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Lab-grown blood administered to people in world-first clinical trial

Laboratory-grown blood has been put into people in a world-first clinical trial, with tiny amounts – equivalent to a couple of spoonfuls - being...

Electrolyte disorder a major driver of SA hospital deaths – Stellenbosch study

Hyperkalaemia, an electrolyte disorder caused by too much potassium in the blood and which leads to heart attacks, is quite prevalent among those with...

Oral milvexian for prevention of venous thromboembolism — McMaster University

Oral milvexian in patients undergoing knee arthroplasty was effective for the prevention of venous thromboembolism and was associated with a low risk of bleeding....

Artificial Intelligence can detect low-glucose levels via ECG without fingerprick test

Two pilot studies in the UK have found that using artificial intelligence (AI) the Currently Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) used by the UK's National...

Type A blood converted to universal donor with bacterial enzymes

On any given day, hospitals across the US burn through some 16,500 litres of donated blood for emergency surgeries, scheduled operations, and routine transfusions....

FDA warns against the vampire fad

Unscrupulous parties are touting blood plasma infusion from young donors to fight ageing or serious illnesses. This week the US Food and Drug Administration warned against...

Blood test could soon detect blocked or narrow arteries

A Duke Health pilot project suggests that in the near future, a blood test could show whether arteries carrying blood to the heart are...

New drug a breakthrough in treatment of haemophilia

The HAVEN 3 study, led by a University of the Witwatersrand researcher, found that emicizumab prophylaxis (trade name: Hemlibra) administered subcutaneously once weekly or...

Blood type link to severity of E. coli infections

A study shows that a kind of E. coli most associated with "traveller’s diarrhoea" and children in underdeveloped areas of the world causes more...

Low-cost, rapid test for iron and vitamin A deficiencies

Cornell University engineers and nutritionists have created a swift solution for a challenging global health problem: a low-cost, rapid test to detect iron and...

Restrictive transfusion practice improves patient care, quality, safety

By analysing data from randomised clinical trials comparing blood transfusion approaches, Johns Hopkins experts, along with colleagues at Cleveland Clinic and NYU Langone Medical...

When it comes to blood transfusions, 'fresh is not best'

A landmark Australian-led five-country research trial has found the transfusion of older stored red blood cells is safe and, surprisingly, associated with fewer side...

No major side effects from more frequent blood donations

Giving blood more frequently – up to every 8 weeks for men and every 12 weeks for women – has no major side effects...

Novel therapy acts as an antidote to blood thinner

A phase III clinical study demonstrates the safety and efficacy of idarucizumab, a novel therapy that acts as an antidote to the blood thinner...

Study recommends reducing maximum storage limit of blood

The oldest blood available for transfusions releases large and potentially harmful amounts of iron into patients’ bloodstreams, a Columbia University study has found.  Based on...

Drones viable for transport of blood products

Drone transportation systems are a viable option for the transportation of blood products, found a Johns Hopkins proof-of-concept study. The researchers have determined that large...

Blood thinners safe with brain metastases

Cancer patients with brain metastases who develop blood clots may safely receive blood thinners without increased risk of dangerous bleeding.

Guidelines on blood transfusion after surgery

Existing national and international transfusion guidelines recommend that blood transfusions only be given to patients who develop very low haemoglobin concentrations. The largest ever randomised trial in the UK in a surgical or cardiac surgery population shows that this strategy may increase the number of deaths in cardiac surgery.

Iron improves blood donation recovery

A US National Institutes of Health-funded study found low dose iron supplementation significantly reduced the recovery time of post-donation lost iron and haemoglobin.

Platelet transfusion danger

A Johns Hopkins University-led nationwide review of nearly 100,000 hospital admissions for three rare blood cell disorders found that platelet transfusion is associated with a two- to five-fold increase in death.

Blood test to determine quitting strategy

A blood test could help people choose a stop-smoking strategy that would give them the best chance of quitting, research suggests.

Age no barrier for transplants for sickle cell disease

Bone marrow transplants can reverse severe sickle cell disease in adults, echoing results seen with a similar technique used in children, reports CTV News....

Elimination of enzyme factor reduces blood clot size

For the first time, scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have shown that eliminating the enzyme factor XIII reduces the...

Antibiotic reduces mortality in haemodialysis patients

An antibiotic therapy known to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections in haemodialysis patients has been shown for the first time to reduce mortality. Medical Xpress...

Combination treatment links to 47% drop in pulmonary embolism death

A team of US researchers, led by experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found that adding clot-busting...

Blood sterilisation processes could cause serious health issues

Certain processes used to sterilise blood products could potentially cause serious health issues in transfusion recipients. Science Daily reports that this is according to...