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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)
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)
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)
Young blood fights cancer
Replacing old blood with new increases the odds for survival, Tel Aviv University researchers find. (2008-12-30)
Church effort sharply increases first-time African-American blood donors
A program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2008-12-15)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Definitive global transfusion study supports patient safety, positive patient outcomes
Lower thresholds for blood transfusions during cardiac surgery have proven to be safe and provide good patient outcomes compared to traditional thresholds, according to the largest research study ever performed in this area. (2017-11-13)
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)
Salvaging blood during cesarean section may have potential in emergency procedures
Using cell salvage, the reinfusion of red blood cells lost during surgery, did not lead on average to a statistically significant reduction in the rates of blood transfusion needed by all women undergoing caesarean section, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Khalid Khan from Queen Mary University of London, UK, and colleagues. (2017-12-19)
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 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)
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