Out For Blood

March 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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By Deanna Bolio, Public Relations Associate, Stanford Blood Center

If there's one thing we know about hockey fans, it's that they aren't generally squeamish about blood. That's a great thing for Stanford Blood Center (SBC), who hosted its seventh annual "Save a Life" blood drive with the Sharks Foundation on Saturday, March 2. One of the most well-attended drives each year, dedicated Sharks fans combined to donate 261 units of blood. Some donors were lucky enough to be thanked personally for their donations by Sharks players Tommy Wingels, Matt Irwin, and Jason Demers.

Antigens on RBCs

February 22, 2013 at 10:29 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center

The antigens on the surface of red blood cells can be made out of proteins, carbohydrates, glycoproteins or glycolipids. The A and B antigens that we commonly hear about belong to the ABO system. You can think of the systems as family members determined by your genes.

Powerful Panda Blood

February 15, 2013 at 6:00 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center

According to an article from the Telegraph, these gentle guys' blood may be the next big thing in antibiotics, especially for bugs that have become resistant to our usual kind.

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.