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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

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