How One Engineer & #039;s Blood Disorder Enabled the Development of an Anemia Detection App
Every month from the time he was six months old, Rob Mannino has had to go into a clinic to receive a blood transfusion. Mannino has an inherited blood disorder known as beta-thalassemia, which is caused by a mutation in the beta-globin gene. “My doctors would test my hemoglobin levels more if they could, but it’s a hassle for me to get to the hospital in between transfusions to receive this blood test. Instead, my doctors currently have to just estimate when I’m going to need a transfusion, based on my hemoglobin level trends," Mannino said. For his biomedical eng...
Source: MDDI - December 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Parents plead for donors as 2-year-old with rare blood type battles cancer
The parents of a little girl in Florida are asking for help after discovering their daughter has an extremely rare blood type. She needs regular blood transfusions as she battles an aggressive form of cancer. CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers explains. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Luspatercept Reduces Blood Transfusions in MDS and Beta-Thalassemia Luspatercept Reduces Blood Transfusions in MDS and Beta-Thalassemia
A novel agent reduced the need for blood transfusions in two separate patient populations: myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and beta-thalassemia.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Carrying and Administering Lifesaving Prehospital Blood
When New Hanover (North Carolina) Regional Medical Center’s AirLink teams began carrying prehospital blood in September 2017, patients experiencing hemorrhagic shock gained the ability to receive lifesaving oxygen-carrying red blood cells while being transported to the trauma center. Prehospital blood transfusions are known to increase 24-hour survival while also decreasing the total amount of blood needed during hospitalization, but are only available on about half of the EMS helicopters in the United States. In a testament to the need for prehospital blood transfusions, the first patient to receive this lifesaving ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kevin Collopy, BA, FP-C, CCEMT-P, NRP, CMTE Tags: Trauma Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Blood transfusions 'absolutely critical' for Essex boy Henry
The parents of a boy with a rare blood disease plea for more donors over the festive period. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Angola: Child Who Received Contaminated Blood Is HIV/Aids Negative - Official
[ANGOP] Luanda -The Ministry of Health (MINSA) announced Wednesday in Luanda that there was a "negative" diagnosis of HIV / AIDS virus transmission to a child who recently received contaminated blood transfusion at one of the hospital units in the capital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Baxter touts Hemopatch, Floseal study results
Baxter (NYSE:BAX) today presented results from studies of its Hemopatch and Floseal products, touting reductions in costs and hospital stays in both trials. Results from studies of the devices were presented this week at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Europe 2018 meeting, the Chicago-based company said. In a retrospective observational analysis exploring pancreaticoduodenectomies which used the company’s Hemopatch hemostatic-sealant, investigators in Spain found that the device “might be an effective and cost-beneficial additional treatment compared to the Standard of...
Source: Mass Device - November 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Clinical Trials Surgical Baxter Source Type: news

Housecall: The lifesaving need for blood donation
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Save a life: Donate blood Each year, millions of people need a blood transfusion, and the need knows no season. Some may need blood during surgery. Others depend on it after an accident or because they have a disease that requires blood components. Blood donation makes all of this possible. There [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 12, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Freddie Mercury Didn ’t Want to Be a ‘Poster Boy’ for AIDS — But He and Other Celebrities Played a Key Role in Its History
In the new biopic about Freddie Mercury — Bohemian Rhapsody, in theaters Friday — the Queen lead singer (played by Rami Malek) has one request when he tells his bandmates about his HIV diagnosis: that they keep the news private, because he doesn’t want to be a “poster boy” for AIDS or a “cautionary tale.” While Mercury is remembered more for his music than for anything, his health status did in fact become public just days before he died of complications of AIDS-related pneumonia on Nov. 24, 1991, at the age of 45. And in fact, even if the timeline of his diagnosis in real life doe...
Source: TIME: Health - November 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Olivia B. Waxman Tags: Uncategorized health movies Music Source Type: news

Young blood transfusions could ease dementia symptoms
In the Stanford study 18 people with mild or moderate Alzheimer's received either four weekly jabs of young fresh frozen plasma (yFFP) from male donors aged 18 to 25 or a placebo. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Grifols ID CORE XT Test For Molecular Red Blood Cell Typing
Test Offers Shortest Time to Reportable Results For US Hospitals, Reference Labs and Blood Centers Efficient system analyzes 37 antigens of 10 blood group systems Helps minimize allo-immunization risk in blood transfusions Effective tool to genera... Diagnostics, FDA Grifols, ID CORE XT, molecular diagnostic, blood group genotyping (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - October 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases
The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex. not blood transfusion as in the past. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Causes Hyperkalemia?
Discussion Potassium (K+) is an alkali metal (Group 1 of periodic table with Hydrogen, Lithium and Sodium) with an anatomic number of 19. Its chemical symbol K, comes from the medieval Latin, kalium which means potash (mainly potassium carbonate or potassium hydroxide), the substance it was first isolated from. Potassium is an important cation and it mainly resides in the intracellular fluid with only a small amount in the extracellular fluid. Potassium regulates cell volume, pH and enzyme functions. Hyperkalemia is defined as a potassium level> 5.5 mEq/L in children and> 6.0 mEq/L in newborns. Hyperkalemia incre...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 24, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

'I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C'
When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion during childbirth, it could have killed her. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malawi:Malawi Blood Transfusion Services Sounds Sos, Lacks 'O' Type
[Nyasa Times] Blood bank, the Malawi Blood Transfusion Services (MBTS) has sounded, saying it is lacking the crucial 'O' negative type, a universal blood donor. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gunshot victims require much more blood and are more likely to die than other trauma patients
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In a new analysis of data submitted to Maryland's state trauma registry from 2005 to 2017, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers found that gunshot victims are approximately five times more likely to require blood transfusions, they require 10 times more blood units and are 14 times more likely to die than people seriously injured by motor vehicles, non-gun assaults, falls or stabs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs
When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should have been, and there was evidence that fluid was starting to build up around the organ as well. Both were signs that the fetus was working extra hard to pump blood to its fast-growing body and that its heart was starting to fail. Obar’s doctor knew what coul...
Source: TIME: Science - September 13, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized medicine Source Type: news

Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs
When Nichelle Obar learned she was pregnant with her second child last year, she never expected that her pregnancy, or her baby, would make history. But when the 40-year-old food-and-beverage coordinator from Hawaii and her fiancé Christopher Constantino went to their 18-week ultrasound, they learned something was wrong. The heart was larger than it should have been, and there was evidence that fluid was starting to build up around the organ as well. Both were signs that the fetus was working extra hard to pump blood to its fast-growing body and that its heart was starting to fail. Obar’s doctor knew what coul...
Source: TIME: Health - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Innovation Health medicine Source Type: news

Wealthy elitists literally living off blood transfusions from children ... Modern "vampires" are real
(Natural News) With their expensive homes and vehicles and glittering lifestyles, they may seem nothing like the vampires of fictional literature, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t sucking the life out of their victims. Reaching an all new low in exploitation of the poor and innocent, it has now become fashionable for the idle rich... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World’s largest transfusion study in cardiac surgery changes transfusion practices around the world
Lower thresholds for blood transfusion result in positive patient outcomes six months after heart surgery (Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media)
Source: St. Michael's Hospital News and Media - August 27, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Tags: Hospital News Source Type: news

Tanzania:ELCT Members Donate Blood
[Daily News] THE Northern Zone Blood Transfusion Centre (NZBTC), has set a target of collecting 17,000 units of blood a year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zika, West Nile Cases Reported in Alabama
TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 -- Multiple reports of Zika virus and West Nile virus are being investigated by Alabama health officials. People can get Zika virus from mosquito bites, sex, and blood transfusions, and a pregnant woman can pass it to her... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Botswana:'Donate Blood, Save Lives'
[Botswana Daily News] Francistown -Chief Registered Nurse at Northern Blood Transfusion Centre, Mr Joseph Moatshe has urged Batswana to donate blood in large numbers and on regular basis in order to save lives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Rwanda:Blood Centre Targets to Collect Over 75,000 Blood Units
[New Times] The National Centre for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) targets to collect over 75,000 units of blood this year compared to over 68,000 that was collected last year, officials have said (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Amazon ’s global workforce has changed the genetic makeup of Seattle's blood supply
The growth in the number of high-tech workers is outpacing supplies for ethnic-specific blood transfusions, Bloodworks Northwest says. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 31, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Amazon ’s global workforce has changed the genetic makeup of Seattle's blood supply
The growth in the number of high-tech workers is outpacing supplies for ethnic-specific blood transfusions, Bloodworks Northwest says. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 31, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Bilateral distal ureteral transection in the setting of blunt trauma - Raygor D, Cunningham J, Costa J, Crandall M, Skarupa D.
A 69-year-old obese man was involved in a high-speed head-on motor vehicle collision. He was tachycardic and normotensive on arrival. He subsequently developed hemodynamic instability requiring blood transfusion. On examination he had bilateral pneumothora... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Liver Cancer Death Rate In US Surged 43% In 16 Years
(CNN) — Death rates from liver cancer increased 43% for American adults from 2000 to 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The increase comes even as mortality for all cancers combined has declined. Liver cancer death rates increased for both men and women 25 and older, as well as white, black and Hispanic people. Only Asians and Pacific Islanders saw a decrease in mortality from liver cancer. The rise in mortality doesn’t mean that liver cancer is deadlier than before, according to Dr. Jiaquan Xu, the aut...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Cancer Liver Cancer Source Type: news

Cambridge ’s Acceleron, Celgene say blood disorder drug meets mark in trial
Cambridge-based Acceleron Pharma and partner Celgene Corp. said Monday they plan to seek FDA approval for a blood disorder treatment next year after a successful late-stage study. Celgene (Nasdaq: CELG) and Acceleron (Nasdaq: XLRN) announced positive results from the Phase 3 trial of luspatercept, a treatment for beta-thalassemia patients who are dependent on blood transfusions. According to the companies, the drug helped red blood cells mature in these adult patients, and reduced the burden of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 10, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Max Stendahl Source Type: news

Worldwide Audit of Blood Transfusion Practice in the ICU Worldwide Audit of Blood Transfusion Practice in the ICU
How do transfusion practices vary among geographic regions -- and how might these differences impact patient outcomes?Critical Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Critical Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Bluebird Bio Gene Therapies Show Promise Against Deadly Anemias
Bluebird Bio's experimental gene therapy LentiGlobin is helping some paitiens two life-threatening forms of inherited anemia avoid blood transfusions. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff Tags: NASDAQ:BLUE Source Type: news

Post-Op VTE Risk Up After Intra-Op Blood Transfusion
(MedPage Today) -- Deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism more common within 30 days (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

World Blood Donor Day: Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.
World Blood Donor Day aims to celebrate and thank voluntary blood donors worldwide who selflessly donate their blood to those who need it most. Blood transfusions are used... The post World Blood Donor Day: Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life. appeared first on Ashfield Healthcare. (Source: Ashfield Healthcare News)
Source: Ashfield Healthcare News - June 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ashfield Source Type: news

Surgical Blood Transfusions Tied to Clot Risk
Title: Surgical Blood Transfusions Tied to Clot RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Surgical Blood Transfusions Tied to Clot Risk
WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 -- Blood transfusions around the time of surgery may raise your risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers say. A new study of U.S. patients found that nearly 1 percent who received red blood cells before, during or after... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 13, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Eritrea:Voluntary Blood Donation
[Shabait] Mendefera -In a bid to augment the blood reserve of the National Blood Transfusion Center, the Adi-Keih Colleges of Arts and Social Science and Business and Economics students and lecturers voluntarily donated blood. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

World Blood Donor Day: Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.
12 June 2018, Cairo, Egypt – On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day 2018, the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean reiterates that the number of regular, voluntary, non-remunerated blood donations must be greatly increased in countries of the Region in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it.  Blood transfusion saves millions of lives every year. It has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during the emergency response to man-made and natural disasters. Transfusion of blood and blood products also help patients suffering ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 12, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

LivaNova wins Japanese nod for Perceval aortic valve
LivaNova (NSDQ:LIVN) said today it won approval from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for its Perceval sutureless aortic heart valve designed to treat aortic valve disease. The London-based 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. “With this approval for Perceval, an innovative and trusted valve platform, we ar...
Source: Mass Device - June 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Regulatory/Compliance Replacement Heart Valves LivaNova Source Type: news

The Healing Edge: Five Blood Transfusions, One Bone Marrow Transplant — All Before Birth
In a bold experiment in fetal therapy, doctors in San Francisco treated a fetus with a severe, often fatal blood disorder. The child was saved, but the long-term prognosis is still uncertain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Transfusions Pregnancy and Childbirth Bone Marrow Genetics and Heredity Immune System University of California, San Francisco Source Type: news

Early Blood Transfusions in Sepsis Early Blood Transfusions in Sepsis
Early red blood cell transfusions for patients with sepsis may not improve survival and may also increase costs, a new study reports.American Journal of Critical Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Critical Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Cerus lands additional $15m in government funding
Cerus (NSDQ:CERS) landed a $15 million amendment to its contract with the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, bringing the total potential value of its deal to $201 million. The expanded agreement is designed to support additional clinical trials of the company’s Intercept blood transfusion technology. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Cerus lands additional $15m in government funding appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - May 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Cardiovascular Funding Roundup Surgical Wall Street Beat Cerus Corp. Source Type: news

New Era for Blood Transfusions through Genome Sequencing
Whole genome sequencing makes it possible to type hundreds of important blood type differences, enabling more precise matching for future blood transfusions (Source: BWH News)
Source: BWH News - May 17, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Syria: Children with Chronic Conditions Continue to Suffer from Consequences of War
Press releaseSyria: Children with Chronic Conditions Continue to Suffer from Consequences of WarMay 18, 2018The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has begun providing treatment for children in northeast Syria suffering from thalassemia, a life-threatening, chronic blood disorder requiring regular blood transfusions and chelation treatment, for which there is limited care across the country. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brienne Prusak Source Type: news

Strangers Become Heroes Everyday: How Your Platelet Donations Can Help Save Lives
When some people hear “blood donation” they feel queasy or uncomfortable but for patients who need blood transfusions, they feel grateful. Liviya Anderson was diagnosed with aplastic anemia when she... {This is a content summary only. Click the blog post title to continue reading this post, share your comments, browse the blog and more!} (Source: Red Cross Chat)
Source: Red Cross Chat - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: American Red Cross Tags: Blood aplastic anemia blood donation Liviya Platelet Donation platelets Source Type: news

CDC: Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on changes to data collection instruments administered by the National Healthcare Safety Network, which is a system designed to collect, analyze, and report on healthcare associate infections, antimicrobial use and resistance, blood transfusion safety events, and the extent to which healthcare facilities adhere to infection prevention practices and antimicrobial stewardship. Comments are due by July 10, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Gene therapy reduces need for transfusions in severe blood disorder
Gene therapy reduced or eliminated the need for blood transfusions in patients with a severe blood disorder called beta-thalassemia. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - April 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First Trimester Bleeding Tied to Greater Retained Placenta Risk
(MedPage Today) -- Patients require D&C, blood transfusions for potentially underreported condition (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - April 30, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

More People Sickened By E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Romaine Lettuce
ATLANTA (CBS NEWS) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 31 more people have fallen ill after eating romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli. An investigation is underway to determine the source of the vegetable, but officials say it likely came from the Yuma, Arizona, region. As of Wednesday evening, there are 84 cases spanning 19 states, according to the CDC. Nobody has died since health officials began giving updates April 18. Colorado, Georgia and South Dakota were the three new states added to the list Wednesday. Officials say romaine lettuce in stores and restaurants now is likel...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News E. Coli Local TV Romaine Lettuce Source Type: news

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