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Better blood transfusions for preterm babies
Results of new research from the University of Adelaide are a promising step forward in helping to improve the quality of life-saving blood transfusions for preterm babies, by reducing the likelihood of adverse inflammatory responses to the blood. (2012-11-22)
Breakthrough technology from Pall increases platelet availability and safety
Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) announced today FDA clearance to market the new Pall AcrodoseTM PL System. (2005-10-06)
Frequency of blood tests in heart surgery patients may lead to anemia, transfusions
Laboratory testing among patients undergoing cardiac surgery can lead to excessive bloodletting, which can increase the risk of developing hospital-acquired anemia and the need for blood transfusion, according to an article in the March 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. (2015-03-18)
Studies validating performance of Pall prion reduction technology presented at AABB
Research studies demonstrating the effectiveness of prion filtration technology to safeguard the blood supply are being presented at the AABB Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington today. (2005-10-17)
Transfusions increase clot risk in hospitalized cancer patients
Blood transfusions used to treat anemia in patients with cancer are associated with an increased risk of life-threatening blood clots, at a similar rate as other treatments for cancer-induced anemia, according to scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center. (2008-11-24)
Bioreactors might solve blood-platelet supply problems
It might be possible to grow human blood platelets in the laboratory for transfusion, according to a new study at the Ohio State University Medical Center. (2008-12-22)
Experts join forces in bid to combat CJD and BSE
Researchers studying devastating brain diseases which affect humans and animals are to meet in Edinburgh today, Friday, 25 November to discuss the latest developments in the battle against Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) which include both BSE and variant CJD. (2005-11-24)
Study examines effectiveness of anti-anemia drug in treatment of cancer patients
Erythropoietin treatment for anemia may reduce the risk for blood transfusions and improve hematologic response in cancer patients, but evidence that the treatment affects survival is inconclusive, according to a new study in the April 6 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2005-04-05)
Sugar-binding protein galectin-9 found to be a new weapon to cure HIV
Scientists at Blood Systems Research Institute, the University of California at San Francisco, and the University of Hawaii have discovered that the human sugar-binding protein galectin-9 potently reactivates latent HIV stores and renders infected cells visible to the immune system for eradication in patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy. (2016-07-13)
Patients with rare blood cancer respond to thalidomide
Cancer researchers at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago have published the results of a clinical study that shows thalidomide - an agent that caused severe birth defects in European children in the 1950s and 60s - is effective in treating some patients with myelodysplastic syndrome, also known as pre-leukemia. (2001-08-08)
First-ever therapeutic offers hope for improving blood transfusions
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have developed an unprecedented approach to restore nitric oxide to donated blood, a breakthrough that could dramatically reduce harmful effects from transfusions. (2013-06-25)
Potential risk identified in transfusions of platelets before bone marrow transplant
A larger number of platelet transfusions given before a bone marrow transplant to treat bone marrow failure syndromes correlates with a greater risk of transplant rejection. (2009-08-11)
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. (2010-04-05)
Substituting blood transfusions
The first ever European Blood Substitutes project is designing molecules which will be able to replace the need for blood during transfusions in the future. (2005-07-11)
New preservative increases shelf life of blood platelets - decreases risk of harmful reactions
A new study has found that storing whole blood derived platelets in an artificial preservative can extend their shelf life and produce a safer end product. (2006-05-31)
NHLBI grants $1.47 million to study red blood cell transfusion storage times and bioactivity
Researchers in the University of Alabama at Birmingham departments of pathology, microbiology and surgery will use the grant to focus on transfusion bioactivity and the interaction between banked red cells and nitric oxide produced in the body. (2010-06-22)
Embargoed news from Annals of Internal Medicine
Below is information about articles being published in the Sept. (2011-09-05)
ACP recommends tighter transfusion strategy to treat anemia in patients with heart disease
New ACP guideline presents evidence-based recommendations for treating anemia in patients with heart disease. (2013-12-02)
Pall tells FDA panel about blood filtering technology
Pall Corporation today presented the latest research results on its prion technology to remove TSE infectivity from blood. (2005-10-31)
Researchers find association between donor age, female sex and transfusion outcomes
A large Canadian study has shown a link between blood donor characteristics and transfusion recipients' outcomes. (2016-07-11)
Safety of antithrombotic treatment in acute coronary syndromes
Bleeding and possibly also blood transfusions have emerged as major contributors to worse outcome in patients with ACS Proper management of patients, with appropriate selection of doses, drugs and arterial approach, combined with systematic evaluation of the bleeding risk prior to starting therapy may help prevent bleeding and improve patient outcome. (2008-09-02)
Newly discovered blood protein solves 60-year-old riddle
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered a new protein that controls the presence of the Vel blood group antigen on our red blood cells. (2013-04-08)
Stem cells guided down blood's developmental pathway
For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that undifferentiated human embryonic stem cells can be teased down a developmental pathway to become blood cells. (2001-09-03)
Transfusions of 'old' blood may harm some patients
Blood transfusions with the oldest blood available could be harmful for some patients, finds Columbia University researchers. (2017-01-09)
Study finds iron levels not predictive of survival for form of blood cancer
Iron-chelating drugs have been heavily promoted for use in patients with primary myelofibrosis, a form of blood cancer often treated with blood transfusion. (2009-05-11)
UH biomedical engineer works to make blood transfusions safer
A biomedical engineer at the University of Houston is working to develop highly innovative technology to make blood transfusions safer. (2014-04-23)
Larger blood reserves needed for ageing population
Larger reserves of blood will be needed as the population ages, predict researchers in this week's BMJ. (2002-10-10)
Epoetin alfa reduces anemia in breast cancer patients with no negative impact on survival
In patients with high-risk breast cancer, addition of the erythropoiesis-stimulating agent epoetin alfa to the chemotherapy regimen may help avoid the decrease in hemoglobin levels and resulting anemia often seen in these patients and does not negatively affect relapse-free or overall survival. (2013-07-17)
Intrauterine surgery can improve the prognosis for the fetus
Fetuses with congenital malformations can be helped by surgical intervention while still in the womb. (2012-10-09)
Immune system supressor drug found effective in treating precancerous blood disorder
A medicine typically used in organ transplant patients shows promise in treating older patients who have a precancerous blood disorder for which there is currently no effective treatment besides blood transfusion, according to a study conducted by Dr. (2002-08-05)
Store donated blood for more than 3 weeks? Say NO (nitric oxide)
Transfusion of donated blood more than three weeks old results in impaired blood vessel function, a new study of hospital patients shows. (2013-03-10)
Low-cost blood test good predictor of increased bleeding risk in pediatric trauma patients
A team of researchers from the Trauma Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles conclude that an admission hematocrit provides a reliable screening test for identifying pediatric patients who are at an increased risk of bleeding after injury. (2015-09-28)
The Lancet: 1 in 3,000 blood donors in England infected with hepatitis E
The first systematic analysis of hepatitis E virus transmission by blood components indicates that about 1 in 3000 donors in England have hepatitis E in their plasma. (2014-07-27)
Ultrasound offers tool for blocking faulty vessels in placental disorder
Ultrasound waves may offer a new tool for splitting abnormal blood vessels in the placenta that affect some twin pregnancies, a new study shows in sheep. (2016-07-13)
Study shows blood products unaffected by drone trips
In what is believed to be the first proof-of-concept study of its kind, Johns Hopkins researchers have determined that large bags of blood products, such as those transfused into patients every day, can maintain temperature and cellular integrity while transported by drones. (2016-12-07)
Analysis: Condition could predict life or death in heart patients
A growing health problem affecting older Americans puts them at higher risk for dying after heart surgery and other interventional procedures, such as heart catheterizations, according to findings published in the current edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and co-authored by two leading University of Kentucky cardiologists. (2006-10-23)
Inappropriate uses of frozen plasma
Large amounts of frozen plasma are being used inappropriately, states a commentary in CMAJ. (2010-03-15)
First technology to remove prions that cause vCJD from blood launched
The risk of receiving blood contaminated with variant Cruetzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) prions may no longer be a concern for the thousands of people who require a transfusion. (2005-05-25)
Delirium is common in older gastrointestinal surgery patients
A new analysis indicates that delirium commonly develops in the older patients who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery. (2016-01-19)
Higher hospital volume more important than surgeon experience in outcome of prostate cancer surgery
Older, sicker, high-risk patients who undergo one of the most common treatments for prostate cancer get better results in larger, busier hospitals, according to new research by Henry Ford Hospital. (2012-05-15)
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