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Minority Transplant Access Gains

15 years, 8 months ago

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Posted on Feb 06, 2004, 6 a.m. By Bill Freeman

(AP) Blacks, Hispanics and other minorities in desperate need of new kidneys are getting substantially more transplants since the U.S. criteria for matching up scarce donor organs and recipients were eased last year. The nation's transplant network made the policy change last May, based on research that suggested the move could boost transplants in minorities as much as 6 percent without a significant increase in rejected organs.

(AP) Blacks, Hispanics and other minorities in desperate need of new kidneys are getting substantially more transplants since the U.S. criteria for matching up scarce donor organs and recipients were eased last year. The nation's transplant network made the policy change last May, based on research that suggested the move could boost transplants in minorities as much as 6 percent without a significant increase in rejected organs. "The preliminary observations suggest that, in fact, what we predicted is happening and that minorities are getting more organs," said Dr. Friedrich K.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/02/05/health/main598196.shtml



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