July 28, 2014

Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E – affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide and causes acute and chronic liver disease. Nearly 1.4 million people die of hepatitis every year, but awareness, detection and treatment of the disease lags behind that of other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. World Hepatitis Day, July 28, brings international focus to viral hepatitis and people living with the disease. 

QualTex Laboratories is committed to making sure lifesaving blood products are free of hepatitis as well as other diseases. The lab tests 500,000 samples of whole blood and more than 7 million samples of source plasma per year.

“In our testing, hepatitis is the disease that results in the most positives samples. On a daily basis, we’re going to have at least one positive sample for hepatitis,” said Scott Jones, VP of Scientific Affairs for QualTex.

July 10, 2014

July is Cord Blood Awareness Month - a great time to celebrate the building blocks of blood and organ tissue found in cord blood!

What is cord blood?

Cord blood is a rich source of stem cells which remains in the placenta after a baby is born. It can be used as an alternative to bone marrow to treat many life-threatening diseases. 

Why is it special?

July 9, 2014

July is African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month. In celebration, Be The Match of South Texas is reaching out to our community to encourage potential donors from all ethnicities to consider becoming the cure our patients are waiting for. 

Why is it important for minorities to join Be The Match?

Just like our finger prints, DNA makes us all unique. It's also the key to finding a cure for many blood cancers and disorders. Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) is a protein – or marker – which communicates to your immune system which cells belong and which do not. It is inherited from both parents, thus the DNA which determines eye and hair color, your ethnicity, etc., also determines which cells are best suited for a particular patient.  

What will a "match" do?

·         Offer a potential cure for blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma and blood disorders like sickle cell anemia.

March 12, 2014


February 26, 2014

The heart is an amazing organ. It beats 100,000 times a day, pumping approximately 2,000 gallons of blood through your entire body. Incredible! Since February is National Heart Month, we thought we’d share some helpful hints to keep this little dynamo healthy.

10. No more smoke signals. Smoking causes substantial damage to the heart by damaging blood vessels, making them thicken and narrow. This makes your heart beat faster, your blood pressure rises and clots may form. A clot may then block the blood flow to your heart, damaging or killing the muscle – essentially causing a heart attack.