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Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com
-- Anemia occurs when there are insufficient red blood cells, or they don't function properly. The American Society of Hematology says warning signs include: Feeling weak or dizzy. Having colder hands and feet. Having pale skin or a yellow tint. Feeling short of breath. Having an irregular or fast heartbeat. Hearing a whooshing sound or pounding in the ears. Having frequent chest pain or headache. Read more
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Posted 21 May 2015 by Drugs.com
THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – Scientists are closing in on a way to transform any type of donated blood into type O, the universal blood type that can safely be given to any patient. Researchers have created a special enzyme that can shear off the substances on red blood cells that are responsible for potentially fatal immune reactions if a patient receives the wrong type of blood, according to a new study. The enzyme is not yet effective enough to allow for large-scale processing to convert type A or type B blood into type O, said lead author David Kwan, a postdoctoral fellow of chemistry at the University of British Columbia's Centre for Blood Research in Vancouver, Canada. "We're not there yet. This is really a step towards that," Kwan said. "The big thing is that we've shown that it's feasible to improve these enzymes." Results of the study were published online recently in the Journal ... Read more