Oklahoma Blood Institute is encouraging women to donate whole blood and blood components such as platelets and red blood cells instead of plasma. Plasma from female donors can lead to transfusion-related acute lung injury.
Ohio colleges and companies are promoting organ donation, after the state received a challenge from the HHS to increase donor registrations by 20% by April 2008. The Do IT Now! campaign allows people to register on a Web site and involves prominent business leaders and companies throughout the state.
Researchers say engineered blood vessels may soon be possible after discovering how to make cells form parallel tube-like structures. The engineered vessels can be transplanted into organs that require large amounts of vascular tissue, the researchers believe.
Baxter Healthcare Corp. has received FDA approval to market its GelFoam Plus Hemostasis Kit, designed to control bleeding during surgical procedures. The kit features Baxter's human thrombin and Pfizer's GelFoam absorbable sponge.
Bird flu is spreading, and countries need to be alert, according to the World Health Organization. One official says surveillance is crucial to the public health response, noting new cases in Pakistan and Myanmar.