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Blood From Previously Pregnant Women Is Safe for Donation: Study

TUESDAY, June 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Red blood cell donations from women who have been pregnant won't cause fatal reactions in patients who get the blood, a new study finds.

Earlier studies have suggested that women who have been pregnant shouldn't give blood, because antibodies that develop during pregnancy could cause a potentially deadly complication in recipients of their b...

Younger Gout Patients Have Higher Odds for Blood Clots

MONDAY, June 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Older age raises the odds of many ills, but for adults with gout, it's the younger ones who have the highest risk for developing a serious blood clot, new research indicates.

Gout patients of any age have a 25% greater risk of developing a blood clot deep in the veins in the first 10 years after diagnosis, the British study found.

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Blood Banks Could Help Screen for Hereditary High Cholesterol

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 1 million Americans have a genetic condition that pushes their cholesterol to dangerously high levels, but many don't know it.

Now, researchers offer a possible way to get more people with so-called familial hypercholesterolemia into treatment for this potentially life-threatening problem.

"The blood donor system could be...

Brain Bleed Risk Puts Safety of Low-Dose Aspirin in Doubt

TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Let's say you're one of the millions of older adults who takes a low-dose aspirin religiously, in the belief that it will guard against heart disease and heart attacks.

Now, a new review suggests your risk of a brain bleed outweighs any heart benefit that a daily aspirin might bring you.

Researchers said the findings support a recent...

Are You Running Short on Iron?

TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could you -- or your teenage daughter -- have an iron deficiency and not know it? If you're getting enough sleep, but still feel tired, running low on iron could be the problem.

Iron is our most common nutrient shortfall. A serious deficiency can lead to anemia. That's when you have fewer red blood cells than normal or when those cells don't h...

Gene Therapy May Help Fight Tough-to-Treat Blood Cancer

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A gene therapy that tweaks the immune system might offer hope to people with blood cancer that has resisted standard treatments, a new preliminary trial suggests.

The cancer, called multiple myeloma, arises in certain white blood cells. It is currently incurable, but there are treatments that can help people live w...

Ancestry Matters When Seeking Matched Bone Marrow Donors

WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The chances of finding an unrelated bone marrow donor are higher for U.S. patients of European descent than for those of non-European descent, a new study finds.

A bone marrow transplant can sometimes help people with life-threatening blood cancers by replacing the patient's cells with healthy ones from a donor. A brother or sister with th...

Blood Test to Diagnose Heart Attacks May Not Be Foolproof

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test used to detect a heart attack may often provide some misleading results, British researchers report.

In a new study of patients undergoing blood tests at a hospital in England, one in 20 people had high blood levels of troponin, a protein released into the bloodstream during a heart attack. But most of them had no clinical sign...

Could Invasive Lung Cancer Biopsies Be Replaced by Blood Tests?

THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test may one day replace invasive tissue biopsies as a pain-free way to guide treatment in lung cancer patients, new research suggests.

The so-called "liquid biopsy" can quickly identify tumor gene mutations that match targeted drug therapies -- potentially boosting patient survival.

The new findings present "a convincing a...

Blood Donation by Teen Girls May Raise Anemia Risk

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Giving blood can be a way to help your community, but teenaged girls face special risks when donating, a new study shows.

Specifically, they face a higher chance of developing iron deficiency and anemia, so they require additional measures to protect them, the researchers said.

Blood donation is largely a safe procedure, but the bloo...

Blood Donors Needed as Cold Weather Freezes U.S. Supply

THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. blood supply is expected to drop to dangerously low levels as sub-zero weather in many parts of the country forces cancellation of crucial blood drives, American Red Cross officials warn.

Severe winter weather has already led to 370 cancellations across the country, resulting in the loss of 11,600 anticipated blood donations, the ag...

What If You Were Your Own Blood Donor for Surgery?

TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Heart surgery patients may fare better if they have their own blood "recycled" and given back to them during the procedure, a preliminary study suggests.

The study focused on so-called "intraoperative autologous" blood donation -- where patients have some blood removed at the start of surgery for their own use. The goal is to avoid transfusi...

Cardiologist Groups Say Newer Blood Thinners Best Against A-Fib

MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Newer blood thinners are recommended over warfarin for people with the heart condition called atrial fibrillation (a-fib) in updated treatment guidelines issued by three major American heart groups.

The newer drugs are called non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs). Examples include dabigatran (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and apixaban (E...

AHA: Too Much of This in the Blood Could Predict Unhealthy Aging

TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- A hormone found in the blood that's commonly linked to heart disease also might signal when someone is more likely to grow weaker or lose their ability to balance before they're 70.

People in their early 60s with higher-than-normal levels of brain natriuretic peptide, or BNP, walked slower and were less able to raise themselves f...

Gene-Linked Iron Disorder More Common Than Thought

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The most common genetic disorder among northern Europeans -- called hemochromatosis -- occurs more often than previously thought, according to a new study.

The researchers also found that people with the condition often develop serious health problems.

People with hemochromatosis -- a build-up of iron in the body that can damage t...

Calling All Blood Donors …

MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays, winter weather and the flu season have all prompted a blood shortage, the American Red Cross warns.

The organization said Monday it had about 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than needed over Christmas and New Year's.

People nationwide, especially those with type O blood, are urged to schedule an appointment to...

Genetic Changes Tied to Rare Brain Bleeds in Babies

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified genetic mutations linked with a blood vessel defect that can lead to deadly brain bleeds in babies.

A rare hereditary condition, called vein of Galen malformation, causes high-pressured blood to be pumped from arteries into veins. The veins aren't meant to handle such pressure and can rupture, spilling blood...

An App, Your Fingernail -- and Anemia Screening Is Done

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Checking for low hemoglobin in the blood -- otherwise known as anemia -- usually means drawing blood for testing.

But scientists say they've developed a wireless smartphone app that does the same by "reading" a quick photo of your fingernail.

The app converts fingernail colors into quick readings of blood hemoglobin levels, accordi...

Frail Heart Patients at High Risk for Bleeding

THURSDAY, Nov. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Older heart attack patients who are frail are at increased risk for bleeding when being treated, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 129,000 heart attack patients older than 65 who were treated at 775 U.S. hospitals between early 2015 and late 2016.

Those who were frail had a 50 percent higher risk of major ...

Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Ahead of the Holidays

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's an urgent need for blood and platelet donations in the United States because donations during September and October fell 21,000 units short of hospital needs, the American Red Cross says.

That means blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are being made.

"Today, the Red Cross asks the American...

After Mass Shootings, Blood Donations Can Go Unused

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After mass shootings like the one at a Pittsburgh synagogue just last weekend that left 11 dead and six wounded, Americans often rush to donate blood to help the victims.

But new research suggests that some of that blood could end up going to waste.

"There is an emotional desire after these events to immediately donate blood, but ...

Uncontrolled Blood Pressure? Maybe It's Time to Check Your Shins

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're on multiple medications and your high blood pressure is still not under control, you might want to ask your doctor to check the lead levels in your shin bones.

Researchers found a link between the two, and they noted that standard blood tests didn't spot rising lead levels while the shin bone test did.

"Laws limiting lea...

Your Gut May Be to Blame for Your Bloodstream Infection

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Bloodstream infections contracted during a hospital stay are usually caused by a patient's own digestive tract, not a doctor's dirty hands or another patient's cough, a small new study suggests.

Stanford University researchers used new computer software to quickly identify the source of bloodstream infections among 30 patients. The findings sh...

AHA: Spotting a Severe Circulation Problem Early Can Prevent Amputations

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Having a limb amputated can be traumatic, yet experts say not enough is being done to prevent a common disease that can lead to limb loss.

Critical limb ischemia, or CLI, is a severe form of peripheral artery disease, a narrowing of the arteries of the extremities that typically affects the legs. At least 6.8 million Americans ...

Blood Infection Sepsis Tied to Heart Attack, Stroke

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Survivors of serious bloodstream infections called sepsis are at increased risk for stroke and heart attack for four weeks after leaving the hospital, a new study finds.

The study included roughly 42,300 sepsis patients in Taiwan. Of those, 22 percent died within 30 days of hospital admission.

Among the survivors, 1,012 had a cardio...

Giving Plasma During Air Transport May Save Trauma Patients

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Giving blood plasma to seriously injured patients en route by helicopter to the hospital can improve their chances of survival, a new study suggests.

The study, led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, included 500 trauma patients with severe bleeding.

"These results have the power to significantly alter trauma res...

New Hope in Saving Kids From Blood Infection Sepsis

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In 2012, Rory Staunton, a 12-year-old living in New York City, became ill after an innocuous scrape to his arm during basketball practice.

Five days later Rory was dead, killed after bacteria from the cut made its way into his bloodstream and set up an immune response known as sepsis, which attacked and overwhelmed vital organs.

W...

FDA Warns of Deaths Tied to Tainted Synthetic Pot

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Synthetic marijuana products contaminated with an ingredient found in rat poison have caused several deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations in the United States recently, federal health officials report.

The contaminant -- a blood thinner called brodifacoum -- can cause severe bleeding and has been found in synthetic marijuana products with n...

FDA Drops Zika Testing for Blood Donors

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Individual blood donations will no longer need to be tested for the Zika virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

"When Zika virus first emerged, the unknown course of the epidemic and the observed severe effects from the disease indicated that individual donor testing was needed to ensure the continued safety of the blood supp...

Surgical Blood Transfusions Tied to Clot Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Blood transfusions around the time of surgery may raise your risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers report.

A new study of U.S. patients found that nearly 1 percent of those who received red blood cells before, during or after surgery developed clots in the following month.

Clot risk doubled after one transfusion and increase...

Could a Blood Test Spot Lung Cancer Early?

SATURDAY, June 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic blood testing is showing potential as a means of catching some early stage cancers, researchers are reporting.

For example, a panel of three different genetic tests was able to detect early stage lung cancer about half of the time in people who'd already been diagnosed with the disease.

The tests ...

Severity of E. Coli-Linked Diarrhea May Depend on Blood Type

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some vacationers may be more lucky than others if they catch a case of "traveler's diarrhea."

Researchers found that for people infected with the type of E. coli bacteria that causes the condition, the severity of their symptoms seemed to depend on their blood type.

Enterotoxigenic E. coli causes millions of cases of diarrhea...

Blood Type May Play Role in Death Risk After Trauma

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with the most common blood type, type O, may be at higher risk of death after suffering severe injuries because they're more likely to have major bleeding, a new study suggests.

While the study is preliminary, Japanese researcher Dr. Wataru Takayama said the "results also raise questions about how emergency transfusion of O type red b...

AHA: Blood Test Could Offer Life-and-Death Clues for Black Diabetics

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Testing blood for a biological marker called suPAR could help better assess the risk of death among black Americans with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

SuPAR, or soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor, is a protein marker that indicates inflammation in the blood. Scientists have used suPAR to help assess the s...

Gene Therapy May Be Cure for Some With Rare Blood Disorder

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Wanda Sihanath didn't like the fact that her inherited blood disorder would not allow her to travel far from Chicago to attend college, but what could she do?

Without regular transfusions and blood testing, the beta-thalassemia she inherited from her parents could eventually cause her to become dangerously anemic.

"I wasn't happy...

Veggies a Healthy Recipe for Older Women's Hearts

WEDNESDAY, April, 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eating lots of vegetables may help older women keep their blood vessels healthy, Australian researchers report.

The biggest benefit seems to come from cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli. Eating these strong-smelling veggies was linked to less thickening of the carotid arteries, located in...

You're Less Likely to Get a Blood Transfusion Now

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are getting fewer blood transfusions, and that's good news, researchers say.

"It's a win-win for everybody," said Dr. Aaron Tobian, senior author of a new study.

"Fewer transfusions are good for multiple reasons," said Tobian, director of transfusion medicine at Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health.

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A New Way to Thwart Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It sounds like science fiction, but researchers say they have taken the first step toward creating female mosquitoes that don't bite and spread disease.

They identified 902 genes related to blood feeding and 478 genes linked to non-blood feeding from the mosquito species Wyeomyia smithii.

Found in swamps and bogs along the eas...

Severe Flu Season, Tough Winter a Double Whammy for Blood Banks

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A merciless flu season and lots of wintry weather are draining the U.S. blood supply, officials report.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 500 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled because of dangerous weather conditions. That means about 13,000 pints of blood and platelets went uncollected, according to the relief organiz...

'One-Stop' Blood Test for Cancer Shows Early Promise

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In an early step toward "one-stop" screening for cancer, researchers report they've developed a blood test that can detect eight types of the disease.

The blood test is dubbed CancerSEEK. It was able to catch cancer cases anywhere from 33 percent to 98 percent of the time, depending on the type. The accuracy range was better -- 69 percent t...

Blood Banks Need January Donors

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Want to make a difference right now? Consider donating some blood.

That's the suggestion of experts from Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Blood bank supplies tend to be low in January because the holidays and the season's typically inclement weather often keep people from going to a donation site. But, donating ...

Another Gene Therapy Breakthrough Against Hemophilia

SATURDAY, Dec. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Coming just days after reports of a gene therapy that pushed the bleeding disorder hemophilia B into remission, new research suggests the same could be true for adults with the "A" form of the disease.

That's significant because, due to the complexities of the gene responsible for hemophilia A, experts had thought ...

What to Do If Someone's Bleeding Badly

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By knowing how to stop bleeding, you could save the life of a seriously injured person.

Analysis of mass tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 revealed that many victims could have been saved if bystanders had known how to control their bleeding, according to Dr. Justin Chandler, a trauma surgeon at Penn State's He...

Newer Blood Thinners May Not Bring Higher Bleeding Risk

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New anti-clotting drugs -- like Xarelto, Pradaxa and Eliquis -- aren't linked with a higher risk of bleeding than the older drug warfarin, a new study finds.

Many patients who suffer from blood clots in their legs -- called venous thromboembolism (VTE) -- or have the abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation take blood thinners to ...

Is Blood Donated by Mothers Less Safe for Men?

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who receive blood donated by previously pregnant women may face an increased risk of death following the transfusion, a new study from the Netherlands suggests.

Males transfused with blood from a woman with a history of pregnancy appear to be 13 percent overall more likely to die in coming years, compared with those who received blood fro...

3 Factors That Could Raise Your Risk of Bloodstream Infection

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Serious bloodstream infections are more common among smokers who are both obese and inactive, a new Norwegian study reveals.

The bloodstream infection is known as sepsis. People who develop sepsis have an over 20 percent risk of death from the infection, the researchers noted. Each year, sepsis claims the lives of 6 million people worldwide...

FDA Approves Test to Screen Donated Blood for Zika

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test -- called the cobas Zika test -- to screen donated blood for the Zika virus.

"Today's action represents the first approval of a Zika virus detection test for use with screening the nation's blood supply," Dr. Peter Marks said Thursday in an agency news release. Marks is director of t...

Blood Thinners Can Come With Dangerous Side Effects

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood-thinning drugs can save your life by preventing a heart attack or stroke caused by artery-blocking blood clots.

But these are powerful drugs, and a pair of new studies detail side effects people need to understand before taking them.

The effectiveness of a class of blood thinners called nonvitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) ...

Is Older Blood OK to Use in a Transfusion?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using older red blood cells to give transfusions to critically ill patients doesn't appear to affect their risk of dying, Australian researchers report.

It was once believed that fresh red blood cells were best suited for transfusions. But this new study adds to the evidence that older blood is just as good, if not better, the study auth...

Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some people may safely donate blood as often as every eight weeks -- but that may not be a healthy choice for all, a new study suggests.

The study was done in the United Kingdom, where experts recommend that blood donors wait 12 to 16 weeks before giving again.

That's in contrast to the United States, where blood donations are alr...