March 28, 2011 |
Should you be paid to part with a kidney? It's an unseemly question, but it's one that medical professionals have been grappling with as the waiting list for kidneys gets longer, supply of the organs stagnates and other solutions fall short. In 1999, just over 40,000 Americans were on the waiting list for a kidney, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, a record that's overseen by the government. By 2009, the list had grown to nearly 83,000 people, the National Kidney Foundation says.
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March 25, 2011 |
A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has reached Southern California healthcare facilities, according to a study released Thursday by Los Angeles County public health officials. Researchers found 356 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae , or CRKP, at healthcare facilities in Los Angeles County, mostly among elderly patients, said author Dr. Dawn Terashita, a medical epidemiologist with the county Department of Public Health. "We think that this is increasing," Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's public health chief, said of the infections.
March 17, 2011 |
HIV transmission via live organ donation can still happen. To be more specific: It has now happened for the first time since 1989. A person suffering from kidney failure -- who had no known history of sexually transmitted infections, injection drug use or high-risk sexual activity -- was given a kidney, and HIV, in 2009. The New York City case marks the first known HIV transmission of this type in the U.S. since 1985, when laboratory screening for HIV became available. An account in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC has the details....
March 15, 2011 |
There was no self-promoting going on seven years ago, not a single news release when four NBA players got together to help pay for a life-saving operation for their mentor and coach. "They were not seeking attention," Kim Hughes said Tuesday. "Clearly they did it for the right reasons. When I first had the surgery, I didn't know what they had done until my wife, Christy , told me. I was totally shocked. " Hughes, the former Clippers assistant coach, was talking about current Clippers center Chris Kaman and his then-teammates Elton Brand , Corey Maggette and Marko Jaric . The players helped cover an out-of-network procedure after Hughes was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
March 3, 2011 |
A 50-year-old with Type 2 diabetes will lose an average of six years of life as a result of the disease, only one less than would be lost by a long-term smoker of the same age, researchers reported Wednesday. He or she is more than twice as likely to die of cardiovascular disease as someone without diabetes and 25% more likely to die of cancer, according to the report, an international study of more than 820,000 people published in the New England Journal of Medicine. People with Type 2 diabetes are also more likely to die from kidney disease, liver disease, pneumonia, infectious diseases and even intentional self-harm, according to the study, which was conducted by the Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration, based at the University of Cambridge in England.
February 25, 2011 |
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.
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February 18, 2011 |
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.
February 12, 2011 |
What makes the ideal gift this Valentine's Day? Flowers or chocolate? A romantic picnic? How about a kidney? At parties, Angela Balcita tells us in her memoir "Moonface," she and her boyfriend Charlie have a comic routine they tell about how they are joined not at the hip, but at the kidneys. Charlie provided the most unexpected kind of gift ? one of his own kidneys ? to help Balcita, who learned in college that she had glomerulonephritis, a disease that affects how the kidneys filter blood.
February 10, 2011 |
The story this week on Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter who donated a kidney to one of his players is a reminder not only of the depth of some people's generosity but also of the need for more tissue donation to serve African Americans and other under-represented minority groups. Walter donated a kidney to Kevin Jordan, 19, after Jordan became ill from a disease called anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody vasculitis. Jordan, an African American, was undergoing kidney dialysis while in search of a donor kidney.
February 1, 2011 |
Responses to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines keep rolling in: The Laughing Cow wrote to inform us that its mini cheeses make“ the perfect complements to plant-based foods adding taste, texture and additional nutrients.” The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an animal-rights group, lauds the guidelines for discussing vegetarian and vegan diet options but says they “are far from perfect” because they don’t sufficiently discourage meat and cheese.