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2010-06-21 07:00:00

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Every nine and a half minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV, and one out of every five of these individuals doesn't know it. To help stem the spread of this disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved an innovative new diagnostic tool, which will allow patients to be diagnosed earlier than ever before. Abbott's ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay is the first test approved in the United States...

2010-06-07 05:00:00

NEW YORK, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its divisions serving the 20 million people of New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey thank blood donors everywhere who make the time to give blood, the "gift of life," so that others may live. June 14, recognized as Flag Day in the U.S., is also celebrated globally as World Blood Donor Day. This year's theme is "New blood for the world," where youth will be the focus of the day in events...

2010-05-26 11:38:21

It is time to change the policy that bans blood donations in Canada from all men who have sex with men, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Since 1983, blood agencies in Canada, the United States and other industrialized countries have disallowed blood donations from men who have sex with men because of the possibility of infection with HIV/AIDS. The exclusion barred men who had sex with men from 1977 onwards as it was determined this date preceded the start of...

2010-05-19 07:30:00

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott received Biologic License Application (BLA) approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the ABBOTT PRISM Chagas test. The test is a fully automated blood screening assay that can detect antibodies to Trypansoma cruzi (T. cruzi), a parasite found only in the Americas and most commonly acquired through contact with the blood-sucking triatomine or "kissing bug." According to the Centers for Disease Control...

2010-05-10 12:34:00

NEW YORK, May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its divisions serving the 20 million people of New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey call upon the community to please donate blood, in recognition of those who serve to keep us healthy and safe. May 2010 observances include National Hospital and Healthcare Week from May 10-16, and National Emergency Medical Services Week from May 16-22. Fleet Week events will take place from May 26 -...

2010-05-03 16:43:00

NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its divisions serving the 20 million people of New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey call upon the community to please donate blood in recognition of Mother's Day and families everywhere who are brought together by lives saved through the selfless gifts given by blood donors. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9, 2010. More than 450 platelet donors qualified for a free bouquet of spray roses...

2010-04-01 09:00:00

Please give blood April 7-11 and help save lives NEW YORK, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its divisions serving the 20 million people of New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey call upon the community to please donate blood, in recognition of World Health Day, and to help save lives. April 7, 2010 is World Health Day. Founded by the World Health Organization (WHO), this year's theme is "1,000 Cities - 1,000 Lives," with a focus...

2010-03-19 12:00:00

NYBC, Donors Contribute Pints and Points NEW YORK, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC), serving New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, has provided a contribution of $76,250, and has joined the "Honor Roll of Life" of US blood centers providing units of blood directly to the Haiti relief effort. Between January 25 and February 15, blood donors designated more than one million points earned in NYBC's Advantage donor loyalty program,...

2010-02-11 16:38:37

Three years after the U.S. blood banking industry issued recommendations that discourage transfusing plasma from female donors because of a potential antibody reaction, Duke University Medical Center researchers discovered that female plasma actually may have advantages. The Duke team conducted a retrospective study of Red Cross donor and hospital data from a period when female plasma wasn't restricted. They examined heart surgery outcomes for lung problems, and prolonged length of hospital...

2010-02-09 15:38:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) serving New York City, Long Island, Hudson Valley and New Jersey calls upon the community to please donate blood and platelets, as the tri-state area braces for a huge predicted winter snowstorm. Healthy people of all blood types and ethnicities are encouraged to donate this week. Blood donors are being asked to give blood today and tomorrow while they can, but please call 1-800-933-BLOOD or visit www.nybloodcenter.org...