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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)

Appetite-stimulating hormone is first potential medical treatment for frailty in older women
Older women suffering from clinical frailty stand to benefit from the first potential medical treatment for the condition, according to a study presented today by Penn Medicine researchers at ENDO, The Endocrine Society's 91st Annual Meeting. View News Article (2009-06-12)

Groundbreaking research shows platelets can reproduce in circulation
University of Utah researchers led an international team of scientists that is the first to report on the previously undescribed ability of platelets to reproduce themselves in the circulation. View News Article (2010-01-27)

Top blood transfusion-related complication more common than previously reported
Two studies published in the January issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States. View News Article (2014-12-16)

Miriam Hospital researchers find topical TXA in total joint replacement lowers blood transfusion use
Orthopedic surgeons from The Miriam Hospital have conducted a cost-benefit analysis of topical tranexamic acid (TXA) in primary total hip and knee arthroplasty patients that revealed a 12 percent transfusion rate reduction - from 17.5 percent to 5.5 percent - with no significant difference in complication rates.  View News Article (2015-03-20)

New investigation supports correlation between XMRV and prostate cancer
The recently discovered retrovirus, xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV), has been identified in some prostate cancer patients. View News Article (2010-04-05)

Transfusion expert urges wider use of filtered blood
Filtering white cells from donor blood before a transfusion is much safer for patients and long overdue as a national standard for all surgical procedures, according to University of Rochester researchers who present their analysis in the April journal, Transfusion. View News Article (2007-04-04)

Research Will Push Forward Fight Against Leukaemia
A project which aims to make laboratory-grown leukaemia cells change form and then be used to prime a patient's own immune system to kill off malignant cells has begun in Edinburgh. If successful, the study could give clinicians a way of destroying residual leukaemic cells which are undetectable by microscope. The findings could be helpful in the treatment of acute myeloblastic leukaemia (AML),... View News Article (2002-10-25)

Cerebrospinal Fluid Restores Vision
A new method for visual impairment treatment has been discovered by researchers of the Institute of Human Brain, Russian Academy of Sciences. The patients suffering from visual impairment can be helped if a healthy donor's cerebrospinal fluid is introduced to the parent's vertebral canal - this method is called liquortransfusion. Physiologists have determined that the method is effective even... View News Article (2004-11-01)

Use of fresh red blood cells for transfusions for premature infants does not improve outcomes
Among premature, very low-birth-weight infants requiring a transfusion, use of fresh red blood cells (RBCs) compared with standard RBC transfusion practice did not improve clinical outcomes that included rates of complications or death, according to a study in the October 10 issue of JAMA. View News Article (2012-10-08)

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