New study aims to prevent graft function decline in kidney transplant patients

The University of California, San Francisco is the lead institution on a new seven-year, $17 million multicenter study funded by the National Institutes of Health to determine if certain immune system cells and/or a drug now used for treating rheumatoid arthritis can be effective in improving and maintaining the long-term health of kidney transplant recipients. READ MORE>>

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Ohio to get nearly $1 million in kidney-transplant drug settlement

medsThe state will receive $984,812 as part of a $35 million settlement Ohio and 41 other states have reached with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for unlawfully promoting a drug approved for kidney-transplant patients, according to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said yesterday. READ MORE>


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Should kidney donors be given rewards?

moneyWhether or not to compensate kidney donors is a debate that has remained unsettled for awhile. The newest chapter in the discussion took place last week in Stanford as well as in San Fransisco, at the World Transplant Congress.

Professionals in the field and lawmakers alike have largely denounced the practice. Still, there are some who feel that providing incentives could help reduce the shortage of kidneys available. READ MORE>>

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How much time were you on the waiting list before you were transplanted?

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Woman taken off kidney transplant list

HARRISBURG, PA — Imagine waiting years for an organ transplant only to be told you’re no longer eligible to even wait. That’s what happened to a Dauphin County woman in need of a kidney.

Deb Foulkrod, 58, of Swatara Township, has battled end-stage renal disease for the last decade. Five years after her first transplant in 2005, the kidney became infected and she had to go back on dialysis. She’d had her name on the transplant waiting list for the last four years and believed she was getting close to the top. READ MORE>>

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Ohio family settles over botched kidney transplant


A family that sued after a nurse tossed a healthy kidney in the trash during a transplant has settled its lawsuit against an Ohio hospital for $650,000.

A patient, Sarah Fudacz, who was 24 at the time, was to receive her brother’s kidney in 2012 but awoke without having undergone surgery because the nurse had accidentally thrown it out. READ MORE

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Seven-year-old girl saved by kidney transplant – from her grandmother.

grandmotherA GENEROUS grandmother gave her granddaughter the gift of life when she offered her a kidney – the oldest age gap in a donation ever seen in the UK. READ STORY

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Solving the Kidney Shortage Dilemma

The tragedy of American organ donations: So many more people could be saved. How our flawed organ donor system is costing lives — but could easily be fixed. Click here for the article.

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Father Donates One of His Kidneys To His 3 Year-Old-Son.


William Balestrini was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease — ARPKD — which meant he could die from eating chocolate and dairy products. But thanks to his dad, James, a newly donated kidney will let him indulge in the sweet treat this Christmas. Read More>>

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Man dies of rabies after kidney transplant

A Maryland man has died after getting rabies from a donated kidney. The man received the kidney more than a year before rabies took his life.  According to a March 16 report by The Star, contracting rabies from a transplanted organ is rare, but not unheard of.  READ MORE>>

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