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Blood Type May Play Role in Death Risk After Trauma

Posted 2 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 – People with the most common blood type, type O, may be at higher risk of death after suffering severe injuries because they're more likely to have major bleeding, a new study suggests. While the study is preliminary, Japanese researcher Dr. Wataru Takayama said the "results also raise questions about how emergency transfusion of O type red blood cells to a severe trauma ...

Gene Therapy May Be Cure for Some With Rare Blood Disorder

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – Wanda Sihanath didn't like the fact that her inherited blood disorder would not allow her to travel far from Chicago to attend college, but what could she do? Without regular transfusions and blood testing, the beta-thalassemia she inherited from her parents could eventually cause her to become dangerously anemic. "I wasn't happy that I was adapting my college plans ...

Kids Who Need Sickle Cell Antibiotics Don't Always Get Them

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – Less than a fifth of U.S. children with sickle cell anemia are getting the antibiotics that could save their lives, a new study finds. "Longstanding recommendations say children with sickle cell anemia should take antibiotics daily for their first five years of life," the study's lead author, Sarah Reeves, said in a news release from Michigan Medicine. These antibiotics ...

New Hemophilia A Treatment, Hemlibra (Emicizumab-kxwh), Stems Bleeding Episodes

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent or reduce the number of bleeding episodes among certain people with hemophilia A. The injected drug was approved for patients with antibodies called Factor VIII inhibitors. People with hemophilia A are missing a gene that produces Factor VIII, a blood-clotting protein. ...

Your Blood Type May Determine How Smog Affects Your Heart

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – People with certain blood types are at increased risk for a heart attack from high levels of air pollution, a new study finds. Specifically, people with coronary artery disease who have A, B or AB blood types are more likely than those with the O blood type to have a heart attack when exposed to high levels of small particulate PM2.5 air pollution. That is described by ...

Binge-Watchers, Beware: All That TV Time Poses Clot Risk

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 – If you love to while away a weekend watching a season's worth of episodes from a favorite TV series, you may inadvertently put yourself at risk for developing a dangerous blood clot. When researchers compared people who reported watching TV more often to those who seldom or never watched TV, the risk of a venous thromboembolism (VTE) jumped by 70 percent. A VTE is a type ...

Zelboraf Approved for Rare Blood Cancer

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – Zelboraf (vemurafenib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first drug to treat Erdheim-Chester Disease, a rare but deadly blood cancer. The approval covers patients who have a genetic mutation called BRAF V600. Erdheim-Chester Disease is a slow-growing cancer that originates in bone marrow, causing a spike in a type of white blood cell called ...

Health Tip: Giving Blood

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

Drone Sets New Record for Transporting Blood Samples

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – A new distance record for delivery of blood samples by a medical drone has been set. A Johns Hopkins University drone transported dozens of human blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert. Throughout the three-hour flight, proper temperature control was maintained and the samples were usable for laboratory testing after reaching their destination. "We expect that ...

There May Be a Big Medical Upside to Being Short

Posted 6 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – There may be at least one advantage to being short: a lower risk for dangerous blood clots in the veins, a new study shows. These clots, called venous thromboembolisms, include blockages known as DVTs (deep vein thrombosis), which typically start in the legs and can travel to the lungs, raising a person's odds for stroke. Sometimes DVTs occur after long-haul flights, so ...

Tocilizumab Beats Steroids for Controlling Blood Vessel Inflammation in Study

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – The drug tocilizumab performs better than steroids in treating the most common form of blood vessel inflammation known as giant cell arteritis, a new study has shown. The phase 3 clinical trial of 251 patients confirmed that tocilizumab (Actemra) reduced symptoms and also the need for high-dose steroid treatment for the condition. Phase 3 clinical trials represent the ...

FDA Approves New Drug, Endari, for Sickle Cell Disease

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Blood Shortage Prompts Call for Donations

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – The American Red Cross needs your blood, and it needs it now. The group issued an emergency call for donations on Wednesday. Over the past two months, there have been about 61,000 fewer donations than what is needed, the organization said. "The decline in summer donations is causing a significant draw-down of our overall blood supply, and we urgently need people to give ...

Astronauts' Blood Vessels Less Efficient on Long Missions: Study

Posted 12 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 – Astronauts' heart and blood vessel function drops during long space missions, which limits their ability to exercise, a new study finds. Researchers examined data gathered from nine men and women who spent about six months on the International Space Station. Before their missions, the astronauts did a stationary bike exercise, which they repeated after returning to Earth. ...

Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors Face Risk of Second Cancer: Study

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – The risk of developing a second type of cancer may be high among Hodgkin lymphoma survivors, especially those with a family history of cancer. That's the finding of a new European study in which researchers examined data from more than 9,500 Hodgkin lymphoma patients. Hodgkin lymphoma, once known as Hodgkin's disease, is a cancer that starts in the white blood cells ...

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