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Temple Study Finds that Minimally-Invasive, Catheter-Based Clot Removal Does Not Increase Death Rate for Patients with Leg Clots

(Philadelphia, PA) – Patients who have a clot in their legs and are considering whether to be treated with traditional blood-thinning medication ...

Pitt Trauma Experts Aim to Reduce Deaths by Providing Blood-Clotting Agent on Medical Helicopters

PITTSBURGH – Trauma experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC will be launching a multi-center trial this ...

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Mayo Clinic Surgeon Explains Who Needs Screening, Treatment

Bulges in body’s major blood vessel can cause potentially lethal ruptures, blood clots ... Full story

Explainer: One day science may cure sickle cell anaemia

OPINION: Genetic mutations that affect our blood cells' haemoglobin are the most common of all mutations. It has been estimated that around 5% of the world’s population carry a defective globin gene. ... Full story

Vascular bed to bedside: Engineered blood cells could cure diseases

In an advance that could eventually offer millions of patients with blood disorders curative therapies derived from their own cells, researchers at the Ansary Stem Cell Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College have been able to directly reprogram vascular cells into long-lasting blood cells that resemble bone marrow stem cells capable of forming the various components of blood necessary for life. ... Full story

UNC researchers find new way to prevent dangerous blood clots

Eliminating an enzyme known as factor XIII shrinks clots by 50 percent. The discovery could lead to a safer alternative to blood thinners for patients at high risk of deep vein thrombosis. ... Full story

Clot-building nanoparticles raise survival rate following blast trauma

CLEVELAND—A type of artificial platelet being developed to help natural blood platelets form clots faster offers promise for saving the lives of soldiers, as well as victims of car crashes and other severe trauma. ... Full story

Efforts to Cut Unnecessary Blood Testing Bring Major Decreases in Health Care Spending

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient charges. ... Full story

Engineered red blood cells could carry precious therapeutic cargo

Human red blood cells supported on a glass slide. ... Full story

Lead in kids’ blood linked with behavioral and emotional problems

Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online June 30 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. ... Full story

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