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Patient’s question triggers important study about blood thinners

OTTAWA — Physicians around the world now have guidelines to help them determine the best oral blood thinners to prescribe ...

One-minute point-of-care anemia test shows promise in new study

A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring ...

Banked blood grows stiffer with age, study finds

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It may look like fresh blood and flow like fresh blood, but the longer blood is stored, the less it can carry oxygen into the tiny microcapillaries of the body, says a new study from University of Illinois researchers. ... Full story

A new stent graft made from a 3-D image of the patient’s anatomy is an option for people suffering from an abdominal aortic aneurysm

A new minimally-invasive surgery involving a stent graft made from a 3-D image of the patient’s anatomy eliminates the need for open surgery for some patients suffering from abdominal aortic aneurysms. ... Full story

Plant-based Research at Penn Prevents Complication of Hemophilia Treatment in Mice

While healthy people have proteins in their blood called clotting factors that act quickly to plug wounds, hemophiliacs lack these proteins, making even minor bleeds difficult to stop. ... Full story

Researchers Discover Natural 'Barricade' to Red Blood Cell Development

Madison, Wisconsin - This probably isn’t something you want to hear, especially if you’re suffering from an anemia: your body has barriers to slow down red blood cell production. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a naturally occurring hurdle amid the many steps of developing stem cells into red blood cells within the bone marrow. ... Full story

Protein in plasma may one day change transfusions

By Geoff Koehler - In injured mice, the naturally occurring protein fibronectin is instrumental in stopping bleeding but interestingly also at preventing life-threatening blood clots – according to new research published today in Journal of Clinical Investigation. ... Full story

Drug Represents First Potential Treatment for Common Anemia

(WASHINGTON ) – An experimental drug designed to help regulate the blood’s iron supply shows promise as a viable first treatment for anemia of inflammation, according to results from the first human study of the treatment published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). ... Full story

Higher rates of medicine-based therapies may not prevent blood clots for many hospitalized patients

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Drug-based interventions may not reduce the risks of blood clots for general hospitalized patients, says new University of Michigan-led research. ... Full story

Adherence to diet can be measured from blood

New results from the Nordic SYSDIET study show that it’s possible to assess dietary compliance from a blood sample. This is especially useful in controlled dietary intervention studies investigating the health benefits of specific diets. So far, such studies have mainly relied on the participants’ self-reported dietary intake, which is often biased, making it more difficult to assess the real health benefits. ... Full story

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