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New Approach For Reducing Bleeding After Surgery
Encouraging findings from a study in this week's issue of THE LANCET suggest that factor VII-an agent involved in blood clotting-could be effective in reducing excessive blood loss during abdominal surgery.    Factor VII has been shown to promote blood clotting in patients with haemophilia. Marcel Levi from Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and colleagues... View News Article (2003-01-16)

Food allergies can be transmitted from blood products to children in rare cases
In rare cases, children can develop anaphylactic allergies to previously tolerated foods after receiving blood products via transfusion, report the authors of a case study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). View News Article (2015-04-08)

Like hand-washing, blood transfusions linked to infections
Blood transfusions are among the most common treatments for hospitalized patients nationwide, but doing them less often reduces infection rates by nearly 20 percent. View News Article (2014-04-02)

Toward making 'extended blood group typing' more widely available
Scientists are reporting an advance toward enabling more blood banks to adopt so-called "extended blood group typing," which increases transfusion safety by better matching donors and recipients. View News Article (2010-07-15)

A new finding in liver transplantation and antifibrinolytics?
Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is associated with severe bleeding and considerable transfusion requirements. There are several reasons for this severe bleeding in OLT. Hemostatic abnormalities remain a major cause. View News Article (2008-03-13)

Filtering Donor Blood Reduces Heart, Lung Complications
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) have discovered yet another reason to filter the foreign white cells from donor blood: the resulting blood product is associated with dramatically fewer cardiopulmonary complications for patients who received a transfusion. View News Article (2010-06-23)

A preliminary study published in this week's issue of THE LANCET suggests a possible explanation for the biological process responsible for inducing fever and related symptoms after the transfusion of blood platelets. Millions of platelet transfusions are done every year, and febrile (fever) reactions occur in around a third of cases. Most reactions are mild, but occasionally life-threatening... View News Article (2001-06-20)

Blood transfusion study: Less is more
A new study suggests that blood transfusions for hospitalized cardiac patients should be a last resort because they double the risk of infection and increase by four times the risk of death. View News Article (2009-08-06)

Less blood needed post-surgery, says NEJM study
Patients need less blood after surgery than is widely thought. A new study comparing two plans for giving blood transfusions following surgery showed no ill effects from postponing transfusion until patients develop signs of anemia or their hemoglobin concentration falls below 8 g/dL. View News Article (2011-12-16)

Study finds that red blood cell transfusion decreases fatigue in women with acute postpartum anemia
In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that show that in women with acute postpartum anemia, due to excessive blood loss during delivery, red blood cell transfusion led to a statistically significant decrease in physical fatigue. While excessive blood loss... View News Article (2012-02-10)

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