June 12, 2017

Not many regular people will run a marathon once a month for a year to generate awareness for bone marrow donations. But Jason Cox is not a regular person.

Jason started a non-profit company called Marrow Match about eight years ago. His only goal is to get people to sign up for the bone marrow registry, so one day they can match with a patient and save lives.

“Marrow Match has gone through ups and downs over the last eight years,” he said.

Bone marrow donations are near to Jason’s heart because when he was 9 years old, he needed one. He had a disease called severe aplastic anemia.  Although it was not classified as a cancer, it would have shut down his immune system and been equally as fatal. Thankfully, his older brother was a match and donated his bone marrow.

June 5, 2017

Throughout many trials and triumphs, San Antonio’s Kinsey family has learned to never take life too seriously. They live and laugh through every day with the mindset that any and every moment is precious and important.

It’s a lesson that has not come easily.

Betsy Kinsey, the loving mother of three children, has had to deal with all three of her children’s diagnoses with immune-system-destroying cancer.

For the rest of their lives, Steven, 18, Bethany, 16, and Jonathon, 11, will need frequent blood and tissue donations in a process that is long, arduous, and exhausting. When receiving the donations, the children are given medications that make them sleep for several hours. But the waking result of their treatment is a painful one, as headaches and nausea plague them, like the effects of chemotherapy.

May 30, 2017

Mosquitoes can be a nuisance – and, with concerns over the Zika virus, much more.

In states like Florida, where nearly 1,100 people contracted Zika in 2016 according to state officials, many are looking for a better way to get rid of mosquitoes than mosquito repellant or spraying. One way: The mosquito fish.

The mosquito fish is a small dull fish that, among other things, eats mosquito larvae. It has been introduced into a variety of ecosystems specifically to fight growing mosquito populations.

States like California and Florida are giving away mosquito fish for use on private property. Officials there also are advising residents to take other measures to keep mosquitoes out of their yards, including cleaning roof gutters and keeping pools chlorinated.

May 22, 2017

Researchers have found a protein in umbilical cord blood may open the door to new ways to keep the brain healthy as we age.

What is cord blood?

The protein, known as TIMP2, was known to play a part in the development of the part of the brain that enables spatial navigation and processes our memories. The protein is plentiful in the plasma of cord blood, but levels go down as we age.

How can I donate cord blood in Texas?

So a team at Stanford University decided to inject the protein into elderly mice. The result – learning, memory and the ability to adapt to new circumstances all improved, as the old mice were able to extract themselves from a lab maze.

May 15, 2017

The leading cause of death in people 44 and younger in the United States isn’t cancer, heart attack or stroke. It’s what is known as unintentional injuries – trauma.

According to the National Trauma Institute, those accidents account for 41 million visits to the emergency room, cost the economy $671 billion a year in health care costs and lost productivity, and lead to 192,000 deaths every year – almost 40 percent of them avoidable.

Trauma also leads to almost 10 percent of the red blood cell transfusions in a typical year. That’s why the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center urges donors to make sure blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries every day by scheduling regular blood donations.