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Recent News Articles

January 22, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions about the blood components donated at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center and other blood centers is that they go mainly to people who have been in accidents.

And while severe trauma often calls for multiple units of blood, there are multiple other ways that medical professionals use them.

(As a side note, whole blood – what comes from donors in the typical collection – is rarely used in this country anymore. Donated whole blood is separated into components, mainly red cells, plasma and platelets, for focused therapeutic uses.)

People who have anemia, which is a decrease in the number of oxygen-carrying red cells or in the amount of hemoglobin in the red cells, need transfusions on a regular basis. Severe anemia is treated with a transfusion of packed red blood cells, a concentration of mostly red cells.

January 4, 2016

After a year of review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has changed its rules for blood donations by MSM (men who have sex with men).

The new policy allows MSM donors to give blood if they have not had sexual contact with another man within the past 12 months.

Like all blood centers in the United States, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is required to submit revised donor questionnaires and screening procedures to the FDA for approval before the change in policy can take effect. A timeline for the approval will be several months.

Once the new questionnaires and procedures are approved, the STBTC will implement them at all donation sites and drives.

Under the previous rule, which was put in place in 1992 in response to the spread of HIV, male donors who ever had sex with another man were permanently deferred from making a donation.

November 9, 2015

Looking deep inside platelets – the blood component that plays a major role in clotting – may help doctors diagnose cancer, find tumors and plot treatments, according to new research.

A team from The Netherlands found that examining the RNA of platelets can help identify six types of cancer, determine where the primary tumor is located and identify tumors with mutations, which can help in decision-making about therapies.

Previous studies have shown that in addition to their role in clotting, platelets take up protein and RNA molecules from tumors. Using that knowledge, the Dutch team isolated platelets from 55 healthy donors, 39 individual with early-stage cancer and 189 patients with advanced, metastatic cancer.

Patient participants had either non-small-cell lung cancer, colorectal cancer, glioblastoma, pancreatic cancer, hepatobiliary cancer or breast cancer.

October 26, 2015

The world’s most-famous soccer player has launched a campaign to encourage more young blood donors around the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined forces this month with Abbott Laboratories on the global “Be The 1” campaign. Ronaldo, who is one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, has been a blood donor since 2011, when he was part of a drive for the child of a teammate on Portugal’s national team.

“People who never do it, they should at least try,” he said on a promotional video for the effort, which is using the hashtag #BETHE1DONOR. “For me, it’s very easy.”

The website for the effort, BeThe1Donor.com, includes information on joining the campaign, as well as the impact of blood donations around the world.

October 7, 2015

Of all today’s common surgeries, few require more blood transfusions than liver transplants. Even with changes in procedures in recent years, transplant recipients can use between 10 and 100 units of blood and blood products.

According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the United States, which sometimes can strain local supplies.

As a result, the American Liver Foundation has designated October as Liver Awareness Month, promoting education about liver disease and transplants, organ donation, and blood donations in support of transplant patients.

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