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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)

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)

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)

When should blood transfusions be given after cardiac surgery?
New research has shown that patients having heart surgery do not benefit if doctors wait until a patient has become substantially anaemic before giving a transfusion.  View News Article (2015-03-12)

Blood transfusions should be used in moderation for acute coronary syndrome
In a study of more than 44,000 patients being treated for a possible heart attack, cardiologists at the Duke Clinical Research Institute found that while transfusions were associated with a benefit in some patients, they were associated with harm in others. View News Article (2006-11-16)

Emergency blood transfusions for major trauma need to be more rapid and consistent
Only two per cent of patients with life-threatening bleeding after serious injury receive optimal blood transfusion therapy in England and Wales, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and NHS Blood and Transplant.  View News Article (2016-02-04)

Children with sickle cell disease and silent strokes show some relief with blood transfusion therapy
A group of children who have sickle cell disease and who experience silent strokes showed some relief from the silent strokes with blood transfusion therapy, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found. View News Article (2007-12-11)

Researchers develop novel molecular blood group typing technique
Scientists in France have designed a new system for molecular blood group typing that offers blood banks the possibility of extensive screening of blood donors at a relatively low cost. View News Article (2014-04-10)

Umbilical cord clamping should be delayed, says expert
Clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord should be delayed for three minutes after birth, particularly for pre-term infants, suggests a senior doctor in this week's BMJ. View News Article (2007-08-17)

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