Haematology & Transfusion Science

Curing sickle cell disease

Doctors at the University of Illinois Hospital have cured seven adult patients of sickle cell disease.

Blood test for brain tumours

US researchers are developing the means to detect tumour biomarkers through a simple blood test, avoiding invasive surgery.

Change for blood transfusion inspections

Chris Elliott, Chair of the IBMS Specialist Advisory Panel (Transfusion), discusses changes in the MHRA assessment and inspection regime for hospital blood transfusion laboratories. 

May: Journal-based learning

Each article’s contents should be read, researched and understood, and you should then come to a decision on each question. The pass mark is 17 out of 20 questions answered correctly. JBL exercises may be completed at any time until the published deadline date. Please select your choice of correct answers and complete the exercises online at: www.ibms.org/cpd/jbl

CRP analyser aids early decision making

New research indicates HORIBA Medical UK’s Microsemi point-of-care (POC) CRP analyser enables rapid clinical decision-making, saves time and reduces costs in emergency paediatric units.

Observing blood infections

For the first time ever, researchers have been able to observe live, in real-time, how the human body responds to often lethal fungal blood infections in the lungs.

Introduce mutations to tackle sickle cell

Researchers in Australia have found a way to introduce natural mutations into blood cells that could lead to new therapies for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders.

POC data management

Radiometer Ltd has implemented its AQURE Enterprise point-of-care (POC) data management system at the University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust’s new Emergency Department.

Retinal photography to calculate risk

Scientists have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning.

Does PSA screening save lives?

Inviting men with no symptoms to a one-off PSA test for prostate cancer does not save lives, according to results from the largest ever prostate cancer trial.

My lab: Braving the weather

Valerie Bocker, Specialist Biomedical Scientist from NHS Lothian, writes about the dedication of laboratory staff when snow struck.

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