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Can the Zika Virus Affect Blood Donations?

  For months, the Zika virus, which is spread through mosquito bites, has remained in the headlines as the potential threat continues throughout the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that while there have been no local mosquito-borne Zika disease cases reported in the U.S., the cases that have been reported have been associated with travel… Read more →

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Donate Blood And Give Life Back

  If you’ve ever had a blood transfusion during a medical crisis you understand the importance of donating blood. Countless lives are saved every day thanks to generous donors who give of their own blood for the benefit of others. June 14 marks blood donation day! This year’s theme is “Blood connects us all.” Every two seconds someone in the… Read more →

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Plasma Donations

If you already donate blood, you know about the lifesaving benefits, but you’re limited to donating up to 24 times a year. If you find yourself wanting to do more, consider donating plasma. Just like blood donations, plasma donations can help people in need. Here are some things you may want or need to know before donating plasma: What’s the… Read more →

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Blood Donation Barriers

Donating blood saves lives. Patients the world over, who suffer from a multitude of conditions, need blood. The blood transfusion process seems pretty simple, right? Just take one person’s blood and stick in the veins of another person. Wrong. Blood transfusion is complex, and without proper safeguards, the process would be incredible risky. In fact, blood transfusions used to be… Read more →

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Donating Blood: Good for Your Health?

Donating blood is usually perceived as something donors do to help other people. And that’s good—donating blood does help countless people the world over every day. Blood donations help people with chronic diseases, victims of severe trauma, and people in many vulnerable positions.   But does donating blood also help donor? Some say yes. This may seem counterintuitive—less blood should… Read more →