This analysis considers whether a ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men saves or risks lives. Experts agree the best solution is to urge more eligible people to give blood. "The most risky situation is to not have blood for someone when they need it," says the director of the Blood Systems Research Institute.
MedImmune, a subsidiary of AstraZeneca PLC, announced it intends to increase the production of its influenza vaccine FluMist to 12 million doses -- triple its regular output -- for the 2008-2009 season. The decision follows a CDC panel's recommendation that all children older than six months be given flu shots.
Experts say if the allegations against Dr. Hootan C. Roozrokh are true, more regulations should be put in place to protect the interests of potential organ donors. They also fear that the case will scare off potential donors.
The RFID Lab of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is partnering with national blood centers to explore the use of RFID technology to manage the entire supply chain of the U.S. blood supply, in an effort to increase safety and efficiency. The lab's director said the team already has completed studies on the safety and economic benefits and now is testing a prototype RFID system for identifying, tracking and monitoring blood products.
More state legislators are introducing and passing laws that mandate facilities and providers educate parents about the possibility of umbilical cord-blood donation. Some states also are considering bills to fund the establishment of local public cord-blood banks and collection centers.