April 19, 2017

They aren’t obvious to the typical donor with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, but there are multiple overlapping safeguards for the blood supply in the United States.

They’re the result guidelines developed through the years by agencies of the Food and Drug Administration:

  • The questionnaire: All blood donors are asked some very specific questions about risk factors for diseases. The questions alone eliminate almost 9 in 10 of those who should not donate because of potential exposure.

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April 11, 2017

In the midst of another experiment, researchers at the University of California San Francisco have discovered extraordinary news about how the body produces platelets.

Previously, the belief had been that platelets – the blood component that spurs the process of clotting – were produced only within bone marrow. But a multidisciplinary team at UCSF, using a technique that causes platelets to emit a green fluorescence in mice, discovered that more than half the production of platelets happens in the lungs.

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Reported in the journal Nature, the findings could have significant implications for understanding the diseases that cause low platelet counts, as well as the process of lung transplants, according to a release from the university.

April 4, 2017

Every eight weeks or so, most people can donate blood, via the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. Many have been asked to sign up for Be The Match bone marrow registry as well, through the GenCure marrow donor program.

But did you know there is another way to give – by joining the Donate Life Texas Registry?

There are more than 120,000 patients on the transplant waiting list in this country, and there are countless more who can be helped through posthumous eye and tissue donations.

All you have to do is visit the Donate Life Texas website and choose Register Now. There are no restrictions on age, ethnicity, country of origin or health status.

March 27, 2017

Time, as the saying goes, is of the essence. So to make sure your blood donation is as efficient as possible, here are a lucky seven tips to remember every time you plan to give blood (which is once every 56 days for whole blood, once every 14 days for platelets and once every 112 days for a double-red-cell donation).

March 20, 2017

Therapy using tiny bubbles developed in Hawaii could one day help the thousands of men and boys afflicted with hemophilia around the world.

The microbubbles developed for the study in mice at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine are lipid molecules made with DNA that express therapeutic genes within the body.

The molecules were injected into the bloodstream, then popped using an ultrasound as they passed through the liver. The DNA from the molecules was deposited in the liver, where it made the clotting factor missing from the blood of hemophiliacs.