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August 21, 2011 | By Brittany Levine, Los Angeles Times
One Marine's tragedy became another's lifeline this month as medical staff on opposite sides of the country worked quickly on an out-of-the-ordinary kidney donation. The fast-paced transplant underscores the deep bond among service members and their families, according to friends and relatives. As Sgt. Jacob Chadwick prepared to leave the hospital Aug. 11, hundreds of police cars and motorcycles escorted 2nd Lt. Patrick Wayland's casket through his hometown of Midland, Texas, where thousands lined the streets waving American flags.
July 27, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
More than 20,000 of the roughly 82,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant in the United States have the odds stacked against them because they are what doctors call “HLA sensitized.” That means that a previous transplant, blood transfusion or pregnancy has primed their immune systems to reject a donor organ that isn't a perfect match. But a work-around developed at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore could improve the fortunes of these patients. Researchers there have figured out a way to erase their bodies' memory of being HLA sensitized, in most cases clearing the way for a successful transplant from a donor who isn't a perfect match.
February 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Kidney transplant rules might be in for a big shake-up. The organization that oversees allocation of transplants has proposed changes that would favor giving the highest quality organs to younger, healthier people.  Right now, people register with the United Network for Organ Sharing to await a kidney from a deceased donor -- and there simply aren't enough organs to go around. "In a perfect scenario, all who need a kidney transplant would receive one without delay," the proposal says.
February 18, 2011 | By Alan Zarembo and Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
USC University Hospital halted kidney transplants last month after a kidney was accidentally transplanted into the wrong patient, according to a spokesman for the program that coordinates organ transplants in Los Angeles. The patient who received the wrong kidney escaped harm, apparently because the kidney happened to be an acceptable match, said Bryan Stewart, spokesman for the program, OneLegacy, which was notified of the error by the hospital. The hospital, which performs about two transplants a week, confirmed in a statement that it had voluntarily halted transplants Jan. 29 after a "process error" was discovered.
October 23, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
At 8:25 Thursday morning, Dr. Peter Schulam extracted a healthy kidney from a 60-year-old woman, slipped it into a bowl of sterile ice and wheeled it into the operating room next door. The donor, Nancy Seruto, a San Dimas mother, had never met the recipient, a 67-year-old retired flight attendant from Santa Ana. Less than two hours later, Seruto's husband was on the same operating table at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Another stranger, a 53-year-old Chatsworth mother of two, was giving him a kidney.
September 21, 2009 | Marc Siegel, Siegel is an associate professor of medicine at New York University's School of Medicine
"General Hospital" Soapnet Thursday, Sept. 10, 10 p.m. The premise Having been poisoned with a martini laced with what turns out to be digitalis, Edward Quartermaine (John Ingle), chief executive of ELQ, has a heart attack while driving, plowing into a carnival and killing several people (including Andrea, the woman who poisoned him). Mobster Dominic Pirellie (Dominic Zamprogna) is hit by Edward's car while trying to push other people out of the way and is severely injured.
September 20, 2009 | Deborah L. Shelton
At 84, Juan Guano would seem an unlikely candidate for a kidney transplant. But the kidney he received was 69. Until recently, that kidney would not have been eligible for use in a transplant. But this summer, surgeons at Northwestern Memorial Hospital placed it into Guano, making him among the nation's oldest organ recipients. His surgery illustrates intersecting trends in transplant medicine: People 60 and older represent the fastest-growing age group on transplant waiting lists, and kidneys increasingly are being accepted from "expanded-criteria donors" -- older people and those who had health problems.
September 11, 2009 | Randy Lewis
You got the feeling Wednesday night that Natalie Cole couldn't have been happier to be pulling in to the Hollywood Bowl nearly two months late for her gig. "I never thought I'd be standing here healthy, whole and 100% again," the 59-year-old singer told the cheering crowd. Cole had been slated to perform July 15 but was forced to reschedule following a kidney transplant in May. Her recovery -- guest gospel singer Kurt Carr called her "a walking miracle" when his 10-member choir joined her near the show's end -- made for a warmly emotional backdrop to a performance dominated by music drawn from the Great American Songbook.
April 17, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II
Kaiser Permanente has agreed to pay $1 million to settle claims on behalf of five patients alleging that the HMO mishandled its kidney transplant program, endangering lives and causing deaths. The arbitration claims were filed shortly after a Times investigation in 2006 found that Kaiser's Northern California kidney transplant program jeopardized hundreds of patients by forcing them into a new program unprepared to handle an enormous caseload.
April 6, 2008 | Laurie Goering, Chicago Tribune
For the last seven years, Rajesh Gupta has spent 12 hours a week in a hospital bed, hooked up to a hemodialysis machine. He would prefer a kidney transplant. But India has no national organ waiting list, few registered organ donors and a legal system that bars transplants from most living donors except for close family members. That means Gupta, with no donor matches in his family, must pay about $900 a month for dialysis for life. Still, he counts himself lucky: In a nation where about 150,000 people suffer kidney failure each year and the average monthly per capita income is $63, options are limited.
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