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Tuesday December 16th 2014

Report: Younger Transplant Patients Would Get the Best Kidneys

Liberty Alerts, Susan Jones, CNSNews.com

The nation’s organ-transplant network may give younger, healthier people preference over older, sicker patients for the best kidneys, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Instead of giving priority to patients who have been on the waiting list longest, the new rules would match recipients and organs based on factors such as age and health — an attempt to maximize the number of years provided by each kidney, the newspaper reported.

“We’re trying to best utilize the gift of the donated organ,” the Post quoted Kenneth Andreoni, an associate professor of surgery at Ohio State University, as saying. Andreoni chairs the committee that is reviewing possible changes for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a private nonprofit group contracted by the federal government to coordinate organ allocation. “It’s an effort to get the most out of a scarce resource.”

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