20 September 2019 (Friday) - Transfusion News Update

The “Transfusion News” email arrived today. The article on blood transfusions in space caught my eye. Sci-fi? Perhaps. But food for thought.
And new ways of dealing with iron deficiency are always interesting:

Blood Transfusions in Space
September 18, 2019
Although no major hemorrhages or blood transfusions have occurred in space and the risk is low, transfusions for astronauts on missions in space should be carefully planned. Researchers from the general medical community, NASA, and the US Army identified 27 peer-reviewed articles describing [Read More]
Immunogenicity of MMR Vaccine in Chronically Transfused Pediatric Patients
September 10, 2019
Both the American Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Canadian immunization guide recommend delaying live vaccine immunizations for 5 to 6 months after a RBC transfusion. Few studies, however, have examined whether donor antibodies (including vaccine antibodies) actually inhibit [Read More]
Iron Deficiency Toolkit Improves Iron Levels in Pregnancy and Decreases Transfusions
September 4, 2019
About 10% of women and teens of childbearing age have iron deficiency in developed countries. Pregnancy exacerbates the risk of iron deficiency since maternal iron needs are increased. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, which is associated with poor outcomes for [Read More]

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