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Health Tip: Giving Blood

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by

-- Donating blood for the first time may sound intimidating. But the process is fairly painless, takes only about 20 minutes and could help save a life. The American Red Cross explains the different types of blood donation: Whole blood – The most common and quickest type of donation, involving a pint of whole blood. The donation is typically separated into transfusable components, including red ...

Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Some people may safely donate blood as often as every eight weeks – but that may not be a healthy choice for all, a new study suggests. The study was done in the United Kingdom, where experts recommend that blood donors wait 12 to 16 weeks before giving again. That's in contrast to the United States, where blood donations are already allowed at eight-week intervals. ...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Leave Some Anemic

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – For many obese Americans, weight-loss surgery can be a path to losing lots of unhealthy pounds. But new research suggests it can also lead to a long-term loss of healthy red blood cells, otherwise known as anemia. In a study of U.S. veterans who got a common form of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, "anemia rates are high 10 years after," conclude a team led by Dr. Dan ...

FDA Approves New Drug, Endari, for Sickle Cell Disease

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first new drug for sickle cell disease in nearly two decades. Endari (L-glutamine oral powder) helps reduce severe complications associated with the blood disorder, the agency said. Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder in which the red blood cells are shaped like a sickle, which limits the flow of vital ...

Could Anemia Cause Hearing Loss?

Posted 30 Dec 2016 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 – Hearing loss may be linked to iron deficiency anemia – a combination of low levels of iron and red blood cells, new research suggests. The study found that people with iron deficiency anemia have more than twice the rate of hearing loss as people without the blood disorder. The association between hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia was particularly strong for two ...

Blood Banks Face Seasonal Shortages, New Screening Rules

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – There's typically a shortage of both blood and platelets during the holiday season. But, tighter testing for a rare complication of transfusions makes the need for platelets even more urgent, experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say. Platelets are a component of blood that are essential for clotting. The complication, called transfusion-related acute lung ...

Drones a Safe Way to Transport Blood: Study

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Blood products don't seem to suffer damage when transported by drones, researchers report. The findings lend support to advocates who say that drones could offer a safe, effective and fast way to deliver blood products to accident sites, natural disasters or remote locations. "My vision is that, in the future, when a first responder arrives to the scene of an accident, he ...

Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood

Posted 4 Dec 2016 by

SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 – Artificial blood stored as a powder could one day revolutionize emergency medicine and provide trauma victims a better chance of survival. Researchers have created an artificial red blood cell that effectively picks up oxygen in the lungs and delivers it to tissues throughout the body. This artificial blood can be freeze-dried, making it easier for combat medics and ...

Chronic Disease in Mom May Be Linked to Newborns' Heart Disease

Posted 11 Oct 2016 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Babies born to mothers with certain chronic diseases may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study suggests. The analysis included millions of births in Taiwan. The researchers found that pregnant women who themselves had been born with heart defects or who later developed type 2 diabetes were more apt to have babies born with severe heart disease ...

Heart Birth Defects Dropped After Folic Acid Was Added to Food

Posted 29 Aug 2016 by

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 – The introduction of folic acid-fortified foods in Canada was associated with a decrease in babies being born with heart defects, a new study found. Researchers reviewed data from nearly 6 million births in Canada. The births occurred between 1990 and 2011. Folic acid food fortification became mandatory for all types of flour, enriched pasta and cornmeal in 1998 in Canada. ...

Health Tip: Managing Anemia With Iron

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by

-- Iron deficiency is a common cause of anemia, the lack of a protein called hemoglobin that's needed to carry oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. If your doctor prescribes an iron supplement, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Always take the supplement with something to eat. Increase your dose gradually to your doctor's prescribed amount. If you become constipated, ...

Anemia Boosts Stroke Death Risk, Study Finds

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Older stroke victims suffering from anemia – a lack of red blood cells – may have higher odds of dying, researchers report. Among thousands of stroke patients, those who were anemic had a 1.5 to two times higher risk of dying within a year compared with patients without anemia, said Dr. Phyo Myint, lead researcher on the new study. "There is no clear evidence to ...

Roll Up Your Sleeves: Red Cross Says Blood Need 'Urgent'

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – The American Red Cross says it has an urgent need for blood donations, with less than a five-day supply of blood on hand to help those who need it. "The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives," Nick Gehrig, communications director for Red Cross Blood Services, said in a news release. The ...

Two New Findings Offer Hope for Those With Severe Hemophilia

Posted 26 May 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – Two new studies could pave the way to major changes in how doctors treat severe cases of hemophilia – a rare genetic disorder that can cause uncontrolled bleeding. Both studies tackle a key challenge: Up to one-third of children with severe hemophilia develop antibodies against the standard therapy. But one study highlights the value of an old therapy, while the other ...

Drug Protects Lung Function in Kids With Sickle Cell: Study

Posted 18 May 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – Children with sickle cell disease may breathe easier when they're given hydroxyurea – an effective, but underused, drug for the disease, new research suggests. In a study of 94 young people with sickle cell, researchers found that hydroxyurea helped slow the decline in lung function that is typical of the disease. The study appears to be the first to show that ...

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