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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...

2009-08-24 05:59:00

Expect the Unexpected - Boost Your Local Blood Supply NEW YORK, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its regional operations in Manhattan, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Brooklyn / Staten Island, and New Jersey urge healthy people to please donate blood now through Labor Day to help ensure that your community is prepared for predictable, as well as unexpected, blood needs. NYBC also asks that people who have donated blood once in the past to please consider...

2009-08-03 05:29:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Three New York Blood Center (NYBC) patients are taking to the airwaves to recruit new blood donors, and encourage existing blood donors to donate blood NOW. Demand for blood has been very high this summer from the 200 hospitals served by NYBC and its regional operations in New York City, Brooklyn / Staten Island, Long Island, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey. NYBC expects this campaign to help boost current blood supply levels, which are flagging as the...

2009-07-23 11:58:00

Diverse Donors Make the Difference NEW YORK, July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Minority Donor Awareness Day is August 1, and New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its regions in Manhattan, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Brooklyn/Staten Island, and New Jersey call on the community to help us meet the great need for blood from diverse donors. Historically, National Minority Donor Awareness Day emphasized minority organ and tissue donation, but blood donation remains the most widely...

2009-07-22 08:00:00

CHICAGO, July 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Research presented today at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry annual meeting shows that an assay developed by Abbott for simultaneous detection of both HIV antigens and antibodies reduced the detection window by zero to nine days in this study compared to HIV antibody-only assays. Earlier detection was shown on four of the five panels tested. "The ability to use a blood test to diagnose HIV sooner, in the acute phase of the disease...

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2009-07-04 09:00:00

The newest revolution in microbiology testing walks on four legs and says "baa."It's the hair sheep, a less-hirsute version of the familiar woolly barnyard resident. A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine, which is to be published July 3 in PLoS ONE, finds that not only are these ruminants low-maintenance and parasite-resistant, they're also perfect blood donors for the microbiology tests necessary to diagnose infectious disease in the developing world.Identifying...

2009-06-21 23:01:00

July 4th is among nation's deadliest holidays - Donating blood today will help save lives NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 please donate blood in advance of the July 4th holiday weekend. Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Summer is "trauma season" for most emergency rooms. According to the Centers for Disease Control...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'