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.

Effectiveness of POCT

Associate Professor in Biomedical Sciences Paul Waller questions some of the assumptions made about point-of-care testing.

Cancer screening revolution?

A new US-developed blood test could help detect eight common cancers before they spread.

The Lutheran blood group system

The Lutheran blood group system (BGS) consists of a large number of antigens, 24 being recognised by the International Society of Blood Transfusion at the time of writing, and is also of interest in terms of the various backgrounds to the (apparent) Lu(a-b-) phenotypes. The Lutheran BGS is also incorrectly named, as will be explained shortly.

Welcome the new Institute President

Alison Geddis is the 33rd IBMS President: only the second woman, and the first member from Northern Ireland, to hold this prestigious office.
 

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