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Synthetic Blood – A Game Changer

In 2017, the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom will attempt the first synthetic blood transfusions on humans, as reported on Medical Daily. If the clinical trials are successful, it will be a major medical breakthrough in the area of blood transfusions. Scientists at NHS and the University of Bristol have manufactured red blood cells using stem cells… Read more →

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The Importance of Blood Availability on the Battlefield

Getting a blood transfusion is not without risk. The life-saving advantage of a transfusion, however, far outweighs the risk. In a battle or war zone, blood is a precious commodity that must be supplied quickly and safely. One primary factor to consider before a transfusion is whether the blood donor’s blood matches the recipient’s blood type. Using a wrong blood… Read more →

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Technology to Improve Your Overall Health – Via Your Blood

New medical technology developed in China makes it possible to rapidly, accurately, and economically detect pathogens in the blood. As reported in an article in Chemistry World, Chinese scientists have developed a silicon chip containing nanoparticles of silver that can accomplish sensitive detection of bacteria in the blood, quickly and at a much more economically than other diagnostic tools. Detecting… Read more →

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Blood Transfusions and the Risk of Contamination

When we think of incidents that could lead to charges of medical malpractice, the list might include misdiagnoses, anesthesia errors, and surgical negligence. But, what about blood contamination? Transfusion-transmitted infections may not be as common as other types of negligent-associated maladies and injuries, but the impact on the victim can be just as devastating. Exposure to contaminated blood through transfusions… Read more →

The History of Blood Transfusions

Every two seconds in the United States, someone is in need of a blood transfusion, according to the American Red Cross. Thanks to the efficiency of current practices, in most scenarios that blood is already on the shelf awaiting the need. The fact that most patients can be given a transfusion at a moment’s notice saves countless lives every year.… Read more →