Nancy Barnes: The complicated realm of organ donation

  • Article by: Nancy Barnes , Star Tribune editor
  • Updated: September 26, 2009 - 4:35 PM

A Star Tribune series explores a public health crisis through the experiences of kidney patients and transplant centers.

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dancemonkeyNov. 3, 09 2:15 PM

It seems odd that an investigation into an emerging epidemic would almost completely ignore the root cause. This is more like a Dateline NBC investigation than a Frontline investigation. If Marcotty cares about keeping health care costs under control she needs go to the source of the stream. Literally every other commercial on TV highlights potential kidney problems associated with yet another drug, and yet you'll not find any mention of this in a discussion on why one of the main filters of the body is increasingly overburdened. There's clearly no such thing as a genetic epidemic, so it's important that we begin to have an honest discussion on some of the major potential causes that are driving such chronic diseases.

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