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Is Testing for Zika in U.S. Blood Supply Worth the Cost?

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Since 2016, every blood donation in the United States has been individually tested for the Zika virus. A new study suggests it's not worth it. Researchers at the American Red Cross found that of roughly 4 million donor blood samples tested over 15 months, only eight were positive for mosquito-borne Zika virus. Even fewer were potentially infectious. And it all came at a ...

Blood Type May Play Role in Death Risk After Trauma

Posted 18 days ago 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 ...

You're Less Likely to Get a Blood Transfusion Now

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Americans are getting fewer blood transfusions, and that's good news, researchers say. "It's a win-win for everybody," said Dr. Aaron Tobian, senior author of a new study. "Fewer transfusions are good for multiple reasons," said Tobian, director of transfusion medicine at Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health. "Our blood supply is safer than ever, but ...

After Another Shooting Tragedy, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – Some of the 17 people killed Wednesday in the senseless Florida school shooting might have survived if their bleeding could have been stopped in time, experts say. Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to death, the American College of Surgeons has long pushed a nationwide program to train teachers simple but effective means of halting ...

Severe Flu Season, Tough Winter a Double Whammy for Blood Banks

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – A merciless flu season and lots of wintry weather are draining the U.S. blood supply, officials report. Since the beginning of the year, more than 500 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled because of dangerous weather conditions. That means about 13,000 pints of blood and platelets went uncollected, according to the relief organization. To make matters worse, ...

Blood Banks Need January Donors

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Want to make a difference right now? Consider donating some blood. That's the suggestion of experts from Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Blood bank supplies tend to be low in January because the holidays and the season's typically inclement weather often keep people from going to a donation site. But, donating blood or blood products, like platelets, ...

What to Do If Someone's Bleeding Badly

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – By knowing how to stop bleeding, you could save the life of a seriously injured person. Analysis of mass tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 revealed that many victims could have been saved if bystanders had known how to control their bleeding, according to Dr. Justin Chandler, a trauma surgeon at Penn State's Hershey Medical Center. Penn ...

Is Blood Donated by Mothers Less Safe for Men?

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Men who receive blood donated by previously pregnant women may face an increased risk of death following the transfusion, a new study from the Netherlands suggests. Males transfused with blood from a woman with a history of pregnancy appear to be 13 percent overall more likely to die in coming years, compared with those who received blood from another man, said ...

First Test to Detect Zika in Blood Donations Approved

Posted 7 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – The cobas Zika test has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – the first approved screening test to detect the Zika virus in blood donations. The test is not designed to diagnose any particular person's Zika infection, however, the FDA said. In August 2016, the agency recommended that all U.S. states and territories screen blood for Zika, according to an ...

FDA Approves Test to Screen Donated Blood for Zika

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test – called the cobas Zika test – to screen donated blood for the Zika virus. "Today's action represents the first approval of a Zika virus detection test for use with screening the nation's blood supply," Dr. Peter Marks said Thursday in an agency news release. Marks is director of the FDA's Center for Biologics ...

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 ...

Older Blood Is OK to Use in Transfusions To Critically Ill

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Using older red blood cells to give transfusions to critically ill patients doesn't appear to affect their risk of dying, Australian researchers report. It was once believed that fresh red blood cells were best suited for transfusions. But this new study adds to the evidence that older blood is just as good, if not better, the study authors said. "Red blood cells for ...

Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

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. ...

Promoting Social Wellness in Your Community

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Social wellness involves building supportive relationships between you and your neighbors, which are especially useful during difficult times. The American Red Cross says creating these bonds can bolster your quality of life and that of the entire community. The agency suggests: Establish a program to install free smoke alarms in higher-risk neighborhoods. Learn life-saving skills, such as ...

Imbruvica Approval Expanded to Include Graft Versus Host Disease

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday expanded approval for the anti-cancer drug Imbruvica (ibrutinib) to include adults with chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD). cGVHD is a deadly condition that affects up to 70 percent of people who receive a stem cell transplant to treat cancers of the blood or bone marrow, the FDA said in a news release. The ...

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