Taylor and her mother, Lori

Stanford Blood Center Donors Helped Save Taylor’s Life

June 21, 2013 at 10:57 am
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By Winter Johnson, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Michele Hyndman, Stanford Blood Center A month before her 14th birthday in November 2011, Taylor was enjoying a normal teenage life in Watsonville, Calif., when she was hit with sudden, flu-like symptoms that turned into vomiting blood. She was...

Connecting Tunnels in Our Blood

June 19, 2013 at 9:34 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center There are skinny, spidery vessels in all of our tissues that connect the arteries with the veins in our circulatory system. The arteries are big muscle vessels that carry...

Celebrating World Blood Donor Day

June 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm
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By Dayna Kerecman Myers With their altruistic donations, the Buddhist monks in the photo above are helping Cambodia strengthen its system of voluntary blood donors. They embody the spirit of World Blood Donor Day, celebrated every June 14 to encourage...


June 7, 2013 at 2:13 pm
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center BATS, which stands for British Army Transfusion Service, came to be in the late 1930’s just before WWII started. The purpose of BATS was to bring blood and related...

#WhyIGiveBlood – Your Responses Part 2

June 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm
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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 through our Facebook page to share...

Blood Component Functions

May 31, 2013 at 11:11 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center  Each blood component we make has a purpose:  • Red Blood Cells – carry oxygen to the tissues in the body and are commonly used in the treatment of...

Getting to Know You

May 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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By Deanna Bolio, Communications Specialist, Stanford Blood Center Stanford Blood Center experienced a lot of change at the management level in 2012, including retirements and growing operational needs. This has resulted in quite a few new faces in the halls...

A New Way to Donate Plasma

May 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm
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              In January of this year, we discontinued the automated procedure that collected one unit of red blood cells and two units of plasma using the Alyx machine. You may have heard us refer...