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Volunteer Program

February 12, 2013 at 6:00 am
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By Julie Peachey, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Our staff members are occasionally asked if their positions at Stanford Blood Center are volunteer roles. This question often engenders a chuckle from those imagining their full time jobs being full time volunteer work. But although our nursing, administrative, and other operational staff are paid employees, we do have a variety of volunteer roles to help us achieve our goal of providing blood products to patients in need. In fact, there are over 100 active volunteers who together donate 300-400 hours per week to SBC to help our operation run smoothly.

National Blood Donor Month Shouldn’t End There

February 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm
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By Richard P. Console, Jr., an advocate for blood donation whose life has personally been touched by the generosity of blood donors. To read the unabridged article, please click here.

If you could save a life, would you? For ninety-five percent of eligible Americans, the answer apparently is, no.

Stem Cell Basics

January 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm
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Judith A. Shizuru, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine - Blood and Marrow Transplantation, will discuss the topic of stem cells at our upcoming Café Scientifique event on Thursday, January 31.

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.

Become a Bone Marrow Donor

December 19, 2012 at 11:15 am
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By Dave Emberson

We introduced you to Dave recently in his article titled Feeling Better, But Isolated. Dave was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in July and has been an active advocate for blood donations at our Santa Cruz Yacht Club blood drive.

The current state-of-the art treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients is the bone marrow transplant. Be the Match, the National Marrow Donor Program is a great site that explains the process and how to register as a donor. The donor is sent a saliva swab kit and some questions about his or her medical history. The main thing is to get as many people in the database as possible.

Mosquitoes: Nature’s Phlebotomists

December 14, 2012 at 10:36 am
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By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin's Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center

Ordinarily, a mosquito bite is just an annoyance with an itchy red spot and a lot of scratching involved. But those little creatures can transmit malaria (in known malarial areas) and the West Nile virus right here at home.