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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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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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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 →