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

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