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Mon, Dec 08
New rules for kidney transplants
New rules this week are bringing changes to the nation’s kidney transplant system that will give some patients a better shot at a longer-lasting organ, and move others up the waiting list.
The goal is to get the maximum benefit out of a scarce resource: kidneys from deceased donors.
“Not everyone’s going to get the same benefit out of a kidney transplant,” said Dr. Matthew J. Ellis of Duke University Medical Center, who is optimistic the new policy will help. “We’re trying to apply commonsense principles to address those issues.”