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Blood Management Program Safely Diminishes Transfusions in Orthopedic Patients

A patient blood management program designed to limit the amount of transfused blood orthopedic patients undergoing common surgeries such as hip and knee replacement receive was associated with fewer transfusions, reduced blood use and improved outcomes, reports a study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Health Ministry Eases up on Stem Cell Therapy Regulation

The Indian Council of Medical Research has objected to amendments proposed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 on the regulation of stem cells procedures.

The amendments seek to exclude certain kinds of processed stem cells, called minimally manipulated stem cells, from being defined as new drugs. Such an exclusion will man that these cells will not have to be tested in clinical trials for efficacy and safety before they receive market approval. If passed, these amendments may legitimize the use of unproven stem cell therapies in India. 

Erythrocyte Phenotype in a Pregnant Woman of Sri Lanka

The Bombay phenotype is a rare genetic trait which is characterized by the absence of A, B and H antigens on red cells as well as in body secretions. The serum shows the presence of antibodies against antigen H. Patients with this rare blood type are not easily transfusable. We had observed a woman aged 18, at the 20th week of pregnancy, the native of Sri Lanka, with an IgG and IgM class anti-H. Researchers report the case and the clinical issues arose.

Albumin Gel From Human Blood

The protein albumin is responsible for many vital processes in the human body. In nature, it only appears as a solution when dissolved in water. Chemists have developed a method of producing various albumin-based gels. Their findings might help to develop innovative drug carrier systems.