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N.J. cop injured in shootout dies day before 38th birthdayupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 12:32:00

A Jersey City, New Jersey, police officer shot in the line of duty last week died of his injuries Tuesday, a day before his 38th birthday, a spokeswoman for the city's mayor announced.

Cop injured in N.J. shootout not expected to liveupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 00:00:00

A Jersey City, New Jersey, police officer shot in the line of duty last week is not expected to survive, a police official said Monday.

Girl's heart heals itself 10 years after transplantupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 13:18:00

Hannah Clark is a 16-year-old with a shy laugh and a love of animals. She likes to go shopping with friends and dreams of a career working with children.

Hannah's heartupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 13:18:00

Teen lives for years with two hearts. CNN's Atika Shubert explains.

Did Steve Jobs' money buy him a faster liver transplant?updated: Thu Jun 25 2009 12:41:00

This week it was reported that Steve Jobs, the CEO and cofounder of Apple, underwent a liver transplant two months ago. One detail concerning Jobs's transplant seemed odd: The surgery took place at a hospital in Tennessee, some 2,000 miles from Jobs' home in northern California. Why Tennessee?

Steve Jobs recovering after liver transplantupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 23:43:00

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is recovering after undergoing a liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, the institute's program director said Tuesday.

Spain leads the way in organ donationupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 06:13:00

Earlier this week, the case of Hiroki Ando, the Japanese 11-year-old boy who was denied a heart transplant in Japan, highlighted the vast cultural divide in attitudes towards organ transplant and availability worldwide.

11-year old heart patientupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 06:13:00

CNN's Morgan Neill reports on an 11-year-old Japanese boy traveling to the United States for a heart transplant.

Boy not allowed to get life-saving transplant in Japanupdated: Sun Jun 14 2009 19:27:00

Eleven-year-old Hiroki Ando will likely die if he does not get a new heart.

People.com: Rihanna on Jasmina's Transplant: 'Miracles Do Happen'updated: Fri Jun 12 2009 18:11:00

The singer tells PEOPLE she hopes the young leukemia patient has a "fast recovery"

People.com: Natalie Cole Celebrates Life with a Post-Surgery Concertupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 07:29:00

Thanking fans for their support during her kidney transplant, the singer returns to the stage

People.com: Natalie Cole Is Released from the Hospitalupdated: Tue May 26 2009 11:30:00

The Grammy winner, who underwent a kidney transplant, plans to attend a family memorial service for her late sister Carol

Natalie Cole kidney came from deceased fanupdated: Thu May 21 2009 22:03:00

Natalie Cole's search for a new kidney ended this week when someone with a compatible organ died and their family asked that it be given to the singer, according to the organ procurement group that handled the donation.

People.com: Natalie Cole Undergoes Kidney Transplantupdated: Thu May 21 2009 11:09:00

The singer is "resting comfortably" after receiving a donor organ on Tuesday, says her rep

Natalie Cole has kidney transplantupdated: Wed May 20 2009 16:48:00

Singer Natalie Cole underwent kidney transplant surgery at a Los Angeles, California, hospital Tuesday, according to a statement from her publicist.

First U.S. face transplant recipient offers thanksupdated: Tue May 05 2009 21:12:00

In 2004, a bullet ripped away Connie Culp's nose, cheeks and upper jaw. Metal fragments sprayed into her skull and stripped her face away, leaving nothing except for her eyes, her chin and forehead.

Woman with new face thankfulupdated: Tue May 05 2009 21:12:00

Connie Culp sings the praises of the team of doctors who performed a successful face transplant on her.

People.com: Rihanna Pays Special Visit to Sick Fanupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 15:42:00

"It breaks my heart to see her go through this," she says of young Jasmina, who needs a bone marrow donor

People.com: Natasha Richardson's Organs Donated After Her Deathupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 08:24:00

The family of the British actress draw comfort from decision to help others

Four receive organs from slain California officerupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 20:10:00

Organs donated by a slain Oakland, California, police officer saved four lives, and his donated tissue will enhance the lives of up to 50 others, the California Transplant Donor Network said Wednesday.

Donation chain has led to 10 kidney transplantsupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 17:39:00

A 28-year-old man from Michigan decided to donate a kidney to a total stranger, setting into motion a kidney swap that over many months has resulted in 10 people getting a donor organ--and the process is still ongoing.

Girl recovering after removal of 6 organs, tumorupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 18:32:00

Seven-year-old Heather McNamara was heading home Tuesday, a month after surgery that temporarily removed organs from her digestive tract to allow removal of a tennis ball-size tumor.

Six organs removed from girlupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 18:32:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on an operation that saw six organs removed from a 7-year-old girl.

Ailing man's family finds kidney donor on Craigslistupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 14:22:00

One morning a couple of months ago at Westchester Medical Center, Dawn Verdick gave Daniel Flood one of her kidneys.

Kidney located on Craigslistupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 14:22:00

A kidney donor was found for a New York man via Craigslist.org. CNN's Phil Rosenbaum reports.

Face transplant patient regains self-confidenceupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 11:37:00

The woman who received the first-ever near-total face transplant in the United States told her doctor she has regained her self-confidence, said Dr. Maria Siemionow, head of plastic surgery research at the Cleveland Clinic and leader of the transplant team.

Fiance kidney donor: 'Of course we were a match'updated: Mon Feb 16 2009 09:23:00

From songs to poems to sayings on the side of coffee cups, everyone tries to define love in words.

Young People Who Rockupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 09:23:00

Matt House received a kidney from his fiance Liz Kelly. Cnn.com's Nicole Lapin got the story.

People.com: Rihanna Helps 5-Year-Old Fan Look for Bone Marrow Donorupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 10:22:00

A transplant is the little girl's only chance for survival

Kidney odyssey takes Kenyan to Indiaupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 12:19:00

Lorna Irungu sits on a hospital bed looking extremely frail. She has lupus and her kidneys continue to fail.

One woman, four kidneysupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 12:19:00

A Kenyan woman travels all the way to India to get a life saving surgery at a fraction of the price. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Donating bone marrow, saving livesupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 11:22:00

Steve Karas and Matthew Welling share a special bond.

A perfect matchupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 11:22:00

A perfect bone marrow match ended up changing two lives. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.

The top health stories of 2008updated: Fri Dec 26 2008 14:04:00

Concerns about health care, food and vaccine safety added to the anxieties Americans felt this year. But it wasn't all doom and gloom -- medical advances in stem cell research have scientists hoping for better transplant surgeries in the future. Here are the top health stories of the year:

HIV, Hep C found in four after organ transplantupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 13:04:00

Four patients who received organ transplants in 2007 were found to have HIV and hepatitis C. Both infections came from the organ donor, who had tested negative for both illnesses. This was the first time that donated organs had infected their recipients with both HIV and hepatitis C, and the first time in 21 years an HIV infection has been transmitted in this way, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What's life like after a kidney transplant?updated: Fri Dec 19 2008 20:59:00

I'm a dialysis patient and I'd like to know what my life will be like once I receive a kidney.

CNN Heroes: Blue Ribbon Panelupdated: Fri Nov 21 2008 21:31:00

A distinguished group of people took on the daunting job of deciding which CNN Heroes would make the final cut

Time.com: Liver Disease Plagues Obese Kidsupdated: Mon Sep 08 2008 09:00:00

In a new and disturbing twist on the obesity epidemic, some overweight teenagers have severe liver damage caused by too much body fat, and a handful have needed liver transplants

Time.com: Legalizing the Organ Trade? updated: Tue Aug 19 2008 04:00:00

Facing a shortage of kidneys and long hospital waiting lists, Singapore ponders going where few countries have gone before: legalizing the buying and selling of organs

Time.com: Debate: When to Declare Donors Deadupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 20:00:00

A report on three heart transplants involving babies is focusing attention on a touchy issue in the organ donation field: When and how can someone be declared dead?

Germans perform world's first double-arm transplantupdated: Sat Aug 02 2008 16:43:00

Doctors at the Technical University of Munich have conducted the world's first double-arm transplant on a 54-year-old farmer who had lost both his arms in an accident, officials said.

SI.com: The Bonus: Wrestling and life-saving transplant bond father, son for lifeupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 12:45:00

They sit inside the Saint Mary High gym, a musty brick building in Rutherford, N.J. The previous Friday, it was a similar edifice in nearby Clifton; the Thursday before that, St. Joe's in Montvale. After nearly two years of waiting for these February mornings -- all three of them here, alive, together -- Jim Lombard, 45, can't help but look at his two sons and exhale.

Time.com: N.J. to Require Organ Donor Decisionupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 13:00:00

In five years, New Jersey residents seeking driver's licenses will have to decide whether they want to become organ donors under a new first-of-its kind law

Time.com: Singapore Mulls Legal Kidney Tradingupdated: Mon Jul 21 2008 15:00:00

Singapore is considering legalizing kidney trading to help meet demand for kidney transplants, the city-state's health minister said Monday

Time.com: NY Considers 'Organ-Removal' Ambulanceupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 16:00:00

Saving the living has always been the No. 1 priority for a New York City ambulance crew. But a select group of paramedics may soon have a different task altogether: saving the dead

FSB: Growing a new organupdated: Tue May 06 2008 11:49:00

Some 15,000 Americans are on a waiting list for a liver transplant, and it is a grueling - and ghoulish - vigil. Most organs available for transplant come from someone who has died in an accident. And more than 6,000 patients will die waiting for a transplant each year.

Facts about dialysis treatmentupdated: Mon May 05 2008 02:27:00

What happens when kidney disease progresses? Judy Fortin reports in this Health Minute.

Time.com: Philippines: No Kidneys for Foreignersupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 11:00:00

Foreigners will be permanently banned from receiving kidneys for transplant in the Philippines to prevent the country from becoming a major black market Asian center

Barista donates kidney to save customer's lifeupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 13:01:00

At a time when she really needed a miracle, Annamarie Ausnes found one in an unusual place.

Did a doctor rush death?updated: Fri Mar 21 2008 09:31:00

A California doctor is accused of hastening death in order to procure a patient's organs. CNN's Dan Simon reports.

People.com: Rihanna 'Honored' to Be Part of Leukemia Miracleupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 18:02:00

The singer says helping find a bone marrow donor for N.Y.C. mom Lisa Flynn keeps her "aware of how precious life really is"

Klasnic comeback crowned by Croatia callupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 13:28:00

Croatian striker Ivan Klasnic is close to making history by becoming the first footballer to play for his country after having a kidney transplant.

People.com: Woman Finds Marrow Donor – with Rihanna's Aidupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 16:02:00

A "guardian angel" comes forward after the singer tells PEOPLE about the donor search

Doctor accused of hastening death for patient's organsupdated: Wed Mar 05 2008 13:22:00

A respected California transplant doctor faces charges he hastened a comatose man's death to retrieve his organs -- a far-reaching case that could impact the nation's organ donation industry.

Time.com: Creating a Cord-Blood Lifelineupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 10:00:00

Recognizing the treatment potential of stem cells harvested from discarded umbilical cords, some states are pushing to expand cord-blood donation

People.com: Rihanna Helps N.Y.C Mom Find Bone Marrow Donorupdated: Sun Feb 24 2008 20:22:00

It's been a busy week for Rihanna, but when the Grammy-winning singer learned about a leukemia-stricken New York City mom of two who desperately needs a marrow transplant, she immediately stepped forward to help.

Police parade kidney-snatching 'mastermind'updated: Fri Feb 08 2008 17:33:00

The alleged mastermind of a kidney transplant scheme in India has admitted to his involvement in about 300 transplants over the last 12 to 13 years, police said Friday.

Time.com: India's Black Market Organ Scandalupdated: Fri Feb 01 2008 08:55:00

Shocked but not surprised seems to sum up Indian reaction to a transplant ring harvesting kidneys from laborers

UK PM backs organ donation planupdated: Sun Jan 13 2008 08:07:00

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he supports plans to allow hospitals to take dead patients' organs without their prior consent.

SI.com: Richard Deitsch: Everson Walls: Q&Aupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 15:58:00

Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Everson Walls for the magazine's Q&A. The retired Cowboy donated a kidney to ex-teammate Ron Springs last February. Here are additional excepts from their conversation:

Tribute gala honors CNN Heroesupdated: Fri Dec 14 2007 08:34:00

An Ecuadoran lawyer leading a landmark environmental lawsuit, a U.S. expatriate who encourages attendance at rural African schools and a Ugandan missionary who runs a boarding school for girls abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army were given special recognition at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" Thursday night.

SI.com: My Sportsman: Everson Wallsupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 10:17:00

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 3. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer. For more essays, click here.

Klasnic returns for Bremen secondsupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 18:03:00

Werder Bremen reserves side are through to the third round of the German Cup after a 4-2 penalties victory over St Pauli -- after the match ended 2-2 following extra time.

Time.com: Dutch TV's Kidney-Shaped Hoaxupdated: Tue Jun 05 2007 17:50:00

A game-show in which kidney patients compete to win a donor organ -- it sounded too weird to be true. It was

Time.com: Renal-ity TV in the Netherlandsupdated: Fri Jun 01 2007 17:05:00

In a new Dutch program, three desperately ill candidates will compete for a single donor kidney. Lifesaving reality, or a new low for reality TV?

Kidney transplant fugitive caught in Mexicoupdated: Wed Apr 25 2007 20:05:00

A Kentucky man who had been on the lam for more than a year after he was released from jail to donate a kidney to his son was captured in Mexico on Wednesday, a deputy U.S. Marshal said.

Tuskegee's ghosts: Fear hinders black marrow donation updated: Wed Feb 07 2007 10:11:00

In 1982, transplant surgeon Dr. Clive Callender and his colleagues sat down to took a look at African-American organ donation numbers, and they were grim.

Your e-mails: How far you would go...updated: Thu Dec 14 2006 15:50:00

What lengths would you go to for health or well-being? Would you get plastic surgery in Mexico? Or buy fertility drugs on the black market? Or get a potentially life-saving organ if you weren't certain of its origin?

Transplant patient says she's ready to face the worldupdated: Wed Oct 18 2006 03:20:00

Talking publicly a year after having the world's first partial face transplant, Isabelle Dinoire declared: "It may be someone else's face, but when I look in the mirror, I see me."

Fugitive's son gets kidney transplantupdated: Wed Sep 06 2006 10:56:00

A Kentucky teenager whose dad went on the lam after being let out of jail to donate a kidney to his ailing son has successfully undergone a kidney transplant.

Would you give your kidney to a stranger?updated: Thu Jun 01 2006 16:52:00

Barry Mendez gave one of his kidneys to a stranger -- a good-natured act that has stirred concern among medical ethicists.

Advocates fight for transplant rules, registryupdated: Wed May 31 2006 17:16:00

Danny Boone donated a section of his liver to his brother, a gift of life that led to his death.

Fateful Fat Tuesdayupdated: Tue Mar 28 2006 16:47:00

First Hurricane Katrina blew away his chosen hospital.

Transplant doctor climbs mountainsupdated: Tue Jan 17 2006 18:42:00

Dr. Heather Ross, medical director of the cardiac transplant program at Toronto General Hospital, doesn't just recommend rehab, she lives it with her patients.

Former great Best suffers setbackupdated: Fri Nov 18 2005 08:09:00

Former football great George Best was readmitted to intensive care in a London hospital on Friday, raising new concerns about his recovery.

Jonah Lomu on his way to recoveryupdated: Fri Aug 13 2004 07:24:00

New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu has started walking his way back into training just a fortnight after undergoing a kidney transplant operation.

Pakistan's lucrative kidney tradeupdated: Wed Aug 04 2004 00:24:00

Four years ago Mohammad Ashraf, desperate for money, sold one of his kidneys to repay a debt.

Rabies-infected organs kill 3 patientsupdated: Thu Jul 01 2004 17:38:00

Rabies spread by organs taken from an infected donor has killed three transplant recipients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Fortune: Brother, Can You Spare A...updated: Mon May 26 2003 00:01:00

If a patient is suffering from progressive primary biliary cirrhosis, a fatal liver disease, there are two possible scenarios: (1) He dies, which until not long ago was the only outcome; (2) He re...

Fortune: Novartis To Pigs: Keep Your Kidneysupdated: Mon Apr 16 2001 00:01:00

Last month Swiss drug giant Novartis scaled back research on pig-to-human organ transplants, dealing a big blow to the hyped field of xenotransplants (the technical term for animal-human organ dona...

Money Magazine: READERS WANT THE FACTS ABOUT MUTUAL FUND RISK -- WITHOUT CONFUSING JARGONupdated: Tue Aug 01 1995 00:01:00

You want all mutual fund prospectuses to contain a summary of a fund's risk. That is the view, at least, of 271 of the 305 readers who sent in the Money poll that accompanied June's "What You Need ...

Money Magazine: THE INSPIRATIONAL COURAGE OF A SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY updated: Sat Jun 01 1991 00:01:00

Here's applause for your article on the chronically ill child, which I read as the parent of a child with kidney disease to whom I donated a kidney. I hope your article increases the awareness of t...

Money Magazine: WHEN YOUR CHILD IS BORN ILLupdated: Mon Apr 01 1991 00:01:00

It's 8 p.m., and in the spacious three-bedroom home of Kevin and Cheryl Clarke in Edmonds, Wash., 15 miles north of Seattle, six-year-old Jeffrey is getting ready to go to bed. For Jeffrey, this me...

Fortune: DECIDING WHO PAYS TO SAVE LIVES Companies are being pressed to pay for the latest, costliest medical care. It's hard to say no wupdated: Mon May 27 1985 00:01:00

* EACH NEW ADVANCE in high-technology medicine sharpens the debate over tortuous ethical questions -- who should receive treatment with these expensive new technologies, who should pay, and who sho...

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