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Scientists design new system for molecular blood group typing

Scientists in France have designed a new system for molecular blood group typing that offers blood banks the possibility of extensive screening of blood donors at a relatively low cost. Their approach is described in the current issue of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. [More]
Celgene subsidiary presents REVLIMID study results on lymphoma at ASH annual meeting

Celgene subsidiary presents REVLIMID study results on lymphoma at ASH annual meeting

Celgene International Sàrl, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) today announced that results from two studies of REVLIMID (lenalidomide) combinations in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) were presented at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting in New Orleans, La. [More]
Growing cord blood stem cells in lab before transplant boosts survival, study finds

Growing cord blood stem cells in lab before transplant boosts survival, study finds

Donated umbilical cord blood contains stem cells that can save the lives of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. [More]
New method for improving cord blood transplant success

New method for improving cord blood transplant success

Starting with a discovery in zebrafish in 2007, Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers have published initial results of a Phase Ib human clinical trial of a therapeutic that has the potential to improve the success of blood stem cell transplantation. [More]
Phobias, anxiety are typical reasons why many decline to donate blood

Phobias, anxiety are typical reasons why many decline to donate blood

As few as 3 percent of Americans eligible to donate blood do, and fear and anxiety are common reasons why many decline to give. U.S. hospitals are always in need of new donors; at Mayo Clinic, that need is heightened by concern about iron deficiency in frequent givers. [More]

Implementation of better blood-management plan changes culture at UAB

Blood is in big demand at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, once the fourth largest user of blood among U.S. hospitals served by the American Red Cross. And although blood transfusions can be life-saving during cancer care, trauma, surgery, transplants and difficult pregnancies, supply doesn't always rise to meet demand. [More]
IGTP, UAB discover first genetic biomarker to detect Lewy body dementia

IGTP, UAB discover first genetic biomarker to detect Lewy body dementia

The Germans Trias i Pujol Health Sciences Research Institute and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have discovered the first genetic biomarker to detect Lewy body dementia, a disease that can be confused with Alzheimer's. [More]
Celgene to discontinue treatment with REVLIMID in phase III ORIGIN trial

Celgene to discontinue treatment with REVLIMID in phase III ORIGIN trial

Celgene Corporation today announced that after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Celgene will discontinue treatment with REVLIMID (lenalidomide) in the open-label, phase III ORIGIN trial, which enrolled 450 patients in over 100 sites in 26 countries. [More]

Gay men plan blood donation protest

Gay men plan to try to donate blood Friday in protest to a 1977 policy that bans them from doing so. Also, gay health care rights have changed due to a Supreme Court ruling. [More]
Phase III study: REVLIMID meets primary endpoint in patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma

Phase III study: REVLIMID meets primary endpoint in patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma

Celgene International Sàrl, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation, today announced that its phase III study (MM-020/IFM 07-01) of REVLIMID (lenalidomide) in combination with dexamethasone in patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma met its primary endpoint of progression-free survival. [More]
European Commission amends marketing authorisation for Celgene's REVLIMID

European Commission amends marketing authorisation for Celgene's REVLIMID

Celgene International Sàrl was today notified that the European Commission has amended the marketing authorisation for REVLIMID. This decision means that REVLIMID is now approved to treat patients with transfusion-dependent anaemia due to low or intermediate-1 risk myelodysplastic syndromes associated with an isolated deletion 5q cytogenetic abnormality when other therapeutic options are insufficient or inadequate. [More]
Four studies show that OrSense's non-invasive NBM-200 Hb monitor is safe and accurate

Four studies show that OrSense's non-invasive NBM-200 Hb monitor is safe and accurate

OrSense Ltd., developer of monitors for non-invasive measurements of various blood parameters, announced today that its non-invasive Hemoglobin NBM-200 monitor was the topic of multiple recent studies highlighting the clinical value of the device. [More]

Prior administration of erythropoietin reduces need for blood transfusions

Anemia increases operative mortality and morbidity in non-cardiac and cardiac surgical procedures. Anemic surgical patients may require more blood transfusions, raising the risk of transfusion-related complications and increasing costs. [More]
SCCA pioneers new transplant procedures to reduce need for matching bone marrow donors

SCCA pioneers new transplant procedures to reduce need for matching bone marrow donors

Patients from ethnic minority and mixed-racial backgrounds are less likely to receive a lifesaving bone marrow transplant than Caucasian patients with the same disease due to lack of matching donors, according to the National Marrow Donor Program. [More]
New two-step immunotherapy approach offers new hope for ovarian cancer patients

New two-step immunotherapy approach offers new hope for ovarian cancer patients

As many as three quarters of advanced ovarian cancer patients appeared to respond to a new two-step immunotherapy approach -- including one patient who achieved complete remission -- according research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented today in a press conference at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 (Presentation #LB-335). [More]
Celgene receives FDA approval for POMALYST to treat multiple myeloma

Celgene receives FDA approval for POMALYST to treat multiple myeloma

Celgene Corporation today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved POMALYST brand therapy (pomalidomide) for patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least two prior therapies including lenalidomide and bortezomib and have demonstrated disease progression on or within 60 days of completion of the last therapy. [More]

Libya becomes the first country to use Masimo Pronto-7 hemoglobin spot-check device

Masimo announced today that Libya has become the first country to begin using the Masimo Pronto-7— a handheld noninvasive hemoglobin spot-check device — to screen potential blood donors for low hemoglobin level in all of its major blood-donation centers. [More]

American Red Cross introduces new storytellers ad campaign

The American Red Cross today launched a new storytellers ad campaign featuring unscripted stories created and filmed by real people helped by the charity. [More]
New hope for leukemia patients

New hope for leukemia patients

Nine of twelve leukemia patients who received infusions of their own T cells after the cells had been genetically engineered to attack the patients' tumors responded to the therapy, which was pioneered by scientists in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania [More]
Blood banks: an interview with Celia Tombalakian, Worldwide Group Director, Immunohematology at Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. (OCD)

Blood banks: an interview with Celia Tombalakian, Worldwide Group Director, Immunohematology at Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. (OCD)

A blood bank is a place where blood is collected from donors, typed, separated into components, stored and prepared for transfusion to recipients. [More]