Kiran Shelat received a kidney infected with hepatitis C as part of a trial conducted by the University of Pennsylvania.

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September 13, 2018

How A Deadly Virus Saved Organ Transplant Patients’ Lives

Nearly 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant in the U.S., but many will never get one. Instead they’ll stay on dialysis for the rest of their lives. A team of doctors in Philadelphia have found a possible solution to this problem, by infecting patients with a potentially fatal virus.


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August 31, 2018

Battling Drug Addiction: What Comes After Detox?

Getting off drugs is a challenge, and what comes after detox can be just as difficult. With the state’s growing opioid epidemic, many areas don’t have enough long-term treatment centers to meet the demand, but community groups in some parts of Illinois are stepping in to fill the gaps.


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August 31, 2018

There’s An Illegal Market For An Opioid Addiction Medication. Is That Such A Bad Thing?

Buprenorphine is one of just three federally approved medications to treat opioid addiction. It’s possible to misuse it because it’s an opioid itself — people snort or inject the medication to get high. And patients with prescriptions can sell or give it away, which is known as diversion. But addiction treatment professionals argue the problem of buprenorphine diversion is often misunderstood. The black market exists, in part, because addiction treatment can be hard to find, and the availability of the drug on the street can be helpful, they say.


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