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TSRI Team Discovers Enzyme that Keeps Blood Stem Cells Functional to Prevent Anemia

LA JOLLA, CA – Stem cells can generate any type of cell in the body, but they are inactive most of ...

New treatments for blood clots on horizon

Researchers have made a discovery that could lead to new therapies for treating heart attack and stroke patients. ...

Old blood as good as fresh in patients with life threatening illnesses

Just like milk and many other foods, blood used for transfusions is perishable. But contrary to popular belief, new research shows that blood stored for three weeks is just as good as fresh blood — findings published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. ... Full story

Change in Medicare Fee Linked to Rise of Vascular Treatment

By Duke Medicine News and Communications - DURHAM, N.C. – Federal efforts to curb Medicare costs for unclogging blood vessels in the limbs slowed the growing use of the treatments, but also coincided with a marked increase in doctors using a more expensive approach, according to an analysis by Duke Medicine researchers. ... Full story

LifeFlight’s blood transfusion practices affirmed by new study

by Jerry Jones - Research soon to be published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS) shows that airlifted trauma victims who receive blood transfusions in the helicopter before arriving at a trauma center have a higher chance of survival – a practice Vanderbilt LifeFlight has followed since 1994. ... Full story

Guidelines Suggest Blood Thinners For More Women, Seniors

By Duke Medicine News and Communications - DURHAM, N.C. -- Nearly all women and people over 65 in the U.S. with atrial fibrillation are advised to take blood thinners under new guidelines based on an analysis from the Duke Clinical Research Institute. ... Full story

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease, often referred to as PAD, is a condition in which narrowing of the peripheral arteries can cause limited blood flow to your legs. The symptoms of PAD include pain or discomfort in the legs when walking, tightness or cramping in the legs when going uphill, pain in the feet or toes when at rest, and painful sores on the toes, legs or feet that do not heal. Those patients with foot pain while at rest or sores are at a high risk for losing their leg. ... Full story

NYU Study Successfully Screens for Diabetes at Dental Visits Using Oral Blood

Researchers find a 99% correlation between tests for hemoglobin A1c at dental visits using finger stick and oral blood ... Full story

Atherosclerosis makes ‘Mikado’ out of blood vessels

An image of the fibre orientation of a healthy artery (top) and of an artery with atherosclerosis (below). ... Full story

Real-time, live assessment of blood formation

by Koh - In the bone marrow, blood stem cells give rise to a large variety of mature blood cells via progenitor cells at various stages of maturation. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have developed a way to equip mouse blood stem cells with a fluorescent marker that can be switched on from the outside. ... Full story

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