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4 Your Health: Older organ donors just as good as young

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Tucson- Many people wait over five years for a kidney from a donor.  A new study finds organs from older patients may be just as viable for transplant.

Italian researchers followed over 600 patients who received kidneys from healthy donors over the age of 50. They found the recipient five year survival rates were about the same, regardless of their donor's age, even those over 80.

Experts say these findings could help cut down the wait times for transplant surgeries.

A new government study reveals over seven percent of teens and young adults do not seek sexual or reproductive health care because they're afraid their parents will find out.

In fact, only 38 percent of teens spent time alone in a doctor's office, without a parent or relative. Privacy concerns were especially prevalent among females.

And sleep experts say that starting school later in the morning is better for a teenagers health and wellness.

New research revealed that teens slept an average of 53 minutes longer on week nights when school start times were delayed by one hour. Later start times were also associated with fewer car accidents and less daytime sleepiness.

More than 85 percent of high schools start before 8:30 a-m, which is the earliest time recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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