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Community outreach has been particularly powerful in curbing dramatic disparities in organ donation between white and black Americans.
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Organ transplants are increasing at a faster rate than the population in the U.S., but not all transplant programs are created equal. Knowing where to find the relevant data can help you dig deeper and explore regional variations in wait times and success rates.

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The long held belief that we should not be allowed to buy or sell pieces of our own bodies is changing. What does that mean for the future of organ donation?

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You’d hope organ donors would be dead beyond any doubt when their organs are harvested, but in his new book, Dick Teresi argues that they may not be dead enough.

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Not so wonderful POM juice, tainted drinking water in Calif. and an amazing kidney transplant story, more from our Daily Briefing.

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Heart disease is at least as ancient as Egyptian mummmies, researchers armed with CT scanners have found. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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During my reporting on organ donation for my fellowship project, one source’s quote stood out. “I’m a living example that organ donation works,” Vicky Mai Nguyen told me. She’s a 26-year-old woman who’s in good health and thriving. Had it not been for a liver transplant, she likely would never have made it to 2.

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As the list of patients in need of organ transplants continues to grow, Vietnamese communities in Southern California are urged to consider becoming organ donors.

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Soaring rates for obesity, diabetes and hypertension are fueling a serious gap between the need for kidney transplants and the availability of those organs, impacting Latinos and other Los Angeles patients who are in renal failure.

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This feature story describes how the effort to better inform Latinos about organ donation is being carried out.

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