Response to TYT: Teen Denied Heart Transplant Over Bad Grades

While I love the Young Turks, I’m torn on this video.  Both Cenk & Ana seem to say they understand the transplant process but they oversimplify the decisions that go into listing & selecting candidates for transplant, whether they are adults, or in this case, children.

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Big Data in Organ Transplantation: Registries & Administrative Claims

Indulge my geekery here a minute.   I keep hearing several groups I belong to on Twitter but in the healthcare space talk incessantly about big data & why it’s important.  It didn’t really connect the dots fully for me until Macey Henderson tweeted out a link to this study.   Continue reading

Checking Off the Boxes

I need to remind myself to slow down a bit…but I always feel better when I’m getting things done.  Today I managed to do quite a bit but still have more on tap for tomorrow (but this was stuff that needs to get done but a little less pressing). At any rate, I was given a health maintenance checklist at my evaluation so that’s why I pushed today. Continue reading

Bloody Hell!

Yesterday was rough. Can’t lie about that.  They save the hardest test for last, I think. If I never have to have that test repeated again I’ll be a happy camper.

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Running the Gauntlet

I realize I am still a touch out of practice from having multi-day testing. It used to be old hat. I’ve had a lot of the same type of testing the past two days before for various research studies over time at places like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) & a few other places.

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Evaluation: Ready Or Not; Here I Come

This HealthDay article really struck a cord when I read it.  It’s not only the kidney population that sometimes has issues with the process of when to refer or list, it’s other organs too.  But it’s compelling food for thought for patients and professionals, as transplantation is a treatment, but not a cure.  They are also costly, but overall may be less costly than other long-term interventions that don’t offer many of the benefits & the possible quality of life improvements that transplants do.  As I was reading that article, certain paragraphs resonated with me, but as much as we try and contribute this to a professional issue of late referrals, I personally believe there’s more to it.

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