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Blood processing methods affect microparticles and mtDNA linked to transfusion reactions
Scientists from Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco, California, and Canadian Blood Services' Centre for Innovation lab in Edmonton, Alberta, report for the first time that specific red blood cell manufacturing methods may be less damaging to cells than others. (2016-04-11)
Church effort sharply increases first-time African-American blood donors
A program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2008-12-15)
Pall blood filtration technology removes prions that can cause TSEs
A newly published study in the December issue of Transfusion shows a Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) filtration technology is effective in removing prions from blood. (2005-12-20)
A blood substitute's effectiveness and safety addressed in large clinical trial
A blood substitute's effectiveness and safety was addressed in a large Phase III clinical trial by academic and industry researchers. (2008-06-10)
Total body iron balance: Liver MRI better than biopsy
Investigators at the Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have demonstrated that MR imaging of the liver is more accurate than liver biopsy in determining total body iron balance in patients with sickle cell disease and other disorders requiring blood transfusion therapy. (2015-03-19)
Less blood needed post-surgery, says NEJM study
Patients need less blood after surgery than is widely thought. (2011-12-15)
A new finding in liver transplantation and antifibrinolytics?
A meta-analysis was performed in order to study the effect of aprotinin used in orthotopic liver transplantation on the intraoperative requirement of blood products and on the incidence of laparotomy for bleeding, thrombotic events and mortality. (2008-03-13)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Begins Using Leukoreduced Blood For All Its Patients
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has become one of the first academic medical centers to use leukoreduced blood products for all patients in the hospital. (1998-09-30)
Life-threatening condition in preemies linked to blood type
New research suggests that a simple change in blood transfusion practices in neonatal ICUs could significantly reduce the incidence a life-threatening intestinal condition in preemies called necrotizing enterocolitis. (2011-11-21)
Blood banking systems improving in China, more progress needed
After years spent analyzing blood banking and transfusion practices in China, a Johns Hopkins-led research team says that major improvements are needed to ensure the safety and reliability of the blood supply that serves 20 percent of the world's population. (2003-01-15)
Ongoing transfusions needed to avoid strokes in children with sickle cell disease
The 10 percent of children with sickle cell disease who are at risk for a stroke need ongoing blood transfusions to reduce their risk, according to a study at 25 sites in North America. (2004-12-05)
Pall system to detect blood bacteria given CE mark
Pall Corporation announced the CE marking of its eBDS System to detect bacterial contamination of red blood cells, the most widely transfused blood component. (2006-09-05)
Blood mystery solved
For the first time in nearly a decade, two new blood types have been identified. (2012-02-23)
Hemoglobin-based agent reduces need for transfusion during heart surgery
A Phase II clinical trial conducted at Duke University Medical Center and five other U.S. institutions has shown that an agent made of purified human hemoglobin appears safe and may be effective when used instead of transfused human blood to replace blood lost during heart surgery. (2002-12-13)
Scientists identify effective and novel mechanisms to block chikungunya virus
Blood Systems Research Institute scientists looking at the antiviral mechanisms of two previously identified human monoclonal antibodies have found they potently inhibit chikungunya virus (CHIKV) at multiple stages of infection. (2015-12-10)
New stem cell method may eliminate need for blood donations to maintain platelet supply
Platelets, whose primary function is to prevent bleeding, are vital for treating various forms of trauma and blood diseases. (2014-02-13)
Blood transfusions linked to increased mortality in patients suffering from cardiac episodes
The controversial practice of blood transfusions for patients suffering from cardiac episodes may lead to an increased risk of mortality, and may be correlated to transfusion blood type and blood age, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session. (2006-03-14)
Second probable case of CJD infection from blood transfusion
A research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET details the second case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) infection that was probably caused by blood transfusion. (2004-08-05)
New transfusion rules restrict donations from previously pregnant women
New recommendations that restrict women who have previously been pregnant from donating platelets and plasma will have a major impact on the blood supply. (2007-10-02)
Screening removes West Nile from bood supply
Screening of blood donations for West Nile virus by blood banks has likely prevented more than 1,000 transfusion-related infections during the second half of 2003, say researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2004-03-01)
LA BioMed study finds traumatic brain injury treatment is ineffective
Researchers finds platelet transfusions and DDAVP are not effective in preventing further bleeding in the brain or in reducing the risk of death for patients with traumatic brain injuries. (2015-01-27)
Researchers successfully perform first injection of cultured red blood cells in human donor
For the first time, researchers have successfully injected cultured red blood cells (cRBCs) created from human hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) into a human donor, according to study results published today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). (2011-09-01)
Gene variant discovery could save blood in surgery
Bleeding after cardiac surgery is a major problem, using up to 20 percent of the nation's blood supply. (2003-02-24)
PENN surgeons offer transfusion-free heart surgery to all
Transfusion-free cardiac surgery is now available at the University of Pennsylvania Health System to anyone who wants it and qualifies as a good candidate. (2006-03-31)
Univesity of Notre Dame researchers form new partnership to help trauma patients
University of Notre Dame researchers and trauma physicians at South Bend's Memorial Hospital have formed a unique partnership to use a new medical technology to help save the lives of trauma patients. (2011-11-02)
Research points to effective methods of freezing avian red blood cells
New research published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research has found that a substance called dimethyl sulfoxide shows promise as a potential cryopreservant for freezing avian blood. (2015-06-04)
Improved blood safety measures from Pall can increase platelet availability
Availability of safe platelets is a fundamental blood transfusion challenge and can be especially problematic in times of emergency. (2005-10-17)
Blood management guidelines can reduce blood wastage and save millions of dollars
Improving the processes of ordering, transporting, and storing blood can save millions of dollars and drastically reduce blood wastage, reported a research team from one academic medical center after implementing institutional initiatives to address blood management. (2016-07-17)
Could blood transfusions cause harm?
Over the past decade a number of studies have found that, rather than saving lives, blood transfusions can actually harm patients. (2008-04-23)
University of Cincinnati to study impact of blood 'microparticles' in inflammation, injury
University of Cincinnati trauma and critical care researcher Timothy Pritts, M.D., Ph.D., has received a National Institutes of Health grant to better understand how 'microparticles' in stored blood can contribute to inflammation and injury after resuscitation from traumatic injury. (2014-03-24)
University researchers to test whether Ebola survivors' blood can provide new treatment
The University of Liverpool is part of an international research team that will assess whether the blood or plasma of Ebola survivors can be used to treat Ebola patients in West Africa. (2014-10-23)
In-flight blood transfusions increase survival rates and improve trauma patient outcomes
Air-lifted trauma victims who received blood transfusions in the helicopter before arriving at a trauma center had higher one-day survival rates and less chance of shock than air-lifted patients who did not receive blood transfusions until they arrived at the trauma unit, according to study findings published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. (2015-02-11)
New technology to transform blood processing
A pioneering surgical blood salvage technology developed at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, is set to transform the way major surgery is carried out by reducing blood loss in patients. (2012-08-21)
Fresh whole blood reduces possible complications in pediatric heart surgery patients
Using fresh whole blood from single donors is better than using component blood from multiple donors in pediatric heart surgery patients, according to an article in the May 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. (2015-04-30)
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), was published in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (2006-09-21)
New results validating Pall prion reduction filter disclosed at ISBT Congress
Safety in transfusion medicine is a global challenge as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) and other threats emerge. (2005-07-04)
Novel biomarkers can help detect illegal blood doping in athletes
Increasing oxygen delivery to muscles can help athletes perform better and give them the edge needed to win elite competitions. (2016-07-18)
Research shows that innovative transfusion approach has the potential to save lives
The University of Maryland School of Medicine is part of a new nationwide, multi-site study that may help save hundreds of lives among trauma patients with major bleeding. (2015-02-19)
Anemia negatively affects recovery from traumatic brain injuries
Approximately half of patients hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries are anemic, according to recent studies, but anemia's effects on the recovery of these patients is not clear. (2016-05-25)
Drugs to combat anemia in cancer patients increase risk of death
The use of drugs to encourage red blood cell formation (erythropoiesis-stimulating agents) in cancer patients with anemia increases the risk of death and serious adverse events such as blood clots, found a new study in CMAJ. (2009-04-30)
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