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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

Should donor sex influence blood transfusion practices?
(Reuters Health) - Sick or injured men who receive blood transfusions may be more likely to die if their donor was a woman who has been pregnant in the past, a new study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Texas EMS System Saves Gunshot Patient with Blood Transfusion in the Field
CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- Paramedics with Cypress Creek EMS most likely saved a gunshot patient's life over the weekend. But it was the groundbreaking technique that they used that not only set a milestone, but could also save countless lives across the country. Eyewitness News spoke with Wren Nealy this afternoon. He's the special operations manager for Cypress Creek EMS. Nealy said his agency is now one of only two EMS systems in the country to carry whole blood in the field at all times. "It's a true game changer," said Nealy. "You can bleed out and die within three to five minutes, depending on t...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KTRK/ABC 13 Tags: Trauma News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

America & #039;s Blood Supply Can Now Be Screened for Zika
America’s blood supply is better protected from the Zika virus, now that FDA has approved the first test designed to detect the virus in blood donations. Learn about the IVD market at BIOMEDevice San Jose, Dec. 6-7, 2017.  The cobas Zika test from Roche has already been used by several U.S. blood collection establishments under an investigational new drug application (IND). The test can also screen for the virus RNA in specimens collected from living organ donors. “Screening blood donations for the Zika virus is critical to preventing infected donations from entering the U.S. blood supply,” said Pet...
Source: MDDI - October 10, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: IVD Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

FDA Approves Test to Screen Donated Blood for Zika
Though the virus is mainly spread by mosquitoes, it can be transmitted through blood transfusions (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Test to Screen Donated Blood for Zika
Though the virus is mainly spread by mosquitoes, it can be transmitted through blood transfusions Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Blood Transfusion and Donation, Zika Virus (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eritrea: Seminar On Augmenting Voluntary Blood Donation
[Shabait] Asmara -The National Blood Transfusion Center conducted seminar on 3 October to 300 staff members of the Central region administration with a view to augment voluntary bold donation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 5, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Is Older Blood OK to Use in A Transfusion?
Ability to use less fresh blood could help ease shortages Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Blood Transfusion and Donation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, but Not All
In certain donors, iron deficiency might need to be addressed long term, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Blood Transfusion and Donation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: No Cure for Man Who Allegedly Contracted Disease from Blood Transfusion
[News24Wire] A 69-year-old Durban man is suing the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) for about R24m after he contracted a debilitating, terminal disease from tainted blood. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 19, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins Health System Reduces Unnecessary Transfusions With New Blood Management Program
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A five-year effort across the Johns Hopkins Health System to reduce unnecessary blood transfusions and improve patient care has also resulted in an annual cost savings of more than $2 million, researchers report. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bloodworks Northwest researcher lands $12M NIH grant to improve blood transfusions
Dr. Jim Zimring's research focuses the biology of an immune system's response to transfusion and potential therapeutic interventions to prevent or overcome bad reactions that can deprive patients of life saving therapy. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - August 31, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Coral Garnick Source Type: news

Bloodworks Northwest researcher lands $12M NIH grant to improve blood transfusions
Dr. Jim Zimring's research focuses the biology of an immune system's response to transfusion and potential therapeutic interventions to prevent or overcome bad reactions that can deprive patients of life saving therapy. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 31, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Coral Garnick Source Type: news

To End HIV Stigma, We Must Fight a Long History
August 24, 2017Health workers can play a key role in ending discrimination against people who live with HIV.“Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me.” —Ryan WhiteRyan White was diagnosed with AIDS at the age of 13 in Indiana in 1984, following a blood transfusion to treat hemophilia A, his inherited blood disease.It was a time when most people knew little about HIV and AIDS. Ryan and his family experienced overwhelming and ignorant stigma and discrimination. Some feared he might transmit HIV through casual contact, or made stereotyped assumptions about...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How long does a blood transfusion last?
In this article, learn about blood transfusions. How long does a blood transfusion take to work and when would you need a blood transfusion? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Blood / Hematology Source Type: news

Children are not little adults: blood transfusion in children with burn injury
A review article examining the role that age plays in the blood transfusion requirements of burn victims. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH Blood Transfusion Trial's Ethics Questioned
(MedPage Today) -- Public Citizen demands halt to study comparing transfusion strategies after MI (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 5, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Malawi: MBTS Sends an SOS for Blood Supply to Hospitals
[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -The Malawi Blood Transfusion Service (MBTS) has said it is straggling to source a minimum amount of blood that it requires to supply to hospitals annually, News Agency (Mana) has learnt. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 4, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Diabetes could be spread through toxic meat like mad cow disease
A new study inJournal of Experimental Medicine suggests diabetes may be spread through meat or blood transfusions by means of misshapen proteins.The Times (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - August 2, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

How Blood and Platelet Donations Helped Arthur Battle Leukemia
The Red Cross has an Emergency Need for Blood and Platelets – Donations that are Crucial for Patients like Arthur  “The second time I went through a blood transfusion, the ... The post How Blood and... {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 - July 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: American Red Cross Tags: Blood blood donor Emergency Need leukemia patient platelet donor Target eGiftCard Source Type: news

Do blood transfusions make a difference when you are dying?
This was a retrospective review of patient records over a 54 month period. The researchers documented the reasons for transfusion and their impact in light of NICE guidelines and studies that question the benefits and costs of red cell transfusions. As a result of this study the hospice has developed an algorithm for the diagnosis and management of fatigue with an emphasis on assessment and re-evaluation after each intervention. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO commemorates World Hepatitis Day in Pakistan
Cairo, 27 July 2017 The World Health Organization and its partners will commemorate tomorrow World Hepatitis Day to add momentum to efforts aimed at implementing WHO's global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016–2021 and to help Member States achieve the final goal: Eliminating Hepatitis. For this occasion an event will be held at Serena Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan on 10 August 2017. In 2015 nearly 325 million people around the world were living with chronic hepatitis infections, out of which 1.34 million people died. In reality, both hepatitis B and C are preventable while hepatitis B is manageable a...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 27, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Transfusion Requirement in Burn Care Evaluation (TRIBE): A Multicenter Randomized Prospective Trial of Blood Transfusion in Major Burn Injury
RCT comparing outcomes of a restrictive to a liberal red cell transfusion strategy in 20% or more total body surface area (TBSA) burn patients (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman's parents were both killed by contaminated blood transfusions... yet governments still cover it up and deny the truth
(Natural News) Around 34,000 people got infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis C via England’s National Health Service‘s (NHS) blood drive back in the 1980s, with more than 2,000 of them losing their lives while others incurring life-long ailments. Lauren Palmer, who is now 33 years old, lost both of her parents to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood Shortage Prompts Call for Donations
American Red Cross says declines seen in summer leading to dangerously low supply Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Blood Transfusion and Donation (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two life-threatening conditions.One remarkable wish.
When Lucas St. Onge blew out the five candles on his birthday cake, he made just one wish. He didn’t ask for ninja turtles, a T-ball set or an Xbox — the only thing he wished was to be just like any other kid. “It was a gift I couldn’t give,” says his mom, Heather. On that same day, last May, he got his wish. “He got a liver, stomach, pancreas, intestine and spleen — the five organs he needed to help him become healthy and happy,” Heather says. Heather was 18 weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Anthony, learned they were about to face a myriad of medical challe...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 28, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories bone marrow transplant Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Dr. Heung-Bae Kim Dr. Khashavar Vakili Dr. Rima Fawaz Intestine and Multivisceral Transplant Program Pediatric Transplant Center ( Source Type: news

Uganda: Death Following Wrong Blood Transfusion - Hospital's Role
[Monitor] Mulago hospital, Uganda's national referral hospital, was sued for negligence when a mother died in its Intensive Care Unit shortly after a surgical operation. During the operation the mother was transfused with blood she should never have been given. The particulars of the negligence were that the hospital failed to: (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Real Stories Of Americans Who Will Be Affected By The Proposed Changes To The ACA — And What YOU Can Do To Fight
With the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 20 million Americans are at risk of losing their health care coverage. A survey, conducted by Brunswick Partners, found that “75 percent of Americans agree that the proposed changes to Medicaid in the AHCA are a bad idea. And that we should not allow 14 million Americans to become uninsured even if there is a potential to reduce Medicaid spending. These results are significant because they find majorities of Americans identifying as conservatives (55 percent), moderates (82 percent) and liberals (90 percent) are opposed to the AHCA’s Medicaid pro...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tanzania: In Dire Need of Blood Donation
[Citizen] According to Mama Ye's report, Tanzania's Blood Services: Factsheet 2017, a campaign intended to making life-saving changes for Tanzania's mothers and babies, only one third of the blood needed in Tanzania is collected by the Tanzania's National Blood Transfusion Service. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 19, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: Fake Doctor Nabbed At Muhimbili National Hospital
[Citizen] A man who pretended to be a doctor at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) has been apprehended by the hospital guards on Monday morning. The man, identified as Abdala Juma (30), was found speaking to relatives of a patient who was in need of blood transfusion. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 19, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Blood relatives: Family bound by love and rare blood disorder
Tracy Antonelli was 4 when she was diagnosed with thalassemia, a rare blood disorder that occurs often enough in Mediterranean countries like Italy that an old adage, uttered only partially in jest, warns Italian-Americans against marrying other Italian-Americans. In 2002, Tracy wed Patrick Mooty, whose background is mostly Irish. Their three daughters — 7-year-old Emmilene, 6-year-old Rosalie and 3-year-old Francesca — all have thalassemia, but not through the accident of the couple’s genetics. Tracy and Patrick adopted the girls from China, specifically because they, too, have the potentially ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Irene Sege Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories adoption china Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Dr. Daniel Bauer thalassemia Source Type: news

Rwanda: Officials Call for New Ways to Sustain Blood Donation
[New Times] There is need to create sustainable approaches toward blood transfusion services in a bid to continue saving the lives of citizens. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: Blood Isn't for Sale, Insists Health Minister
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The call was made by health minister Ms Ummy Mwalimu on Monday, when Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) officials were donating blood in one of the bank's branch in Dar es Salaam. "Patients who are in need of blood transfusions aren't supposed to pay for blood...anyone, who will be forced to purchase blood should report to the authorities," said the minister. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 13, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

World Blood Donor Day: Don ’t wait until disaster strikes. Give blood
12 June 2017, Cairo – Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations throughout the year to ensure the availability of safe blood supplies for patients in need.  This year’s campaign focuses on blood donation in emergencies.  Risks to health caused by emergencies, including natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods; and man-made disasters such as road accidents and armed conflicts are a major concern in the WHO Eastern M...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 12, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Blood Donor Day: Don ’t wait until disaster strikes. Give blood now.
12 June 2017, Cairo – Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations throughout the year to ensure the availability of safe blood supplies for patients in need.  This year’s campaign focuses on blood donation in emergencies.  Risks to health caused by emergencies, including natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods; and man-made disasters such as road accidents and armed conflicts are a major concern in the WHO Eastern M...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 12, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Gambia: Donor Conference to Support Blood Transfusion Services Held
[Daily Observer] The National Blood Transfusion Services of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) Wednesday convened a donor conference at a local hotel in Kololi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 30, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Grifols strengthens its Procleix portfolio
(Grifols) Blood banks in countries that accept the CE Mark can now use this test to screen blood donations to detect the presence of the Zika virus, a measure that will increase the safety of blood transfusions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Three Dead As Critical Blood Shortage Hits Hospitals
[Observer] Two sickle cell patients and an expectant mother died last week after failing to get blood transfusions from Luweero health centre IV and Nakaseke hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda: Death Following Wrong Blood Transfusion - Part I
[Monitor] On February 6, 2010, a 38-year-old mother of four breathed her last in the intensive care unit of Mulago hospital. Her youngest child was only a day old. The mother had been operated on the previous day to remove the premature baby of eight months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Terumo launches Mirasol pathogen reduction tech trial
This study is intended as a step towards improving transfusion therapy and transfusion safety in the U.S. We’re excited to be a part of this study that hopefully will lead to measures that could further protect the nation’s blood supply from certain complications and threats of blood transfusions,” Miplate lead investigator Dr. Sherrill Slichter of Bloodworks Northwest said in a prepared statement. The study is expected to take 3.5 years and will include involvement from up to 15 hospitals and blood centers as well as 556 patients, the company said. Eligible patients in the trial will have a pla...
Source: Mass Device - May 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Clinical Trials Terumo Source Type: news

Assay of clotting ability accurately predicts need for transfusion in trauma patients
(American College of Surgeons) By combining a conventional laboratory measurement of blood clotting time (known as the International Normalized Ratio or INR) with a new test of blood clot strength, based upon thrombelastography (TEG ® ), researchers at the University of Colorado's Department of Surgery, Denver, are able to quickly and efficiently assess the overall ability of blood to clot and identify trauma patients who were most in need of a massive blood transfusion. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic PathWays: What's the diagnosis?
This week's case study reviews an antibody identification panel from a 46-year-old Caucasian male with a history of multiple blood transfusions and treatment for multiple myeloma. Can you make the diagnosis? View the case and make your diagnosis. Learn more about Mayo Clinic PathWays. (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 3, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news