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2009-11-12 15:29:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Memorial Blood Centers today addressed recent concerns about the potential effect of H1N1 on the local blood supply and detailed the steps the organization continues to take to meet the needs of its 30 area hospital partners for a safe and ample supply of blood and blood products. "A great deal is being written about the H1N1 virus and recent concerns have been raised regarding the virus's potential impact on our country's blood supply,"...

2009-10-30 16:00:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- November is both Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its divisions in Manhattan, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Brooklyn/Staten Island, and New Jersey call upon the community to join the fight against cancer by donating blood today. Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and cancer patients may require frequent blood transfusions because aggressive treatment often destroys...

2009-10-27 20:00:00

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With midnight showings of the next installment of the popular Twilight movie series New Moon selling out more than two months prior to the sequel's November 20 U.S. release date, Central Blood Bank is offering Pittsburgh fans a way to be among the first to see the highly anticipated movie while helping to save area lives. In honor of the release of Twilight: New Moon, Central Blood Bank is hosting a special New Moon themed blood drive event on Monday,...

2009-10-14 10:03:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- With midnight showings of the next installment of the popular Twilight movie series New Moon selling out more than two months prior to the sequel's November 20 U.S. release date, LifeSource, Chicagoland's Blood Center, is offering Chicagoans a way to be among the first to see the highly anticipated movie while helping to save area lives. In honor of the release of Twilight: New Moon, LifeSource is hosting a special New Moon themed blood drive event on...

2009-10-06 13:46:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Memorial Blood Centers today outlined steps the organization is taking to stay prepared for the spread of the H1N1 virus and to ensure a safe experience for blood donors and an ample blood supply for our communities. "As the H1N1 virus continues to spread, Memorial Blood Centers is taking every precaution to mitigate the potential impact of the pandemic on our staff, the generous volunteers who donate blood, and the patients in need...

2009-10-05 08:30:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the school season underway, New York Blood Center would like to encourage students, teachers and faculty to please organize blood drives at their schools, a process that teaches community service and leadership skills, and offers a learning experience for both students and the surrounding community. The Little Doctors Program(R) is the brainchild of Karen Brothers, a middle school educator. Now in its 13th year, it provides students an...

2009-09-21 08:03:00

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced today it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its ABBOTT PRISM HIV O Plus test, the first fully automated blood screening test for HIV-1/HIV-2. This test can be used by laboratory professionals to screen individual donors of blood and plasma for antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Groups M and O (anti-HIV-1) and type 2 (anti-HIV-2), and as an aid in the...

2009-09-10 13:47:00

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. and BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical professionals know that long holiday weekends like Labor Day in the United States often require extra work by blood collectors before and after the holiday to assure adequate supplies of safe, donated blood are on hospital shelves to meet the needs of patients. Blood collection professionals will be recognized in communities worldwide September 13-19, 2009, as part of the 5th Annual Blood Collectors Week, sponsored...

2009-08-31 09:56:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- You may guess by reading his vanity license plate, "O BLOOD," Albert Fischer of Massapequa, NY is a rare breed. He's also a rare blood type: O-positive, "Code 96" found in one out of 200, and a dedicated blood donor. Make that a VERY dedicated blood donor: September 8, 2009 will be Albert Fischer's 320th volunteer whole blood donation, the most on record for New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its regional operations in New York City,...

2009-08-31 09:56:04

A private hospital in Rajasthan, India, has been accused of giving children transfusions of blood not tested for HIV, authorities said. Criminal charges have been filed against administrators of the hospital, which was not publicly named, CNN reported Monday. No children treated at the hospital tested positive for HIV in recent random checks, said H.S. Brar, child health officer for the state's Sri Ganganagar district. In an unrelated case, six men were arrested last week in neighboring Uttar...