Heart valves are said to fetch up to $7,000 each in the US, and skin $1,000 per square foot. A body could be worth about $150,000, according to Art Caplan, Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. (snip) In some cases people in charge of willed-body programmes have profited illegally. In 2002 Allen Tyler, the head of the cadaver programme at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, pleaded guilty to 66 counts of illegal mutilation....
  • Ethical Concerns on Face Transplant Grow

    12/06/2005 12:53:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 44 replies · 1,105+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 6, 2005 | MICHAEL MASON and LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    In urgent telephone calls and agonized e-mail messages, American scientists are expressing increasing concerns that the world's first partial face transplant, performed in northern France on Nov. 27, may have been undertaken without adequate medical and ethical preparation. Some scientists say they fear that if the French effort fails, it could not only threaten the life of the transplant recipient, a 38-year-old Frenchwoman, but jeopardize years of careful planning for a new leap in transplant surgery. "We've been working on the ethics and the science for some time, going slowly while we figure out immunology and patient selection criteria and...
  • Feds block liver transplant program

    11/11/2005 5:48:18 AM PST · by Calpernia · 10 replies · 576+ views
    Newsday ^ | November 11, 2005
    ORANGE, Calif. - Over the last two years, more than 30 people died awaiting liver transplants at UCI Medical Center here as the hospital turned down scores of organs that might have saved them, according to a federal report. Following that report, the federal government yesterday rescinded its approval for the liver transplant program. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a letter to UCI chief executive Ralph Cygan, said that, effective immediately, it would stop paying for liver transplants for Medicare recipients on UCI's waiting list. While the agency's action does not close the program, it will...
  • A New Face: A Bold Surgeon, an Untried Surgery

    07/25/2005 10:30:15 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 10 replies · 452+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 07-26-05 | WestVirginiaRebel
    In an emergency room at a Finnish hospital, a man sprawled unconscious on an operating table as surgeons labored to reattach the hand he had lost hours earlier while chopping wood.Medical miracles take many forms, but few are as vivid and immediate as this: As the tiny blood vessels were sutured back together, the patient's hand flushed from porcelain to pink. The delicate tendons of the palm revived, and the skin's granite glaze began to soften.The man's fortunes had taken a remarkable turn. So, too, had those of Dr. Maria Siemionow, a surgical resident assisting in the operation."That you could...
  • Moral Debate: Procedure Risks Making Monkeys More Humanlike

    07/14/2005 7:57:51 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies · 388+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 14 July 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    The insertion of human stem cells into monkey brains runs a "real risk" of altering the animals' abilities in ways that might make them more like us, scientists said today. A panel of 22 experts -- including primatologists, stem cell researchers, lawyers and philosophers -- debated the possible consequences of the technique for more than a year. While the group agrees it is "unlikely that grafting human stem cells into the brains of non-human primates would alter the animals' abilities in morally relevant ways," the members "also felt strongly that the risk of doing so is real and too ethically...
  • Getting Away with Murder by Death - (If this doesn't scare you, nothing will)

    04/01/2005 6:56:34 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 36 replies · 1,310+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | APRIL 1, 2005 | Drs. Michael A. Glueck & Robert J. Cihak
    Terri Schiavo is not the first innocent victim of murder sanctioned by judicial fiat, although the heroic efforts of her parents alerted the world about her heartbreaking death sentence. Almost four decades ago, the fallacious concept of "brain death" was introduced to pry open the legal doors to the killing of another group of unnoticed innocents ó people who agree to donate their vital organs at death. People are encouraged to consent in writing to allow another person to benefit from their vital organs, such as the heart or liver, after they die. Potential donors overcome their discomfort about the...