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Tips & Tricks: Tracking Your Cholesterol Online

March 29, 2012 at 11:51 am
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Millions of Americans are affected by high cholesterol, which leaves them at an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Tracking cholesterol levels over time is an important routine for many and an effective way of staying in tune with your health.

What happens in the lab?

February 29, 2012 at 10:44 am
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By Tim Gilmore, Blood Drive Account Manager, Stanford Blood Center

During each blood donation, six small tubes of blood are collected (to be used later for testing), along with the bag of blood used for transfusion. When the blood donors finish their good deed, they rest in the canteen with cookies and juice. But their precious gift of blood is already busy, working toward saving lives! Here, we take you on a tour through our lab.

Heartfelt Haiku

February 21, 2012 at 10:49 am
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By Donors & Friends of SBC

Last year for Valentine's Day, we asked you to write haiku poems for those closest to your heart. The response was better than anticipated so we asked for your poems again this year, this time to be written about donating blood and the patients who are fortunate to receive it. In addition to sharing them below, we've turned your three-line works of "heart" into cards, to be delivered to patients at the Palo Alto VA Hospital later this week.

Are You My Type?

February 14, 2012 at 10:37 am
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Do you consider blood type an important criterion for compatibility with the potential special someone in your life? According to Jenny Nakao Hones, a Japanese American who studies Asian cultures, superstitions, and customs, "One of the most popular methods in Japan that is gaining popularity around Asia is blood type analysis. Similar to other horoscope systems, blood type… has charts that indicate compatibility."

We Know You’d Do It Anyway, But…

February 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

As a blood donor, you are a giving individual by design. We're certain you would donate without recognition and regardless of the day's giveaway. That said, it's important to our organization that we don't take the people behind the blood donations for granted. You are part of a very important, very small population and your loyalty to patients in the community deserves to be recognized.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy Through the Holiday Season

December 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm
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By Melissa Ramos, volunteer guest-blogger for Stanford Blood Center

Staying healthy through this season can be especially challenging. It seems that all around you, people have the sniffles or a cough. Taking good care of yourself is key to preventing the flu. Here are a few tips to help keep yourself strong and healthy this year.

Tips & Tricks: Finding a Blood Drive Near You

November 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Visiting a mobile blood drive is a convenient way for busy parents, students, and professionals to keep up with their routine of donating blood without having to travel too far. We come to you so you don't have to come to us! Accounting for about 55% of the total amount of blood we collect, our drives are hosted at college campuses, high schools, churches, and hundreds of companies in the Valley and up the Peninsula.

Making Cream of Wheat a Pumpkiny Treat

October 31, 2011 at 9:31 am
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Melissa Ramos is a volunteer and guest-blogger for Stanford Blood Center. Here, she shares a fall-inspired, iron-rich recipe to help boost your hemoglobin level in preparation for donating blood.

During the medical history screening, blood donors must meet a hemoglobin-level requirement of at least 12.5 g/dL. One of the causes of low hemoglobin is a low-iron diet. Cream of Wheat is an excellent source of iron and can be prepared quickly compared to other iron-rich sources like beef, chicken, and other meats. Because Cream of Wheat can be rather bland alone, I wanted to share this great fall-inspired recipe that makes Cream of Wheat tasty!

There’s Nothing Scarier Than a Blood Shortage

October 28, 2011 at 10:14 am
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Each day, the recruitment team at Stanford Blood Center (SBC) works hard to help ensure we have blood products available to those in need. "We do this by connecting with donors and inviting them to return. It sounds simple enough, but the reality is that this mission takes time, strategy, and creativity," explains Karen Paganelli, recruitment manager at SBC. The hospitals' needs fluctuate from day to day and we must constantly keep on top of our inventory to make sure the right type is available at the right time for the right patient.

Did you know? A Few Facts about Blood Usage

September 30, 2011 at 8:00 am
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

About every two seconds somebody in the U.S. needs blood. An estimated 38% of the population is eligible to give blood at any given time but less than 10% actually do. So blood centers must work hard to keep a constant supply on their shelves and ready to go. And as you know, we all rely on the support of generous volunteer donors. At Stanford Blood Center (SBC) specifically, we provide blood only to local hospitals and depend on the busy Bay Area folks (of which just 3% are active blood donors) to keep our inventory healthy.