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The Clinton administration on Monday proposed to increase the number of organ transplants by ordering hospitals to cooperate with donor organizations. Under the plan, hospitals would be required to inform federally certified donor organizations when patients die so the organizations can ask the families about organ and tissue donations. The program would also include a wide-ranging campaign to publicize the need for organ donations.
December 10, 1987 | JAMES W. WALTERS, James W. Walters is an associate professor of ethics at Loma Linda University. and
This week's decision of Loma Linda University Medical Center to keep an infant alive artificially so that its organs may be donated to other babies underscores a contemporary dilemma in medical ethics: the appropriateness of treating the dying for the sake of the living. The issue was first broadly discussed after the heart transplantation of Baby Paul at Loma Linda earlier this year. The heart was procured from a Canadian newborn who suffered from anencephaly--absence of most of the brain.
June 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
Research in mice suggests that stem cells from the adult brain can be nurtured into heart, liver, muscle and other tissues. If the same results can be achieved with human stem cells, the finding may eliminate the ethical dilemma now blocking stem cell studies that use human fetal tissues, experts say.
June 12, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
The emails arrived by the dozens. Then the hundreds. Then the thousands. Family and friends of Sarah Murnaghan had posted an online petition demanding that the 10-year-old, whose lungs were ravaged by cystic fibrosis, be given the same access as adults to organs from adult donors - and not be limited to organs from children. Each time somebody signed it, Dr. John Roberts received another email. "Children should be at the top of the list," one said. "I don't want Sarah to die," said another.
April 11, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
A business dispute between two aviation companies at Van Nuys Airport is threatening emergency helicopter flights for injured and severely ill children from around Southern California to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The disagreement could result in flight delays or even cancellations, according to executives at Helinet Aviation, which owns and operates 15 helicopters at the airport. Flights carrying donated organs for transplantation could also be affected, Helinet executives said.
The shortage of organs for transplant in the United States has never been so severe. Every day, 12 patients die waiting for hearts, livers or other organs. In the last 10 years, organ transplants have doubled--but the waiting list has tripled. In desperation, surgeons have used partial livers or organs from less desirable donors like animals, the elderly and even the diseased.
September 9, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Twice a year, bar-tailed godwits migrate more than 7,000 miles so they can spend their summers in Alaska and their winters in New Zealand. Bar-headed geese fly about 2,000 miles between Mongolia and India, traveling at altitudes high enough to clear the top of Mt. Everest. Such flights are physically draining, requiring birds to expend enormous amounts of energy without stopping for food or water. For years, scientists have wondered how they do it. Now researchers think they've figured out how birds stay hydrated on their marathon journeys.
November 1, 2012 | By Steve Carney
Regular listeners to the "Kevin & Bean" morning show on KROQ-FM (106.7) know better than to believe everything they hear on the comedy program - whether it's about the opening of a Mall of America West, or basketball star Karl Malone playing Santa. But the topic Thursday was as serious, and personal, as life and death. Gene "Bean" Baxter announced that he's donating a kidney to longtime KROQ DJ and chief engineer Scott Mason, who first underwent a transplant in 1999, and has been on dialysis since that kidney started to fail in 2010.
February 14, 2013 | By Amina Khan
The band King Missile's 1992 single "Detachable Penis" might seem like a tripped-out nightmare straight from the male psyche, but it's all too real for one strange sea creature. The sea slug Chromodoris reticulata has a disposable penis that it sheds after sexual intercourse, according to a new study in the journal Biology Letters. Researchers in Japan collected the red-and-white sea slug in shallow coral reefs off the coast of Okinawa. They stuck pairs of sea slugs in a small tank and watched the critters mate, documenting what they rather aptly called “bizarre mating behavior.”  C. reticulata is a hermaphrodite: Each animal possesses both male and female reproductive organs, and can use both at the same time.
December 21, 1987
No! With all compassion in the world for those who would receive the organs of anencephalic infants, I cannot accept the mining of those tiny bodies for transplant organs. Neither the parents nor society have the right to make that decision. GAIL M. JENSEN Los Angeles
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