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September 2, 2007 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
Thanks to an array of tests for HIV, Chagas disease and other conditions, the current blood supply is "extremely safe," said Brick Bunch, laboratory manager at Downey Regional Medical Center. It is also extremely expensive. From 1979 to 2000, the average price that hospitals nationwide paid for a unit of red blood cells grew from $32 to $96, an increase of about 5% a year. By 2004, the most recent year tallied in the U.S.
December 8, 2004 | Denise Gellene
An Amgen Inc. drug increased the number of platelets -- blood cells needed for clotting -- in patients with an uncommon immune disorder, according to research presented at a medical meeting in San Diego. A larger company-funded study is underway to test AMG 531 in patients with immune thrombocytopenic purpura, which causes the immune system to destroy platelets, said lead investigator David Kuter of Massachusetts General Hospital. About 20,000 people in the U.S.
July 25, 1995
Biopool International Inc., a Ventura producer of medical test kits, said it has developed a new test that would pinpoint people at risk for heart attacks and strokes. The test was presented at a research conference in Israel last month, and focuses on blood platelets. Using the new test, researchers mix the antibodies of chickens with human blood platelets for analysis. The results screen out those at high risk of cardiovascular ailments.
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.
Ever found a mysterious black-and-blue mark on your body and wondered how it gotthere? Whether the result of major trauma or an inadvertent bump, bruising is one way to assess damage to tissue. The factors involved in what makes a bruise and how it heals are fairly simple. In an effort to get to the bottom of bruising, we went to three specialists who deal in bruises: Dr. Philomena McAndrew, a Los Angeles hematologist; Dr. William Shankwiler, a Pasadena orthopedic surgeon, and Dr.
October 3, 2008 | Dylan Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
CHICAGO -- Takashi Saito is the Dodgers' closer again -- at least that's what Saito said he was told by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt at the start of the National League division series. Saito didn't fool the Cubs in the ninth inning of Game 2, giving up two runs on two doubles and a single, but for him to pitch at all is almost a medical miracle. "For me to be here with my teammates at this time of the year," Saito said, "I really can only think that I had luck on my side."
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."
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