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2011-07-18 14:04:36

Donated red blood cells lose a key feature that diminishes their lifesaving power the longer they have been stored, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. The finding, published Friday in the journal Critical Care Medicine, details how banked blood undergoes a change during storage that decreases its ability to transport oxygen. Slowing that process could offer a way to boost the longevity and vitality of stored blood - more than 14 million units of which are used each...