Bethesda transfusion therapy company raises $2.7 million
A Bethesda medical technology company focused on developing innovations in the transfusion industry has raised $2.7 million in an equity funding round. Hemanext, which changed its corporate name in October from New Health Sciences Inc., was seeking to raise a total of $5 million, a Securities and Exchange Commission filing shows. Hemanext did not specify was the proceeds of the funding will be used for. I've reached out to Hemanext for comment a nd will update this story when I hear back. The company…
Purpose of review In this review, we discuss current clinical guidelines and potential underlying mechanisms regarding platelet transfusion therapy in patients at risk of bleeding, comparing management of patients with thrombocytopenia versus those with qualitative platelet disorders. Recent findings Platelet transfusion therapy is highly effective in managing bleeding in patients with hypoproliferative thrombocytopenia. Clinical trials have demonstrated that platelet transfusion can be used at a lower trigger threshold and reduced platelet doses, and may be used therapeutically rather than prophylactically in some si...
In conclusion, this study brings information for the genetic relationships of MCPyV isolated from blood donors from the Brazilian Amazon and demonstrates the possible phylogeographic behavior of our strain in relation to the other findings. We also demonstrated a strong evidence of viremic MCPyV phase in blood donations, however, more studies are necessary in order to understand the MCPyV impact on transfusion therapy. PMID: 32971251 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Alloimmunization to non-ABO, red blood cell (RBC) antigens remains one of the most clinically-relevant complexities faced by blood banking practitioners. In the setting of transfusion therapy, these antibodies raise risks for incompatibilities, while for pregnant patients they can mediate deadly forms of hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn. As such, a thorough understanding of pathways that lead to alloimmunization, as well as the tools used by blood banks to detect alloantibodies, is critical to transfusion practice.
Conclusion: Intermittent blood transfusion remains a common practice for the management of children with acute SCD complications. Main indications were acute anemic crises, severe pain crises, ACS, and stroke. In limited resource settings, such as Yemen, conservative transfusion policy appears to be appropriate. PMID: 32908695 [PubMed]
Conclusion: Asthenia, anorexia, and jaundice during mid-late pregnancy should be immediately investigated. Before and during the pregnancy, hepatologists or obstetricians should actively screen pregnant women with CHB for HBV DNA status and alanine aminotransferase levels. Reactivation of HBV replication in pregnant women with CHB may lead to ACLF, especially in multiparous women. Once ACLF is diagnosed, antiviral therapy should be considered as soon as possible to protect maternal and fetal health. PMID: 32849869 [PubMed]
Abstract BACKGROUND: Optimal strategies for regular blood transfusion therapy are not well defined in sickle cell disease (SCD). This analysis tested the hypothesis that in the first of year of regular transfusions, when chelation therapy use is minimal, automated exchange transfusion would be the superior method for attenuating the rise in ferritin levels compared to simple and manual exchange transfusions. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: The Silent Cerebral Infarct Multi-Center Clinical Trial randomly allocated children with SCD and silent cerebral infarcts to receive standard care or regular transfusions with a ...
CONCLUSIONS: Deferasirox is an effective iron chelator when started at an optimum time and with optimum dose. At least 1 year of deferasirox therapy is needed for a significant lowering of serum ferritin levels of pediatric thalassemia patients on multiple blood transfusions.
CONCLUSION: This is the first description of TT-DENV in a SCD patient. A presumed high viral load in the transfused RBC unit probably determined the early clinical manifestation. In endemic regions dengue fever should be considered as differential diagnosis in SCD patients with fever and acute pain crisis, mainly during DENV outbreaks. PMID: 32735379 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conclusions: Septic shock is a significant and yet not completely understood life-threatening condition which can be associated with purpura fulminans, multiple organ dysfunction, disseminated intravascular coagulation and massive tissue necrosis. PMID: 32689761 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
CONCLUSIONS: This survey solicited the current practice variations in RCE from a diverse range of practice sites. Many sites reported similar practice patterns and challenges but some variations emerged. To our knowledge, this survey represents the largest and most in-depth investigation of the use of RCE for patients with SCD, and could inform future studies in the field. PMID: 32583456 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]