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New rules mean more kidney transplants for African-Americans, Hispanics

from Futurity

New rules for allocating donor kidneys have led to more transplants for blacks and Hispanics, whose access to donor organs had been held artificially low under an earlier formula. A recent study also identified other “winners and losers” under the new system: Younger adults gained more access to needed organs, compared with those who are still “over-represented” on recipient lists — adults over 50 and those whose immune systems more readily tend to reject donor organs. more

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