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Study confirms vCJD could be transmitted by blood transfusion
A nine-year study in sheep has added to the evidence that vCJD can be transmitted through blood transfusion in humans. (2008-08-29)
Should I donate my own blood before surgery?
To help patients decide whether to donate their blood before surgery, Dr. (2001-04-16)
Cytomegalovirus linked to maternal breast milk in very-low-birth-weight infants
The primary source of postnatal infection with cytomagelovirus, a common virus usually without symptoms in very-low-birth-weight infants appeared to be maternal breast milk because no infections were linked to transfusions of cytomagelovirus-seronegative and leukoreduced blood products. (2014-09-22)
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 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. (2009-04-22)
Pitt, Wake Forest team finds why stored transfusion blood may become less safe with age
Transfused blood may need to be stored differently to prevent the breakdown of red blood cells that can lead to complications including infection, organ failure and death, say researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Wake Forest University. (2011-07-13)
Commonly prescribed sedative may cause delirium symptoms in older hospitalized patients, Yale researchers find
The frequently prescribed antihistamine and sedative medication diphenhydramine is associated with a 70 percent increased risk of changes in mental status and evidence of delirium symptoms in older, hospitalized patients, Yale researchers report in a recent study. (2001-10-30)
Moffitt research on myelodysplastic syndromes appears in New England Journal of Medicine
After two years, study shows patients treated with REVLIMID are living longer and remain transfusion independent. (2006-10-05)
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. (2010-01-26)
Blood conservation strategies take center stage at Emory University Hospital forum
With blood in high demand and limited supply, blood management is of growing concern to doctors and hospitals across the nation. (2005-10-14)
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 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study that reviewed hospital records nationwide. (2015-01-14)
Hospital study suggests that early transfusion increases acute upper GI re-bleeding risk
Doctors have called for an urgent review of transfusion policies after a UK-wide study of 221 hospitals found that patients admitted with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding are more than twice as likely to suffer further bleeding if they receive a red blood cell transfusion within 12 hours. (2010-07-07)
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 preterm infants, suggests a senior doctor in this week's BMJ. (2007-08-16)
Blood transfusion poses CJD risk
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). (2004-02-05)
Leukocyte reduction seen as significant advance in transfusion medicine
Experts called on government and medical organizations involved in blood transfusion to (2007-10-15)
News from Nov. 11, 2014 Annals of Internal Medicine
This issue includes: 'AABB releases new guidelines on the appropriate use of platelet transfusion in adult patients' and 'Multidrug, multitarget regimen results in higher remission rates for lupus nephritis patients.' (2014-11-10)
Bacteria test may make blood safer
Doctors at University Hospitals of Cleveland released the results of their investigation into a new bacterial contamination test of blood platelets at the American Association of Blood Banks today (Oct. (2001-10-16)
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. (2007-04-03)
Research addresses the threat of Zika virus to the US blood supply
Investigators have shown that certain screening methods that detect the genetic material of Zika virus can be used to ensure that donated blood supplies remain free of the virus. (2017-03-27)
Physicians offer new solution for blood transfusions
The successful transfusion of a cell-free blood product on a 14-year-old Jehovah's Witness may offer a solution for patients opposed to blood transfusions due to religious or personal beliefs. (2002-11-11)
Big transfusions add risk for heart attack patients with anemia
A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that while blood transfusions for heart attack patients with anemia are commonly performed in emergency rooms, the practice can increase the risk of death when the transfusions are too extensive. (2012-12-24)
Children with sickle cell disease, silent strokes show some relief with blood transfusions
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. (2007-12-10)
Physicians Find Donated Blood Safe, But Aging Population To Face Shortage
CHAPEL HILL - The risk of contracting a virus - including the virus that causes AIDS -- from donated blood in the United States has grown too small to measure and can only be estimated through mathematical techniques, disease specialists say. (1999-02-11)
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. (2006-11-15)
Toward making 'extended blood group typing' more widely available
Scientists are reporting an advance toward enabling more blood banks to adopt so-called (2010-07-14)
Regular blood transfusions can reduce repeat strokes in children with sickle cell disease
Vanderbilt-led research, as part of an international, multicenter trial, found regular blood transfusion therapy significantly reduces the recurrence of silent strokes and strokes in children with sickle cell anemia who have had pre-existing silent strokes, according to study results released today in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2014-08-20)
Pretreating red blood cells with nitric oxide may reduce side effect linked to transfusions
A new treatment may diminish a dangerous side effect associated with transfusions of red blood cells (RBCs) known as pulmonary hypertension, an elevated blood pressure in the lungs and heart that can lead to heart failure, suggests a new study published in the November issue of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). (2016-11-07)
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. (2011-12-14)
Drug used to treat heavy periods will stop trauma patients bleeding to death
Tranexamic acid, a drug used to treat heavy menstrual periods, could save the lives of tens of thousands of bleeding accident victims each year and reduce combat deaths, say Cochrane researchers. (2011-01-18)
Georgia State receives $2.7 million grant to improve blood transfusion outcomes
The Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University has received a five-year, $2,669,903 award from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that will allow the GHPC and partnering organizations to look at transfusion-related complications in patients with hemoglobin disorders (sickle cell disease and thalassemia) and improve their outcomes. (2015-02-18)
Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, February 19, 2002
Highlights in this issue include research that indicates second colorectal cancers often develop despite follow-up tests and that blood supply safety varies between developed and developing countries. (2002-02-18)
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, and that failure to screen for HCV in transfusion recipients increased their risk of infection as well, according to an article in the November 15 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. (2005-10-20)
Safety of stored blood among chief concerns for transfusion medicine community
In light of recent studies that suggest the use of stored blood during transfusions may cause adverse effects in patients, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute funded a number of research projects to examine the safety of transfusing older red cells and the impact of stored blood on respiratory gases. (2011-04-15)
NHLBI grant awarded to Wake Forest, Pitt to improve banked blood
A new, $2.8 million, four-year federal grant will support researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and their collaborators at Wake Forest University as they study why the quality of stored transfusion blood degrades over time and how to address the problem. (2009-12-02)
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 Trasylol® (aprotinin injection) in reducing blood loss and the need for transfusion in adult patients undergoing elective spinal fusion surgery. (2005-12-08)
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 nonJehovah's Witnesses undergoing the procedure, according to a study in the September issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2006-09-18)
Critical blood shortages eased by new technology
Each year in the US millions of blood donors see a critical part of their donation literally go down the drain. (2007-09-19)
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 injuryand transfusion-associated circulatory overload, the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States. (2014-12-16)
Broadly adopted transfusion practice may not benefit patients without traumatic injury
A study from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital finds that a blood transfusion practice previously studied only in patients with severe traumatic injuries has been widely adopted within the hospital for surgical patients without traumatic injuries, for whom it may not be beneficial. (2017-03-08)
Inexpensive drug saves blood and money: Study
Using an inexpensive drug for every hip or knee replacement since 2013 has helped St. (2015-09-04)
Transfusion mystery unraveled: Researchers link protein to fevers, immune complications
Patients who receive blood-platelet transfusions often spike fevers or develop life-threatening complications, and now researchers know why: A protein in the platelets escapes from platelet cells while they are in storage and ultimately plays a role in creating compounds that wreak havoc in the body. (2001-06-21)
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