May 4, 1990 |
Blood bank agencies announced plans to screen all blood donations for hepatitis C, the most common serious infection spread by blood transfusions. The American Assn. of Blood Banks, the American Red Cross and the Council of Community Blood Centers said in a joint statement issued in Washington that the donated blood will be screened using a new test licensed by the Food and Drug Administration.
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November 17, 2013 |
In the first half of the 20th century, about 10,000 American infants - and as many as 200,000 worldwide - died each year from a lethal immune reaction, called Rh disease, produced by their mother's body during childbirth. Perhaps twice that many suffered severe medical issues caused by the immune incompatibility, also known as Rhesus D hemolytic disease of the newborn, or RhD HDN. During the 1960s, however, immunologist William Pollack of Ortho Pharmaceutical Co. and Dr. Vincent J. Freda and Dr. John G. Gorman of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center developed a vaccine that could be given to pregnant women to prevent development of the disease.
December 12, 1990 |
The new government of Prime Minister John Major agreed to give compensation to hemophiliacs infected with the AIDS virus through blood transfusions given by the National Health Service. It was a reversal of the policies of Margaret Thatcher. The decision brings Britain into line with compensation plans adopted overseas. Under Thatcher, the government had contended there was no negligence and, therefore, no legal responsibility for the accidental infections.
May 15, 1985 |
The AIDS virus can remain in a person's body for five years or longer without producing disease although it can still be transmitted to other people, doctors at the Centers for Disease Control said today. The findings indicate that simply because a person who was exposed to the virus years ago has not shown any symptoms of the disease does not mean he or she cannot infect someone else.
January 13, 1985 |
An antibody test can detect evidence in blood of exposure to AIDS, and should be available commercially within a few weeks, researchers say. Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret M. Heckler said the widespread use of the new test by blood banks should prevent the spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome to persons requiring blood transfusions. Scientists at the government's National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.
December 6, 2012
Like the Rolling Stones, the Marina del Rey Boat Parade also turns 50 this year, but one of these things is decidedly more wholesome and less prone to rumors of full-body blood transfusions. Volleyball superstar Kerri Walsh Jennings is the grand marshal, and the event features its usual cavalcade of well-bedecked vessels. Burton Chase Park, Marina del Rey. 6 p.m. Sat. Free. http://www.mdrboatparade.org.