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December 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Just months after a post-Sept. 11 surge of blood donations, the American Red Cross is warning that supplies are running low. Most of the Red Cross' 36 regional blood centers have half their normal supply of blood platelets for this time of year, officials said. Blood platelets, which are used to help stop bleeding in cancer patients, spoil after five days. Blood and platelet supplies are typically low during the holiday season. The Sept.
January 10, 2004 | Rosie Mestel, Times Staff Writer
Scientists have found an odd, light-reflecting protein in the body of a squid that could one day prove useful in the design of microscopic optic devices. The discovery, reported in the current issue of Science, was made by researchers at the University of Hawaii and UCLA investigating the light-emitting organ of Euprymna scolopes, the Hawaiian bobtail squid.
There are never enough blood, marrow or organ donors. Even as the American Red Cross emphasizes the need for more Latino blood donors, it and other agencies continue to hope for more donors of all ethnic groups to help cope with a variety of illnesses or emergencies. "People are not aware of the process of organ donations," said Nancy Fox, a director at the Regional Organ Procurement Agency of Southern California (ROPA). "Families are not aware of the wishes of their loved ones."
December 5, 1995
Amgen Inc. has reported encouraging results in its first human tests of a new drug called MGDF that triggers production of platelets in the blood. If MGDF works, it is hoped that the biotechnology drug will allow doctors to treat cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy who suffer from bleeding and hemorrhages because their blood platelets will not clot. Current medical treatment is to reduce chemotherapy and give patients platelet transfusions.
February 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The mysterious white globules found in bags of donated blood in the South were identified by the American Red Cross as clumps of normal blood components. But why they are forming in such large quantities is unknown. The globules were identified as platelets, white blood cells and fibrin strands. All three components are normally present in donated blood, and some clumping is normal, authorities in Atlanta said. The sheer number of clumps is unusual.
March 17, 2000 | Dow Jones
Nexell Therapeutics Inc.'s surging stock moved up another 12% Thursday after the Irvine cancer research company said it received a patent covering in-vitro growth of specialized white blood cells to help the immune system fight bacterial infection and produce platelets to support blood clotting. The stock, which has gained 700% so far this year, closed at $10 a share, up $1.09, in Nasdaq trading.
May 21, 1988 | Clipboard researched by Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times
Only about 20% of all the blood Red Cross collects is used as whole blood, which has a shelf life of 42 days. These are the major blood products: RED CELLS are used for about 70% of all blood needs. Shelf life: 42 days (Can also be frozen and stored for three years, but once reconstituted they must be used within 24 hours. The freezing-reconstituting process is costly and is used primarily for preservation of rare blood.) Diameter: 7 microns (1 micron=0.
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