Introducing Stanford Medicine Magazine’s Series on Blood

March 26, 2013 at 11:19 am
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By Harpreet Sandhu, SBC Administrator

I am delighted to share with you a link to the latest edition of Stanford Medicine Magazine, which focuses on blood. We had the pleasure of working with the School of Medicine Office of Communication & Public Affairs to produce this special edition, in the hope that it would help raise awareness about the importance of donating blood and our unique mission.

Café Scientifique, Up Next: Is the Genome Useful in Medicine?

March 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm
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Stephen Quake, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at Stanford University, will be speaking at our Café Scientifique series on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m.

Topic of Discussion We are living in the genome age, where the productivity of DNA sequencers is advancing faster than Moore's Law. Dr. Quake will describe one contribution of biophysics to this field - the development of the first single molecule DNA sequencer. He will then go on to discuss several applications of high throughput DNA sequencing in medicine, ranging from non-invasive diagnostics to the first clinically annotated human genome.

Matching Blood Beyond the ABO Type

March 19, 2013 at 10:53 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center

Certain patients receiving blood transfusions require specific compatibility testing beyond the ABO type and Rh factor that we commonly hear about, (A+, A-, B+, etc.). This is typically the case with those who have been transfused many times, such as sickle-cell anemia patients.

#WhyIGiveBlood: It’s Easy & Rewarding

March 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm
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By Jill Clardy, Stanford Blood Center blood donor

I was always terribly afraid of needles. But in the mid-1990's when my friend Evelyn was diagnosed with leukemia and needed apheresis donors, I went with a group of coworkers to the Welch Road facility to donate and be tested as a potential donor. Though I was not able to donate for her, I realized that my fear of needles was completely unfounded, and have been donating regularly ever since.

Out For Blood

March 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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By Deanna Bolio, Public Relations Associate, Stanford Blood Center

If there's one thing we know about hockey fans, it's that they aren't generally squeamish about blood. That's a great thing for Stanford Blood Center (SBC), who hosted its seventh annual "Save a Life" blood drive with the Sharks Foundation on Saturday, March 2. One of the most well-attended drives each year, dedicated Sharks fans combined to donate 261 units of blood. Some donors were lucky enough to be thanked personally for their donations by Sharks players Tommy Wingels, Matt Irwin, and Jason Demers.

Antigens on RBCs

February 22, 2013 at 10:29 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center

The antigens on the surface of red blood cells can be made out of proteins, carbohydrates, glycoproteins or glycolipids. The A and B antigens that we commonly hear about belong to the ABO system. You can think of the systems as family members determined by your genes.

Powerful Panda Blood

February 15, 2013 at 6:00 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center

According to an article from the Telegraph, these gentle guys' blood may be the next big thing in antibiotics, especially for bugs that have become resistant to our usual kind.

Volunteer Program

February 12, 2013 at 6:00 am
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By Julie Peachey, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Our staff members are occasionally asked if their positions at Stanford Blood Center are volunteer roles. This question often engenders a chuckle from those imagining their full time jobs being full time volunteer work. But although our nursing, administrative, and other operational staff are paid employees, we do have a variety of volunteer roles to help us achieve our goal of providing blood products to patients in need. In fact, there are over 100 active volunteers who together donate 300-400 hours per week to SBC to help our operation run smoothly.

National Blood Donor Month Shouldn’t End There

February 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm
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By Richard P. Console, Jr., an advocate for blood donation whose life has personally been touched by the generosity of blood donors. To read the unabridged article, please click here.

If you could save a life, would you? For ninety-five percent of eligible Americans, the answer apparently is, no.