Haematology & Transfusion Science

Genes identified to potentially diagnose Lyme disease

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York have identified 35 genes that are particularly highly expressed in people with long-term Lyme disease.

The HSD developing specialist skills

Specialist Biomedical Scientist Naveed Sadia outlines her preparations for the Higher Specialist Diploma and her hopes for how it will benefit her career.

My lab: specialist testing services

Phil Cummings, Training Manager, and Herbert Tsuro, Project Lead, give a guided tour of blood transfusion laboratories in Leeds.

Three placements

Elesha George, a fourth-year student at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, talks through a year of very different placements.

Secondary malignancy: a case study

Healthcare Science Section Lead Michelle Bolam presents a case study in which a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia was later diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia.

Laboratory errors in transfusion

Anne Lockhart and Nicola Swarbrick explain the results in the latest annual Serious Hazards of Transfusion report.

Geckos and blood monitoring

Geckos can stick to just about anything, and their feet are inspiring researchers to change how medical professionals can monitor blood pressure.

The neonatal blood film

As at any other time in life, examination of a blood film in a neonate can be very informative. It is important that films are interpreted in the context of the clinical details and the blood count. It is also necessary to consider the period of gestation of the neonate at birth, since what is normal differs in term and preterm babies, particularly for those born before 28 weeks’ gestation.

My lab: a busy multi-site facility

Biomedical Scientist Team Leader Liam Morrissey gives a guided tour of blood sciences at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.