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February 10, 2015

Study shows that iron supplementation after blood donation shortens hemoglobin recovery time

A National Institutes of Health-funded study comparing low dose iron supplementation to no supplementation in blood donors found that supplementation significantly reduced the time to recovery of post-donation lost iron and hemoglobin—an iron-rich protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells throughout the body.

The results of the Hemoglobin and Iron Recovery Study (HEIRS), supported by NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), will appear Feb. 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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March 4, 2015 : Brigham and Women's Hospital

NHLBI-funded researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital found that a genetic risk score identified individuals at increased risk for cardiovascular death or a heart attack, both in individuals with and without known coronary disease, with individuals in the highest genetic risk score group having more than a 70 percent increase in the risk of cardiovascular death or a heart attack compared to the lowest risk group

February 3, 2015 : The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

NHLBI-funded researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center and other locations found evidence to support the use of a battlefield blood transfusion protocol for severely injured trauma patients. The study detailing these findings appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

March 25, 2015 to March 26, 2015
NIH Main Campus (Natcher Building), Bethesda, MD
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, DHHS will host a State of Science meeting in blood banking and transfusion medicine. The purpose of this public workshop will be to identify what key research questions and or priorities in blood banking and transfusion medicine need to be addressed in the next 5-10 years to optimize transfusion recipient care and advance the health of blood donors.