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Erythropoietin & Your Red Blood Cells

June 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm
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By Billie Rubin

Guess who regulates how many red blood cells (RBCs) we need at any given time. Bone marrow? Liver? Spleen? Your lungs? Give up? It's your kidneys. Yup, they don't just make urine. It all starts when those little kidneys sense the level of oxygen in our blood. When the oxygen level is low, the kidneys put out a hormone called erythropoietin.


Sleep Disorders: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

June 2, 2011 at 7:59 am
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At our May 2011 Café Scientifique, Dr. Dement discussed the importance of sleep and the consequences of sleep deprivation, narrowing in on three major sleep disorders; insomnia, narcolepsy and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and best treatment practices. He also shared his personal challenges with insomnia. Click here to listen to the podcast from his talk.


Pulitzer Prize for Blood Donation Stories

June 1, 2011 at 11:05 am
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It was December 1944 and a young journalist for the Call-Bulletin in San Francisco had an idea; one that would earn him a Pulitzer Prize for reporting. Jack McDowell, like so many other young men living in a time of war, volunteered to go fight for his country. His poor eyesight kept him out but it was ultimately his vision for this series of articles that won him the prestigious prize.


Groovy Gear for Gracious Givers

May 26, 2011 at 10:46 am
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By John Williams, Marketing Manager, Stanford Blood Center Tweet For several years Stanford Blood Center has given away tie dye t-shirts to blood donors as promotional items. Why? We know that the motivation for donors to give blood is obviously...


Apheresis: It’s Greek to Me

May 20, 2011 at 9:31 am
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By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Tweet In Greek, apheresis means “to remove or to separate a part from the whole.” Here are a few facts from the “Core Curriculum for Nephrology...


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Small Fears and Big Deals

May 17, 2011 at 9:50 am
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By Dr. Duff Howell, 277-time blood donor and counting One of my finer enduring gifts was a conversation about donating blood that I had 15 or 20 years ago. I’d said, “I never look when they put the needle in....


Some Things are Universal

May 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm
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Tweet By John Williams, Marketing Manager, Stanford Blood Center Every day in the news we are bombarded with images of conflict, disaster, and crime. We are constantly reminded of the differences between people, especially race, ideology, or nation state. Pro...


Maternal Connection

May 4, 2011 at 11:16 am
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by Michele Hyndman, Public Relations Manager, Stanford Blood Center Tweet I am thrilled that Stanford Blood Center is a sponsor of the inaugural Promise Walk for Northern California on May 7 to raise awareness about preeclampsia and generate funds for...


Everest-Size Friendships

May 2, 2011 at 11:28 am
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by Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center Tweet When Rob Chang, marketing manager at Sports Basement, called Stanford Blood Center four years ago regarding a potential partnership, we had no idea what he would bring to our organization...


How Are Blood Component Expiration Dates Determined?

April 29, 2011 at 9:03 am
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Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) set safety standards and requirements that blood banks must follow. One...