O-Negative Blood Supply Critically Low

January 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm
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By Julie Peachey, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

We are critically low in type O-negative blood and are asking for those eligible, to donate within the next couple of weeks. Unusually high demand has depleted O-negative inventory at local hospitals and across the Bay Area, making it difficult to import blood as well.

Blood Clot Forming

January 18, 2013 at 10:19 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center

Here's a great picture of red blood cells, platelets, fibrin, and a white blood cell making a clot. There's a lot of activity that goes on in a little cut. The pretty cell in the middle is the white blood cell, waiting to pounce on any bacteria that sneak in through a cut in your skin. You can't see the platelets well in this picture but they are in there, sticking together with the fibrin to make a sort of scaffold that traps red cells. Together they all form the clot and keep your blood nicely contained.

Using cell phone data to track and fight malaria

January 9, 2013 at 10:25 am
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By Lia Steakley, Writer for Stanford School of Medicine's Communications & Public Affairs Department This article was adapted from material provided by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Click here to be taken to the original article.

Half of the world's population, some 3.3 billion people, are at risk for malaria. In an effort to reduce the spread of malaria, an international team of researchers is using cell phone data to determine how human travel affects the transmission of the disease and identify regions where imported infections originate.