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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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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 →

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 →