Oncology & Cancer

Transfusion dose density affects myelodysplastic syndrome survival

(HealthDay)—Transfusion dose density is an independent prognostic factor for progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes treated with red blood cell transfusions (RBCTs), according to a study ...

Cardiology

Blood conservation safe, effective during heart surgery

(HealthDay)—Blood conservation via intraoperative autologous donation (IAD) is safe and effective in reducing transfusions during cardiac surgery, according to research presented at the annual meeting of The Society of ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Screening for Hepatitis C can reduce chance of liver disease

Hepatitis C is a good news, bad news kind of disease. The bad news is that many with the liver-attacking virus may not even know it. The good news is that once discovered, doctors can effectively treat and even remove it.

Surgery

More black South Africans are donating blood

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has succeeded in increasing the proportion of donations from black South Africans fivefold, from 43 269 in 2005 to 246 686 in 2015, while at the same time significantly enhancing ...

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