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Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

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 paramedics to keep on hand for emergencies, said senior researcher Dr. Allan Doctor. He is a critical care specialist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "It's a dried powder that looks like paprika, basically," Doctor said. "It can be stored in an IV plastic bag that a medic would carry, either in their ambulance or in a backpack, for a year or more. When they need to use it, they spike the bag with sterile water, mix it, and it's ready to inject right then and there." The ... Read more

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Pradaxa Blood Thinner May Beat Warfarin After Bleeding Episode: Study

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Use of a blood thinner is routine for many heart patients, but these drugs come with a risk of episodes of excess bleeding. What, if any, anticoagulant (blood thinner) should these patients take after such episodes arise? A new study suggests that the blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) may be a better choice than the standby drug warfarin in these cases. The reason: Pradaxa is less likely than warfarin to cause recurrent bleeding in patients who recently suffered a bleeding stroke or other major bleeding event, the researchers found. "Our results should encourage clinicians to seriously consider resuming anticoagulation among patients who survived a major bleeding event, particularly if the source of bleeding was identified and addressed," said study senior author Dr. Samir Saba. He's associate chief of cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh Heart and ... Read more

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U.S. Should Reinforce Blood Supply: Report

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 – The U.S. blood supply system faces financial and other challenges that could lead to blood shortages in the future, a new report contends. For now, however, the system continues to function well, the researchers said. In 2013, more than 14 million units of blood were collected from about 15.2 million people, and 13.2 million units were transfused. But, increased federal government oversight of the blood system may be required to ensure an adequate blood supply and prevent blood shortages, according to the report from the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization. "The U.S. blood system operates effectively, but it is in a state of flux and uncertainty," Andrew Mulcahy, the report's lead author, said in a RAND news release. "Financial pressures, changes in health care practice and technology, and the emergence of external threats such as the Zika virus ... Read more

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Old Blood as Good as New for Transfusions, Study Finds

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – Using the freshest blood for transfusions does not appear to boost patient survival, a new Canadian study indicates. "It's been a contentious issue, but our study finally puts an end to the question about whether stored blood could be harmful and fresher blood would be better," said lead author Nancy Heddle. She is a professor emeritus of medicine at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. "Our study provides strong evidence that transfusion of fresh blood does not improve patient outcomes, and this should reassure clinicians that fresher is not better," added Heddle, who is also research director of the McMaster Centre for Transfusion Research. In the study, the researchers examined data from nearly 31,500 patients at six hospitals in the United States, Canada, Israel and Australia who received blood transfusions. The in-hospital death rate was 9.1 percent ... Read more

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FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika

Posted 26 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that the nation's entire blood supply be routinely screened for the Zika virus. In February, the FDA recommended testing of donated blood and blood components only in areas where Zika was actively spreading, but agency officials now say that universal testing is needed to further protect those who get donated blood. "There is still much uncertainty regarding the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission," Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "At this time, the recommendation for testing the entire blood supply will help ensure that safe blood is available for all individuals who might need transfusion," Marks added. Donated blood is already being tested in Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as in other areas, FDA officials ... Read more

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Doctors Report Probable Zika Transmission Via Blood Transfusion

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Experts have wondered if the Zika virus might sometimes be transmitted through blood transfusions, and a cluster of infections in Brazil seems to support that notion. Doctors believe that a blood donor passed along the typically mosquito-borne virus in late January to two hospitalized patients who needed transfusions. "These data show evidence for Zika virus transmission by means of [blood] platelet transfusion," reported a team led by Dr. Iara Motta, of the Jose Alencar Gomes da Silva National Cancer Institute in Rio de Janeiro, and Bryan Spencer of the American Red Cross in Dedham, Mass. According to the researchers, the donor alerted the local blood bank of symptoms – rash, eye pain and joint pain – that had developed two days after donation. Lab tests confirmed that the blood was contaminated with Zika virus. In the meantime, the blood had been ... Read more

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

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

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 organization noted it first alerted Americans to the need for blood and platelet donations back in early July. And while donation levels did rise, "a critical blood shortage remains," the group said. "At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply," the Red Cross explained. Right now, the national supply has dipped below the five-day level the Red Cross says it needs to make sure it's ready for ... Read more

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Are Blood Transfusions From Younger or Female Donors Riskier?

Posted 12 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 – Red blood cell transfusions from young or female donors may lead to lower survival rates for recipients, according to a new Canadian study. "These results are intriguing and suggest that if you require a transfusion, your clinical outcome may be affected by the blood donor's age and sex," said the study's senior author, Dr. Dean Fergusson. He's director of the clinical epidemiology program at the Ottawa Hospital in Canada. "However, it is important to remember that our study was observational in nature, which means it cannot be considered definitive evidence," Fergusson said. The researchers looked at blood transfusions at Ottawa Hospital between 2006 and 2013. The researchers linked more than 30,000 blood recipients with almost 81,000 donors. The recipients' health was followed for an average of just over two years. Getting red blood cells from a woman instead ... Read more

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Donated Blood Won't Transmit Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – People who've received a blood transfusion can breathe a bit easier: A new study finds no evidence that degenerative brain disorders can be transmitted via donated blood. "This study provides reassurance to individuals who have received blood transfusions from patients with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease," said Dr. Irving Gomolin, a geriatrician who reviewed the Swedish study findings. "It demonstrates that the transmission of these diseases via blood either is not biologically possible or, at worst, must be exceedingly rare," said Gomolin. He is chief of geriatric medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. In the study, a team led by Dr. Gustaf Edgren, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, tracked data on more than 40,000 patients in Denmark and Sweden. All of the patients had received blood transfusions between 1968 and 2012 from people ... Read more

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2 New Findings Offer Hope for Those With Severe Hemophilia

Posted 26 May 2016 by Drugs.com

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 shows promising early results with an experimental drug. Experts said both should stir discussion among doctors, patients and parents who deal with hemophilia. But they were especially hopeful about the new drug, known as emicizumab. In the United States, about 20,000 people – mostly boys and men – are living with hemophilia, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disorder is caused by a defect in one of the genes that controls proteins needed for normal blood ... Read more

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Health Tip: Donating Blood

Posted 2 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Typically, you must be at least 17 years old and meet a few health criteria to donate blood. If you're able, it's a great way to help save lives. The American Red Cross offers this advice on what to expect: One blood donation can help save the lives of three other people. The donation procedure is safe and easy. While the donation itself only takes about 10 minutes, expect to be at the donation center for about an hour. Prepare for donation by making sure you're well-hydrated. Eat a nutritious meal, skipping any foods that are high in fat. Make sure your shirt sleeves can be rolled up above the elbows. Bring your driver's license or a donor ID card. If you're 16 and donating in a state that allows it, bring signed parental consent. Also bring a list of any medications you take. If you're feeling sick beforehand, reschedule the donation. Read more

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FDA Approves Experimental Zika Test for Blood Donations

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 – An experimental test to check blood donations for the Zika virus has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The decision to allow use of the test in areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of the virus means that collections of whole blood and blood component donations will be able to resume in Puerto Rico, agency officials said. "The availability of an investigational test to screen donated blood for Zika virus is an important step forward in maintaining the safety of the nation's blood supply, especially for those U.S. territories already experiencing active transmission," Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said Wednesday. "In the future, should Zika virus transmission occur in other areas, blood collection establishments will be able to continue to collect blood and use the ... Read more

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FDA: Wait a Month to Donate Blood After Travel to Zika-Prone Areas

Posted 17 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 – To protect the U.S. blood supply, people who've traveled to places where the Zika virus is prevalent, or who have symptoms that suggest infection, should wait a month before donating blood, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday. Four weeks is enough time for the virus to pass through a person's system, the agency said. The mosquito-borne Zika virus is thought – but not proven – to be behind an epidemic of birth defects that leave newborns with very small heads and possible brain damage. According to the FDA, people considered to be at risk for Zika include those who have: Traveled to areas with active transmission of Zika virus during the past four weeks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists 30 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean as places with active Zika infection. Engaged in sexual ... Read more

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Red Cross Takes Steps to Keep Zika Virus Out of Blood Supply

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – The American Red Cross on Wednesday asked potential blood donors who have traveled to areas where Zika infection is active to wait 28 days before giving blood. "The American Red Cross is dedicated to providing the safest, most reliable blood products possible to patients in need," Dr. Susan Stramer, vice president of scientific affairs at the American Red Cross, said in a statement. "We are closely monitoring the spread of Zika virus." People who give blood and subsequently develop symptoms of Zika virus within 14 days of their donation should notify the Red Cross so their blood can be quarantined, Stramer added. Despite taking these precautionary measures, Stramer stressed that the chances of Zika-infected blood donations remain extremely low in the United States. "The Red Cross continues to use safety measures to protect the blood supply from Zika and other ... Read more

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U.S. Weighs Changes to Blood Donations in Response to Zika Virus Outbreak

Posted 29 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – U.S. health officials are considering whether to put a halt to blood donations from travelers returning from countries affected by the Zika virus, primarily in Central and South America. At a media briefing Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said a review of blood donation policies was underway, based on whether a person may have been exposed to the virus that has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil. "The FDA [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] is looking at the issue of blood supply, blood donors and travelers," Fauci said. "We know it [the virus] is in the bloodstream very briefly, most people have cleared the bloodstream of the virus after about a week." Canadian health officials announced Thursday that they would put blood-donation restrictions in place by next week. Dr. Dana ... Read more

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