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Living Kidney Donor Consent Forms Don’t Make It Easy to Opt-Out

  These researchers’ abstract pretty much says it all (emphasis mine): Ethicists and guidelines have suggested that potential living kidney donors who withdraw from evaluation be offered an ‘alibi.’ We sought to determine what potential living kidney donors are told about their ability to opt out, alibi availability and postwithdrawal confidentiality. We reviewed 148 consent …

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Liver Donors Suffer Emotionally Post-Transplant

Even I was pretty shocked by the breadth and depth of this one. South Korea, Japan and other Asian countries perform a lot more living liver donations than the U.S. because deceased donor livers are unavailable (or in very short supply). I’ve been well aware of the possible detrimental psychological and emotional consequences of living …

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Transplant Industry’s Role in Illegal Organ Trade

I’ve written about Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes before. The writer of this article asks the right question: why is no one listening to her?   Regarding her time at a 1995 conference in Bellagio, Italy (emphasis mine): One [transplant] surgeon told her that he knew of patients who had traveled to India to purchase kidneys. She …

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The Ethics of a Pre-Diabetic Living Kidney Donor

Diabetes accounts for 44% of end-stage kidney disease in the US (per USRDS). Apparently, Mexico is no different. What is different is that three Mexican researchers penned an article, published in a Medical Ethics journal, that criticizes the use of pre-diabetic folks as living kidney donors. (emphasis mine)   In prediabetic persons there are well known …

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How Not to Define Safety, Transplant Industry

The focus of this Egyptian transplant center study was the 8 living kidney donors who experienced kidney failure, as opposed to their overall 2000 LKDs. In the discussion section, however, the authors talked about *all* the donors, saying that 22% developed hypertension. Let’s remember, hypertension is second to diabetes in causing kidney failure.   Then …

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