Transplant of cryopreserved ovarian tissue to leukemia surivivor women. A healthy child have already been born

First child healthy born from a leukemia cancer survivor More than 80 children have already been born worldwide after cryopreserved ovarian tissue-transplantation in women who, due to disease or medical treatment, could lose the chance to have children in the future. Over the...

Why is organ retrieval from brain-dead donors made frequently with anaesthesia?

An article published in The Journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, titled Anaesthesia for organ donation in the brainstem dead — why bother?  (see HERE) defends the necessity to use anaesthesia for harvesting organs in this kind of donors. The...

After a person’s heart stops, the cellular activity and brain waves may continue

“Within about 3 minutes,” lead author Jens Dreier, a professor at the Center for Stroke Research Berlin, wrote to Newsweek in an email, “the brain’s fuel reserves have become depleted.” When that happens, the mechanisms that brain cells use to keep ions separated, somethi...

An estimation of 10% of worldwide transplants are commercialized but it is impossible to know just how large the trade may be

According to WHO report (see HERE), 10% of all transplants in the world are carried out under some form of commercialization, mostly transplant tourism, since patients who live in countries with a shortage of organs travel in search of a transplant to other places where...

Public opinion associates brain death with organ harvesting which could affect the credibility of brain death

“The medical community should improve understanding through consistent, simplified language, dissociating brain death from organ donation” and resolve the controversy about the different criterion of brain death. A recent study published by Elsevier – Science...

The skin bank function in Italy. One argument to further promote organ donation

The skin bank has as its main functions the harvesting, processing, preservation, and supply of fine human skin allografts for burn treatment centers and polytrauma. The tissue is distributed to all burn treatment units of the country, is governed by the National and Regional...

Death of a person based on neurological criteria. Brain death controversy

Authors object the conventional criteria of ‘brain death’ for establishing the death of the human being In the September issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics (see HERE), an article was published in which its authors, Michael Nair-Collins* and Franklin G Miller**, addressed the...

Penis transplantation. Ethical aspects that should not be ignored

The reasons for which penis transplantation may be required are varied and include work accidents, tumors and severe congenital abnormalities of the penis. It may also be required due to complications following circumcision, which occurs particularly in countries in which this...

CRISPR-Cas9 brings the possibility of performing pig-to-human xenotransplantation closer

Use chimeric animals as organ incubators, a hopeful means to resolve increasing organ shortage The shortage of human organs and tissues for transplantation represents one of the most critical unmet medical needs today. To address this problem, xenotransplantation, i.e. the use of...

UK Government announced “Everybody will be organ donor by law” which is provoking a large debate

“I would opt out because organ donation should be a present and not for the state to assume that they can take my organs without asking” Could measures who aims resolve the shortage of organs for transplant (see HERE) affect the end of life patients dignit...