Easy ways to inspire new donors

August 14, 2013 at 11:04 am
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Some of our dedicated blood and platelet donors tell us they wish they could help us bring new donors into our centers. We are grateful for this kind of help! Below, we have a few ideas to share that could...

Thrilled to the marrow

August 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm
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By Deanna Bolio, Communications Specialist Representatives from Stanford Blood Center were honored to be invited to the Stanford Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion held Saturday, July 27. This life-affirming event, held on the lawn in front of the Li Ka...

Blood given, not shed

August 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm
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With war and bloodshed inescapable in many places around the world, the French artist Hady Sy considers art his weapon. His “One Blood” exhibit carries a powerful message about the ability to save lives through donating blood — a concept...

Pondering plasma

July 30, 2013 at 7:57 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center According to the Coalition for Plasma Science, “Plasma is often called the ‘Fourth State of Matter’, the other three being solid, liquid and gas. A plasma is a distinct...

How I saved a man’s life

July 24, 2013 at 7:21 am
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By Peter Garrison This piece was originally published in the Los Angeles Times on June 29, 2013. I saved a man’s life. It feels odd to utter that sentence. It sounds like a request for admiration or at the very least...

#WhyIGiveBlood – Your Responses

June 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm
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(Comments from FB post on 2/8) Many blood donors have unique reasons for giving blood. Perhaps a close friend or family member needed a life-saving blood transfusion. Or maybe it’s all about the cookies and POG! We recently asked folks...

HLA Antibodies

June 25, 2013 at 6:39 am
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By Dr. Chris Gonzalez, Assistant Medical Director, Stanford Blood Center The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system helps the immune system differentiate between a body’s own tissues and those that are foreign (e.g. invaders such as viruses and bacteria). HLA system antigens...