Health & Fit Organs from drug overdoses could help transplant shortage

01:11  17 april  2018
01:11  17 april  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Second face transplant for Frenchman in world-first

  Second face transplant for Frenchman in world-first A man whose body rejected a face transplant he received seven years ago has been given a second donor face after living nearly two months without one, French medical agencies said Friday. It is the first time in transplant history that doctors have replaced one donor face with another, according to Olivier Bastien of France's biomedicine agency.

So many people are dying of drug overdoses that they’re easing the donated organ shortage . The increase in organ transplants from drug - overdose victims may raise questions about safety. America's drug overdose problem — and what states can do to help fight it — in 4 charts and maps.

These 2 Genes May Predict Your Breast Cancer Survival Rate. Findings from a new study could help more women to overcome breast cancer. A rise in deaths caused by heroin overdoses has led to more organs that are available for the transplant list.

WASHINGTON — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and new research says people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University report those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000, to 3,533 transplants in 2016.

Monday's study cautions that overdose-related donations aren't a solution for the nation's organ shortage. After all, nearly 115,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list, and relatively few overdose deaths occur in circumstances that allow organ donation.

Still, the study concludes those organs work well enough that when they are available, they should be carefully considered for appropriate transplant candidates.

The study was reported in Annals of Internal Medicine.

'Chewbacca' Tells Hospitalized 15-Year-Old He Will Receive Heart Transplant .
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