Organ Donation http://nhpr.org en From Cheek Swab To Operating Room: What’s It Really Like To Donate Bone Marrow? http://nhpr.org/post/cheek-swab-operating-room-what-s-it-really-donate-bone-marrow <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em>This story was produced by <a href="http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/05/what-its-like-to-donate-bone-marrow">WBUR</a> in Boston.&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:14:12 +0000 48537 at http://nhpr.org From Cheek Swab To Operating Room: What’s It Really Like To Donate Bone Marrow? The Case For Compensating Bone Marrow Donors http://nhpr.org/post/case-compensating-bone-marrow-donors <p>In 1984 Congress passed the <a href="http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/policiesAndBylaws/nota.asp" target="_blank">National Organ Transplant Act</a> to address the nation’s critical organ donation shortage and improve the organ matching and placement process. The act made it illegal for anyone to give or acquire an organ for material gain. Now, almost three decades later, the act is making headlines again but this time in response to the push to rescind a ruling by the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit. The court ruled that certain types of bone marrow donors <u>could</u> be compensated. Now the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is attempting to overturn the decision, arguing that bone-marrow is subject to the 1984 act and as such, may not be compensated.</p><p><a href="http://www.sallysatelmd.com/html/about_the_author.html" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Sally Satel </strong></a>is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and a practicing psychiatrist and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine; she examines mental health policy as well as political trends. She wrote the article “<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-01/why-it-s-ok-to-pay-bone-marrow-donors.html" target="_blank">Why It’s Okay To Pay Bone-Marrow Donors</a>” for Bloomberg.com.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:34:36 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39862 at http://nhpr.org The Case For Compensating Bone Marrow Donors Transplant Tourism http://nhpr.org/post/transplant-tourism <p>Organ and tissue transplantation is a rapidly-developing area of medicine, one that’s rich with the potential to save lives and fraught with tough policy questions. The demand for replacement organs far outweighs the supply, so many patients die waiting. Others are willing to take drastic steps -- like moving to another state or a foreign country -- to get the organs they need to survive. Producer Meg Heckman brings us the story of Jim McHugh, a man in dire need of a liver transplant, and how his move to Indiana from New England during a snowstorm proved to be incredibly fortuitous.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:18:41 +0000 Meg Heckman 23459 at http://nhpr.org Transplant Tourism