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AIDS Screening: Stanford Blood Center’s Pioneering Role

June 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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By Ed Engleman, MD, Founder and Medical Director, Stanford Blood Center

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During the early 1980s we decided to apply new research technology to a clinical problem: the prevention of the transmission by transfusion of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The problem was highly charged with social, political, legal, ethical, and economic overtones complicating the technical and medical issues at hand. In a decision that engendered intense controversy, in 1983 Stanford Blood Center instituted the first blood testing program specifically intended to reduce the risk of transfusion transmission of the then uncharacterized, but presumed infectious cause of AIDS.


Why All the Same Questions?

June 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

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One common question we hear from blood donors is, "Why do I need to answer the same questions each time I come in to give blood? Can't you keep my responses on file?" We cannot and here's why. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all blood centers ask all blood donors all questions on the day of each blood donation as a safety measure. Honesty and consistency in answering these questions is critical. The safety of the blood supply and the patients receiving the blood depend on truthful answers.


Pulitzer Prize for Blood Donation Stories

June 1, 2011 at 11:05 am
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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.


Some Things are Universal

May 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm
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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...


Between a Rock and a Heart Place

April 22, 2011 at 11:38 am
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Tweet By John Williams, Marketing Manager, Stanford Blood Center Isn’t the earth an amazing place? We abuse it every day and it still forgives us. I think we often fail to see it as a living organism. Flora and fauna...


Sit. Stay. Donate.

April 7, 2011 at 8:00 am
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center In speaking with Dr. Sean Owens about the transfusion department he heads at UC Davis, I found they have a similar blood donation operation to Stanford Blood Center. They go to...


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Give Yourself Away

March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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The following piece by blood donor Kathy Harris is something she voluntarily wrote following her very first blood donation. Please be sure to share it with your friends who are not yet blood donors as a bit of encouragement to...


Valentine’s Day Haikus

February 14, 2011 at 9:33 am
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Tweet By Donors & Friends of SBC We asked for your best Valentine’s Day haikus… And that we received! What a great compilation. Blood donors are sweet 🙂 Thankfully, your submissions are much better than that! Here they are, in...


What Do Monkeys & Rabbits Have To Do With it?

November 5, 2010 at 1:58 pm
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By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Most of our blood donors probably already know that the positive or negative after their blood type (A+, B-, for example) represents their Rh factor, an...


Red Blood Cells & Stardust

October 27, 2010 at 9:30 am
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  By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Made for Each Other What does the center of the earth have in common with the center of our Red Blood Cells (RBCs)?? Fe: Iron....