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Ethical dilemmas surround those willing to sell, buy kidneys on black market - CBS News

Ethical dilemmas surround those willing to sell, buy kidneys on black market - CBS News | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This article outlines the ethical dilemmas that surround those willing to sell, and buy kidneys on the black market and is posted online via
CBS News in the United States.

 
There's no denying that there is a shortage of organ donations in the United States and that this leads to some individuals looking to 'buy a kidney'. However what is less well known are some of the risks with this approach as well as the downsides.

 

The article is in advance of a programme on this topic which will air via HBO in the United States in November. However for those who are interested there is a short video of an interview held with ethicist Arthur Kaplan on the topic of paying live kidney donors.

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This will be of interest to healthcare professionals associated with both live and deceased donor organ donation programmes

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Official: Kidney for Ohio Transplant Put in Trash

Official: Kidney for Ohio Transplant Put in Trash | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Part of the organ donation process includes packaging of the organs for subsequent transplantation into recipients. There are usually defined procedures and systems in place encompassing all donor scenarios. Tnis is important in order to both ensure and maintain quality as well as mitigate against possible errors.

 

This brief report out of the USA details an incident where a kidney was discarded due to human error. A health commissioner says a nurse accidentally disposed of a kidney from a living donor at an Ohio hospital that later suspended its kidney transplant program.

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Ferritin plays central role in kidney damage by controlling iron - UAB News

Ferritin plays central role in kidney damage by controlling iron - UAB News | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

It appears that Ferritin plays central role in kidney damage by controlling iron as reported via UAB News. In a research model a protein known as, ferritin, appears to protect the kidneys against a damaging after-effect of injury, heart failure or hardened arteries by controlling levels of iron, according to this research study...

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Untangling the role of iron in the kidney, more complex than previously believed

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