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Early Gene Changes Identified That Precede Blood Cancer

DNA samples have been used to uncover early, precancerous genetic changes in the blood that are linked to increased chances of developing blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome.   More...
16 Dec 2014
Image: The TrueHb hemometer testing kit (Photo courtesy of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi).

Newly Developed Point-of-Care Hemoglobinometer Evaluated

Hemoglobin concentration is routinely measured using automated analyzers, and although these counters are very accurate and reliable, they are expensive and too cumbersome for portability.   More...
11 Dec 2014
DiagCor Bioscience
Image: The membrane-based microfluidic device for the deglycerolization of red blood cells (Photo courtesy of Oregon State University).

Cryopreservation Significantly Extends Shelf Life of Blood

A method to rapidly prepare frozen red blood cells for transfusions has been reported, which may offer an important new way to manage the world's blood supply.  More...
03 Dec 2014

Sickle Cell Trait Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease Risk

Sickle cell trait is defined as inheritance of a single copy of the sickle mutation that results from a single base pair substitution in the gene encoding the β-globin chain of hemoglobin.   More...
01 Dec 2014

Undiagnosed Chagas Disease Emerging as Public Health Threat

Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis is typically spread to people through the feces of blood-sucking triatomine bugs sometimes called kissing bugs because they feed on people's faces during the night.  More...
25 Nov 2014
Sekisui Diagnostics
Image: A unit of typed platelets for transfusion (Photo courtesy of Seth Eisenberg, RN).

Guidelines Issued on Appropriate Use of Platelet Transfusion

Platelet transfusions are administered to prevent or treat bleeding in patients with quantitative or qualitative platelet disorders and new guidelines have been issued that specify clinical situations in which platelet transfusion is recommended in adult patients.  More...
24 Nov 2014
Image: Immunochromatographic strip test for Hb Bart’s in blood samples of α0-thalassemia heterozygote and individuals double heterozygous for homozygous Hb E and α0-thalassemia and α0β-thalassemia double heterozygote (Photo courtesy of Mahidol University).

Immunochromatographic Strip Endorsed for α-Thalassemia Screening

Thalassemia is an autosomal recessive inherited genetic disorder of the red blood cells causing by reduction or absence of one or more globin chains of hemoglobin (Hb) molecules.   More...
20 Nov 2014

The Hematology channel at LabMedica covers the all aspect of plasma, coagulation, transfusion medicine, and blood banking, as well as related lab tools and techniques.
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