Happy New Year, Happy National Blood Donor Month

January 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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We’d like to thank all of the caring blood donors who donated over the holidays. By the time January rolls around, blood centers are often grappling with post-holiday shortages. Already this month, Stanford Blood Center has a critical need for type...

Thank a blood collector this week

September 10, 2013 at 10:16 am
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By Dayna Kerecman Myers   We’re celebrating Blood Collectors Week from September 8-14, 2013. Blood centers across the nation take this time to thank blood collection staff for their efforts to ensure blood is available when needed, and to highlight...

Where are the Cures? Accelerating New Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis & All Diseases

September 25, 2012 at 9:24 am
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By Scott Johnson, president and founder of the Myelin Repair Foundation. Listen to Mr. Johnson speak live on this topic at our next Cafe Scientifique series on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Just like millions around the world and perhaps many of you, I am a patient. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over 30 years ago. At that time, I was told there would be a cure in 30 years. If I were diagnosed today, I would be told the same thing.

A Plan for Clean, Sustainable Energy Worldwide in 20-40 Years

March 27, 2012 at 9:54 am
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By Mark Z. Jacobson, PhD, Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University

Global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity are three of the most significant problems facing the world today. My upcoming talk at Stanford Blood Center's Café Scientifique on 3/29/12 discusses a plan to solve the problems by powering 100% of the world's energy for all purposes, including electricity, transportation, industry, and heating/cooling, with wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) within 20-40 years.

Living with Type 1 Diabetes

December 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm
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By Marina Basina, M.D., a diabetes expert and Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Endocrinology, Gerontology, Metabolism at Stanford University

Type I diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system inappropriately destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Insulin is a key hormone which moves glucose into the cells and allows it to be utilized for energy and growth. Without insulin, glucose rises in the bloodstream, causing an abnormally high level of sugar in the blood.