Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources
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Combining reports, research findings and topic reviews
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Organ donor's reported ancestry depends on question format - Medical Xpress

Organ donor's reported ancestry depends on question format - Medical Xpress | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

For years, medicine has relied on self-reported race/ethnicity as the basis of an array of decisions, from risk for disease to matching of organ and tissue donors with recipients.

 

However with the increasing recognition of the importance of genetic matching based on sophisticated bioinformatics particularly in bone marrow transplantation the validity of self reported race/ethnicity is now being called into question.

 

The results of research into this very topic have now been reported online and a summary of the research can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.

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For bone marrow transplantation close genetic matching between the donor and the recipient is essential, whereas for most types of solid organ transplantation (except for kidneys) this is not as critical.

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Organ donation; a choice for life - European Lung Foundation[uk]

Organ donation; a choice for life - European Lung Foundation[uk] | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
Organ donation is a sensitive issue for many people to think about and discuss but it is the difference between life and death for a person waiting for a transplant.

This online fact sheet highlights the importance of organ donation in allowing patients with progressive lung disease to undergo lung transplantation. It includes a number of facts as well as the stories of two patients journeys through the lung transplant process.........
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Useful professional resource

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Organ donation: Opt-in vs Opt-out - Nation | The Star Online

Organ donation: Opt-in vs Opt-out - Nation | The Star Online | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Is Malaysia ready for an opt-out system when it comes to organ donations? (Malaysia has one of the lowest cadaveric organ donation rates in the world, according to the World Health...

 

Interesting discussion on the pro's versus the con's of opt in versus opt out in Malaysia, noting that the family are always approached for authorization in the setting of deceased donation.

 

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Facebook Urges Members to Add Organ Donor Status

Facebook Urges Members to Add Organ Donor Status | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What is some of the commentary related to this historic Facebook announcement made this last week? What are some of the implications?

 

In a rare foray into social engineering, Facebook announced a plan to encourage users to list their donor status on their pages, a move that organ transplant experts are calling historic. This piece is from the New York Times.....


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Deborah Verran's comment, May 2, 2012 4:26 PM
This is groundbreaking as an example of using social media to promote a health message into the community