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Africa:Blood Transfusion 'Can Spread Malaria'
[Nation] New malaria infections could be aided by blood transfusions, scientists have warned, emphasising on the need for higher screening standards to save patients. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Thalassaemia gene therapy trial shows 'encouraging' results
The treatment meant some patients stopped needing blood transfusions altogether. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene therapy for blood disorder offers 'hope' in new study
An experimental gene therapy for blood disorders was shown to be safe and effective in helping beta thalassemia patients avoid blood transfusions in a new study. However, more research is needed, and if approved for use, it could come with high costs. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New research: High risk of malaria transmission after blood transfusions in sub-Saharan Africa
(Burness) A new study suggests that in high transmission areas of sub-Saharan Africa, nearly one in four blood bank supplies contain the parasites that cause malaria. Additional research, focusing on the blood supply of Equatorial Guinea's capital, Malabo, found slightly higher levels of latent malaria infection, most of it -- more than 89 percent -- at a level that commonly used diagnostic technology cannot detect. Both studies were presented at the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan African Malaria Conference in Dakar, Senegal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tunisia:Voluntary Blood Donation Falls Short of Expectations -Minister
[Tunis Afrique Presse] "Voluntary blood donation in Tunisia falls short of expectations," Health Minister Imed Hammami Sunday said at an event held by the National Blood Transfusion Centre to observe the National Blood Donor Day (April 8). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Eritrea:Praiseworthy Awareness Raising Campaign On Blood Donation
[Shabait] Mendefera -Thanks to the popular campaign conducted in the Southern region by the Association of Voluntary Blood Donors and the National Blood Transfusion Center, the awareness of nationals on the significance of blood donation is strengthening, Mr. Mehari Abraham, head of the National Blood Transfusion Center reported. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Transfusion Outcomes Differ by Race for Peds Scoliosis Surgery
MONDAY, April 2, 2018 -- In the surgical correction of pediatric scoliosis, black race is independently associated with increased estimated blood loss, increased rate of blood transfusion, and increased amount of blood transfused, according to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Blood transfusion company inks deal for new East Bay headquarters
Cerus Corp. is moving to a new headquarters in Concord.   The company, founded in Concord 25 years ago, recently leased 66,000 square feet in 1200 Concord Ave. with landlord Sierra Pacific Properties Inc.  The company’s Intercept Blood Systems inactivates potentially harmful pathogens in donated blood that can cause diseases and infections.  “C oncord’s central East Bay location allows us to recruit from a great pool of talent in the region,” said William “Obi” Greenman, Cerus’… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 28, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Blanca Torres Source Type: news

Keeping Blood Transfusions Safe: FDA's Multi-layered Protections for Donated Blood
(Source: What's New at CBER)
Source: What's New at CBER - March 23, 2018 Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: news

LivaNova launches Chinese Perceval trial
LivaNova (NSDQ:LIVN) said today it launched a new trial of its Perceval sutureless aortic valve implant in China as it pursues Chinese Registration of the device. The company claims that the lack of suturing allows the super-elastic Perceval valve to achieve optimal effective orifice area, resulting in “excellent hemodynamics.” LivaNova said procedures utilizing the Perceval valve result in shorter intensive care unit stays, reduced ventilation time and less blood transfusions. “We greatly look forward to the possibility of making this innovative technology, which has demonstrated excellent outcomes ...
Source: Mass Device - March 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Replacement Heart Valves LivaNova Source Type: news

Nigeria:Medical Students Donate 500 Pints of Blood for Sickle Cell Children At Luth
[Guardian] Worried by the challenge of blood transfusion for children with cancer and sickle cell, the Association of Medical Student University of Lagos (AMSUL) has organised a blood drive exercise to generate pints of blood from the university students. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Story of Discovery: Hepatitis C: from non-A, non-B hepatitis to a cure
Discovery of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) allowed for development of tests to effectively detect and treat it and eliminate it from the blood transfusion supply. (Source: NIDDK News)
Source: NIDDK News - March 15, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Uganda:Ugandans Urged to Donate Blood Amid Crisis
[Monitor] Ugandans have been encouraged to embrace the practice of voluntary blood donation to help Uganda blood transfusion services, the government agency mandated to collect blood meet the ever growing demand. Many Ugandans have never donated blood despite several campaigns by Uganda blood transfusion services and corporate social responsibility by companies across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 28, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

You're Less Likely to Get a Blood Transfusion Now
Title: You're Less Likely to Get a Blood Transfusion NowCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/27/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/28/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - February 28, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

You're Less Likely to Get a Blood Transfusion Now
TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 -- Americans are getting fewer blood transfusions, and that's good news, researchers say. " It's a win-win for everybody, " said Dr. Aaron Tobian, senior author of a new study. " Fewer transfusions are good for multiple... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

17 black innovators who made medtech better
From cardiology to endoscopy to blood transfusion, African Americans have played an important role as innovators in the history of medicine and medtech. To help mark African American History Month, here’s a look at some of their greatest achievements. Here are 17 black innovators who have made discoveries and invented devices to make medtech better. Next>> The post 17 black innovators who made medtech better appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - February 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blood Management Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Diagnostics Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Hospital Care Laboratory Instruments/Laboratory Supplies Oncology Pharmaceuticals Research & Development American Red Cross Source Type: news

NIH funding to improve devices and safeguard cardiovascular health
(Children's National Health System) The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute awarded $3.4 million to Nikki Gillum Posnack, Ph.D., to provide insights that could accelerate development of safer biomaterials used for blood transfusions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Practice Advisory Interim Guidance for Care of Obstetric Patients During a Zika Virus Outbreak
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 10/26/2017 This Practice Advisory represents the current information available regarding Zika virus, including updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance that are relevant to obstetric care providers. Guidance topics are Background; Travel Restrictions; Prevention; Reproductive Counseling; Assessment and Testing; Clinical Management of a Pregnant Woman with Suspected Zika Virus Infection; Breastfeeding; Postnatal Management; Neonatal Outcomes and Evaluation; Reporting and the U.S. Pregnancy Registry; Infection Control Considerations; and Zika...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Bevacizumab dramatically improves severe hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) associated bleeding
(Elsevier) Patients with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) with severe bleeding, who were treated with intravenous bevacizumab, reported a marked reduction in nose bleeds and gastrointestinal bleeding and were able to stop or considerably reduce blood transfusions, resulting in significantly improved quality of life. A new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings provides good quality evidence for the excellent safety profile and efficacy of intravenous bevacizumab in the management of these patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Hospital Patients Still More Likely To Die On Weekends
By Michael Nedelman, CNN (CNN) — Doctors call it the “weekend effect.” Patients in the hospital are more likely to die off-hours — whether it’s due to a brain bleed, a heart attack or a clot in the lungs. New research on cardiac arrest in the hospital now asks: Has the “weekend effect” changed in recent years, as treatment has gotten better? “We know that survival trends have improved in past decade or so,” said Dr. Uchenna Ofoma, assistant professor of medicine at Temple University and a critical care physician at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. &ldq...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News cardiac arrest Source Type: news

Botswana:BDF Donates Blood
[Botswana Daily News] Francistown -The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Second Brigade Group in Francistown recently held a blood donation drive where members of the BDF base camp and general public donated blood through the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS) in an effort to help them reach their target of 40 000 units of blood a year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Why Blood Shortage Hit Uganda's Hospitals
[Independent (Kampala)] This is not a good time to be sick and in need of a blood transfusion as hospitals across the country experience an acute shortage. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 23, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Coagulation Sciences selects Enercon as its contract manufacturer
(Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory) Coagulation Sciences, a medical device startup that is being incubated at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, has announced that it has selected Enercon Technologies of Gray, Maine, to be its contract manufacturing partner for its Multiple Coagulation Test SystemTM (MCTS), a desktop device that enables caregivers to quickly analyze the causes of blood clotting disorders at the point of care. The device reduces costs and risks associated with unnecessary blood transfusions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Blood transfusions: Is there a limit?
When do you need a blood transfusion? Is there a maximum number of blood transfusions a person can have? Find out in this article. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Blood / Hematology Source Type: news

Steroids do not cut deaths from sepsis but do speed recovery
Treating sepsis patients with steroids does not reduce mortality but does lead to quicker recovery in survivors and the need for fewer blood transfusions, according to a major international study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

The effect of prehospital transport time, injury severity, and blood transfusion on survival of US military casualties in Iraq - Kotwal RS, Scott LLF, Janak JC, Tarpey BW, Howard JT, Mazuchowski EL, Butler FK, Shackelford SA, Gurney JM, Stockinger ZT.
BACKGROUND: Reducing time from injury to care can optimize trauma patient outcomes. A previous study of prehospital transport of US military casualties during the Afghanistan conflict demonstrated the importance of time and treatment capability for combat ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

FDA, Pentagon reveal plan to speed medical devices, drugs to military personnel
The FDA and the Pentagon said today that they’re launching a joint program to speed the development of medical products for military personnel. The federal safety watchdog and the Defense Dept.’s Office of Health Affairs said the program’s framework is based on a House bill passed last year that expands the FDA’s authority to approve the emergency use of unapproved medical treatments and aims to expedite the approval process. Critics claim the program could erode medical safety, putting U.S. soldiers at risk. “Utilizing this law’s expanded authorities, the FDA will work closely...
Source: Mass Device - January 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance defensedepartment Source Type: news

Tanzania:How Tanzania Suffers From Critical Shortage of Blood Experts
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -There is a critical shortage of experts in haematology and blood transfusion services in Tanzania. In that regard, illnesses and deaths directly linked to knowledge shortfalls have continued to pose a major challenge in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Namibia:Current Bloodstock Only Enough for Seven Days
[New Era] Windhoek -The current stock of blood for emergency blood transfusions is only enough for seven days, the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia (NamBTS) revealed yesterday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How safe are blood transfusions? Some experts warn of potentially deadly side effects
(Natural News) Blood transfusions have revolutionized medicine, but the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K., which performs at least two million transfusions annually, is worried about the “love of blood” healthcare professionals seem to have. Love of blood refers to the dangers that accompany unnecessary transfusions, which occurs in at least one in five cases. According to a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Namibia:Blood Stocks At Critical Level
[New Era] Windhoek -The Blood Transfusion Services of Namibia (NamBTS) has made an impassioned appeal to members of the public to donate blood, as the current blood stock is only enough for the next 12 days. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Simple Strategies Can Reduce Blood Transfusions for Anemia Simple Strategies Can Reduce Blood Transfusions for Anemia
The Choosing Wisely campaign calls for judicious use of red blood cell transfusions for iron deficiency anemia; simple strategies reduced the number of inappropriate transfusions.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Tanzania:Relief Beckoning As Blood Services Set for Betterment
[Daily News] BLOOD testing services at the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) may soon become automated, a move expected to address human errors and improve efficiency, it has been learnt. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania:Blood Transfusion Is for Free, Govt Says
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The government has said that patients, who need blood transfusion must receive it for free. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Experts who think blood transfusions could be harmful
Like antibiotics, X-rays and vaccines, blood transfusions are widely considered to be among the greatest breakthroughs in medicine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood Transfusions in Leukemia a Deterrent to Hospice Care Blood Transfusions in Leukemia a Deterrent to Hospice Care
Among patients with leukemia, transfusion dependence at end of life can be a deterrent to timely access to hospice care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - December 11, 2017 Category: Pathology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Transfusion dependence a barrier to quality end-of-life care for some with leukemia
(American Society of Hematology) For patients with advanced leukemia, access to high-quality end-of-life care appears to be reduced in those dependent on blood transfusions, according to a new study being presented during the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta. The study associates this reduced access and consequent diminished use of hospice services with a reduced quality of end-of-life care for these patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 11, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

What We Can Learn From Treating Sepsis in Low-Resource Settings What We Can Learn From Treating Sepsis in Low-Resource Settings
Dr Martin reviews a study from Zambia that sought to determine whether early resuscitation with IV fluids, vasopressors, and blood transfusion would decrease mortality from sepsis vs usual care.Medscape Critical Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Critical Care Viewpoint Source Type: news

Blood diag dev LightIntegra Tech raises $4m
Medical device developer LightIntegra Technology said last Friday it raised $3.5 million in financing from its existing shareholder base to support its blood diagnostic tech development. The Vancouver-based company is developing diagnostics looking to reduce blood transfusions in cancer patients and minimize platelet refractoriness. LightIntegra’s flagship device is the ThromboLUX, which identifies non-activated platelet products which are optimal for the patient types. The system was commercially launched in the US in April, this year. “This funding will help LightIntegra advance its commercialization efforts ...
Source: Mass Device - December 5, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Business/Financial News lightintegratechnology Source Type: news

Rohingya Refugees Face Fresh Ordeal in Crowded Camps
A group of Rohingya children emerge from a nearby religious school in Kutupalong camp. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Naimul HaqCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 5 2017 (IPS)Mariam Akhtar, 23, is desperately searching for her young daughter two weeks after arriving from Myanmar in Cox’s Bazar, a southeastern coastal district in Bangladesh.Already traumatized by the extreme violence she and her family suffered in Buthidaung district in Myanmar, Mariam now faces fresh agony."There are agents looking for opportunities around the clock to lure and smuggle out the children." --Sarwar Chowdhury, Ukhia upazila chairman&ldquo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Women's Health Bangladesh Human Trafficking International Organization for Migration Source Type: news

Blueprint to reduce wasteful blood transfusions
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) By analyzing data from randomized clinical trials comparing blood transfusion approaches, Johns Hopkins experts, along with colleagues at Cleveland Clinic and NYU Langone Medical Center, endorse recommendations for blood transfusions that reduce blood use to improve patient safety and outcomes. Publishing this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, the report also provides a how-to guide for launching a patient blood management program. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Definitive global transfusion study supports patient safety and positive patient outcomes while reducing blood transfusions in open heart surgery
(Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - November 13, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Blood transfusions can keep people perpetually youthful
Aging expert Aubrey de Grey says it is possible to grow biologically younger. His Californian company is one of an increasing number trying to turn back time by isolating a factor in blood to rejuvenate cells. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood transfusions 'ease Alzheimer's'
Blood plasma taken from young people and given to those with mild to moderate Alzheimer ’s disease appears to help ward off its symptoms, a study by scientists at Stanford University found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alzheimer's 'could be passed on via blood transfusion'
Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada have shown that healthy who received blood from a mouse with Alzheimer's did develop plaques of beta-amyloid protein. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Scandal Exposed at Blood Transfusion Institution
[The Herald] The National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has inexplicably changed its status from a non-profit making organisation to a private limited organisation, a move that could explain the high cost of blood and blood products, The Herald can reveal. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Blood transfusion danger: Donations by pregnant women increase mortality in men
(Natural News) Blood donations are usually life-savers, but new research reveals that men who receive blood from women who have been pregnant are at risk of premature death from an adverse immune response called transfusion-related acute lung injury that occurs some time after the donation. The discovery further puzzles researchers as it apparently has no... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Design Thinking in Healthcare / Blood Transfusions from Female Donors Increase Mortality? / California Primary Care Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors Here's what we chose for you from NEJM Group today:NEJM Knowledge+ Blog: What do cerumen … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 19, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Is blood donated by mothers less safe?
New research suggests possible risks for men who receive the blood transfusions (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood transfusions from THIS group of women could be DEADLY for men
BLOOD transfusions will sometimes be given to cancer or kidney disease patients. However, new research has found higher mortality rates in men who had been given blood donated by women who had been pregnant. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news