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  • 08 Jun 2016 5:12 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    March 24, 2016

    The tricky issue has publicly resurfaced through a widely shared TEDMed talk by a woman who wanted to donate a kidney but couldn’t afford to, and through several opinion pieces published by doctors in medical journals.

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  • 08 Jun 2016 5:10 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    By Arvin Matthew Paculaba, Parent Herald | March 24, 4:30 AM

    There has been a renewed interest in compensation for living kidney donors in the U.S. While paying for organs is still prohibited in the country, a new survey showed that most Americans are fine with the idea of donating their kidney. Even more would do so for the right price.

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  • 08 Jun 2016 4:57 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    Mar 23, 2016   By Ariana Eunjung Cha | The Washington Post

    Most kidneys transplanted in the United States come from deceased donors, and there are never enough for all the people who need one. The waiting list today has more than 100,000 patients, and, every year, thousands die while they wait. The shortage is so severe that many have begun to look at "living" donors as a possible solution. While U.S. transplant rules allow for healthy people to donate their extra kidney to someone who is sick, the process can be time-consuming and expensive, resulting in too few Americans donating.

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  • 08 Jun 2016 4:53 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If offered $50,000, nearly three out of five Americans would donate a kidney, according to survey results published online March 23 in JAMA Surgery.

    "It appears that American society is ready to accept the concept of paying kidney donors," lead researcher Thomas Peters, M.D., an emeritus professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, told HealthDay.

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  • 08 Jun 2016 4:51 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    Mar 24, 2016  By Ariana Eunjung |  Washington Post

    One of the strictest tenets of the U.S. transplant system is that paying for organs is forbidden. The ban, imposed by the National Transplant Act of 1984, was designed to protect the poor from being taken advantage of by the wealthy. Impassioned supporters of the law argued that compensating people for body parts is exploitative and treats donors like subhumans, and the debate was essentially closed for more than three decades - until recently.

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  • 08 Jun 2016 4:37 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)
    24 March 2016, 11:06 pm EDT By Katherine Derla Tech Times

    Researchers found that paying kidney donors can help boost organ donation rates in the United States. Their findings suggest the need for modifying current regulations and laws prohibiting such incentives that could potentially help save thousands of lives.

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    24 March 2016, 11:06 pm EDT By Katherine Derla Tech Times - See more at:
    Paying For Kidneys May Boost Organ Donation Rates: Study - See more at:

    Paying For Kidneys May Boost Organ Donation Rates: Study

    24 March 2016, 11:06 pm EDT By Katherine Derla Tech Times

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  • 05 Apr 2016 5:55 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)
    The First Successful Organ Transplant

    On December 23, 1954, Dr. Joseph Murray performed the first successful kidney transplant on Richard Hendrick at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, in Boston, MA. Hendrick received the "Gift of Life" from his identical twin brother, Ronald. That historical, medically ground-breaking surgery set into motion today's rather common-place practice of organ transplantation to save lives and cure disease.

    Richard Hendrick. Hendrick received the
  • 22 Dec 2015 7:03 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)
    Dr. Judy McDonough Treichler, Ph.D.
    Liver Transplant Recipient, August 2015

    "I was on the waiting list at LLUMC for just over 2 years. I was diagnosed with Hep C in 1995 and my biopsy showed stage 3 fibrosis at that time. It took 15 more years to develop into cirrhosis and another 3 years to develop liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). My only risk factor was blood transfusions for a hereditary blood disorder.

    I really did exceptionally well during the last 20 years even though I had transarterialchemoembolisation (TACE) two times and proton radiation for four weeks. The devil cancer was returing the last year and I was then truly fighting for time!"

    Dr. Judy McDonough Treichler was born in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from Loma Linda University with a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). She worked for many years in epidemiology for an International Healthcare Company in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico as well as in So. CA. Dr. Judy taught classes in nurtition, gerontology, environmental health, and foodborne illness before retiring in 2008.

    Since retiring, Dr. Judy joined an International Dance group and perform for many organizations and charities, an activity she clearly loves. The dance troop includes dances from China, Korea, Japan (Asian), Spain, Mexico, India, Polynesia, Hawaii, and American Tap. She enjoys dancing very much and in her words, "It's excellent exercise!"

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  • 25 Jan 2015 1:38 PM | Cathy Teal (Administrator)

    Presentations by Dr. Robert Gish and Bill Remak at the 2/18 California Technology Assessment Forum Meeting discussing new Hepatitis C treatments, evidence, costs, who should be treated and how with limited resources. Dr. Gish pointed out to the committee members that "All patients should be treated." See full meeting discussion on YouTube here. Dr. Gish begins speaking at minute marker 1:30:50; Bill Remak testifies at minute marker 1:42. 

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