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Because of generous blood donors, Jaxson was able to fight cancer.
January 6, 2020

jaxson_patient_nbdmFor seven days, 2-year-old Jaxson was pale with fever, swelling to his left temple and redness and protrusion of his left eye.

“After visiting five doctors in seven days with two trips to the ER, Jaxson’s pediatrician decided to send him back to the hospital for lab work and a CT of his head at our request,” said Juan Martinez, Jaxson’s father.

Within an hour, the family received the call no parent ever wants to get. “The results are back, and the doctor wants to speak to both of us immediately.” The labs showed a low red blood cell count and low platelets, and the scan showed Jaxson had a tumor the size of a ping pong ball causing the swelling to his left temple and the symptoms.

December 23, 2019
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More than 60% of people in the United States can give blood, yet less than 5% of them make at least one donation a year, according to a new study.

The report in the journal Transfusion revisited research done in 2007 into the number of eligible donors, and the main finding was an increased number of potential donors. That older report showed a statistic frequently used by blood centers: approximately 40% of the population is eligible to give blood, but 10% of those who were eligible actually donate.

“It’s heartening to see that the total pool of eligible blood donors has increased,” said Dr. Rachel Beddard, Chief Medical Officer of BioBridge Global. “The fact that the percent of eligible donors that actually give is lower means we need to find innovative ways to reach out to donors and engage them to donate.”

December 9, 2019
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Today, fixing a torn tendon requires surgery. But a recent discovery could serve as a new frontier for tendon repairs.

Researchers from Carnegie Institution for Science were able to find a new group of tendon stem cells that regenerate on their own. When a certain growth factor (platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha) was activated, it led to new tendon cells. Inactivation stopped tendon regeneration and led to scar tissue formation.

The study was published in the journal Nature Cell Biology

“Because tendon injuries rarely heal completely, it was thought that tendon stem cells might not exist. Many searched for them to no avail, but our work defined them for the first time,” said lead researcher Dr. Tyler Harvey on the university’s news release.

December 3, 2019
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Tuesday, Dec. 3 is Giving Tuesday, a global giving movement where millions of people come together to support causes and organizations and launch the giving season of the year.

At BioBridge Global, we have multiple ways you can give and support our mission of saving and enhancing lives:

Give whole blood: The typical blood donation, which takes less than an hour to complete, is known as a “whole blood” donation, since we collect about a pint of your blood and all its components. You can find out more and schedule a donation at SouthTexasBlood.org.

December 2, 2019

Researchers from Harvard University have shown progress toward a 3D bioprinting method that could potentially save the lives of those waiting for organ transplants.

Growing organs in the lab is one of the ways regenerative medicine could be applied to more patients.

The study was published in the journal Science Advances, along with a video of the innovative method.

Researchers grew hundreds of thousands of heart stem cells that were molded and packed into organoids, or tissue that mimics a mini-model of an organ.

A special ink made a pattern in the mold of densely packed cells and was later removed, creating channels in the tissue that replicate blood vessels.

The successfully engineered heart tissue then beat for more than seven days.

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