hurricane relief

Affirmation Center
One Main Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: (860) 727-8703
Fax: (860) 548-2045

Cole Center
2550 Main Steet
Hartford, CT 06120

Phone: (860) 548-0101
Fax: (860) 524-7781

Health Policy & Advocacy
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
Doubts Raised About Use of Products Containing OxybenzoneReport: Industry Hid Decades-Old Study Showing Sugar's Unhealthy EffectsMany Health Care Providers Work While SickMore Patients Are Having a Say in Their Medical CareFDA Seeks to Speed Development of 'Regenerated' Organs for Medical UseHealth Care Experts in Favor of Patient Contribution to NotesMillions Could Miss Out on a Potential Alzheimer's BreakthroughU.S. May Still Benefit From Climate AccordHealth Tip: Spread Awareness of the Opioid EpidemicKnowing Too Much About Your Genes Might Be RiskyHealth Tip: Participating in a Clinical TrialMusic, Video Help Sixth-Graders Master Hands-Only CPRIncreases in U.S. Health Spending Tied to Health Service PriceHealth Tip: Prevent Germs at the Doctor's OfficeInfo Via Social Media Apps May Increase Vaccine AcceptanceIt's 'Buyer Beware' When Purchasing Medical Pot Extract OnlineGetting Self-Driving Cars on the Road Soon Might Save LivesHealth Tip: Defining Health LiteracyDoctor Burnout: A Big Health Threat in U.S.About Half of Americans Get Health Care in ERPricing Interventions Increase Sales, Intake of Healthy FoodsHealth Tip: Get to Know Your PharmacistRobots May Be Cleaning Your Hospital Room SoonCMS Launches Initiative to Examine Impact of RegulationsPatients Prefer Face-to-Face Communication, No ComputerDrop Off Your Unused Meds Saturday on 'Take Back Day'Concerns Surround Use of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic TestingMost Patients Satisfied With Relationship With PhysicianModule Developed to Improve Adult Vaccination RatesA Drug Company's Gift Might Change How Your Doctor PrescribesAlmost 4 in 10 Tanning Salons Flout State LawsDEA Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on Oct. 28Most in U.S. Don't Agree That Household Guns Up Suicide RiskCan Gun Shows Trigger Gun Violence?Tighter Rules on Arsenic in Water Saved Lives: StudyHerbal and Dietary Supplements Are Commonly Mislabeled3 Million Americans Say They Carry Handguns Every DayMany Dermatology Guideline Authors Get Industry PaymentsDoctors Urged to Speak With Patients About FirearmsStates That Make You Wait to Buy Guns Have Fewer Deaths: StudyHomicides Devastate Black Communities, But Prevention Gets Little FundingBetter Patient Communication Needed After Urgent CareQuality Issues for Both Paper-, Electronic-Based Health RecordsRide-Sharing Services Could Cut Alcohol-Related CrashesLow-Cost Services a Major Player in Unnecessary Health SpendingMedical License Questions Sway Doctors' Mental Health Help'Heat-Not-Burn Cigarettes' Aiming for U.S. MarketInjured Patients Want More Info on Safety Improvement EffortsFDA Approves Test to Screen Donated Blood for Zika21 Percent of Americans Report Experiencing a Medical Error
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Health Insurance
Healthcare

Kidneys From Deceased Diabetics Might Ease Organ Shortage: Study

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: May 25th 2017

new article illustration

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kidneys from deceased diabetic donors can save the lives of patients on the transplant wait-list, researchers say.

For the study, investigators compared U.S. data from more than 8,100 recipients of kidneys from deceased diabetic donors with data from people on the kidney transplant wait-list. The patients were followed for an average of nearly nine years.

People who received kidneys from diabetic donors were 9 percent less likely to die during that follow-up period than those who were still on the wait-list or were seeking a kidney from a non-diabetic donor, the study found.

The people who benefited most from diabetic donor kidneys were those who were most likely to die while on the wait-list, the researchers said.

But poor-quality kidneys from deceased diabetic donors did not improve survival chances, the findings showed.

And people under age 40 didn't benefit from diabetic donor kidneys, according to study author Dr. Jordana Cohen. She is an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

More than 100,000 people are on the U.S. kidney transplant wait-list. The study findings suggest that kidneys from deceased diabetic donors may help relieve the shortage of organs.

"As kidney disease has become increasingly common in the United States over the past few decades, the need for kidneys to be donated far exceeds the number of available kidneys," Cohen said in an American Society of Nephrology news release.

"As a result, poorer-quality kidneys are increasingly being used as a way to try to decrease transplant waiting times and thus decrease the number of people who die while waiting for a kidney transplant," she explained.

The study was published online May 25 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

The author of an accompanying editorial, Dr. Richard Formica Jr., said the study findings support the use of deceased-donor kidneys that would likely be discarded.

"However, as important as this finding is," Formica said, "it is necessary to view it in the context of the larger problem facing the nephrology community as it struggles to care for patients with end-stage renal disease."

Formica, a professor and director of transplant medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, said that only a fraction of money spent to treat end-stage kidney disease goes to kidney transplantation, even though it is better than dialysis and costs less.

"It is unfortunate that despite spending 17.4 percent of its [gross domestic product] on health care, the United States does not focus more of its resources on solving the problem through increasing access to kidney transplantation," he concluded.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more on kidney transplantation.




To quit smoking, call Connecticut QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Children and Adult services are available now with no wait time.  Please contact HBH's Intake Department at 860-548-0101 x354.

 

Affirmation Center
One Main Street

Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 727-8703
Fax: (860) 548-2045
Mon & Tu: 8:30 - 7:00
Wed, Th, Fri, Sat: 8:30 - 4:30

Cole Center
2550 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06120
Phone: (860) 548-0101
Fax: (860) 524-7781
Mon, Tu, & Fri: 8:30 - 4:30
Wed & Thu: 8:30 - 7:00

Our offices are closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for lunch.

 

CRISIS HOTLINE:

Children (under 18),
please call 211.

Adults, please call our mobile
crisis unit at 860-297-0999

For an immediate crisis call 911.


powered by centersite dot net