Record year for organ transplantation in Italyby Roberta Lunghini - 2017.01.11
In Italy, 2016 was a record year as far as the total number of organ donors is concerned. They were, in fact, 1,596 against 1,489 of the previous year. The positive trend was also confirmed by the increase of those used which, for the first time, exceed 1.300 (compared to 1.165 of 2015). Tuscany, with 53.3 donors per million population, is the first Italian Region: more than the double of the national average equal to 24.3. These are some of the data reported by the Minister of Health, during the presentation of the new SIT (Transplant Information System) activities report. Which showed another record: the number of transplant patients: +13% compared to 2015, the highest increase ever achieved in recent years. In fact, the overall figure was equal to 3,736 transplants, against 3,327 in 2015, showing an increase in the activity for all the organs: 2,086 kidney transplants (they were 1,882 in 2015), 1,235 liver transplants (1,094 in 2015), 267 heart transplants (246), 154 lung transplants (112) and 69 pancreas transplants (50).
Important decline in blood donors in Italy
Fall in blood donors one of the consequences of the Italian demographic decline. In 2016, the number fell to 1,688,000: a decrease of 40,000 compared to the previous year and the lowest figure since 2011. The reason for this worrying decrease is to be found in the progressive ageing of Read More.
Donate a part of yourself and find yourself unemployed
In addition to specific health reasons, organ donation could also place a person at risk for losing his/her job. At least in Spain, where this occurred with individuals who missed work for procedures having to do with donating an organ, for example a kidney, to a dying friend or family member. Read More.
AVIS celebrates a 90th birthday with more than 1 million volunteers
Italy’s Association of Italian Blood Volunteers AVIS (Associazione Volontari Italiani Sangue), is celebrating not only its 90th birthday, but also its exponential growth. In 1927, there were 17 members, today there are 1.3 million. In the last 30 years, the membership has grown almost 90% while the number of actual Read More.
Rights and duties of employees who donate blood
Italian law provides for employees who volunteer to be blood donors to receive a day off (to rest), for which they will be paid their normal retribution. For which reimbursement will be obtained by the National Institute for Social Security (INPS), which recently distributed an informative pamphlet explaining all of Read More.
Switzerland lifts lifetime ban on gay men giving blood
Switzerland has softened rules that permanently banned men who have sex with men from donating blood. Currently, all men in Switzerland who have had sex with another man since 1977 are barred from donating blood – a rule brought in during the spread of Aids. From July 1st, 2017 men Read More.
Human-pig embro demonstrates promising future for transplants
For the first time in the history of medical science, a pig-human hybrid has been created. Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, successfully created an embryo by combining two species that are, very far from one another, biologically speaking. This opens the way for growing human Read More.