Liver is one of the most sought after solid organ. In UK there is an increase in demand as there is a rise in the death of number of patients who do not receive transplants. Hence it was decided that a non-heart beating donor is potentially to increase the supply of organs by as much as 20%. This was reported in the British Medical Journal. They say that it will boost the supply of human organs for transplantation. In general liver donation rates are poor in the UK. Statistics show that in UK about 60 people die on the waiting list each year and up to 80 are removed from the list as their condition deteriorates. Doctors use various techniques to increase the number of organs available for transplantation. One such mode is the split liver transplantation where one liver given to two recipients or living donor transplants are performed. Recently it was found that the non-heart beating donors are a potential source, where organs are retrieved after a period of five minutes during which death is certified. Statistics show that they would add to about 10-20% of the liver donations in UK. The British Transplant Society has recently given a detailed account and published guidelines on all aspects of non-heart beating donation, including ethical and legal issues. << Foods produced organically have better health value Commercialization of drugs by fast tracking is a cause of co... >> Recommended Reading Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Transplantation Organ and tissue transplantation can give a second chance at life to thousands of people. Learn more about this interesting procedure. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Blood Donation - Recipients How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips More News on: Hepatitis ALiverWilson's DiseaseTransplantationOrgan Donation and TransplantationMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?