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Our amazing community is spreading the word about BloodBanker all over the world!

Print out copies of our flyer here (or just make your own)

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Here are the latest from the best fans in the world!

In Brooklyn, NYC!

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Keep Posting it guys! Taken in Brooklyn, NYC!

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Another photo from Brooklyn, NYC!

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View from far at Brooklyn, New York!

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Someone posted this at Peterborough, Ontario!

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Photos from Peterborough, Ontario!

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We already reach at New York City. Thank you for all the blood donors who did this. Keep it up guys!

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We have reached the Atlanta, Georgia! Be one of us and register now at BloodBanker.org

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BloodBanker is now reached Chicago, Illinois!

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Schedule an appointment to donate blood today at the City of Indianapolis!

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Taken from Orlando, Florida!

bb2-orlando-floridaAt St. Louis University… Keep it posted guys!

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Another volunteer share this photo with us! Thank you so much for spreading BloodBanker at St. Louis University.

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Ready for Posting!

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At Central, Pennsylvania!

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Someone needs blood every two seconds. Taken from Long Beach, California! Ready to give it away!

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If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future. This photo is taken at Detroit, Michigan!

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The gift of blood is the gift of life. There is no substitute for human blood. Photos taken from Florida City.

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Another photo taken from Florida City!

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Another photos taken from Florida City!

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Taken from New Jersey Mall!

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Pennsylvania gym! We are already reached here.

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The Truth About Cord Blood Banks

Cord blood banks are facilities which safely stores umbilical cord blood for future use of your baby or personal use of the family. These cord blood banks are not entirely new, which have been developed since the 1990s. These have been in the medical practices for about 25 years and furthermore, the results of transplant has improved in the last 10 years.

Cord blood banking helps collect potential and useful blood-forming stem cells to treat diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma, aplastic anemia, severe sickle cell disease, and severe combined immunodeficiency. It only requires three to five ounces of blood to be collected from umbilical cord in which this small amount is enough to treat a sick child and more ounces needed for an adult.

Expectant parents absolutely do all kind of things for safety purposes of their own child to-be. There are one of the decisions needed of what are ways to make their baby’s life safer. Some parents are choosing this procedure between these two types of cord blood banks namely public and private cord blood banks. To help you understand well, let me discuss this further.

Public cord blood banks gather donated cord blood for research use and for anyone who may need it which is free or no charge associated with the service. Choosing this option might not be able to obtain the donation once you needed a stem cell transplant in the future. Due to privacy concerns, it is agreed by most ethical review boards that automatically those blood donated to a public cord bank can’t be permanently use by the donor.

Private cord blood banks help collect and store cord blood for personal use by the family members. It takes charges or payment associated with the service. It is costly to get insured for this service and it depends on the commercial viability of the service. It is highly recommended and beneficial for families with a history of certain diseases.

Whether you choose a public or private cord blood bank, you will not be able to store your cord blood if you’ve undergone treatment for hepatitis and HIV, have been treated for cancer or have received chemotherapy, have had malaria in the last three years and so as mothers who are younger than 18 years old and delivered her baby prematurely.

Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Work in Injured Athletes?

We all know that Tiger Woods combating a sore knee, Chris Canty with his hamstring and Cliff Lee treating his abdomen in the past years. They have tried the treatment called platelet-rich plasma therapy or PRP wherein centrifuging a person’s own blood and mix of concentrated plasma cells and growth factors. Then, it is directly injected to the injured tissue. Theoritically, this distilled growth factors or simply, the protein or substance that help stimulate growth should help fast healing and improve the tissue’s health, create new collagen and blood vessels.

This PRP therapy is costly which amounting to $1,000 per shot and good thing it is covered by insurance. There are lot of recreational athletes whose suffering from tennis elbow to back pain tried this therapy besides of its expensiveness.

Here is a new study that whoever suffering from refractory tennis elbow can be either injected with PRP or injections of whole blood. The whole blood contains fewer growth factors which also means lesser acceleration and amplification of the healing factor when compared to PRP. But, the whole blood injections resulted to be effective in treating tennis elbow after three to six months same with PRP. Both have resulted to reduced pain in most patients. This maybe confusing but to give you more explanation, the lower concentration of platelets and growth factors in the whole blood is better.

If you should consider PRP or other shots, like whole blood, some researchers suspect that you get benefits form both treatments. The needle causes a small amount of bleeding in the injured tissue, which could potentially initiate a healing response from the body. PRP received so many praise from early adopters someone with a sore ankle, knee, elbow, shoulder, abdominal muscle or other sports injury. It’s worth trying PRP. before deciding to go for surgery.

Let’s All Celebrate The National Philanthropy Day

Mark your calendar this November 15, we will all celebrating the National Philanthropy Day! Be part of the genuinely collaboration of all those who continue its journey to the enrichment of the world. With your generosity, the National Blood Foundation (NBF) could carry out its mission of advancing transfusion medicine and cellular therapies by funding scientific research that benefits patients and donors as well.

National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is a day to remember every year to honor the great contributions of philanthropy and those citizens, and businesses active in the philanthropic community who help our world better. This was first celebrated in 1986, wherein more than 100 AFP chapters hosted this event across North America dated last year.

Now, the National Blood Foundation which was established in 1983, is a program of AABB aiming to distributes funds to support research and education in the whole aspects of blood banking, transfusion medicine, cellular therapies, and patient blood management. As a foundation, the National Blood Foundation raises funds from AABB members to both institutional, individual and at the same time to corporations, foundations and others for the National Blood Foundation Research and Education Trust (NBFRET), a 509(a)(3) organization. Since the time it began, the NBF has awarded over $8 million to early-career investigators through its Scientific Research Grants Program.

The National Blood Foundation Partners Program members play an essential role in supporting the mission of NBF which was established in 2003. The National Blood Foundation is very pleased to announce the availability of funding for the coming years for scientific research projects related to transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. This year, the National Blood Foundation’s early-career Scientific Research Grants Program attracted a record number of applications and is expecting better next year, 2015.

For more information of National Blood Foundation, please check this out:
8101 Glenbrook Road, Bethesda, MD 20814-2749
Phone +1.301.215.6552
Fax +1.301.215.5751
Email: nbf@aabb.org

How Patients Survive With Ebola Virus By Getting Plasma Donation

The World Health Organization stated that more than 10,000 people have been contracted by the Ebola virus since March 2014 and more than 4,900 people have died in places like Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

Ebola virus disease is caused by four out of five viruses classified in the genus named Ebolavirus, which is formerly called Zaire virus and considered to be the most dangerous virus. Since 1976, the discovery of this virus outbreaks in Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, and then confined to places where it is endemic in Western Africa.

Ebola Virus symptoms are high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage. The fruit bats which are the hunting food of some West Africans are considered to be the virus’ natural host. The virus can be spread through close contact of body fluids such as blood and saliva. Airborne transmission has not been recorded during these outbreaks.

As of today, no proven specific treatment has been documented to Ebola virus but there are measures that can be taken to improve a patient’s life to survive. The virus’ symptoms may begin as early as two days to 21 days after one is exposed to it. Patients usually started to feel with a sudden influenza-like stage characterized by feeling tired, fever, and pain in the muscles and joints. Later symptoms may include headache, nausea, and abdominal pain and often followed by severe vomiting and diarrhea. Without fluid replacement, an extreme loss of fluids leads to dehydration which may lead to hypovolaemic shock, a condition which occurs when there is blood shortage for the heart to pump through the body. For some severely ill patients may experience the loss of blood through bleeding internally and/or externally. Severe blood loss must be treated with the administration of blood products.

Our immune system is made up of antibodies to fight a germ and they remain in the blood for some time after an infection resolves. There are certain immune system cells replenish them so we can able to fight off infection if the same germ shows up again. An Ebola patient takes time to make enough of it, so the patient may need someone else’s antibodies to fight the disease until they can produce their own. A contracted patient of Ebola can receive a plasma transfusion from a donor who beat his own infection with the deadly virus as well. It is believed that antibodies in the blood of the survivor may help patient fight off the virus.

Plasma is the clear part of the blood which contains antibodies where plasma donation takes place. It can be removed from whole donated blood or a donor’s blood can be filtered through a machine to extract just the plasma. It is important that a patient must have a compatible blood type as the donor.

Dive In at Los Angeles – California Blood Drive

Donating blood is easiest and safest way to save another life. Every second, more patients require blood or platelets to help fight cancer, to replace what is lost in a trauma or to treat a chronic disease and so on. Many patients of thousand hospitals rely on more than 20,000 blood products each year for their survival.

Since there is no substitute for blood, your blood donation is a critical lifeline to the men, women and children in our own care. Every one of these blood products comes from caring people like you – family, friends, relatives and others who want to make a difference.
The immense support we receive from donors like you helps us meet of our patients’ needs for blood transfusions each year in Central California Blood Center. If you want to join in blood drives sponsored at companies, schools, synagogues and churches can be organized through the Blood Bank Locations in California.

We consider donors as our partner in providing a safe and adequate blood supply to the patients who need it. We are concerned about your good health and making blood donation a great experience to continue grow as an inspiration to everyone. That means to provide you with the information you need to be prepared and hopefully to become a return donor.

Indeed, we truly could not plan and implement successful events without passionate people like you. We are also encouraging everyone to join our special volunteers because we believe that our success of our blood drives depends on our dedicated and tireless volunteers.