Author Archives for Stanford Blood Center

Sleep Disorders: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

June 2, 2011 7:59 am Published by Comments Off on Sleep Disorders: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

At our May 2011 Café Scientifique, Dr. Dement discussed the importance of sleep and the consequences of sleep deprivation, narrowing in on three major sleep disorders; insomnia, narcolepsy and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and best treatment practices. He also shared his personal challenges with insomnia. Click here to listen to the podcast from his talk.


Pulitzer Prize for Blood Donation Stories

June 1, 2011 11:05 am Published by Comments Off on Pulitzer Prize for Blood Donation Stories

It was December 1944 and a young journalist for the Call-Bulletin in San Francisco had an idea; one that would earn him a Pulitzer Prize for reporting. Jack McDowell, like so many other young men living in a time of war, volunteered to go fight for his country. His poor eyesight kept him out but it was ultimately his vision for this series of articles that won him the prestigious prize.


Groovy Gear for Gracious Givers

May 26, 2011 10:46 am Published by Comments Off on Groovy Gear for Gracious Givers

By John Williams, Marketing Manager, Stanford Blood Center Tweet For several years Stanford Blood Center has given away tie dye t-shirts to blood donors as promotional items. Why? We know that the motivation for donors to give blood is obviously...


Apheresis: It’s Greek to Me

May 20, 2011 9:31 am Published by Comments Off on Apheresis: It’s Greek to Me

By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Tweet In Greek, apheresis means “to remove or to separate a part from the whole.” Here are a few facts from the “Core Curriculum for Nephrology...


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Small Fears and Big Deals

May 17, 2011 9:50 am Published by Comments Off on Small Fears and Big Deals

By Dr. Duff Howell, 277-time blood donor and counting One of my finer enduring gifts was a conversation about donating blood that I had 15 or 20 years ago. I’d said, “I never look when they put the needle in....


Some Things are Universal

May 6, 2011 2:46 pm Published by Comments Off on Some Things are Universal

Tweet By John Williams, Marketing Manager, Stanford Blood Center Every day in the news we are bombarded with images of conflict, disaster, and crime. We are constantly reminded of the differences between people, especially race, ideology, or nation state. Pro...


Maternal Connection

May 4, 2011 11:16 am Published by Comments Off on Maternal Connection

by Michele Hyndman, Public Relations Manager, Stanford Blood Center Tweet I am thrilled that Stanford Blood Center is a sponsor of the inaugural Promise Walk for Northern California on May 7 to raise awareness about preeclampsia and generate funds for...


Everest-Size Friendships

May 2, 2011 11:28 am Published by Comments Off on Everest-Size Friendships

by Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center Tweet When Rob Chang, marketing manager at Sports Basement, called Stanford Blood Center four years ago regarding a potential partnership, we had no idea what he would bring to our organization...


How Are Blood Component Expiration Dates Determined?

April 29, 2011 9:03 am Published by Comments Off on How Are Blood Component Expiration Dates Determined?

Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) set safety standards and requirements that blood banks must follow. One...


Lessons on Stress From Wild Baboons

April 27, 2011 9:06 am Published by Comments Off on Lessons on Stress From Wild Baboons

Tweet By Kevin O’Neill, Business Development Specialist, Stanford Blood Center After waiting for a year because of his packed speaking engagement schedule, we recently had the privilege of hosting Dr. Robert Sapolsky, PhD at our Café Scientifique series for a...