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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)

Anaemic patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery could have up to a five-fold increased risk of death in the days after surgery compared with patients who have normal haemoglobin concentrations, suggest authors of a research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET. People with anaemia (individuals with a haemoglobin concentration of less than 100 g per litre) are frequently given a... View News Article (2002-05-15)

University of Maryland finds restricting post-surgery blood transfusion is safe for some hip patients
More than half of the older, anemic patients in a New England Journal of Medicine study did not need blood transfusions as they recovered from hip surgery, according to new research co-authored by University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists.  View News Article (2011-12-15)

Blood transfusions and outcomes
An exhaustive review and analysis of the medical literature by a panel of experts at the International Consensus Conference on Transfusion and Outcomes (ICCTO) held this month in Phoenix concluded that there is little evidence to support a beneficial effect from the greatest number of transfusions currently being given to patients. View News Article (2009-04-23)

Transfusion-free surgical program reduced use of blood products for all liver transplant patients
Development of a transfusion-free surgical program for Jehovah's Witness patients undergoing liver transplantation also has helped reduce the overall use of blood products for non-Jehovah's Witnesses undergoing the procedure. View News Article (2006-09-19)

Bayer launches Phase III clinical study of Trasylol in elective spinal fusion surgery
Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NYSE: BAY) today announced the initiation of a Phase III clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of TrasylolÆ (aprotinin injection) in reducing blood loss and the need for transfusion in adult patients undergoing elective spinal fusion surgery. View News Article (2005-12-09)

In this weeks' issue of THE LANCET, scientists from the UK report preliminary data from an ongoing experiment which suggests that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), which is caused by the same agent as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), can be passed on by blood transfusions before symptoms in the donor are apparent. In the study, F Houston and colleagues (Institute for Animal Health,... View News Article (2000-09-14)

Big transfusions add risk for heart attack patients with anemia
When heart attack patients present in the emergency department with some degree of anemia, or anemic patients have a heart attack, physicians have a tendency, but not much guidance, about whether to provide a blood transfusion.  View News Article (2012-12-27)

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