In a first, liver and kidney from HIV-infected donor are transplanted into HIV-positive patients

In a first, liver and kidney from HIV-infected donor are transplanted into HIV-positive patients In a first that gives HIV-infected patients yet another chance for long lives, surgeons at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center have transplanted a kidney and a liver from a dead donor who was HIV-positive into two HIV-positive recipients. The transplant surgeries, which used organs donated by the family of an HIV-positive woman, ended a 25-year stretch in which the organs of HIV-infected people willing to donate them were rejected for use in transplants. The experimental procedure follows...
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National Donor Sabbath: Bringing Awareness and Saving Lives

National Donor Sabbath: Bringing Awareness and Saving Lives You have the ability to help people and save lives during National Donor Sabbath! Partner with your your faith leader and share the message about the critical need for more organ and tissue donors.  Encourage members of your community to register to become organ donors. It is one of the greatest opportunities today for those who seek to do good, pass along life, and help their fellow human beings. Choosing to become an organ donor reflects one’s deepest beliefs about the sanctity and...
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The ‘Facebook Effect’ On Organ Donation

The ‘Facebook Effect’ On Organ Donation Facebook is taking its campaign to boost organ donations to Canada and Mexico this week, four months after its premiere. The feature allows Facebook users to tell their friends and family that they’re registered organ donors.  It also directs people who aren’t signed up as organ donors to the official registries where they live. How’s it working so far?  Between May 1 and middle of September, around 275,000 Facebook users posted their donor status on the site, according to...
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Birthday brings both hope and uncertainty for transplant patient

Birthday brings both hope and uncertainty for transplant patient When he takes the Great Basin Brewing Company stage for a special Sat., March 5, 2011 show that falls on his 49th birthday, singer-songwriter and transplant patient Brother Dan Palmer will naturally reflect on the dichotomy of two prevailing themes in his life: hope and uncertainty, a precarious, dare-to-dream way of living. Almost two years after liver failure led to three near-death episodes — followed by three miraculous revivals — the former northern Nevadan is embracing...
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Teen Works to Raise Organ Donor Awareness

Teen Works to Raise Organ Donor Awareness Lizzy Benson is spending her senior year at Wooster High School on a mission to save lives.  Benson, 18, has been working to get the word out to students and the community at large about becoming an organ donor. It’s her senior project and also her Girl Scout Gold Award project, but it’s also personal. “Our family friend had been waiting for about seven years for a liver transplant,” she said. “She didn’t get it and passed away, and she was only 28. About...
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