Kidney donations put province over the top

A record number of organ transplants were performed last year in BC and many involved kidneys.

Three hundred and forty-six transplants were carried out in 2013, about 40 more than the year before. Of these, 127 involved kidneys from living donors, up from 83 in 2012, and 107 from deceased donors, roughly on par with the year before.

Link found between wealth and living kidney donation rates

While cultural differences have often been cited as a barrier to living kidney donation in certain racial and ethnic groups, Dr. Jagbir Gill and his colleagues have found a strong correlation between median household income and living kidney donation, with significantly lower rates of living donation in lower income populations, irrespective of race.

Kidney dialysis treatment

A study based at St. Paul’s Hospital shows the more patients are involved in their kidney dialysis treatment, the better the outcome. Elaine Yong explains.

St Paul’s medical milestone

Thu, Aug 1 – St. Paul’s hospital in Vancouver celebrated a transplant milestone today … kidney transplant number 2000. Linda Aylesworth reports. 

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