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Kidney transplants could be more plentiful – and safe – if U.S. eased age limits, study finds

Peter Reese couldn’t believe what he just heard. The associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania was in France for a yearlong sabbatical when someone mentioned an 83-year-old kidney donor. “I really wondered whether or not I misheard them,” he said, adding he was still getting used to speaking French. A donor that old would be extraordinary, especially in the U.S. where the average age of a kidney donor is 39. He got it right.

Trump directs government to revamp care for kidney disease

President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the government to revamp the nation’s care for kidney disease so that more people whose kidneys fail have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis.

Democratic Rep. Hy Kloc retiring amid cancer battle

Since getting diagnosed with cancer, issues like being a Democrat struggling through Republican-dominated legislative sessions just aren’t as important anymore to Idaho state Rep. Hy Kloc.

A transplant-ethics fight for the mentally disabled

Paul Corby needs a new heart. On that there is no dispute. But Corby, who lives in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is autistic, suffers from several psychological conditions and takes 19 medications. When he applied to the transplant program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, he was rejected because of his “psychiatric issues, autism, the complexity of the process ... and the unknown and unpredictable effect of steroids on behavior,” according to the denial letter sent to his mother.

Oregon woman uses billboard to request kidney donation

An Oregon woman who needs a kidney transplant is trying to reach potential donors through a highway billboard. Roxanne Loomis, 64, a Eugene nurse, has been on the kidney donor list for four and a half years, reported the Register-Guard. She learned that her kidneys were failing in 2004 and took steps to deal with the disease, but her kidneys were barely functioning by 2014.