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Blood transfusion poses CJD risk (pp 411, 417, 422)
Two studies in this week's issue of THE LANCET highlight the public-health implications of blood transfusion as a possible route for infection by the prion protein responsible for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). The death from vCJD of an individual in the UK who had previously received a blood transfusion from a donor who went on to have vCJD was announced on December 17, 2003. Robert... View News Article (2004-02-04)

The New England Journal of Medicine reports data on eculizumab for the treatment of PNH
A study led by Dr Peter Hillmen of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, relating to an uncommon and severe haemolytic anaemia known as paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH). View News Article (2006-09-21)

Variant of mad cow disease may be transmitted by blood transfusions, according to animal study
Blood transfusions are a valuable treatment mechanism in modern medicine, but can come with the risk of donor disease transmission. Researchers are continually studying the biology of blood products to understand how certain diseases are transmitted in an effort to reduce this risk during blood transfusions. View News Article (2008-08-29)

Study links blood transfusions to surgery complications in women
Women die and get infections more often than men after heart surgery because they tend to receive more blood transfusions, which boost the risks of bad outcomes. View News Article (2007-12-03)

Stroke risk returns when children with sickle cell disease stop transfusions
Stopping regular blood transfusions in children with sickle cell disease who are at risk for a stroke means their stroke risk likely will return, researchers have found. View News Article (2005-12-30)

Platelet transfusions increase odds of death in some rare blood cell disorders
People hospitalized with certain rare blood cell disorders frequently receive a treatment that is associated with a two- to fivefold increase in death, according to a new study that reviewed hospital records nationwide.  View News Article (2015-01-15)

Baffling Blood Problem Explained
In the early 1950's, a 66-year-old woman, sick with colon cancer, received a blood transfusion. View News Article (2013-03-21)

Life-threatening condition in preemies linked to blood type
Many premature infants suffer a life-threatening destruction of intestinal tissue called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).  View News Article (2011-11-22)

Blood transfusions still overused and may do more harm than good in some patients
Citing the lack of clear guidelines for ordering blood transfusions during surgery, Johns Hopkins researchers say a new study confirms there is still wide variation in the use of transfusions and frequent use of transfused blood in patients who don't need it. View News Article (2012-04-25)

Past Illegal Blood Donation in China Linked to Hepatitis C Virus Infection
Research in a rural province of central China has documented that illegal blood donation practices led to high hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection rates in blood and plasma donors during the 1980s and early 1990s. View News Article (2005-10-21)

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