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Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors Face Risk of Second Cancer: Study

Posted 16 days ago 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 called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are part of the immune system, according to the American Cancer Society. "The vast majority of patients with Hodgkin lymphoma are cured with a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy," said study author Amit Sud, a clinical research fellow at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. "Our research has shown that these patients are at substantially increased risk of a second cancer later in life – and particularly if they have a family history of cancer," Sud ... Read more

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'Ablation' Procedure Helps 3 out of 4 Patients With Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Just how successful is the procedure called catheter ablation at fixing irregular heartbeats that can be potentially fatal? Pretty successful, a new study found, but there are caveats. Burning or freezing specific areas of the heart can alleviate the common irregular heart beat called atrial fibrillation in 74 percent of patients. However, the procedure doesn't work for everyone and there are risks of complications, researchers report. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of early death by two times in women and 1.5 times in men. It causes 20 to 30 percent of all strokes and can decrease quality of life due to palpitations, shortness of breath, tiredness, weakness and psychological distress, the study authors explained. About 2.7 million Americans suffer from atrial fibrillation, according to the American Heart Association. For those whose atrial ... Read more

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Blood Shortage Prompts Red Cross Call for Donations

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Blood donations to the American Red Cross have slumped recently, so donors are desperately needed, the organization says. "Hospital patients need lifesaving blood this winter, and they're relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to provide hope in the days and weeks ahead," said Chris Hrouda, executive vice president of Red Cross Blood Services. "The Red Cross is doing everything it can to ensure blood products are available on the shelves when patients need it, but we can't do it alone," Hrouda said in a Red Cross news release. "We need eligible individuals to give blood and platelets as soon as possible." In the United States, the Red Cross is responsible for about 40 percent of the blood supply. However, roughly 37,000 fewer donors gave during November and December, the agency said. Along with the hectic holiday season, severe weather hampered donations ... Read more

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Blood Banks Face Seasonal Shortages, New Screening Rules

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

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 injury (TRALI), is the leading cause of death due to transfusions, the experts said. "One reason the supply of blood platelets has decreased is that we now have additional required testing of platelets after donation," said Dr. Thomas Froehlich, medical director at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. Blood and platelet shortages are traditionally common during the holidays. The shortages put cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, trauma victims and people with health issues that ... Read more

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Taking a Holiday Trip? Protect Yourself From Blood Clots

Posted 16 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 – Many Americans will travel afar to celebrate the holidays, potentially putting themselves at risk for deadly blood clots. Sitting for long periods in a car or airplane can limit blood circulation and cause a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In DVT, blood clots form in the deep veins of the lower legs and thighs. A clot can travel through the bloodstream and lodge in the brain, lungs, heart and other areas, causing severe organ damage and even death. But deep vein thrombosis is easy to prevent, according to Dr. Alan Lumsden, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. "If you plan to travel overseas or cross-country, make sure you get up and walk around at least every two hours, and try not to sleep more than four hours at a time. Drink plenty of water or juices, wear loose-fitting clothing, eat light meals ... Read more

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Drones a Safe Way to Transport Blood: Study

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

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 or she can test the victim's blood type right on the spot and send for a drone to bring the correct blood product," study first author Dr. Timothy Amukele said in a Johns Hopkins University news release. He is an assistant professor of pathology at the university's School of Medicine in Baltimore. Amukele and his Hopkins colleagues placed large bags of blood products – the size used for transfusion – into a cooler loaded on a drone that was flown 8 to 12 miles at about 328 feet off the ground. ... Read more

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Gene Therapy Offers Hope to Some Hemophilia Patients

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Preliminary research suggests that a single dose of an experimental gene therapy may help patients with hemophilia B. As explained by the National Hemophilia Foundation, hemophilia B is a genetic disorder where people lack a protein needed for blood clotting called factor IX, or that the type of factor IX they produce is defective. The condition can lead to excess bleeding and occurs in about one in every 5,000 births, the foundation said. But researchers said they've never seen a medical treatment boost factor IX to the level seen in the new trial. According to the findings, patients who got the gene therapy were able to stop getting infusions of the clotting factor. "Our goal in this trial was to evaluate the safety of the gene therapy product and secondarily, to determine if we could achieve levels of factor IX that could decrease bleeding events in ... Read more

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Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood

Posted 4 Dec 2016 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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U.S. Should Reinforce Blood Supply: Report

Posted 28 Nov 2016 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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Many Atrial Fibrillation Patients Missing Out on Blood Thinners

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 – Half of patients hospitalized with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation aren't given blood-thinning drugs that reduce the risk of clots and stroke, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, puts people at higher risk for blood clots and stroke, researchers from Duke University said. They analyzed nearly 1.6 million admissions for atrial fibrillation at 812 hospitals across the United States over five years and found that only 46 percent of patients received blood thinners at discharge. "This low rate of [blood thinner] use in hospitalized patients highlights an important opportunity to improve care in atrial fibrillation patients," said study co-author Dr. Sean Pokorney, an electrophysiology fellow at Duke School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. The patients in the study were 40 and older, stayed in the hospital for at least ... Read more

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Gene Test May ID Chemo Patients at Risk of Clots: Study

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Genetic testing could help identify breast cancer patients at high risk for the formation of blood clots in their veins, new research suggests. This problem, called venous thromboembolism (VTE), is a serious and potentially fatal complication that can occur during cancer treatment, particularly chemotherapy. Because breast cancer is one of the most common cancers, breast cancer patients account for a large number of cancer-related VTE cases, said study author Judith Brand. She's a postdoctoral researcher in the department of medical epidemiology and biostatistics at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Venous thromboembolism is preventable through treatment with an anti-clotting drug. But side effects, such as bleeding, mean this therapy is not routinely used in patients undergoing chemotherapy, the researchers explained. The new study included more than ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Boost Risk for Post-Op Problems

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Sleep apnea may boost the odds of developing two serious health complications following surgery. So, finding out if you have the sleep disorder beforehand – and seeking treatment – could boost your odds for good recovery from surgery, researchers say. The two post-op complications are blood clots in the veins and an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, according to two new studies. These problems occurred more often among surgical patients who had not yet been diagnosed – and therefore weren't treated – with sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by repeated breathing disruptions during sleep. Symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, restless sleep and loud snoring – often with periods of silence followed by gasps. More than half of surgery patients who have sleep apnea don't know it, the authors of one new study said. ... Read more

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C-Section Raises Risk of Blood Clots After Childbirth: Review

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 – Women who have a cesarean section face an increased risk of potentially dangerous blood clots in the legs or lungs following childbirth, a new review confirms. Researchers who analyzed 60 international studies found that women who had a C-section were four times more likely to develop a blood clot than women who delivered vaginally. "Emergency" C-sections – which are done when a vaginal delivery fails – carried the highest risk. Experts said the findings confirm what individual studies have already shown. It has long been clear that pregnancy itself raises a woman's odds of developing blood clots before or in the weeks after delivery. Women who undergo a C-section have an even greater risk – though it's still low, according to the researchers behind the new study. The new study estimates the risk is about three in 1,000. "Even though C-section increases the ... Read more

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Sickle Cell Trait Not Linked to Early Death in Study

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – New research challenges the long-held belief that people with sickle cell trait, who are born with only a single copy of the sickle cell gene variant, are at risk of premature death. People with the sickle cell gene variant do not have sickle cell disease, a blood disorder that shortens life span and causes sudden episodes of severe pain. People with the disease carry two copies of the gene, one from each parent. In the first-of-its-kind study, researchers followed nearly 48,000 black American soldiers on active duty in the U.S. Army over a four-year period. All had undergone tests for the genetic trait. "What we can say with confidence is that there's no evidence that it increases mortality in this Army population, and that's incredibly reassuring," said study co-author Lianne Kurina. She's an associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of ... 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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