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Cadaver Research for Scleroderma
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Often, people are interested in donating their body for scientific research, in hopes that researchers can learn more about the cause(s) or effect(s) of their illness.
Cadaver research may or may not be beneficial for medical researchers, depending upon whether or not the disease process is already known and well-documented. If a person dies of a very new illness, then cadaver research may be of the most use.
It is important to know whether or not cadaver research is still being done for a particular illness before making arrangements to donate your cadaver to science, because ninety percent of cadavers are used for product testing purposes.
Many cadavers are used to crash test car safety features; heads are put into helmets and dropped to test the relative safety of helmets; and cadavers are harvested for ingredients in cosmetics. This may not be the manner in which you would like to have your corpse, or the corpse of your loved one, put to use.
Can I be an organ and tissue donor and also donate my body to medical science? Total body donation is an option, but not if you choose to be an organ and tissue donor. If you wish to donate your entire body, you should directly contact the facility of your choice to make arrangements. Medical schools, research facilities and other agencies need to study bodies to gain greater understanding of disease mechanisms in humans. This research is vital to saving and improving lives. Donate Life. (Also see Organ Donation and Tissue Donation)
There is no longer any need for cadaver donations for scleroderma. However, tissue is still needed in very early stages of disease, and autopsy studies may be done in some cases, especially if the diagnosis was unclear or if an experimental therapy had been used.
The Body Brokers— Part 3: Researchers Most researchers rely on donations. Willed-body programs based at medical schools collect about 15,000 bodies annually. Roughly one body in 10 donated to willed-body programs is used for research. But each year, at least 4,000 bodies become the subjects of wide-ranging experiments, the Register found. Bodies are crashed to test vehicle air bags, heads are dropped to test helmets, and arms are dropped to test snowboard wrist braces. Lifeissues.net.
The Body Brokers, Part 1: Donors don't realize they are fueling a lucrative business. American businesses make hundreds of millions of dollars selling products crafted from donated human bodies, even though it is illegal to profit from cadaver parts, an Orange County Register investigation found. Lifeissues.com, 04-16-2000.
Documents: Cadavers netted hundreds of thousands. The man who allegedly illegally sold body parts from cadavers donated to UCLA apparently netted hundreds of thousands of dollars for his work, according to documents provided to CNN. CNN.com, 03-10-04.
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