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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.”

Read more from ABC News.