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Young Patients Waiting for Kidneys May Get Priority

Proposal aims to 'get the most out of a scarce resource'

(Newser) - Young people needing new kidneys—the most in-demand organ for transplants—could start getting priority over older patients, under sweeping new transplant protocols being considered by the United Network for Organ Sharing. The current system grants kidneys to those who have been on the wait list the longest, which sometimes... More »

Transplant List Called Misleading

1/3 of patients on the list not eligible for surgery

(Newser) - Thousands of patients on a national list for organ transplants are actually ineligible to receive them, the Washington Post reports. One third of the 98,000 patients on the United Network for Organ Sharing list are either too sick or too healthy to get a new organ. Critics say including... More »

Case Against Transplant Doc Raises Concern

Prosecution claims he killed for organs; others say technique to blame

(Newser) - Charges against a California surgeon for hastening the death of a disabled man so his organs could be harvested for transplants has advocates worried, the New York Times reports. At issue is whether Dr. Hootan Roozrokh ignored protocol in pursuit of organs for transplant or if he misused, or misunderstood,... More »

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