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Cheap drug cuts need for blood transfusions

Offering a cheap drug to patients about to undergo planned operations could cut the need for blood transfusions by a third, say doctors who claim it could also save the NHS £25 million a year.The drug, called tranexamic acid, works by helping blood clot more effectively. Its effects at stabilising blood clots have been known […]

Organ donor register passes 18 million pledges

The number of people registered as organ donors in the UK has reached “staggering” levels, according to the NHS Blood and Transplant. A record 18 million – nearly one out of every three – people now say they are willing to donate their organs. But the organisation said even more people needed to register. Although […]

HIV infection rates double in UK

A doubling of new HIV infections in the UK in the past decade is leading experts to tell GPs to offer testing to all adult male patients in some areas. The Health Protection Agency data shows new UK-acquired cases rose from just under 2,000 in 2001 to nearly 3,800 in 2010. Many of these new […]

First reliable blood test for vCJD

British scientists have developed the world’s first reliable blood test for the human version of mad cow disease. The breakthrough could transform diagnosis and screening of the fatal brain disorder, and identify carriers. It could also help scientists accurately assess for the first time how many Britons may be incubating the disease. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease […]

ME patients banned from donating blood transfusions

Patients with ME will be banned from donating blood transfusions in the UK under new safety guidelines. Nanny state officials spin that the ban, starting on 1 November, is designed to protect the health of people with ME – also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. But the ME Association says the move is motivated by […]